Nice article, Good information for travelers who are visiting Nepal.
World Heritage Sites Nepal are normally of two category one from natural places and another from cultural heritages, Nepal had some Natural world heritage sites like Sagarmatha National Park and Chitwan National Park apart from that cultural world heritage sites in Nepal are domniating as it had eight different places listed on UNESCO world's heritage site. Out of total eight different cultural world heritage sites of Nepal seven of them are in kathmandu Valley and one is in Lumbini. Here is brief idea about most to see places within each individual world heritage sightseeing, along with major picture of each area.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Palace of ancient Malla kings is home for numerous temple & monuments these days. It reflects the cultural richness during the rules of Malla Kings. Major attractions of Kathmandu Durbar square are:
- Kumari Ghar (Home of Living Goddess)
- Nine-storied Palace
- Kal Bhairab
- Big Bell
- Hanuman Dokha Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Palace of ancient Malla kings is home for numerous temple, monuments & pond these days. It is one of the well preserved monumental areas within Kathmandu Valley. Major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are:
- Golden Gate
- 55 window palace
- Nyatapol temple
- Siddha Pokhari
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Status of Lions guarding the palace
- Patan Durbar Square:
City of fine arts patan is major attraction in Lalitpur city, which was also ruled by Malla Dynasty before unification of Greater Nepal. Stone works is major significance of Patan. Major attractions of Patan Durbar Square are:
- Golden Temple
- Krishna Mandir
- Ashok Pillar
- Keshav Narayan Chowk
- Sundari Chowk
- Royal Palace
- Royal Bath
- Bauddhanath Stupa:
It belongs to one of largest stupa in entire Asia which is assumed as it has been built around 5th century. Bouddha area is in accumulated by Buddhist People. There are lots of other monasteries nearby surrounding of main Stupa. It is considered as place which is used to be worshiped by Tibetan Trader for their successful business trip. Buddhist monk wearing maroon red can be found throughout entire area with prayers wheel on their hands. Best aerial view can be framed out from roof top garden of café & restaurant surrounding the stupa.
- Swoyambunath Stupa:
Situated at small hill within the ring road of Kathmandu Valley stupa has many historical stories which is considered as old as Kathmandu valley. According to history Kathmandu Valley was covered by water forming a big lake. There used to be one lotus which emits a brilliant ray of light in lake. When Manjushree was meditating he felt distracted by light emitted from Lotus, so he flew to Kathmandu from Tibet took lotus to top of hill & build an entire stupa around the lotus. Regardless of historical evidence stupa provide an excellent view of Kathmandu Valley.
- Pasupatinath Temple:
The temple is ultimate choice for Hindu throughout the world as it is considered as main head of God Shiva. As it is biggest Hindu Temple in the world area is always swarmed in by Hindus throughout entire Nepal as well as numerous pilgrims from India. Five faced statue of lord Shiva is not allowed to be captured in frame as well as Non Hindu people are not allowed to enter inside main temple premises. Located at holy Bagmati River is place of burning dead bodies of Hindu where foreigner can watch funeral process of Hindu People in Nepal.
- Changu Narayan Temple:
Temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu is located at the hillside of Bhaktapur District which is considered as the most ancient temple as it in houses inscription of Mandev, the first historical King of Nepal. It is considered to be build out in 3rd century which consist some master piece of stone, wood and metal craft which are culturally as well as archeologically important.
Situated in Western Nepal, Lumbini is birth place of Lord Buddha (The light of Asia). It has been a holy ground for Buddhist pilgrims from entire world. Major attractions of Lumbini are
- peace garden and international monastic zone,
- Mayadevi Temple
- Puskarini Pond
- Historic Ashok Pillar
- Archaeological sites like: Tilaurakot, Kudan, Ramagrama, Niglihawaha and others