You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared. – ‘Robbie Robertson’
Within just a Kathmandu there are 7 of the world-famous sites listed un UNESCO cultural world heritage sites in Nepal. Yes, indeed we do not trip or fall upon the heritage sites. We need to explore it, experience it and share it with the world. Nepal is a country with many heritage sites either natural or cultural. The country rich with heritage has a lot of cultural heritage to explore and share.
Here are some of the cultural world heritage sites of Nepal:
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Palace of ancient Malla kings is home for numerous temples & 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 temples, 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
- Natapol temple
- Siddha Pokhari
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Status of Lions guarding the palace
Patan Durbar Square:
The city of fine arts patan is a major attraction in Lalitpur city, which was also ruled by the Malla Dynasty before the unification of Greater Nepal. Stoneworks is a 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
It belongs to one of the largest stupas in entire Asia which is assumed as it has been built around the 5th century. Bouddha area is accumulated by Buddhist People. There are lots of other monasteries nearby surrounding of main Stupa. It is considered a place which is used to be worshiped by Tibetan Trader for their successful business trip. Buddhist monks wearing maroon red can be found throughout the entire area with prayers wheel on their hands. A best aerial view can be framed out from the rooftop garden of the café & restaurant surrounding the stupa.
Major attractions of Bouddhanath Stupa are:
- Several monasteries
- Tibetan community
- Witness Mahayana order of Buddhism
- Devotees prostrating around the stupa
- Ancient and tradition shops
Situated at a small hill within the ring road of Kathmandu Valley stupa has many historical stories that are 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 the 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 the hill & build an entire stupa around the lotus. Regardless of historical evidence stupa provide an excellent view of Kathmandu Valley.
Major attractions of Swoyambhunath Stupa are:
- Many other small stupas around
- Pagodas and monasteries
- Centuries-old statues
- thousands of butter lamps
- carved icons and the fragrance of incense sticks
- magnificent view of the Kathmandu valley
The temple is the ultimate choice for Hindu throughout the world as it is considered as the main head of God Shiva. As it is the 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 statues of Lord Shiva is not allowed to be captured in the frame as well as Non-Hindu people are not allowed to enter inside main temple premises. Located at holy Bagmati River is a place of burning dead bodies of Hindu where a foreigner can watch the funeral process of Hindu People in Nepal.
Major attractions of Pasupatinath Temple are:
- Bagmati river
- pagoda style of architecture
- a glimpse of the Shiva’s bull, Nandi
- the place where dead bodies are burned
- beautiful danda
- Shiva linga
- tradition and ancient history related places and statues
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 Mandel, the first historical king of Nepal. It is considered to be build-out in the 3rd century which consists of some masterpiece of stone, wood and metal craft which are culturally as well as archeologically important.
Major attractions of Changu Narayan Temple are:
- Dolagiri hill
- art and sculptures from Nepal’s medieval period
- pagoda-styled, two-story temple of Lord Vishnu
- many statues, and engraved on the struts supporting the roof
- shrines to Lord Shiva, Chhinnamasta, Astha Matrika, Kileshwar and Krishna
Situated in Western Nepal, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha (The light of Asia). It has been a holy ground for Buddhist pilgrims from the 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
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