Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square:
Hanumandhoka Durbar Square is one of the monumental and cultural heritage of Nepal. Kathmandu valley tour is including with Hanumandhoka durbar square.
The courtyard of Hanuman Dhoka epitomizes the arts and architecture of Nepal such as Gigantic figure of Kal Bhairav, Nautale durbar built by Late King Prithvi Narayan Shah, Nasal Chowk where the coronation ceremonies took place, Big Bell, Jagannath Temple, Gaddi Baithak for conferences to reach out to the public.
The name comes from Panchamukhi Hanuman the God who is the incarnation of Shiva. Inside Hanumandhoka Durbar Square you can find the museum. which is preserve by Government and where photography is not prohibit, however, it is open for the tourists.
Since Nepal has many tourists visiting either for trekking, mountaineering, skydiving, and recreation at Kathmandu they are accompany by local guides to (Kathmandu valley tour). Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square where they can see the preserved monuments and historic legacies in the heart of Capital City.
Like Hanuman Dhoka Durbar square there are other durbar squares to which tourists are often visiting during their stay in Kathmandu such as Patan Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which are also significant in terms of history and culture and are part of UNESCO World heritage sites.
Nepal is popular for its cultural diversity and ethnicity. There are Hindus and Buddhists living under one roof of our sovereign Nepal. Boudhanath is the largest spherical stupa in Nepal. This Buddhist stupa dominates the skyline. Kassapa Buddha tomb is cover by the Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu valley.
It was built in the 14th Century and is one of the integral centers for Buddhists and Tibetans in Nepal. The stupa has the eyes of Lord Buddha on all four sides which are basically in all four directions. The stupa is topp with a pyramid-shape tower with prayer flags script with sacred mantras and prayers that flutter in the wind. The base of the stupa is encloses with circular prayer wheels with Avalokiteshvara at the base of the stupa.
The place has visitors from abroad yearly. It is one of the iconic places for pilgrimage and sanctity. There are monasteries, street vendors, alleys and cobble paths with local street vendors in the peripheral of Boudhanath Stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple is the sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the heart of Kathmandu city. It is on the bank of the Bagmati River. The area of Pashupatinath temple is wide with many statues and monuments of Hindu Deities.
This is a sacred area where tourists are not permitting to enter the inner courtyard of a temple. Inside there are Basukinath Temple, Unmatta Bhairav temple, Surya Narayan Temple, Budhanilkantha shrine, Hanuman Shrine and 184 Shiva Lingas beside the main Golden roof temple of Lord Pashupatinath himself facing four directions which can be view from all four sides.
Hindus are cremate by the bank of Bagmati River which we know as the Ghats, when a human body perishes. Pashupatinath temple is running by the trust of the Government. Normally every morning from 9 to 11 A.M. the priest conducts Abhisheka and every evening Arati to holy Lord Pashupatinath which the devotees gather amass to witness the scene of arati that elevates their spirituality. One of the main festivals called Shivaratri is celebrate in late winter to honor the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
For the Kathmandu valley tour program, we would like to attach that the pilgrims from outside Countries such as sadhus from India come to Pashupatinath and stay here a day or two before the Shivaratri they smoke Marijuana and are in a trance while worshipping and chanting Lord Shiva. Many Hindu women fast and pray Lord Shiva for their husband’s health and longevity.
Swayambhunath Temple is a Buddhist temple in West of Capital City Kathmandu. From the foot of the temple, there is a long staircase that leads to the platform of the temple. The stupa has been existing since the licchavi period. Swoyambhu means “self-sprung” in a literal sense.
The stupa of Swayambhunath is in the form of a dome at the base. On top of it is a cubical structure with eyes of Buddha on all four sides.
Dome represents the entire world. There are 13 pinnacles on the topmost part that symbolizes the thirteen stages of spiritual realizations before becoming Buddha which means the enlightened one. The five Buddhas or on the paanch Buddhas in Nepali at the base of Stupas are the names of five Buddhas, which are Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratna Sambhava, Amitabha and Amoghsiddhi.
Buddhist monks will find worshipping the Swayambhunath temple and the devotees and visitors also come here to see the ambiance of Swayambhunath temple. The area of Swayambhunath has chaityas, temples, painting images of deities, prayer wheels, Shiva lingams, Harathi Devi in the peripheral of Swayambhunath hill.
It is also famous as the Monkey temple and you can find monkeys scampering around the staircase and premises of Swayambhunath temple.
Note: After visiting kathmandu valley tour, our tour guide will bring you to the Bhaktapur. You will visit Bhaktapur the ancient city on the next day.
The major attraction of Kathmandu valley are:
# one of the oldest Pagodas known as Pashupatinath Temple.
# The biggest & the holiest Stupa in Nepal known as Bouddhanath Stupa.
# Swayambhunath Temple, known as monkey temple.