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Travelers’ 15 Best Dashain Attractions

During your Kathmandu Tour, explore how Dashain significantly resides into the social, cultural and religious psyche of Nepalese people. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. While enjoying Nepal Holiday Tour, capture the sights and merriments of Nepalese people and see how they indulge into the biggest festival of the year. The festival, a unique ancient tradition, invokes goddess Durga through animal sacrifice. The travelers’ 15 best Dashain attractions are listed here.

Best Dashain Attraction

 

  1. Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the victory stories told is the Ramayan, where the lord Ram after a big struggle slaughtered Ravana, the evil king of demons. It is said that lord Ram was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga was evoked. The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorized the earth in the guise of a brutal water buffalo.
  2. Throughout the country the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable Pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood.
  3. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between goddess Durga and the demon Mahisasur. The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess.
  4. In preparation for Dashain every home is cleansed and beautifully decorated, painted as an invitation to the mother goddess, so that she may visit and bless the house with good fortune.
  5. During this time the reunion of distant and nearby relatives occurs in every household. The market is filled with shoppers seeking new clothing, gifts, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods, as well as foodstuffs for the family feasting.
  6. Thousands of sheep, goats, ducks, chicken and water buffalo are prepared for the great slaughter.
  7. All types of organizations are closed for ten to fifteen days. From the poor to the rich, all enjoy the festive mood. Anywhere you go the aroma of ‘Vijaya Dashami’ is found.
  8. The first nine days of Dashain are called Nawaratri when tantric rites are conducted. In Nepal the life force is embodied in the divine energy and power of the female, depicted as goddess Durga in her many forms. During these nine days people pay their homage to the goddess.
  9. The first day of Dashain is called Ghatasthapana, which literally means pot establishing. On this day the kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolizing goddess Durga is placed in the prayer room. The kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cow dung on to which seeds are sown. The Ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a certain auspicious moment determined by the astrologers.
  10. The room where the kalash is established is called ‘Dashain Ghar’. A priest or a household man worships the kalash everyday once in the morning and then in the evening. The kalash and the sand are sprinkled with holy water every day and it is shielded from direct sunlight.
  11. As days passes by regular rituals are observed till the seventh day. The seventh day is called ‘Fulpati’. In Fulpati, the royal Kalash filled with holy water, banana stalks, Jamara and sugar cane tied with red cloth is carried by Brahmans on a decorated palanquin under a gold tipped and embroidered umbrella. The government officials also join the Fulpati parade.
  12. The eighth day is called the Maha Asthami. The fervor of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Kali increases. Sacrifices are held in almost every house throughout the day. The night of the eighth day is called ‘Kal Ratri’, the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed at the mother goddess temples. The sacrifice continues till dawn.
  13. The ninth day is called Nawami. Temples of mother goddess are filled with people from dawn till dusk. Animals mostly black buffaloes are slaughtered to honor Durga-the goddess of victory and might, to seek her blessing. When the function ends the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood.
  14. The tenth day is the Dashami. On this day people take Tika and Jamara from their elders and receive blessing. The importance of Dasain also lies in the fact that on this day family members from far off and distant relatives come for a visit as well as to receive Tika from the head of the family. This function continues for four days. After four days of rushing around, Dashain ends on the full moon day, the fifteenth day. The full moon day is also called ‘Kojagrata’ meaning ‘who is awake’.
  15. Apart from the religious practices, Dashain is also marked by merrymaking, gambling and excessive consumption of food and liquor.

Top 8 pilgrimage escapes in the Himalayas

Pilgrimage escape is the excellent way to explore the Himalayas’ pilgrimage destinations. Life here revolves around an intricate intermingling of ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. As Nepal has several ancient pilgrimage sites and they all are attached to the legend that glorifies the miraculous powers of its deity. Likewise, Bhutan, the most sacred religious sites in the world, has tens and hundreds of monasteries, monuments and sacred religious sites. Apart from Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, the Buddhist monasteries like Drepung and Jokhang are some of the holiest sites in Tibet. Similarly, being a religious land, India is home to innumerable temples, and other religious structures. For the pilgrims Himalayan mountains are the most sacred and revered mountain ranges in the world. Here are depicted the top 8 pilgrimage escapes in the Himalayas.

Mount Kailash Yatra
Mount Kailash Yatra

 

1. Jomsom Muktinath Trek, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Nepal for both Buddhists and Hindus, reaches to the site of hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes of Annapurna region. Each year it witnesses thousands of devotees flocking for worship in a hope to receive salvation. The temple of Muktinath is in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 3800 meters from the sea level. It is a gate way to Mustang from Manang in famous Annapurana circuit Trek route. The holy shrine at Muktinath includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple. The Hindus call it Muktichhetra (Place of salvation). Many Shaligrams (Ammonite) found here are considered by Hindu as incarnation of lord Vishnu and worship them. For Tibetan Buddhists, it is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara. This pilgrimage trek makes an adventure starting from world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region into world’s highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls.

2. Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal, one of the top pilgrimage escapes in Nepal for Buddhists, takes you to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, including the birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini. For those who are curious about Buddhism, this tour is made to provide them the opportunity to get to know the details about Buddhism and its culture. It takes you to the major Buddhist pilgrimages in the valley and to the birth place of Lord Buddha to Lumbini. In the valley you will visit Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Lumbini (birth place of Lord Buddha) out of the valley. During the trip, you can see the Buddhist devotees chanting religious hymns in their religious attire totally devoted to Buddhism.

3. Kathmandu Tour revolves around the cultural and religious sacred sites of City of Temples. Kathmandu has its own brand of cultural life which is based on unique mixture different religions, faiths, and practices including Hinduism and Buddhism. The valley holds a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It contains three medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. One is sure to be enchanted by the multi roofed temples, exquisite monasteries, stone carvings and wooden carvings, and the age-old traditions and religious festivals. All these sites in the Kathmandu Valley are related to the spiritual traditions practiced in this Himalayan region.

4. Phuentsholing to Paro Tour covers cultural and religious highlights of Bhutan. The tour begins from Phuentsholing which is a main commercial hub in south-west Bhutan. The long uphill journey to Thimphu will be exhilarating and on the way you come across tiny villages, waterfalls and animals. In Thimphu, you stroll around various landmarks of Bhutanese capital and even try to intermingle with the locals in the town. On your journey to Punakha, you enjoy the incredible vistas of the Himalayas from Dochula pass. Likewise, in this tour you also visit religious sites in Punakha and Paro. Including the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery above the Paro Valley, Punakha Dzong-the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, Chimi Lhakhang-the temple dedicated to Devine Madman, and Kichu Lhakhang-the oldest monastery in Bhutan will be the other attractions of this pilgrimage escape in Bhutan.

5. Bhutan Insight Tour gives you cultural, natural and religious exposure to Bhutan’s rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys. You travel around the monasteries, dzongs, temples, chortens and museums of Bhutan during this tour. Besides observing the unique Bhutanese culture, you will also experience the various breathtaking views of Himalaya mountains. The Paro Valley, capital Thimphu and the central Bhutan are the major attractions of this Insight Tour. In this tour you also cover Punakha to have with unique Bhutanese culture and lifestyle. Moreover, you enjoy the hike to Taktsang Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at a height of above 3120 m. Similarly, strolling through the traditional market places, observing Bhutanese handicrafts and household items, discovering unique religious festivals and gaining firsthand experience of proud Bhutanese people enhance you to intermingle with nature, religion, language and culture of Bhutan.

6. Mount Kailash Yatra and Parikrama of Lake Mansarovar, one of the holiest paths to Nirvana, takes you to one of the most revered places in the Himalayas. Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are two of the holiest pilgrimage areas to devotees of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths. Each year thousands of devotees undertake the treacherous and rigorous journey through the mountains of Himalayas to reach this sacred land. For Hindus it is the holiest of the holy place as the abode of Lord Shiva. It also has geographical significance as four great rivers flow from it: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra, which drain the vast Tibetan Plateau to contribute to the Ganges in India. Kailash is an object of devout pilgrimage also for the Buddhists. Likewise, Lake Manasarovar is one of the highest sacred lakes in the world. The sacred lake is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed that bathing in the holy waters will cleanse one’s sins.

7. Explore Lhasa, one of the top pilgrimage escapes of Lhasa, is very popular amongst international travelers. The journey begins and ends in the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, and covers popular landmarks of this beautiful city such as the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. You also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries in Lhasa like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. They are all amazing monasteries with a religious relevance of their own. This escape also takes you further to the outskirts of Lhasa where you visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Drayerpa Cave, which is still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.

8. Impressions of Ladakh, one of the top pilgrimage escapes in the Indian Himalayas, gives you an impression of age-old centre of Buddhism. India’s Ladakh is the northernmost tip of India, sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalayas. The Ladakh Leh Region is also one of the most popular areas for pilgrims. The people of Ladakh are predominantly Buddhist and practice ‘Mahayana’ Buddhism tempered with the old Bon animistic faith and Tantric Hinduism. It was brought Buddhism to Tibet and Ladakh during the 7th century AD. In the 11th century the Buddhist scholar Rinchen Tsangpo established 108 monasteries in the region. The Gompas at Lamayuru and Alchi are said to date from that time. The influence of Buddhism can also be seen in the capital of Ladakh, Leh.

7 most popular landmarks of Kathmandu Valley

The seven most popular landmarks of Kathmandu valley are also recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (culture) in Nepal. Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal, is the political as well as cultural capital of the country. Kathmandu is a city where ancient traditions rub shoulders with the latest technological advances. However, it is the splendor of the past that captivates the visitor whose gaze may linger on an exquisitely carved wooden window frame, the age-old bronze sculpture or the spiritually uplifting stupas.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa

 

Besides, Kathmandu Valley is also home to hundreds of other wonderful monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art. In 1979, UNESCO selected Kathmandu Valley as a World Heritage site based on seven groups of cultural monuments. Thus, make a Kathmandu Tour and visit to the close proximity of the 7 most popular landmarks of the valley.

1. Changu Narayan Temple, one of the most popular landmarks of Kathmandu Valley, is located 4 km from Bhaktapur. This impressive double roofed temple is said to be the most ancient Vishnu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. This pagoda-style 4th century temple displays some of the finest examples of stone, wood, and metal craftsmanship of the Licchavi period (2nd to 9th century) including a life-sized 5th century stone statue of Garuda, the mythical man-bird carrier of Vishnu. The golden age of classical Newari art produced masterpieces that were entirely religious in character. The present pagoda-style temple was rebuilt in 1702 after it was destroyed by fire. The temple is UNESCO listed World Heritage site. To be precise, it is better to ride on Extended Kathmandu Valley Tour to capture the real grandeur of the temple.

2. Kathmandu Durbar Square, another impressive landmark of Kathmandu, was the seat of Nepal’s royalty till 1896. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Darbar or Basantapur Darbar. Hanuman Dhoka is the former Royal Palace of the Malla kings and sequentially of the Shah dynasty. Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. Furthermore, here you will see many fine examples of Malla, Shah and Rana period architecture. The construction of the Taleju Temple by King Mahendra Malla in 1576 heralded its cultural history and 61 listed monuments dating from the 17th and 18th centuries can be seen here. The Kumari Bahal (residence of Living Goddess Kumari) is one of the most famous sites in the square. Hanuman’s statue, dressed in a red cloak, placed outside the Darbar, is an object of devotion. Overall, the Darbar Square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city.

3. Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred shrines of Hindu, was built in 1696 AD. It is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. The temple houses the six feet lingum (phallic symbol) of Shiva which has four faces, is known as Chaturmukhi, and dates back to the 14th century. Facing the main entrance of the temple is a 300 year-old bronze statue of Nandi (Shiva’s carrier, the bull). The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the shrines and temples of Pashupatinath attract thousands of visitors from within and outside the country every year. Entrance to the temple zone is forbidden to non-Hindus.

4. Boudhanath Stupa, one of the top landmarks of Kathmandu Valley, is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. With a diameter of 100 m and a height of 40 m, it is said to be the biggest stupa in the world. Located 7 km east of Kathmandu city center, it is also known as Khasti Chaitya. The largest stupa in Nepal was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions of Kathmandu Valley. Energized by the arrival of thousands of Tibetans after the 1959 Chinese invasion in Tibet, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Buddha’s all-seeing eyes gaze out on all sides from the upper tower which is capped as a pyramid. Monasteries from all four schools of Mahayana Buddhism are located within the complex.

5. Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the famous landmarks of Kathmandu, is located on the top of a hill in west of Kathmandu. Known as the monkey temple, Syambhunath has remained substantially unchanged since the 14th century. An appreciation of the stupa is best gained by proceeding around it in a clockwise direction. One will see many chaityas, temples and deity images as well as a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Harati within the complex. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind. Its dazzling white hemispherical mound represents the ladder to nirvana. If you are really interested to find some more interesting things about this age-old landmark of Kathmandu, it is better to go with Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal. The tour especially encompasses the important Buddhist sites in Nepal.

6. Patan Durbar Square, one of the most interesting historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu Valley, is in Patan. Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the “city of fine arts” and is the oldest city in the valley.  It is the cradle of arts and architecture of the valley, a great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts and crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Well known among these are the Krishna Mandir, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Kumbheshwar temple, Jagatnarayan temple and the Mahabouddha temple. The Darbar Square has one of the most diverse collection of traditional architectural styles found nowhere in the world. This is evident in some of the temples on the western part of the square: Krishna Temple, Kumbheswor Temple, Bhimsen Temple and Hiranya Varna Mahavihar. The Square has three main courtyards: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk.

7. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the culturally richest landmark of Kathmandu Valley, is in Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon meaning the “city of devotees” lies 14 km east of Kathmandu. It is the home of medieval art and architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved city of the valley. The intricately carved temples and timeless atmosphere of this place is simply intriguing. If you are cultural enthusiast then join for Kathmandu Transit Tour and see the magic of age-old Bhaktapur Darbar. The Durbar square was built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. It contains a royal palace and many temples built in the traditional Newari-pagoda-style. The golden gate, entrance to the Durbar Square is a delight to the eyes, for an architectural beauty like this is hard to discover. But what lies inside will change your definition of beauty. The beauty of this UNESCO listed World heritage site surpasses words! It has a unique collection of monuments. Some notable ones are the Batsala Devi Temple, the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, and the 55-Window Palace built in 1427.

Journeying in the Himalayas

Journeying in the Himalayas is an utmost dream of the world travelers. Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet excel the extreme beauty of legendary Himalayas. Travelers who are thinking to embark on Everest Base Camp Trek-the grandest adventure walk in the world or want to make wondrous Tibet Explore Tour, they will be ultimately at the refuge of pristine Himalayas. The ancient cultures and the lifestyles of these Himalayan states are still as they have been for centuries – adorned with traditional woven garments, daily prayers and prevalent religious folk dances.

 

Journeying in the Himalayas
Journeying in the Himalayas

 

In making Bhutan tour or let’s say, making a trip for Kathmandu tour let you experience the forested valleys dotted with temples, majestic mountains crowned with castle-like monasteries and serene culture untouched by modern devastation. In the journey through Himalayas, you will witness the novice monks reciting mantras, and craftsmen creating beauty from simple wares. Furthermore, you meet the gracious people who impart a deep insight into the Buddhist philosophy and the essence of life in the imposing Himalayas.

In travelling in the streets of Paro and Thimphu, you will be overwhelmed by the sights of idyllic valley crowned by crystal clear mountain views, small monasteries and great fortresses called dzongs. Besides, artistic craftsmanship like weaving, woodcarving and Thangka painting of Bhutanese stun you. Furthermore, an invigorating trek to “Tiger’s Nest” – Bhutan’s sacred and mystical monastery perched high into a cliff face bewilders you.

Your Journeying in the Himalayas reaches apex once you land in Kathmandu, a treasure trove of ancient temples and stupas. In Kathmandu, explore ancient Buddhist temples and sacred monuments like the 1500 year-old stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world. In addition, take an exhilarating helicopter flight to view the dramatic Himalayas and glorious Mount Everest. Tour the valley, including Patan, a royal city filled with stone carvings, ornate architecture and temples. The height of Nepal tour exceeds everything once you happen to travel in Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can take enthralling experience of boating on Fewa Lake, see the sun rise atop Sarangkot Hill and then visit the Bindhebasini Temple.

The imposing beauty of journeying in the Himalayas culminates once you fly to the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa, and discover its cultural history. In Lhasa, visit the Palace of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and traditional markets. Your Tibet tour becomes a life time memory the moment you travel to Yamdrok Tso Lake, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.

6 prime expectations while trekking in Nepal

Exquisite hospitality, stunning mountain landscapes, green valleys, indigenous food cultures, myriad wild-lives, lovely climates and above all the best trekking destinations in the world are the prime expectations of trekking in Nepal.

Whether you are advancing for Everest Base Camp Trek or making journey for Nepal Village Home Stay Tour or just moved on for Kathmandu Tour, your expectations of Nepal Tour will be rewarded by the majestic mountain views, the grandness of cultural heritage sites, the hospitality of friendly people, the diversity of flora and fauna, the unbeatable taste of locally made traditional cuisines and the experience of stunning climate diversity.

 

Trekking in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal

 

The six prime expectations while trekking in Nepal are -

  1. Mountain views are the greatest expectation of trekkers in Nepal. The grand mountain views depend on where the travelers are trekking. If a trekker is moving for Everest region, he or she will be in one of the most spectacular mountain regions of the world. It is where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayans. Trekking through the Khumbu region offers astounding mountain views, and opportunities to get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers – Sherpas. In the same way, trekking trails to Annapurna Base Camp pass through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas.
  2. Valleys are other secret attractions of trekking in Nepal. The magnetic Pokhara, the enchanting Kathmandu and much more other stunning valleys will host the visitors. While traveling through valleys of Nepal, travelers encounter with age-old cultural heritage of Nepal. In making Nepal Heritage Tour in Kathmandu, visitors generally traverse through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites -Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath. Temples and architectures built in Pagodas style catch the eyes of travelers too.
  3. Another prime expectation of trekking in the Himalayas is to intermingle with friendly people of Nepal. Immersing with local people is only possible once a traveler walks around village area. Trekking in the rural parts of Nepal lets the travelers to experience the beautiful mountain vistas and the rich cultural heritage of different Himalayan regions. The trails generally pass through the heart of the farming communities.
  4. Watching wildlife is the next highly anticipated expectation of visitors in Nepal. Trekkers see plenty of yak and cow above 3000m. Rare mountain goats are often spotted high up on the sides of mountains. Bird watching experience will be tremendous.  For instance, Bardia National Park Tour in the western Terai of Nepal offers the largest and least encroached wilderness. The region preserves a wide variety of flora and fauna. The National Park is home of many wild species like tiger, the rhinoceros, wild elephant, swamp deer, black rabbit, the gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin.
  5. Indigenous food culture is a distinct charm of Nepal. Unlike consumer food culture, visitors often surprise when they find themselves in a family milieu in the hilly regions of Nepal. There is plenty of locally prepared fantastic foods are available on all the main trails of Nepal .
  6. Nepal’s diverse climate really appeals the travelers. November or December to January or February is the cold season. February, March and April offer the second best time of year to go hiking in the Himalayas. The season will be full of blooming rhododendrons and other flowers in the valleys. May and June is warm indeed. June to September is rainy. October and November provide superb alternative chance for trekking in the mountain. This season also offers spectacular mountain views.

12 Considerable Facts about Kathmandu Valley Tour

Either you are heading for Kathmandu tour or want to have factual information before traveling for Nepal tour, it is necessary to know some important facts about Kathmandu Valley.

kathmandu valley
kathmandu valley

 

Kathmandu Valley consists of the three ancient cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Kathmandu Valley house seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The valley is also home to hundreds of other beautiful monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent arts.

  1.  Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal.
  2. Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban center of Nepal consisting of four more sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi and Bhaktapur.
  3. The city of Kathmandu is named after a structure in Basantapur Durbar Square called Kaasthamandap.  Kaasthamandap is a unique temple, also known as Maru Satal, was built in 1596 CE.
  4. The ancient trade route between India and Tibet that passed through Kathmandu enabled a fusion of artistic and architectural traditions from other cultures to be merged with local art and architecture.
  5. Kathmandu Valley stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters and the valley is surrounded by four major majestic mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri.
  6. Kathmandu valley was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1979.
  7. Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 significant monuments, including numerous pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists.
  8. Kathmandu Valley has a rich history, dating back to 2000 years ago, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives and cultures of people residing in the valley. Most of Kathmandu’s people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism.
  9. The Newari community generally acknowledged to be the indigenous inhabitants of the valley. Newars are believed to be the descendants of the various ethnic and racial groups that have inhabited and ruled the valley in the two-millennium history of the valley.
  10. Kathmandu Valley may have been inhabited as early as 300 BCE, since the oldest known artifacts in the valley date to a few hundred years BCE.
  11. Kathmandu Valley is popular with tourists for its unique culture and architecture; including the highest number of Jatras in Nepal.
  12. Thamel is Kathmandu’s central hub for tourist packed with guest houses, restaurants, shops, and bookstores.

The above facts about Kathmandu Valley are the helpful resources for international travelers who desire to travel around historical, cultural, architectural, and religious avenues of the valley.

Experiencing Indoor climbing in Kathmandu Valley

Are you desperately waiting for climbing experience despite being packed with busy schedules or despite being afraid from the danger of real rock climbing in the mountains? Are you seeking the thrill of climbing in the highly sophisticated and safe environment within the downtown of Kathmandu valley? Then, why not embark on a day long tour for Indoor climbing experience in Kathmandu Valley?

Indoor climbing is one of the adventurous sports in Nepal. So, if you really want to taste your climbing adventure spirit, then browse Himalayan Glacier’s highly customized day-long trip packages. We facilitate your climbing adventure passion in a highly modernized gym style indoor environment.

Indoor climbing is a style of climbing emphasizing power, strength, and dynamics. Its focus is on individual moves or short sequences of moves unlike traditional climbing or sport climbing which generally demand more endurance over longer stretches of rock and where the difficulty of individual moves is not as great.

Indoor climbing is an increasingly popular form of rock climbing performed on artificial structures that attempt to mimic the experience of outdoor rock climbing. The expansion of indoor climbing gyms has increased its easy access and thus it resulted into a popular adventurous sport.

We pay high attention towards the structural integrity of the climbing surfaces, the climbing equipments, and the proper use of equipment to facilitate safer and friendlier experience of the adventurous sport.

Kathmandu Pokhara River and Wildlife Tour

‘Last October I decided to visit Nepal.
My idea was to have a mix of a cultural tour but also to have the opportunity of spending few days in the beautiful nature of the country.

Paolo getting ready for click
Paolo getting ready for click

 

I had never been to Nepal before so everything was completely new for me.
After a long search I eventually opted for the “Kathmandu.Pokhara River and wildlife tour” of Himalaya Glacier and my choice was a good one.

Paragliding in pokhara
Paragliding in pokhara

 

We started in Pokhara where thanks to the guide I had the opportunity not only to see the major attractions of the place,but also to see other places maybe a bit off the normal touristic circuit. From there we then headed towards the Chitwan,not without stopping for an exilarating rafting on the Trisuli River. Read More