Kathmandu sightseeing one day (Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, monkey temple, Basantapur durbar square)
Kathmandu the capital of Nepal is situated about 1330 m from the sea level. It is a valley of three districts such as Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur surrounded by mountains. The Valley contains 3 fabulous cities of great historic, religious, and cultural interest. The sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on a 6-hour tour of an area that covers 218 square miles (350 kilometres).
On your one day tour, you will not be able to cover the entire valley, but you will be taken to some of the most important and monumental sites. Many of these squares, monasteries, and temples that are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Durbar square is home to a house full of woodcarvings of different gods and goddesses. In this 3-story palace, you will also find the living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists venerate her, and she serves as an illustration of the harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist people.
One of the popular temples of Kathmandu durbar square is, locally known as maru sagittal. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu city is derived from the name of the temple and of it is said that this temple is built by one single tree. At the centre of this temple, one can see the statue of Hindu god Gorak Nath and in the four corners of the temple, one can see Ganesh statues.
The most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh, the people of Kathmandu valley believe that the four Ganesh statues in the 4 corners of the Kathmandu valley protect the people living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple, and especially on Tuesdays, you can see a long line of people waiting for hours to worship. Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati temple, the old palace, Saraswati temple, Krishna octangular temple, Big drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath temple, etc.
Swayambhunath/monkey temple is a 2,500-year-old stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in the part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most scared of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati river River runs alongside the temple and is the site not only of pilgrims who take bath in the river but also contains a special area where members of the Royal family are cremated.
Boudhanath stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage. IT is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect.