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Kathmandu Valley:

Temples galore

A 218 square miles of land, situated above 4400 ft above sea level with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Being the capital city of Nepal, it offers much services including international airlines, hotels and other facilities. One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life, shopping and of course for the mountain views.
Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal. The city is situated in Kathmandu Valley that also contains two other cities - Patan and Bhaktapur. The original inhabitants of Kathmandu are called Newars, who speak a language called Nepal Bhasa. However, Nepali is the lingua franca of the valley and is the most widely spoken language. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 2,230 m (6,235 ft) and is inhabited by about 700,000 people. Kathmandu is the most developed city in Nepal. The earliest known inscription in the Kathmandu Valley is dated 185 AD. The oldest firmly dated building in the earthquake-prone valley is almost 1,992 years old.


Most of the people in the district are Hindus. Although, one can find few Muslims, Christians and Buddhists living around the district. The major caste of the district is "Tamang" about 45.9% of total population. In addition to this, other castes are Brahman, Chhetry, Newar, Gurung, Tharu, Magar, Chepang and Rai. Chepang is a rare caste, found only in this district. It is believed that some of the Chepang communities are still living a primitive lives. They can still be found in dens and hunt for their living.

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Kathmandu is the centre of everything in Nepal - tourism, restaurants, hotels and, as it is where the majority of tourists travel to, it is the gateway to the Himalayas. Travelling from the west, it can be a bit of a shock on first arrival as the diversity between both cultures is instantly noticeable.

Legend has it that the Kathmandu Valley once lay submerged beneath an ancient lake and was made habitable when Bodhisattva Manjushri drained it with a sword blow to the surrounding mountains. True or not, the protected valley, which also shelters the age-old cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, serves as Nepal's center for culture, government, and tourism. Trade, in fact, fashioned Kathmandu, since the city bridged commercial routes between Tibet, northern India, and other eastern lands. Known in olden days as Kantipur, the city's present name refers to a still-extant wooden pagoda built in the 12th century. Malla kings, rulers from the 13th to 18th centuries, brought Kathmandu its highest prosperity and glory. They also initiated the city's greatest period of building, which gave rise to the stunning civic and religious structures around Durbar Square. In 1769, the Shah dynasty unified the nation's various city-states and took control of Nepal, designating Kathmandu the capital.

According to Trip advisor, there are over 30 interesting places to visit while you are in Kathmandu. It is rather long list so I will only list some of them here:

1) Durbar Square

2) Monkey Temple (Swayabhunath Stupa)

3) Hanuman Dhoka Square

4) Boudhanath

5) Kakani & Nagarkot - You will be able to get upclose to the himalayas

You may wish to visit some of the websites listed below for further information:

Nepal Vista

See Nepal

Friendship Nepal

World Travels

Nature Trail

Map of Nepal