Lonely Planet list Kathmandu City as World’s top 10 travel destination of 2019
Kathmandu among top 10 travel destination of 2019:
Lonely Planet lists Kathmandu, ‘The City of Temples’ of Nepal as one the world’s top 10 travel destination for 2019. Competing among thousands of travel destination, Kathmandu made it to the 5th top travel destination for 2019 in the world. Positioned at the foothills of the high Himalayas and vibrant hills Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is simply phenomenal. Kathmandu, the ‘Glory of Nepal’ is illustrated by seven UNESCO listed world Heritages sites that includes –
- The Buddhist Stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
- The ancient Hindu temples of Pashupatinath and Changu-Narayan.
- The Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
All these Heritage Sites are our landmark that has so much to do with Nepal’s historical and cultural significance. Kathmandu World Heritage site takes anyone into the realm of authentic spiritual ecosphere which is away from the world.
The vibrant luscious hills surrounds this graceful city of Kathmandu situated at the elevation of 1400 m. The city has so much to offer to both national and international tourists in terms of history, culture and architecture. In 2013 Kathmandu made it to the 3rd top travel destination in the world. The legend speaks of Kathmandu being a huge lake and Swyambhunath temple (also known as Monkey Temple) to be an island with an eternal flame.
Manjushri, the Bodhisattva – the god of wisdom in the want to visit the flame cut the gorge of Chobar situated south-west of Kathmandu with his sword and drained the lake. He then built a shrine which is now the UNESCO listed world Heritage site.
The 7 world Heritages sites:
Equivalent to Varanasi in India on the sacred River Ganges, Pashupatinath situated at the bank of the sacred river Bagmati happens to be one of the most famous pilgrimage site of Hindu faith. There are various legends that links to this temple which is mesmerizing. Hindus and Buddhist from around the world visit the temple every year to pay homage to Lord Shiva, Hindus highest divinity.
During the Maha-Shivaratri festival that falls around February/March thousands of devotees from around world including locals come to honor Lord Shiv. However, this is when Pashupatinath is livelier than any-other special occasions. Besides, the festival of Teej, observed by the Nepal women is another occurrence of significance which is passionately celebrated. It’s a temple where anyone can witness a traditional cremation which is a daily activity yet the serenity is impressive.
Boudhanath, stand 8 km from center Kathmandu and happens to be one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. There are too many legends to speak of in regards to the foundation of this stupa. Also known as the Stupa of Enlightenment, Boudhanath is a very significant monument for Buddhist. This Heritage site has an exceptional charm of its own that has always persuaded anyone to have faith in its power of serenity.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Centered in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square is sensational. However, anyone can witness the effect of 2015 tragic Earthquake from the ruins of devastations. However, it has so much to offer with its unusual monuments and temples giving you ample history of the Newars architectural and craftsmanship skills.
This ancient royal capital of Nepal has never failed to impress the visitors with its sophisticated wood carvings, stunning monuments and rich history. It’s where Kathmandu’s living goddess, Kumari resides, where the Tantric blending of Newari, Hindu and Buddhist beliefs all join together. There is a saying that a day isn’t enough to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Very popularly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ among the tourist Swyambhunath Stupa stands high up on the ridge with the grandiose panoramic view of the city and the surrounding hills. Legend speaks of it being an island with the eternal flame and Kathmandu being a lake which was later drained by the God of Wisdom, Manjushree.
This is the reason why it is said that the Glory of Kathmandu started from Swyambhunath temple. Swyambhunath which means “self-Existent” or ‘Self Born’ is a perfect place to see the blend between Hindu and Buddhist that exist in harmony in Nepal.
19 km away from the Capital city of Kathmandu exquisitely located among the traditional terraced fields and lush forest of Bhaktapur is the Changu Narayan temple that dates back to as early as 3000 years. It is the historic and the oldest temple found till date in Nepal and is listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the living museum of Changu Narayan temple bores the ancient history of the Lichchavi Dyansty.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur, the world heritage site and one among the 3 royal cities of Nepal is another great attraction. it is very popularly known as ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’ is an open museum with its majestic monuments, ancient craftsmanship and exceptional edifices cherished for their exquisite artworks. Arriving at Bhaktapur instantaneously drifts everyone back to the ancient era with its primitive ambiance setting.
Furthermore, the mountains and lively hills surround the this beautiful city of Bhaktapur, providing you with a magnificent view of the Himalayas. This living heritage of Bhaktapur gives you the ancient history of the Malla Dynasty and their artistry skill.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Situated in the heart of the city, Patan Durbar Square is one among the 3 royal cities beside Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. It is yet another attraction that gives you the ancient history of Malla Dynasty. It further delivers the Mallas ancient palaces, temples and their exquisite carvings. The city is very prominent for its rich tradition of arts, architecture and handicrafts. It is indeed the birthplace of master craftsmen and artists such as Arniko and Kuber Singh Shakya.
The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the 3rd century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. The Malla kings ruled Kathmandu Valley until the ascension of the Shah dynasty.
FEEL THE TRANQUILITY:
However, visiting these places gives anyone the real sense of serenity and comfort. All these ancient monuments generate a strong magical inspiration leaving anyone with an ultimate tour experience. These landmarks are uniquely special that has indeed a deep cultural significance. It’s equally quite surprising to see these stunning prehistoric legacies in the midst of busy and lively Kathmandu city.
Furthermore, a day isn’t enough to adore all these seven sites. We recommend to take is slow and easy to benefit and to understand the mysticism, unique history and mythology behind this antique inheritances. Consequently, we recommend at last of two days for Kathmandu world heritage sites tour.
The reason why Kathmandu has been listed as the top 10 travel destination of 2019:
Kathmandu has always been an impressive cultural garden for ancient palaces, prehistoric temples and incomparable architecture. Beside all these Kathmandu offers ample outdoor adventures. Other than tours it offers beautiful hiking opportunities. If you fancy getting away from the maddening crowd and visit the outskirt of the city, there are abundant places to go and relish.
This beautiful valley of Kathmandu is certainly a “treasure house for art and architecture”. Therefor, it is very wisely said that a day is not enough to explore this enchanting city of Kathmandu. It’s a Paradise valley with moderate climate where you simply relish and enjoy the great moments of your life.
Though Kathmandu suffered a great devastation during the 2015 tragic Earthquake yet it still supplies the Nirvana charm. You would hardly witness the effect of tragic earthquake since every corner is so lively with all the vibrant colors and smiles in people’s faces.