Kathmandu is the capital city of the country Nepal. Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. This is a city with multiethnic population with a Buddhist and Hindu majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of residing in Kathmandu
One of the major sources of income for the people of Kathmandu is Tourism where thousands of tourists visit every month in this city. People from all over the world visit Kathmandu’s religious sites such as Pasupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Budhanilakantha. Some of the famous places to visit at Kathmandu are Thamel, Dakshinkali, Bungmati, Nagarkot, Godawari, Durbarmarg and many other places. It is also known as the city of thousand temples as there are huge number of temples in the valley.
Another major tourist destination near Kathmandu is Patan which is famous for its cultural heritage and its traditions of arts and crafts. It is called the city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. One can experience true arts, crafts, monuments and hand made designs in this historic city. There are more than 1200 Buddhist monuments of various shapes and sizes in the city. One of the most important monuments of the city is The Patan Durbar Square which has been listed by UNESCO as one of the seventh monument zones that make up Kathmandu valley as The World Heritage Site. Other famous places to visit in Patan are Krishna Mandir, Patan museum, Jawalakhel, Mangalbazar, Kumaripati, Bungmati, Kumari Temple, Patan Dhoka, Machchendra Nath Temple and many other historical places. You can get an opportunity to see the Newari cultures, traditions, jatras and their festivals as a huge majority of Newar people live in this area.
Bhaktapur located about 20km east from Kathmandu is also called the city of devotees, city of culture, living heritage and Nepal Culture’s gem and is surrounded by mountains that provide a magnificient view of the Himalayas. It is also one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu valley. On a tour of Bhaktapur you will get an opportunity to discover rich tapestry of Nepalese culture and its history. Celebration light up this city almost every month of this year often with live music, dancing and traditional rituals. Bhaktapur is also famous for its traditional desert “Juju Dahu” which is the Nepalese made curd using ancient methods. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments most made using wood, mud and stones, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, glided work, open courtyards, etc. The city is filled with thousands of pagodas and religious shrines which will let you experience the ancient history of Nepalese people.