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Kathmandu, or Kantipur, is the largest city and capital of Nepal, with a multi-ethnic population of around 1.472 million in 2021, with a dominance of Hindus and Buddhist. With the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas occupies the tranquil valley – Kathmandu: The city stands at an elevation of 4,600 feet overhead sea level. In this article, Dr Kausthub Desikachar shares the top 5 religious destinations of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu has been the hub of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy for times concurrently. Tourism is an integral part of the economy in the city of Kathmandu. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says you would be startled to know that Kathmandu stood third amongst the top ten forthcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor and ranked first in Asia. This city is a booming hub for all breeds of tourists. From adventure tourism to cultural tourism with baroque architecture, exquisite wood carvings and metal craft, Kathmandu has a lot to offer. Kathmandu is primarily recognized as the city of Temples and renowned for its religious masterpieces.
Boudhanath Stupa is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage sites, one of the most impressive monuments in Kathmandu and an important pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. It is the most magnificent stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. Boudha is invariably full of life. One must experience the unique darshan on every full moon night.
Swayambunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, is the secondary stupa with significance in Kathmandu after the Boudhanath Stupa. This stupa is the most pristine of its kind. Swayambu stupa stands an emblem of faith and harmony for ages, with Hindu stupas and divinities fused in this Buddhist spot. Going around the temple in a clockwise direction is believed to wash away all the sins.
Pashupatinath is one of the four most powerful and sacred spot in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva. It is deemed divine by the Hindus as it ranges on both sides of the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath Temple is listed under the seven UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. Moreover, you could find the most comprehensive statue of Nandi, the carrier of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivaratri, a festival in spring, draws thousands of believers from around India. Pashupatinath is also a cremation site where the last rituals of Hindus are performed.
Budhanilkantha Temple, devoted to Lord Maha Vishnu, is an open-air place of worship dwelled in Kathmandu Valley. Budhanilkantha Temple houses a magnificent and most beautiful stone carving of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture on a bed of serpents in the middle of a pond. It is the largest Nepal that attracts devotees and travellers all year long. Devotees say this site is an extraordinarily calming experience.
Kumari Bahal is the castle where the Kumari, the existing goddess and a living representation of Devi – the Hindu theory of female holy power, lives. The Kumari usually shows her face between 9am and 11am. The presence of Kumari is deemed to shield the neighbourhood and the region.
Kathmandu is also a fabulous travel destination for adventure freaks. The list of adventure activities in Kathmandu covers various activities like:
Dr Kausthub Desikachar says the days never get too warm, even during summers. So the city ensures pleasant weather throughout the year, presenting it as a perfect destination for tourism at any given time.
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