5 palace to visit inside Kathmandu Valley


1.Pashupati Nath Temple

Pashupati Natth Temple also one of the main religious places of hindu people located inside kathmandu valley. People from other countries also come here to visit. Also, there are 12 Jyotirlinga in India and the one in Nepal is the head over this body. Pashupati Nath Temple has 275 holy abodes of Shiva as well. Temple architecture quite intriguing as it built in Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. The wooden rafters are carved to perfection whereas the overall foundation is like cubic constructions. The structure here is that of stone Mukhalinga, or a linga with a face. Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It not known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple built. But according to Nepal Mahatmya and Himvatkhanda, the deity here gained great fame there as Pashupati. Pashupatinath Temple’s existence recorded as early as 400 CE.

2.Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, Nepal. It a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Gelugpa dharma centers. It was Founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who died in 1984. Kopan monastery is a sacred Buddhist site in the world.

Located on the hilltop north of Bodhnath. The Kopan Monastery is a pleasant place where you can explore and study Buddhism. The monastery is still looking for the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. However, the young Spanish boy, who declared to be reincarnated Lama no longer reside at the Kopan Monastery. In fact, he renounced his vows and now works in Ibiza as a cinematographer. But that’s not what’s intriguing about the monastery. The place best known for its books on Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Kopan is a pleasant walk from Bodhnath and Gokarna Mahadev Temple.

3.Narayanhiti Palaces

 The Narayanhiti Palace Museum a public museum in Kathmandu, Nepal located east of the Kaiser Mahal and next to Thamel. The museum created in 2008 from the complex of the former Narayanhiti Palace following the 2006 revolution. Before the revolution, the palace the residence and principal workplace of the monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal, and hosted occasions of state. The existing palace complex built by King Mahendra in 1963.

And incorporates an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings want to know how the politics have transformed Nepal? Well, things will get a lot clearer when you visit the Narayanhiti Palace and Museum. Full of meeting rooms and 1970s glamour, the palace has great interiors. The place well known for its museum beauty. Once, King Gyanendra lived in it, but he given 15 days to vacate the property after his fall from the throne. Narayanhiti Palaces also the place where King and his family killed in 2001. The place is morbidly market and the bullet holes are still visible on some of the walls. But nevertheless, this place offers a peek into the regal lifestyle of the royals, the one that people only dream about.

4.Taudaha Lake

The name, Taudaha Lake, comes from a combination of Newari words ‘Ta’, meaning snake and ‘Daha’, which means lake. The lake believed to be a remnant pool of the huge lake that once existed where now the city of Kathmandu sits. Taudaha Lake name actually came from mythology, where it believed that a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree. That he had cut the hill to drain the water of this lake, which why the lake now smaller than it used to be.

A narrow passage from which the Bagmati River exits the Kathmandu Valley. After the water of the ancient lake drained away, few small lakes and ponds were created beyond the hills. Taudaha believed to be one of those pondsIt’s time that you explore Kathmandu fair and square. The outskirts of Kathmandu, Taudaha represents ‘snake’ and ‘lake’. However, due to the draining of the lake, countless nagas, mythological creatures who were half snakes and half humans were left homeless. And therefore, an underwater lake or Taudaha built, where serpent king and the subjects lived. That’s why the lake considered tranquil. This lake is perfect for birdwatchers, as a number of migratory species visit the place.

5. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historically and culturally significant site in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal that UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although the construction of the square began in the 3rd century, the major structures within it were added in later periods. Kathmandu Durbar Square outer complex consists of a number of 16th-century temples built during the reign of Malla kings. These buildings adorned with meticulously carved facades characteristic to Newar architecture. The central square surrounded by palace complexes built during the Malla and Shah periods. The most well-known among them the Nautalle Durbar. And a nine-story palace built by Prithvi Narayan Shah to commemorate the Unification of Nepal.

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