Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.56) Kathmandu: The mysterious city in Himalayas

07-03-2023

(WorldKings.org) The 2,000-year-old city of Kathmandu is the cultural, political, and economic center and the largest city in this Buddhist country.

Kathmandu is particularly famous for its religious monuments. Various temples, monasteries, and stupas adorn the city’s landscape, particularly the Pashupatinath Temple and the Changu Narayan which are famous for their stunning, intricate religious artworks.

 

The city is a mix of ancient Newari, Hindu, and Buddhist architecture, narrow streets and temples along with a growing area of larger streets and modern buildings.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a royal palace and is a cluster of classical architecture, temples, palaces, and courtyards. Odd carvings can be found everywhere. Much of the square is still steeped in history and nostalgic beauty. Boudhanath is also a UNESCO site and is said to be the largest surviving temple and the largest spherical temple in Nepal. Popular with tourists for its splendid appearance, the building is a sacred center of Buddhism.

 

A prominent feature here is the presence of Tibetan prayer flags. Lines of flags fell like colorful waterfalls from the temple's peaks and treetops. Each flag on the chain contains a full spell. When the wind blows over the prayer flags, it carries the spell around the world bringing peace. The Tibetan prayer wheels inside different temples also have a similar concept. When you spin all the prayer wheels in a row, you are sending a prayer to the world.

 

Most of the people are Hindu and Buddhist. The Newari were the first to settle in the city, although their population was declining due to intercultural marriages.

 

Kathmandu city has a lot of restaurants and Nepali food. Over the past few years, the standard of restaurant food in Kathmandu has increased dramatically. Coffee shops are also becoming more popular in Kathmandu. For tea lovers, this is the best place to buy tea in Nepal.

According to the Internet


Brian (Collect & Edit) - WORLDKINGS (Source of photos : internet )

 

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