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World Heritage Site Tour

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World Heritage sites In Nepal

Nepal, the small mountainous country is also popular with so many historical monuments left by our ancestors. From which many of them are enlisted in UNESCO (United nations educational scientific organization) as world heritage site. There are all together 10 UNESCO world heritage sites in NEPAL. UNESCO has categorized the sites in two categories:

Natural Sites

Nepal's national parks included in the World Heritage Sites List are exceptional areas with dramatic mountains, glaciers, deep valleys and undisturbed vestiges of the 'Terai' region. Several rare species, such as the snow leopard, lesser panda, single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger are found in these park.

Cultural Sites

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven sites include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. Click on the following links to get detailed information about the individual sites.

Cultural Site In Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar Square

A Cluster of Temples and Palaces

Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels an. It houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.

Fast Facts
Location Kathmandu
Significance UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO Category Cultural
Built In 12th and 17th centuries
Major Attractions Taleju Temple and Hanuman Dhoka

Major Attractions

Taleju Temple

The temple is a famous Hindu and Jain religious site. The three-tiered temple is the first to be erected with more than two roofs and raised on a tall stepped platform. It is said that the mandir was built in the shape of a yantra on the advice of the Taleju Goddess herself and that she appeared to the King at the dedication ceremony disguised as abele.

  • Mahendreshvara Temple
  • Jagannath Temple
  • Dequtale Temple
  • Nasal Chowk
  • Mul Chowk
  • Bhandarkal
  • Vilar Temple
  • Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple
  • Shiva Temple
  • Shiv Parvati Temple
  • Manju Deval
  • Kumari Bahal
  • Kasthamandapa
  • Ashok Binayak Shrine
  • Simha Sattal

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur,houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk.Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square. several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. Main among these are Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna.

Fast Facts
Location Kathmandu Valley
Importance UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO Category Cultural
Major Attractions
  • Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles
  • Tusahity royal bath

Chowks

  • Mul Chowk
  • Sundari Chowk
  • Keshav Narayan Chowk

Places to visit

  • Krishna Temple
  • Mahaboudha
  • Kumbheshwor
  • Jagat narayan Temple
  • Rudra Varna Mahavihar
  • The Ashokan Stupas

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in very place - struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.

Fast Facts
Location Kathmandu Valley
Significance UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO Category Cultural
UNESCO Listed 1979
Major Attractions The Golden Gate

Places to visit

  • The Lion Gate
  • The Golden Gate (Sun Dhoka)
  • The Palace of Fifty Five Windows
  • The Art Gallery
  • The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla
  • Nyatapola
  • Pashupati Temple
  • Vatsala Temple

Changu Narayan.- "Where Nepal’s history starts."

An ancient hindu temple was built in the lichhivi period and is located near the village of Changunarayan in the east of Kathmandu Valley on top of a hill . Its location is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the north of Bhaktapur and 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Kathmandu.


Swayambhunath Stupa

this typical hindu pagoda style stupa is located at the hilltop of west end of the Kathmandu valley, where you can witness the architecture of ancient stone crafts and the blend of tradition and culture of that age. The temple is also the live example of religious brotherhood.


Pashupatinath

Hindu temple of god Shiva one of the important god of Hindus dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River.


Lumbini

“Birth place of Lord Buddha”

The present-day Lumbini historic site is 4.8 km (3 mi) in length and 1.6 km (1.0 mi) in width. The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large monastic zone in which only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. It was enlisted in world heritage sight in the year 1997.


Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupa's in the world which is located at North east of Kathmandu and is iconized as the symbol of peace through out the world.


The Natural Sites

Chitwan National Park

"Wildlife Camp"

It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 sqkm and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District.

Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations and is also the first National Park.

Sagarmatha National Park

"Top of the world"

Protected area in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal that is dominated by Mount Everest.