World Heritage Sites in Nepal
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the World Heritage Site situated right in the heart of Kathmandu. This historical attraction is known for its religious, cultural, and commercial importance. The remarkable variety of temples are dedicated to various gods and goddess and was built between the 12th and 18th centuries. Some of the attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square are Taleju Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Bhandarkhal, Manju Deval, Kumari Bahal, Kasthamandap temple and the museum inside the palace.
Entry Fee: Rs 750 per person
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square is well known for its fine Pagoda style temples, stone statues, and unique architectures. Likewise, the palace complex is home to various Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways and exquisite carvings dating back to many centuries. The major attraction of Patan Durbar Square includes Keshav Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Mul Chowk, Patan Museum, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Mahabouddha Temple, and Golden Window.
Entry Fee: Rs 500 per person
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the well preserved historical attractions in Kathmandu Valley. It is the palace complex of ancient Malla rulers and is a museum of medieval art and architecture. Magnificent temples and sacred landmarks with armies of clay pots left in the sun to dry is how Bhaktapur – Kathmandu Valley’s third-largest city is recognized. The 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairava Nath Temple are some of the major attractions in Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Entry Fee: Rs 1500 per person
Bouddhanath Stupa is a massive, whitewashed stupa which rises 36 m above the street. It is among the largest stupa in the World and the biggest in Nepal. It is the heart of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Posters of smiling Dalai Lama, traditional art workshops, and local restaurants are in abundance throughout the narrow streets of Bouddha. It remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists as well as for local Nepalese.
Entry Fee: Rs 250 per person
Also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ Syambhunath stupa is believed to be the first place of pilgrimage in the Kathmandu Valley. Syambhunath complex consists of several other temples dating back to the 7th century, however, the Tibetan Monastery has been recently built. It takes a 40-50 minute walk from Thamel. The area is a landmark because it offers the best view of Kathmandu Valley.
Entry Fee: Rs 250 Per person
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu site in Nepal and the country’s largest shrine complex. The temple stands for the symbol of faith and culture holding its ground beside the holy river – Bagmati. Every year thousands of Hindu followers from all over the country as well as from India pay a visit to this temple as it holds a huge proportion of religious significance among Hindu society.
Entry Fee: Rs 1000 Per person
CHANGU NARAYAN TEMPLE
Located on a high hilltop in Bhaktapur District, the temple of Changu Narayan is a living museum of carvings and fine art. Historians believe that the temple was built in the 4th century and is the oldest Vishnu shrine in Kathmandu Valley. The complex is decorated by some of the very fine carvings of stone, wood and metal craft. The ancient inscriptions and statues in the temple area bear archeological and cultural importance.
Entry Fee: Rs 100 Per person
Outside Kathmandu Valley:
LUMBINI: The Birth Place of Lord Buddha
Lumbini is the birthplace of history’s greatest honored and valued figure, Siddhartha Gautam also known as – Lord Buddha. An ancient town where the monuments and pilgrimages such as Mayadevi temple, the historic Ashok pillar and other archeological remains are well preserved certainly stands high for its religious significance. A visit to Lumbini can be a wonderful experience as it consists of pleasant walks through wetlands and temples contributed by Buddhist cultures and communities from around the world.
Entry Fee: Rs 200 per person
CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National park is Nepal’s first National Park established in 1973. It is one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in the whole of Asia. The National Park is home to more than 50 species of mammals, 544 species of birds and around 60 species of reptiles and amphibians. However, the most endangered and also well-preserved species include the rare one-horned Rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, Ghariyal (crocodile), sloth bears, and different other flora and faunas.
Entry Fee: Rs 500 per person
SAGARMATHA (EVEREST) NATIONAL PARK
Located above 3000 meters, Sagarmatha National Park is the world’s highest National Park which covers an area of 124,400 hectares of land. Comprising of the world’s highest mountains over 7000 m including Mt. Everest (8848m), deep valleys, and glaciers the park is home to many rare species such as Snow Leopards, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, and the Red Pandas. A well-known destination for mountain tourism is a carefully preserved heritage site where the warmness and openness of Sherpa culture can be experienced who have inhabited the Everest region for more than four centuries.
Entry Fee: Rs 3390 per person