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Nepal , a small country with an area of approximately 147181 sq kms is diverse geographically as well as ethnically with more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages. You will find varied rich cultures and vibrant traditions, exquisite temples and monuments as well as fast flowing rivers and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, making your trip an unforgettable experience. It is a multicultural, ethnic and multi-lingual country. However, all the people from different races and religions live in harmony and there is an ideal blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Kathmandu was originally called “Kastha Mandap”, a magnificent pagoda style Hindu temple in the heart of the valley. It is believed to be the centre point of the valley and was built by a single tree. It was constructed during the Malla Kings dynasty between 16th and 17th century.As time passed by there were a lot of visitors from all corners of Asia. These individuals contributed their arts, cultures, architecture and religion on their visit to Kathmandu, which is still visible as one wonders round the alleys and the surroundings. Due to its interesting history, fascinating cultures, characters and a very peaceful and harmony religion, visiting Kathmandu is a unique experience.

Swayambhunath Stupa meaning “Self Existent” is the most ancient of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. It is believed to have established more than 2500 years ago. It was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination long before the arrival of Buddhism into the valley. Its shining white dome and golden spire can be seen for many miles.A miraculous lotus, planted by a past Buddha, which blossomed from the lake that once covered Kathmandu valley, gave a brilliant light. People from all walks of life travelled to this lake in search of enlightenment. Bodhisatva manjushri was meditating at the sacred mountain had a vision of shining lotus. Manjushri, cut a gorge in the mountains surrounding the lake, so pilgrims can access Swayambhu easily. After the water drained away the Lotus was transformed into a hill and the light became the Swayambhunath Stupa. The valley-present day Kathmandu.

Thamel It is a very different scene altogether strolling around Thamel, a suburb of Kathmandu. It has a lot of attraction for both visitors and the locals. The locals like to hang out and observe people from all around the world. They have also benefited from visitors by extending their services.There is nothing one cannot find when you are in need, from cyber-café to traditional Nepali crafts. In early 90`s computers were not well-known, but now most of the travel agencies
have their business on websites. Thamel pubs have good atmosphere with great music. Nepalese people are considered excellent in cooking. So there are plenty of good restaurants in Thamel.

Bhaktapur The city of Devotees, situated at an altitude of 1,401 Mtr covers an area of four square miles. It has some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. The square is also one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley. There are many attractions in Bhaktapur Durbar square – the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, statues of Kings on stone monoliths, the palace of fifty-five windowsand the art gallery which contains ancient paintings to name a few. Pottery is another highlight in this square.

Bouddhanath is also known as little Tibet, and it is the focal point of Tibetan culture and buddism in Nepal. The stupa is 36 meters high and is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. It was once situated in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet. For centuries merchants from Tibet offered prayers and had a rest. Many decided to reside in and around Bouddhanath after they fled from Tibet in 1950’s. Hence, Bouddhanath has developed into a township. Best time to visit Bouddhanath is early morning and evening