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  Kathmandu durbar square (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Nepal:

Kathmandu Durbar Square which is located in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, never fails to impress first time visitors with its assembly of palaces, temples and courtyards built during the Malla period. In the Durbar Square is included the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the remarkable seat of the royalty; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the glorious Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. Ever since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point. The capital acquires its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree.

  Asan, Kathmandu, Nepal:

The Asan market square which is the center of old Kathmandu was once located about midway on the only diagonal main road of Kathmandu that links Durbar Square with Durbar Marg. Six roads going in all directions are there at Asan. Annapurna Temple of Annapurna, the Goddess of Grains is a three-storied pagoda style temple which presides over the ever-lively bazaar. Asan is one of the busiest market places and is still an important shopping center with shops selling anything from imported spices to kitchenware, Chinese goods, fresh vegetables, hardware and clothes.

  Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal:

Thamel being a tourist district of Kathmandu, so late into the night it is hustle and bustles with activities. Being on a just 10-minute walks from the center of Kathmandu, still the place is absolutely different from the rest of the city. Thamel gratifies completely the tourists with its rows of restaurants, scores of hotels and bars, inviting souvenir shops, book shops, cyber cafes and travel agencies. Whatever is needed by a tourist are all found here, even friends and traveling companions.

  Dharahara, Kathmandu, Nepal:

Built by then Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa in 1832 the Dharahara tower is the elevated landmark of Kathmandu with a height of 50.5 m. The 360 degree astonishing view of the Kathmandu Valley is well worth the long climb up the spiraling staircase and is open to anyone who can go up after paying the entrance fee.

  Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal:

Budhanilkantha the largest of Vishnu’s stone statues, lies at the foothills of the Shivapuri hills, 8 km north of the Kathmandu city center. Seems like floating in the pond lying down on a bed of serpents known as ‘Nagas’ is the large granite figure of Lord Vishnu. This shrine dates back to the 5th century.

  Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal:

Kirtipur is located on a ridge 8 km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient Newar township - with its brick-paved streets lined with typical red brick houses and tiled roofs, and temple squares - is a natural fortress. The temple of Bagh Bhairav and the Chilamchu stupa are the major attractions. At the foothills of Kirtipur is located the Tribhuvan University which is Nepal’s premier seat of education.

  Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal:

Pharping balanced on a hilltop with a Buddhist monastery is lying 18 km south of Kathmandu on the valley edge. A highly structured 17th-century temple which houses a glided image of Goddess Bajra Jogini is the Pharping’s main attraction. There are some other attractive sights in Pharping which include a cave and a hand-imprint of the Buddhist saint Padmasambhav on the rock face over its entrance.

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