Golden Triangle Tour
While everyone of us have our own eye of visit, ranging from doses of cuisine to archaeological, religious or cultural taste, Kathmandu ensembles all perfectly. Kathmandu Valley bears the ancient civilization of Asia, with hundreds of remarkable monuments and several pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. This economic hub of Nepal accommodates seven of World Heritage Sites. There are notable choices to visit in this ancient city.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Surrounded by intricate wood carvings, centuries old rich culture and assortments of temples, Kathmandu Durbar Square holds a spectacular legacy of traditional architecture. This was once the residence of Nepal’s Royal family and all coronation ceremonies held here.The Durbar Square links 3 courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section of Hanuman Dhoka- the entrance to the main palace, and to the south is the open area, a former royal elephant stables- they say! Most parts of the premises are open to tourists throughout the week. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the historic center of Nepal in terms of cultural heritage, sovereignty, economics, religion and pride. The entire square was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Kumari Ghar is visited with wonderment. This is where the living goddess resides. A girl belonging to Buddhist family is chosen through an ancient selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu goddess. She also makes public appearances during festivals.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Paved with red bricks and oddles of bahals (courtyards) and temples mustered around, Patan Durbar Square showcases astonishing ancient architecture and centuries old palace of Malla kings. The square boasts three main courtyards. Mul Chok- the central courtyard is the largest of three chowks. Vidya temple and Taleju temple stand around this courtyard. The other two are Sundari Chok and Keshav Narayan Chok. Krishna Mandir is the major attraction of the square. It is a Hindu temple built in the Shikhara style, entirely of stones, structured like a mountain peak. This architecture was built in 1637 by King Siddhi Narasimha Malla. The first floor pillar carvings notably narrate the events of the Mahabharat, while on the second floor there are visual carvings from Ramayan.
One of the oldest Buddhist monuments of the valley, Swayambhu ,also called a Monkey Temple, is UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconography for both Buddhist and Hindu. The gleaming white dome soaring atop a hill is capped by a gilded spire painted with the eyes of lord Buddha overlooking the Kathmandu valley in all the directions. Devotees are seen making a ritual circumnavigating of the base of the hill, spinning the prayer wheels.
An excellent 2–3 kms walk between Kathmandu Durbar Square and Thamel leads to a lively century old market square highlighting the local bazaar. Ason is one of the historic locations in the valley sought after its architecture and charming bazaar ambience. It is famed for fresh vegetables, spices & herbs, traditional utensils & metalwares , clothing and is basically a busy market which may often test ones bargaining skills. Annapurna temple presides over Ason; a three-storied temple from second half of 19th century, dedicated to the goddess of abundance, and the popularity of Ason was gained more when this temple was constructed during Malla era. Surrounded by several other popular temples and shrines, the place welcomes all with no entrance fee.
Pokhara, ~200kms west from Kathmandu is a city for adventurers where the gateway opens to famed trekking destinations in Nepal, including Annapurna Circuit or basecamp. Lakeside in Pokhara is the perfect leisure place with colorful market and exotic food. What is also special about Pokhara is the view of mountain ranges that the city offers almost from anywhere, including hotel rooms or streets. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu are some of the mountains above 8000 meters that can be seen from a close distance. Machhapuchre has a unique shape like that of fish’s tail, and its reflection along with other mountain ranges falls right on the Phewa lake. The city is also coined as the “City of Lakes”. Boating in some famous ones like Phewa lake, Rupa Lake or Begnas lake is a tranquil sensation. Peace Stupa and Sarangkot are strategically marked view points that overlooks entire valley. Deep gorges, waterfalls (Devis fall), ancient temples are museums visit are among another popular choices to make.
Pokhara has blooming adventure sports industry. Paragliding here is considered as one of the best experiences. Bungee, ultralight, biking, zipline and rock climbing are equally loved activities. Overall, Pokhara visit concludes to be a cherished experience.
Chitwan National Park, marked in the World Heritage List , lies in Nepal’s subtropic lowland. The very entrance to Sauraha has smell of lush vegetation and proffers entire natural package. Sauraha wakes you up with the trumpeting of elephants and chirping of birds. There are plentiful activities one can undertake while at Sauraha to connect with the nature. Some of the major highlights are canoeing, elephant ride, jungle walk, jeep safari or just strolling around in the Tharu ambience. Wooden boats rowing on Rapti river lit with rutilant sun rays is the characteristic view of this place. The national park safeguard one-horned Asiatic Rhinos, crocodile breeding centre and elephant breeding centre. One can easily spot deer and monkeys frolicking around, peacocks flying from one tree to another along with other wide range of bird species, gharial crocodiles basking in the sun, and if you are lucky, you may even catch sight of Bengal tiger, wild elephant, leopard, bear and varied wild lives.
Golden Triangle Tour Itinerary
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