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About Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the largest city and capital of Nepal and the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. Once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, Kathmandu is now a hub for independent travellers as well as a growing vacation spot catering to all budgets.

As a result of considerable urban growth in recent decades, it is now part of one continuous urban area together with Patan to the south.

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Archaeological excavations in parts of Kathmandu have found evidence of ancient civilizations. The oldest of these findings is a statue, found in Maligaon, that was dated at 185 AD.

The excavation of Dhando Chaitya uncovered a brick with an inscription in Brahmi script. Archaeologists believe it is two thousand years old. Stone inscriptions are an ubiquitous element at heritage sites and are key sources for the history of Nepal.

Places To Visit

Durbar Square
Durbar Square is the spiritual heart of Kathmandu. Around central Durbar Square, there is the Royal Palace, palaces, pagodas, courtyards, temples and the Kumari House, the residence of the Living Goddess.

Bodhnath is situated about 8 km. north-east of Kathmandu. The Bodhnath stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal that rises for 36 m. Bodhnath is situated on the ancient trade route between Kathmandu and Lhasa.

Pashupatinath Temple
The Pashupatinath Temple is situated about 5 kms. north east of Kathmandu and near the airport. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most famous and holiest Hindu pilgrimage shrines in Nepal.

Dhulikhel is another place to view the mountains, situated just outside Kathmandu Valley. Dhulikhel is located at an altitude of 1500 metres and view from here is considered better than Nagarkot.