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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Pashupatinath Temple 
The magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath, about 5 kms north-east of Kathmandu, is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath Temple is considered to be the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage site in Nepal. Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the shrines and temples of Pashupatinath attract thousands of visitors from within and outside the country every year. This wooded ravine near the golf course and airport is considered to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. 

Royal Chitwan National Park 
Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) has long been one of the country's treasures of natural wonders. The park is situated in south central Nepal, covering 932 sq. km. in the subtropical lowlands of the inner Terai. The area comprising the Tikauli forest - from Rapti river to the foothills of the Mahabharat (place) - extends over an area of 175 sq. km. The area was gazetted as the country's first national park in 1973. Recognizing its unique ecosystems of international significance, UNESCO declared RCNP a World Heritage Site in 1984.

Changunarayan Temple
This impressive double roofed Changu Narayan Temple is said to be the most ancient Vishnu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The original temple was built around the 4th century. The present pagoda-style temple was rebuilt in 1702 after it was destroyed by fire. It is located in a beautiful peaceful location, 4km north of Bhaktapur, on a hill top in the east side of the Valley. The temple is UNESCO listed World Heritage site. 

Bhaktapur Durbar square 
Kathmandu's Durbar Square was built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. It contains a royal palace (a 'durbar') and many temples built in the traditional Newar, pagoda style. The golden gate, entrance to the Durbar Square is a delight to the eyes, for an architectural beauty like this is hard to discover. But what lies inside will change your definition of beauty... the beauty of this UNESCO listed World heritage site surpasses words!

Kathmandu Durbar Square 
Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. 

Golden Gate
The strikingly beautiful Golden Gate is Nepal's pride. The gate is embellished with precious stones and is of great religious ands historical importance. The door is royal in built and structure and surmounted by the figure of Kali and Garuda. It is believed that the golden gate is two heavenly nymphs. The architecture and unsurpassable beauty of the gate enamors the tourists. 

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