Mid-Nepal Tourism Development
As part of the Mid-Nepal Tourism Development Committee we have developed and created new tourism destinations in seven districts in Mid-Nepal. We have collected data on the Tangible Cultural Heritage and the Intangible Cultural Heritage as per defined by UNESCO. In cooperation with UNESCO, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation and Nepal Heritage Society, we are setting up the database of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Nepal. Ecotourism will provide you with more information on the committee and more information about the seven districts and the trip itineraries can be found in Mid-Nepal Tourism Development.
To supply the high demand of non-commercialised trekking routes in Nepal and to let you experience the real Nepal, we offer six special Cultural trails. The aim is to take our guests on the lesser-travelled treks to spread the financial benefit of tourism to lower-income areas. The trails are a combination of amazing views on the highest mountains in Nepal and the traditional Nepali villages and traditions. More information and trekking itineraries on Cultural Trails
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Inside Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu is a unique valley, wearing an exotic setting. Twenty-five centuries back it stood as a large lake. It is completely surrounded by a tier of green mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snow-capped peaks. It consists of four major cities Kathmandu, Patan, Bhadgaon and Kirtipur, carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest.
Ironically speaking, Kathmandu Valley was an empire containing four petty kingdoms till the 17th century. The four kingdoms of Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur have to day appeared as independent modern cities. The Valley with an approximate population of a million and a half covers an area of 218 square miles & is situated at an elevation of 4,423 feet above the sea level, as part of the Shangri-La.
Kathmandu City is known as Kantipur, the capital of the Kingdom. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess (Kumari), who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty .
Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist Stupa of South Asia. King Man Dev built the ancient colossa Chorten in the 6th century AD, situated 8 km east of KathmanduCity. It rests on a series of three terraces and roams the bird’s eye view. It takes the relevant shape of a lotus flower which indeed remains a vary holy object for all the devout Buddhist of the world. The Chorten is surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. The four pairs of the Buddha’s eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments. The Chorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayan the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
Patan is the ancient city is located 5-km away from KathmanduCity, on the southern bank of the holy BagmatiRiver and is approximately five kilometers south east of the capital. The whole city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, marvelous statues, guardian deities and magnificent carvings including stone carving, metal carving and woodcarving.
Well noted for its gorgeous craftsmen and metal workers, it is often known as the city of superb artists. The majority of the citizens follow the Buddhist faith. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, it enclosed within 4 Stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar square the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the KrishnaTemple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and MahabouddhaTemple.
Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaun stood the capital of NepalValley once during the olden days. It issituated 13 km east of KathmanduCity. Today it is a treasure home of medieval arts and architectures. According to a legend this city was founded in 889 AD by the King Anand Dev who belonged to the famous Lichhevi dynasty. The whole city takes the shape of a ‘Khat-kon’ or David’s Star.
Bhaktapur signifies the “City of Devotees”, with the sole majority of Hindus. The urban sector covers an area of 4 square miles. Pottery plus weaving form its traditional industries. In Bhadgaon you will visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The NyatapolaTemple also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands of five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures two famous strong men, two elephants, two lion two griffins and two goddesses. Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered.
Dhulikhel situated at an altitude of approx. 1600-m above sea level and 32 km east of Kathmandu City. It is famous for it’s vantage location in viewing the Himalayan ranges from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west. Dhulikhel is very popular for viewing sunrise and sunset.
Nagarkot is located between Kathmandu valley in the west and Indrawati in the east. The top of Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all directions. Of the possible resort destinations, Nagarkot (altitude 2,175 m) is by far the most popular. Located 30 km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot has developed into a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and beauty.
Mountain Flight is one-hour daily flight everyday early morning, operated by National, and Domestic and Private Airlines, to view the mighty Himalayan peaks including Mt.Everest. This is the relevant and closest one can go to the peaks without having to trek. Please note that the flights do not land anywhere all you will be offered is an aerial view.
Rapti Valley (Chitwan) is the lush valley of Chitwan situated in the foothills of Churia ranges, 75 air-miles south west of Kathmandu, houses the first National Park of the Kingdom. The RoyalChitwanNational Park is famous for it’s variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. At present there are seven wildlife Lodges/Camps operating safari style lodges within the park area and offers elephant excursions in the heart of the jungle to view game.
Lumbini is the hallowed birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya prince, the eventual Shakyamuni, and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened one. This nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s commemorative pillar erected over 2,200 years ago and rediscovered in 1896, is the quintessential Buddhist heritage and World Heritage Site. The main attraction at Lumbini is the SacredGarden that is spread over 8 sq. km and possesses all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archeologists alike. This is where a bas-relief of Mayadevi, the Buddha’s mother, giving birth to him as two Hindu gods, Brahma and Indra, shower him with lotus petals and holy water.
The reassure of cultural and archeological riches scattered aroundLumbini evokes the time and aura of the Buddha. Moreover, a host of Stupas, monasteries, meditation centers and bahals (courtyards) being constructed in the International Monastery Zone by various countries such as Japan, China, India, Thailand, Myanma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, France, and Germany embodying their respective architecture reflects the world brotherhood envisaged by the Apostle of Peace some 2,500 years ago. Other siting places in Lumbini are Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Arorakot and Gotihawa.
Pokhara is the center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley (altitude 827m), it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The rare combinations of snow cloud peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210 km from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the PhewaLake. A half-day excursion of the PokharaValley consists of a visit to the old city, new market, the cap factory and the Seti gorge. For people with more time in hand can visit the Begnas and Rupa Tal or take a 3 hours hike to Sarankot or Hyangja.