Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tours & Excursions in Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley
A vibrant valley of countless temples & shrines, where living Gods and Goddesses wander on the streets even until today. This is the city where Nepalese art and culture was developed and refined. Temple and palaces were built and rebuilt. The valley is situated at an altitude of 1336m above sea level and covers an area of 218 sq. miles. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley, the home of the ancient and sophisticated Newari culture. The Newars are the indigenous inhabitants of the Valley and the creators of the splendid civilization of its three cities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The skillfully built temples and palaces, delicately-engraved stones and metal images, carved wooden columns and pillars, and the history laden shrines and Chaityas of these three historical cities stand as paradigm of the Newar's artistic achievements. The salient spots worthwhile touring in Kathmandu valley are the Swoyambhu Nath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple, Bauddha Nath Stupa, Budhanilkantha temple, Changu Narayan temple, Dakshin Kali temple, Old Royal Palaces (Durbar Squares) of the Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur city, etc. etc.

Changu Narayan
Situated at the end of a long ridge that runs well into the Valley, it is said to have been built by king Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be the oldest temple in the valley.

Farpig / Dashinkali Temple

This is popular village amidst a lovely setting by the hillside. It is situated at the southwest corner of the valley. Inhabited mostly by the Newars and Tamangs both of whom are Buddhist by faith, the village is dotted with numerous Mahayana (Lamaism) monasteries.

The temple of Dakshin Kali lies in the south side of Farping village. Kali is a blood thirsty Hindu Goddess. So she is a kali of South. A ritual worship attached by animal sacrifice would be common in this temple. The important days for religious pilgrimage include Tuesday and Saturdays.

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