Browsing Month August, 2011

Tribhuvan Museum

By at August 31, 2011 | 3:54 pm | 0 Comment

located in the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. This palace was the main seat of the Shah kings for many years. Here is an exhibit that highlights the life of King Tribhuvan. King Tribhuvan is best remembered for his valiant efforts in liberating the nation from the rule of the Rana prime min isters. You may also wish to look out over Kathmandu from the Basantapur Tower in the complex. It is said that a benevolent king used to keep watch over his people from this window to make sure that food was being cooked in every home (the smoke coming from the roof-tops told him whether or not a cooking fire was on in every house). You may also wish to see the section that carries the mementos of King Mahendra and observe the Malla architecture and carvings.

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National Museum

By at August 30, 2011 | 6:04 pm | 0 Comment

The National museum located on the way to Swayambunath Hill is very popular among the people of Kathmandu. Along with artifacts, the museum also houses interesting mementos of recent Shah kings. There are many firearms on display which give the visitor an idea of how wars were fought in feudal Nepal. There are also numerous ancient statues, paintings, coins and murals from as far back as the second century BC.

Attractions , Museums

Swayambhunath

By at August 29, 2011 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. The Tibetan name for the site means ‘Sublime Trees’ (Wylie:Phags.pa Shing.kun), for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shing.kun may be a corruption of the local Newari name for the complex, Singgu, meaning ‘self-sprung’. For the Buddhist Newars in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it second only to Boudhanath.

Attractions , Buddhist temples , Peaceful places , Religious sites , UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Patan Museum

By at August 28, 2011 | 8:36 pm | 1 Comments

The museum’s exhibits cover a long span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare objects are among its treasures. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are explained.

Attractions , Museums

Garden of Dreams

By at August 28, 2011 | 7:58 pm | 0 Comment

The Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden, is situated in the midst of Kathmandu city, Nepal. The Garden was famous as the garden of Six Seasons which was created by late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920. After the completion of this Garden, it was considered as one of the most sophisticated private gardens of that time. However, it was a private garden of Kaiser Sumsher, it was beautifully designed inspired by the famous Edwardian style. Kishore Narshingh, a prominent architect who designed and constructed Singha Durbar in 1907, designed and supervised the construction of the Garden of Dreams. Within the Garden walls, Kaiser Sumsher created an exquisite ensemble of pavillions, fountains, decorative garden furnitures and European inspired features such as varandas, pergolas, blustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavillions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. These pavillions provided the Garden’s architectural framework and lent a cosmopolitan flavor to the formal arrangement of flowers, shrubs and trees. Today, only half of the original garden is in existance.

Attractions , Neighborhood - Thamel , Peaceful places

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

By at August 28, 2011 | 7:44 pm | 1 Comments

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct square (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole are is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square, and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley…

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

By at August 28, 2011 | 7:34 pm | 0 Comment

Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally situated at Dattaraya square and was only later moved to the Durbar square location.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. The square is presently known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, near the entrance of the palace. The preference for the construction of royal palaces at this site dates back to as early as the Licchavi period in the third century…

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Hotel Yak and Yeti

By at August 28, 2011 | 2:32 pm | 0 Comment

Hotel Yak and Yeti, is a premier five-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel. Find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens as you remain just moments away from all the shops and adventure of the Kathmandu city, located at Durbar Marg.

5 Star Hotels , Hotels , Neighborhood – Durbar Marg

QFX Jai Nepal

By at August 27, 2011 | 11:39 pm | 0 Comment

QFX Jai Nepal is one of best cinema halls in Nepal showing b the latest kollywood, bollwood and hollywood movies.

Cinemas

Buzz cafe & bar

By at August 26, 2011 | 10:54 pm | 1 Comments

Serves Snacks, fast foods, dinners, coffees,cocktails and mugtails. Buzz is famous for wraps and burgers.

Cafés , Food - Continental Cuisine , Neighborhood – Jhamel , Restaurants

Patan Durbar Square

By at August 26, 2011 | 10:54 pm | 0 Comment

Situated at the centre of Lalitpur city. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is The Ancient Royal Palace where Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided.

The three main courtyards in the palace are Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Besides these courtyards, the complex boasts impressive temples, religious shrines, and historical places, all noted for their exquisite carvings and beautiful display of ancient Newari architecture.

Attractions , UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Patan Zoo

By at August 26, 2011 | 10:54 pm | 3 Comments

The Patan Zoo, in Jawalakhel, is the only zoo in Nepal. It was established as a private zoo in 1932 and opened to the public in 1956. It houses over 700 different animals, including 14 endangered species of Nepal. There is a pond where visitors can go boating. The zoo is closed on Mondays.

Attractions

Hotel de l’ Annapurna

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Established in 1965, Hotel de l’ Annapurna prides in being the first Five Star Hotel of Nepal. The capital based, centrally located Hotel’s hospitality exemplifies the nation’s philosophy “Athiti Devo Bhawa ( Guests are like Gods )”

5 Star Hotels , Hotels , Neighborhood – Durbar Marg

Assumption Church

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The church of Our Lady of the Assumption was dedicated by Cardinal Josef Tomko, then Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, on August 15, 1995.

Christian Churches , Religious sites

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