Kathmandu Valley (12) Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Valley185 photos


The Kathmandu Valley, located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilisations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Site within this valley.

Historically, the valley and adjoining areas made up a confederation known as Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, were established. After the annexation of the valley by the Gorkha Kingdom, and subsequent conversion of the valley as the capital of their empire, the designation of “Nepal” was extended to every land they conquered.

List of sights

Bhaktapur31 photos

Kathmandu Valley (25) Bhaktapur - Durbar Square
BhaktapurKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 40′ 19″ N, 85° 25′ 42″ E

Bhaktapur, literally “Place of devotees”, also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, about 13 km from the capital city, Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar Kingdoms of… [Read more]

Boudhanath9 photos

Kathmandu Valley (133) Boudhanath
BoudhanathKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 43′ 17″ N, 85° 21′ 43″ E

Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The Buddhist stupa of Boudha Stupa dominates… [Read more]

Budhanilkantha8 photos

Kathmandu Valley (190) Budhanilkantha
BudhanilkanthaKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 46′ 41″ N, 85° 21′ 44″ E

Budhanilkantha Temple, located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal, is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu Valley and can be identified by a large… [Read more]

Kathmandu84 photos

Kathmandu Valley (148) Kathmandu
KathmanduKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 42′ 15″ N, 85° 18′ 23″ E

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 m in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and … [Read more]

Kirtipur11 photos

Kathmandu Valley (68) Kirtipur
KirtipurKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 40′ 44″ N, 85° 16′ 35″ E

Kirtipur is an ancient city in Nepal. It is located in the Kathmandu Valley 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. In 1767, Kirtipur was annexed to the Gorkhali Kingdom by Prithvi Narayan following the Battle of Kirtipur. [Read more]

Pashupatinath12 photos

Kathmandu Valley (64) Pashupatinath
PashupatinathKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 42′ 37″ N, 85° 20′ 57″ E

The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous sacred Hindu temple, dedicated to Pashupati (an incarnation of the Hindu Lord Shiva as “Lord of animals”). Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 km north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the… [Read more]

Patan15 photos

Kathmandu Valley (39) Patan
PatanKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 40′ 23″ N, 85° 19′ 30″ E

Patan, officially Lalitpur, is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is also known as Manigal. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.… [Read more]

Swayambhunath15 photos

Kathmandu Valley (6) Swayambhunath
SwayambhunathKathmandu Valley - Nepal

Coordinates: 27° 42′ 54″ N, 85° 17′ 25″ E

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 the north-west parts of the temple. The Tibetan name for the site… [Read more]


See also

Nepal954 photos

Khumbu (66) Everest (8848m) - Nuptse (7861m)
Khumbu 1991Nepal

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (संघीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्रात्मक नेपाल), is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. With an area of 147,181 km² and a population of approximately 27 million, Nepal is the… [Read more]

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World Heritage Site (UNESCO)

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Photo gallery of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World[Read more]

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