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Kathmandu Valley(185 photos)

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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

Kathmandu Valley (25) Bhaktapur - Durbar Square

Bhaktapur (31 photos)

Bhaktapur, literally “Place of devotees”, also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley,…

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Kathmandu Valley (133) Boudhanath

Boudhanath (9 photos)

Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa’s massive mandala…

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Kathmandu Valley (190) Budhanilkantha

Budhanilkantha (8 photos)

Budhanilkantha Temple, located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal, is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha Temple is situated…

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Kathmandu Valley (148) Kathmandu

Kathmandu (84 photos)

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

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Kathmandu Valley (68) Kirtipur

Kirtipur (11 photos)

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…

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Taktshang (4)

Most beautiful photos of Asia (Middle format) (364 photos)

Gallery of my best middle format photos (6 x 6) of all over Asia (Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Hong-Kong, Jordan, Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam, Yemen and …

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Kathmandu Valley (64) Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath (12 photos)

The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous sacred Hindu temple, dedicated to Pashupati (an incarnation of the Hindu Lord Shiva as “Lord of animals”). …

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Kathmandu Valley (39) Patan

Patan (15 photos)

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

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Kathmandu Valley (6) Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath (15 photos)

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…

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