Day 2 Kathmandu / sightseeing
Bhaktapur City: An important, and fascinating World Heritage Site,
Bhaktapur City is made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples,
and activities. Bhaktapur is an essential Newari city with some of the finest
architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries) Bhaktapur was the
most powerful kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley and remained capital for
300 years. Despite earthquakes and frequent rebuilding, Bhaktapur is one of
the successful towns which has succeeded to retain authentic medieval feel,
where neighborhood still practice center old ponds or tanks (built to store
water for drinking, washing, and religious ceremonies) and performing it as
a social focal point.
Local people in Bhaktapur are predominantly farmers and engaged in the
traditional hand-crafts of pottery, metalwork, paintings and wood crafting
which have been the major trade of the city and supported the city since
its establishment from the 12th century. Results of man-made perfection
not only did boost the economy of the city, but it converted the city into a
service station; the major trade route between Tibet and India. Certainly, a
fascinating place to explore!
Panauti City and lunch with a Local Family: Panauti used to be a commercial
hub during the medieval period, but now, it is very much at its ease. Panauti
City is renowned for its well-preserved backwater, fascinating and historic
temples, and impressive Rana mansions built in Neoclassical Architecture.
There are three holy rivers in Panauti, Brahmayani, Roshi, and Punyabati. The
name of the town was derived from the holy river, Punyabati. People of Panauti
still operates under traditional beliefs, so if you are watching blacksmiths
working then you are - also - witnessing the centuries old ‘living’ traditional
values of Nepal. Traditional farmers and their beautiful rice terrace are other
major highlights of Panauti.
Friendly city, Panauti celebrate diverse festivals with an enormous gusto. There are as many Buddhist Stupas as Hindu Temples
in Panauti, both blended according to local’s artifacts.
Among many beautiful temples, related to either Hinduism or Buddhism, Hindu Temple i.e. Indreshwor Mahadev (12-13 century),
which has single plinth base, pagoda type with three stories, three main gates & six tundals. The temple is dedicated to Shiva,
the god of destruction in Hindu pantheon. The major, famous, festival that is celebrated only in 12 years is Makara Mela.
Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Temple is the center and most pious land for Tibetan background, living, in Nepal, but it
envelopes equal respect from every Nepalese population. It is one of the largest stupas, with the height of 36m, in the South
Asia. The Stupa is located around the area of an ancient trade route for Tibetans, where Tibetan merchants took rest and offered
prayers since centuries. Apparently, it is also a home for many Tibetan refugees those who entered into Nepal in 1950s, and
decided to live around Boudhanath.