Kathmandu Valley

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Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
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Kathmandu Valley is located in Nepal. The valley consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Submetropolitan City, Bhaktapur Municipality, Madhyapur Thimi Municipality and several other villages. The valley is known to be a political and a cultural hub of Nepal.

Here are some tourist’s attractions in Kathmandu Valley. Durbar Square is located opposite to the old royal palace. It was severely damaged by an earthquake back in 1934. Originally, ninety nine courtyards were attached to this place but now only six of them remains.

Patan is a place located on the elevated part of Kathmandu Valley. The city was said to be initially designed in the shape of a Buddhist Dharma Chakra or wheel of Righteous. The most important monument of this place is the Patan Durbur Square.

Chabahil is known to be as one of the most important place in Kathmandu Valley. Nepal is famous for Licchavi stupa which is known as Charumati Vihara. According to the inscriptions found in stupa, the famous Indian Princess Charumati was the one who built the stupa.

Changu Narayan is the name of the deity in the Changu Narayan Temple. The temple was said to be one of the oldest Hindu temples in the valley. Changu Narayan is the name of the Vishnu or their supreme God.

Kathmandu Valley was said to have been inhabited for as early as 300BCE. The oldest object found in the valley was dated a few hundred years back from BCE and the oldest inscription found was said to be 185CE.

According to the myth of Swyambhu Puran, the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake. Another claims that their God Manjusri uses a sword called the Chandrahrasha to cut a gorge at the place known as Kashapaal which later was known as Chobhar and drained all the water making the place fit for living.

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