Thursday, January 30, 2014

Katmandu: The Land Of Glaciers And Peaks

Upon hearing of 'travel destinations', the mind wanders off to breathtaking scenic places and inspires us to explore the majestic mountains, enchanting lands, splendor of seas and snow-white wonderlands. The mere visions of hotspots excite strong feelings of desire to travel even in the mind of the busiest person. The nation's rich cultural heritage and Asia's top destination spot beckons all tourists to capture the nature's spectacular beauty in the capital city of Nepal, 'Katmandu'. Situated in the bowl shaped Katmandu valley, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is a gateway to the country's most splendid exotic landscape.

Know More: Designed like a Khukri knife, Katmandu is encircled with an awe-inspiring scenic view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The city covers an area of 29.124 sq km and situated at an altitude of 1,350 metres above sea level. The place being the apt place for trekkers, most of the trekking expeditions set off from Katmandu. Kathmandu is not just a display of the historic and artistic achievements, but it is a Cultural World Heritage site listed by UNESCO. Katmandu is a thriving cosmopolitan city and a land of color and culture where the country's ethnicities and smiles appear to have come in concert.

History: The history of the place goes back to the Kiratis around the 7th century BC. The history of this land dates back to around 723 AD, founded by king Gun Kamdev. Initially, Katmandu was named as Kantipur, which was later invaded and renamed by king Prithvi Narayan Shah  in the 18th century. The city thrived during the Malla dynasty, and it was during this era when the majestic temples, buildings and other monuments came to light. The succeeding Shah dynasty uniformed Nepal and made Katmandu its new capital.
Places Of Interest: The must-visit places of Katmandu begin from the Pashupatinath Temple. Not only hindus, but also tourists who step in this shrine revere this temple as an abode of Lord Shiva. The wood-carvings adorned in the temple are the essence of art. Equally pious and magnificient is the Buddhist Pagoda of Boudhnath. The monastery is the biggest in Nepal and famed across the globe. Owing to its prominence, the monastery draws a lot of devotees every year. Aside from shrines and religious places, the city is also known for the Durbar Square, which is indeed one of the tourist spots. The area has many small but eye-catching stone-carved monuments with historical importance. Close to the Durbar's Square is the stunning old palace of Nepal's monarch.

Although entry to this palace is prohibited for tourists, but one can appreciate its beauty from outside.  Places Of Indulgence: If you are looking for fun-time, then drop by casinos of Katmandu. The place caters an array of exciting and action- acked hours of fun and games to make your night life rocking.

The sun never sets in the casinos of Katmandu, as they are open round the clock to give you unlimited pleasure of fun activities. For trekkers, join the adventure and delight in the panoramic views of Everest from Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar, along with countless peaks and glaciers for which the region is world renowned.

 Shopping and Dining: Ever tasted Nepali dishes? Katmandu leaves one with ample options for eateries and shopping. Food courts cater to a wide range of lipsmacking Nepali delectables. Also, bring home back the mini Katmandu in the form of handicraft items, embroidered attires, leather goods to give a face-lift to your lifestyle.

Fact File: 

A) Best time to visit- From October to March.
B) Must watch- Pashupatinath Temple, Darbar Square. Tourist attractions- Trekking and buzzing casinos. The innate beauty of the land is set to leave an indelible imprint on the mind of every tourist. Let your eyes witness the excellence of the place and your mind sense the aesthetic ecstasy of a captivating land of Katmandu.
Author - Aparna Mukherjee.

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