Tourism Destinations in Nepal

Major Tourist Destinations in Nepal
Seven World heritages sites located in the Kathmandu valley are found within radius of 20 kms. Easy access from one to another makes people visiting a site go for rest others. Swayambhu, Bouddhanath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Lumbini are placed in Cultural World Heritage Sites. While Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are placed in Natural World Heritage Sites.
World Heritage Sites (Cultural):
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square

World Heritage Sites (Natural):
Chitwan National Park
Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park

The Sagarmatha National Park with its rugged mountains, glaciers, valleys and crowned by the highest peak on earth Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters lies in Northeast Nepal. The 1,148 sq. kilometers of Sagarmatha National Park extends across the region's river areas and the famous Sherpas' homefront Khumbu. Forests of rhododendron, birch, blue pine, juniper and silver fir are found up to an altitude of 4,000 meters. Rare species of animals like the snow leopard, pandas, lynx are seen in the region. Rare bird varieties like snow cock, snow pegion and different species of pheasant are also to be seen here. The park was declared a Natural Heritage Site in 1979.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. The complex was residence to Nepal's family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Palace. The founding of the Palace dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries.

There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including the temple of titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most parts of the palace premise are open for tourists throughout the week during office hours.

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