Kathmandu: Realm of Newars

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Kathmandu, the place that has made it onto the best travel destination list in north-western part of the country (4600 m above sea level). This site is also known as the hotspot among travellers who visits Nepal. Once known as adventure mecca for extreme outdoor activities, Kathmandu has now promulgated itself as a place much more than trekking to peak and other several audacious destinations. The vibrant street life, busy roads and wonderful medieval structure are few of the many major highlights of the capital. The capital is home to over 5 million people and  the busy streets and amiable locals will undoubtedly make you forget the tiresome journey so far.

Kathmandu is historically designated as “Nepal Mandala” means “home of Newa culture”. Enormous treasure houses of arts and sculptures made of wood, stone, metal and terracotta is how Kathmandu is described. You can see these objects in street corners, lanes, private courtyards and in open ground; mostly in the form of icons of gods and goddesses. While the rest of the world is busy fighting for religion Kathmandu is open and accepting of others faith. Newars are the ancient residents of Kathmandu known for their contributions to culture, art and literature, trade, agriculture and cuisines.Out of the three main cities of the Kathmandu Valley which are historically Newar, the city of Patan is highly influenced by Buddhism containing the four stupas built by the Indian emperor Ashoka. Bhaktapur is primarily Hindu, while Kathmandu is a mix of both. Durbar squares, temple squares, sacred courtyards, stupas, open-air shrines, dance platforms, sunken water fountains, public rest houses, bazaars, multistoried houses with elaborately carved windows and compact streets are the characteristics of traditional planning.

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There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2,500 temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley that illustrate the skill and aesthetic sense of Newar artisans. Fine brickwork and woodcarving are the marks of Newar architecture. Residential houses, monastic courtyards known as baha and bahi, rest houses, temples, stupas, priest houses and palaces are the various architectural structures found in the valley. The valleys hallmark is the multiple roofed pagoda which was historically originated from Tibet and other mongolian states.

If you are planning for a Nepal Tour then imperatively wander around the beautiful streets with splendid ambience of perfect Newa: art, culture and cuisine. 

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