From the earliest known history of Nepal, the foundation of the country is based on faith and the devotion of people and their kings to various Gods and Goddess living in the sky and heaven. Though Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Buddhism saw its golden syncretism with Hindu societies of the Kathmandu Valley during Malla Era (late 13th century). In the Malla Era, the valley witnessed the flourishing construction of Hindu and Buddhist temples co-existing next to each other. In many cases, inside Hindu temples, there are statues of Buddhist guardians, and inside the Buddhist temples, a devotee will be praying to Buddha whilst worshiping Hindu God or Goddess at the same time. This tour will take you to some major sites of cultural and historical importance, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square
Sightseeing Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world, dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in 400 AD, and later renovated by the Malla Kings (16th century),
Pashupatinath (Lord of all animals) is one of the many names of Shiva and inside the temple is the statue of four-faced six-foot lingam (phallic object as a symbol of Shiva) resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power. The blessing of Shiva can be found in all four directions.
Next visit Boudhanath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Before the construction of the 118-foot stupa the site was a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal offering prayers to Lord Buddha for.
Lastly, explore Patan Durbar Square. Patan was one of the three capitals of the Kathmandu Valley prior to the 18th century. After this time the royals of Patan continued to construct monuments for Gods and Goddess. Patan accepted a liberal style of Buddhism and started to blend the concepts of Buddhism with their ancestral Hindu tradition. Patan is famous for its Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and is equally famous for Buddhist paintings. Here you will see devotees worshipping Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines at the same time
Must Do- It is very convenient to do sightseeing in Kathmandu with your own driver and your own guide. Best way to explore the city 🙂