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Kathmandu, and the Kathmandu Valley

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 09, 2007 at 13:29:04 :: Nepal

Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं, काठमान्डु, Nepal Bhasa: यें) is the capital city and the largest city of Nepal. The city is situated in Kathmandu Valley that also contains two other cities - Patan and Bhaktapur. The original inhabitants of Kathmandu are called Newars, who speak a language called Nepal Bhasa. However, Nepali is the lingua franca of the valley and the most widely spoken language. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,300m (4,265 ft) and is inhabited by about 1.5 million people.

stupa of Svayambhunath, Svayambhunath, Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं)


The political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Kathmandu Valley aerial view, Nepal


The Hippie Trail

Kathmandu is also famous for the legendary overland "Hippie Trail" of the '60s and '70s: Several young backpackers in the late sixties and the early seventies travelled the long way by land from Europe to Kathmandu through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to Nepal. The majority spent a few months or half an year out there, and a few of them settled in Nepal or India for years, living on a low budget with hash and other drugs. It became a trend, unmistakable connected to the hippie generation, founding the backpacker's massive conquer of the world several years later.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Nepal, Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2013 at 11:51:43

Location Lumbini Zone, Rupandehi District, Western Terai, Nepal
Coordinates N27 28 8.004 E83 16 33.996
Property 1.95 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/666 )

Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

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Bodhi tree, Lumbini Ashokan Pillar, Lumbini

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Nepal, Chitwan National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2013 at 11:43:05

Location Chitwan District of the Narayani Zone, Nepal
Coordinates N27 30 0 E84 19 59.988
Property 93,200 ha
Date of Inscription 1984

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/284 )

At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the 'Terai' region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger.

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Rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park Bish Hajari Lake, Chitwan National Park

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Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2013 at 11:32:03

Location Solu-Khumbu District of the Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal
Coordinates N27 57 55.008 E86 54 47.016
Property 124,400 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/120 )

Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.

Photos from TWIP

Mount Everest, Sagarmatha National Park Tengboche, Sagarmatha National Park

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Nepal, Kathmandu Valley

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 08, 2009 at 16:51:48

Location Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Coordinates N27 42 14.22 E85 18 30.888
Type Cultural
Property 188.95 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/121 )

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Photos from TWIP

Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley Bhaktapur

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