For the nth time, I’m super excited to be going to Kathmandu. I really wish it was Friday morning already. All I did yesterday was plan out what I would be doing in my 3 days there. I hope everything goes well and the weather cooperates, cuz I read somewhere that it has actually been raining a bit the past few days.
My planned itinerary is below. The descriptions are from WikiTravel.org.
Friday, May 20
3:00 pm — Hotel Silver Home
4:00 pm — Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Kathmandu Durbar Square Museum
- Taleju Temple – One of the oldest temples in the square. Has three roofs and pyramid shaped bases.
- Kumari Palace – Home of “the Kumari”, or living goddess.
- Maju Deval Shiva Temple – Three roofs and a steep plinth. You can climb up this for good views over the square.
- Navadurga Temple – Has a famous painted image of Shiva and Parvati gazing out over the square.
- Kasthamandap – It gave its name to Kathmandu and is said to have been constructed from a single piece of wood.
10:00 pm — Clubbing at any of the following: Cafe Mitra, Fire Club, Maya, Babylon Discotheque
Saturday, May 21
6:30 am — Everest Experience flight
8:00 am — Pashupatinath Temple
9:00 am — Boudhanath Stupa – There are many exquisite Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings.
- Shechen Monastery
- Khawalung Monastery
12:00 pm — Patan Durbar Square
- The Palace
- The Museum – It is in Keshab Narayan Chowk.
- Walking from the south end of the square, you pass:
- Octagonal stone Krishna temple, constructed in 1647.
- A huge bell that dates back to 1737 and is still rung once a year.
- The Shankar Narayan temple, with kneeling stone elephants in front.
- The temple with a statue of Yognarendra on a pillar in front.
- Two smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu, dating back to 1590 and 1652.
- The oldest temple in the complex, dating back to 1566.
- A stone temple to Krishna, considered to be a masterpiece, with some amazing stonework. Note the Garuda on the pillar in front, which has eyes of crystal.
- The Vishwanath temple, with two stone elephants and riders in front.
- The Bhimsen temple, constructed in 1680 but with more recent marble additions.
South of Durbar Square
- Mahaboudha Temple – This is a stone temple covered with terracotta tiles, which include 1008 Budha images.
- Rudravarna Mahavihar (also known as Uku Bahal) – One of the oldest temples in the Kathmandu Valley with some strange and interesting statues.
- Machchhendranath temple
North of Durbar Square
- Golden Temple (Hiranayavarna Makavikar) – An enormous number of gold- and silver-covered decorations.
- Kumbheshwar Temple. One of the two five-story pagoda temples of the Valley.
Sunday, May 22
6:00 am — Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square has the fascinating structure of palace having 55 windows was the seat of royalty before 1769 AD. It has a famous Golden Gate dating back to 1756 AD and is the entrance to the marvelous Taleju Temple Complex and number of artistic courtyards including the Royal Bath pond. The Big Bell in the square was erected by Ranajit Malla (1722-1769), last Malla king of Bhaktapur and was used for paying homage to Goddess Taleju and for assemblies of general public.
- Taumadhi Square has Nyataponla Temple dates back to 1702 AD. The colossal five-storied edifice is the country’s tallest pagoda temple. Next to the Nyataponla Temple is the rectangular shaped Bhairavnath Temple. It houses a gilded bust of Bhairav, the ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva.
- Dattatreya Square – Has the Dattatreya Temple, the main attraction of the Square.
- Pottery Square
- The Peacock Window – One of Nepal’s signature sights
- Hanumanghat – A collection of lingams, and include Nepal’s largest riverside cremation ghats.
- Changu Narayan, Changu – (4 Km to the north of Bhaktapur and 22 Km east of Kathmandu.), It is the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the oldest existing pagoda temple in Nepal .
- Surya Vinayak – is situated at the walking distance of about 2 KM to the south of the city and is the holy shrine of god Ganesh
- Thimi town is well known for its pottery work. In addition to pottery, Thimi has made a name for itself in the age-old art of making colorful masks of various deities, demons and animals.
- Swayambhunath Stupa – A large stupa, highly revered in Nepal, and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country.
3:00 pm — Narayanhiti Royal Palace Museum
5:00 pm — Garden of Dreams
Monday, May 23
3:00 pm – Flight to Bangalore