Nepal is one of the most visited nations of the world. The reason why it
attracts so much tourism is because it has the world finest historical places
and ancient temples. Tourists engulf themselves on many fruitful activities
while on the visit to Nepal. Here you will find many Buddhist and Hindu
temples. They are generally built in the pagoda style with a mass of intricate
Some of the best Temples & Shrines
A top a hill on the west side of the Kathmandu Valley stands a hemispherical
Buddhist shrine, which is topped by a gilded box. The eyes of the Buddha gaze
out from the top of the stupa. It is these eyes that have become the
quintessential symbol of Nepal.
Located on the east side of Kathmandu and similar in design to Swayambunath,
this large Buddhist stupa is particularly sacred to Tibetans, who
circumambulate the shrine, sometimes prostrating themselves as they go. Shops
full of Tibetan antiques surround the shrine, and beyond these shops are
numerous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
Dedicated to Shiva in his incarnation as lord of the animals, Pashupatinath is
Nepal's holiest and most important Hindu temple and is located on the east side
of Kathmandu. The site of open-air cremations and a temporary home to
dreadlocked, ganga-smoking Shaivite sadhus (holy men) and the temple complex is
always busted with activities.
Shiny with gilded metalwork, this Buddhist temple, not far from Patan's Durbar
Square, displays some of the finest religious art in the Kathmandu Valley. Just
don't be alarmed by the rats that have free range of the temple compound.
Patan's Krishna Temple:
Though well known in the West (thanks to The Beatles and the hippies of the
1960s), the Hindu god Krishna is not worshiped by many in Nepal. However, on
Patan's Durbar Square stands an elaborate stone Krishna temple unlike any other
in the Kathmandu Valley.
Patan's Mahaboudha Temple:
Packed into a tiny courtyard, this towering temple is covered with thousands of
terra-cotta tiles, every one of which bears an image of the Buddha.
Bhaktapur's Nyatapola Temple:
Set atop a five-tiered platform and topped by five roofs, this pagoda-style
temple is the most perfectly symmetrical and balanced of all the Hindu temples
in the Kathmandu Valley.
Located on the north side of the Kathmandu Valley, Budhanilkantha enshrines the
largest, and one of the most unusual, stone statues in Nepal. The stone carving
depicts the Hindu god Vishnu sleeping on a bed of snakes.