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Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. The mystical valley of Kathmandu is the Nepal's biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups, and the home town of the Newars. The city of Kathmandu is a perfect mixture of the ancient, traditional and modern. Kathmandu is also the centre of all commercial, political, cultural and social activities and the tourist, adventure and mountaineering excursions. It is also the headquarters of the government of Nepal. Kathmandu has all the features that describe it as a truly modern city. The main places to visit in Kathmandu are Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kumari Temple.


The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts. Patan is also known as Lalitpur. Patan is the second largest city of Nepal and known for its artistic temples and sculptures. The diversity of the medieval culture has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Patan is the most artistic and architectural centre of the valley due to the famous Durbar Square, 55 major temples and 136 monasteries. It is believed that these monasteries were first built by the king Mandev of Lichchhavi dynasty. The main tourist attractions in Patan are Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Hiranyavarna Mahavihara and Kumbheshwar Temple.


Situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur (or Bhadgaon as popularly known as) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or "the City of Devotees" still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated myriad wonders. Bhaktapur was the first city to attain a high level of artistic achievements, after Kathmandu and Patan. The people of this town were very artistic and it contains some of the finest architectural showpieces. The artistic excellence of Bhaktapur is superior than other towns in the valley. The main tourist attractions in Bhaktapur are the Durbar Square, the Palace of 55 windows, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple and Bhairavnath Temple.


If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley, it is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations. Pokhara is located in the mid western Nepal and a six-hour drive or 20-minutes flight from Kathmandu. Due to its stunningly beautiful natural setting and the suitable base for trekking in the Annapurna region, Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. There are various exotic places of interest in Pokhara. Some of these places are the Seti River Gorge, Devi Falls, Sarangkot, Phewa Lake, International Mountain Museum, Fine Art Gallery, Regional Museum, Karma Dubgyu Choling Nyeshang Monastery, Mahendra Caves and Bindya Basini Temple.


Lumbini, a small town in the Terai region is situated south of the foothills of the Churia Range. Lumbini is only a few kilometers across the Indian border in Nepal. Lumbini, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world. Lumbini is the most important site for the followers of Lord Buddha and those interested in Buddhism. Lumbini is now being developed as a major place of pilgrimage with the assistance of United Nations. Lumbini and its surrounding area is endowed with a rich natural setting. The various tourist attractions in Lumbini are the Maya Devi temple, Pushkarani and the Tibetan monastery.



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