region accounts for about 68% of the total area.It is formed by the Mahabharat
range that soars up to 4,877m and the lower Churia range.
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) is situated at an altitude of 1,401m Bhaktapur covers an
area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the City of Devotees still retains and
medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders
of culturaland artistic achievements.
This ancient town is situated 30km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko
Arjmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway).The Newar town of Dhulikehl offers a traditional
atmosphere along with spectacular views. Once an inportant link in the ancient
trade route to Tibet.
The valley is situated at an altitude of 1,336 m above sea level and covers
an area of 218.sq. miles. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal
is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley, the home of the ancient and sophisticated
Newari culture. The Newars are the indigenous inhabitants of the valley and
the creators of the splendid civilization of its three cities - Kathmandu, Patan
and Bhaktapur. The skillfully built temples and palaces, delicately engraved
stone and metal images, carved wooden columns and pillars, and the history laden
shrines and chaityas of these three historical cities stand testimony to the
Newars's artistic achievements.
The temple of Sweta Machchhendranath is situated at Machchhendrea Bahal between
Indra Chowk and Asan. It is a pagoda of considerable artistic beauty. The deity
is also called Jammadyo or Machchhendra.
Akash Bhairav Temple:-
A three-story temple in the main market avenue, called Indra Chowk, the image
of Akash Bhairav is displayed outside for a week during Indra Jatra, the festival
of Indra, the God of Rain.
Hanumandhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) :-
It is the historic of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces,
epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings
of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to
see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple
of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk,
the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagnnath
Temple. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
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