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near Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Central Region (Nepal)

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NEPAL is a small country largely occupied by the highest mountain range on the planet, the Himalayas, wedged between the Tibetan plateau and the plains of the subcontinent, between the giants China to the north, and India to the south.

It is a country of mountainous nature in whose territory there are, totally or partially, some of the highest peaks of the Earth, highlighting Mount Everest (8848 meters above sea level), as well as seven other so-called eight-thousanders.

Hindu religious majority, but the Tibetan influence is also noted culturally and religiously. Until 2006 Nepal was the only state in the world with Hinduism as the official religion.

Much of the population is concentrated in the valley and the city of Kathmandu, which is the capital of the State. The official language is Nepalese, the official currency is the Nepalese rupee, and the flag has the peculiarity of being the only one of a State that has no rectangle or square shape. https://en.wikiloc.com/holiday-holidays/mardi-himal-trek-poon-hill-trek-5-days-9288136

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal. Located in the valley of the same name in central Nepal.

The city of Kathmandu gets its name from a structure in Durbar Square, called Kaasthamandap. This temple was built in the year 159 d. C. by King Laksmi Narsingh Malla. It is built entirely with wood without any iron nail or support of any kind. A legend indicates that the necessary wood was obtained from a single tree.

The ancient city is characterized by the large number of Buddhist and Hindu temples and palaces and their huge number of images of cats, most of them from the 17th century.

The historic center of Kathmandu remains, despite the earthquake of 2015, an open-air architectural museum that houses magnificent temples, pagodas, pavilions and medieval sanctuaries.

THE DURBAR PLAZA , is a monumental complex in which there are temples more than ten centuries old and that is part of the World Heritage monuments of UNESCO. It constitutes the gateway to a labyrinth of medieval streets, which still boil harder during the celebration of spectacular festivals. In this square the royal family once lived, and it is still the place of residence of the Kumasi, the living goddess of Kathmandu.

All the buildings, which are located around it, are a great example of traditional architecture, and the details carved into its walls are worth visiting.

THE KUMARI TEMPLE it attracts attention, its aesthetic follows that of the traditional Newar style, but what will amaze most is its inhabitant: the living goddess Kumari, to whom it is possible to contemplate twice a day. According to Nepalese traditions, a young woman is the reincarnation of the goddess Kumari and as such they treat her until she reaches puberty and another girl, after passing several tests, is selected to fill this position.

THE ROYAL PALACE , located in front of Durbar Square, was the residence of the Nepali monarchs until the 19th century. Today you can visit different rooms of the palace and learn a little more about the interesting history of the royalty of Nepal, which tragically ended when the heir to the throne decided to kill his father and several members of the royal family. A crime of passion because he was not allowed to marry a commoner.

ASAN TOLE It is the main street of the commercial area of ​​Kathmandu, and although today you can buy all kinds of objects, it continues to remember the times when it was the starting point of the caravans that left for Tibet. Both this street and the surrounding streets deserve a walk to savor the unique atmosphere of the city.

SWOYAMBHUNATH "The Temple of the Monkeys" is an ancient religious complex on top of a hill in the Kathmandu valley. Along with other constructions of the valley, they were chosen like Patrimony of the Humanity of the Unesco in 1979.

The stupa of Swoyambhunath, is one of the most important places of prayer in Kathmandu, also known as Temple of the Monkeys, since in the enclosure you can see specimens of these animals that live in the parts of the temple in the north-west. The monkeys are considered sacred because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning, went to the top of the hill where the temple is located, he was supposed to cut his hair, but he let it grow and in his head lice emerged. It is said that the lice were transformed into the monkeys that we can see today in the complex.

The Tibetan name for the site means "Sublime trees", because of the many varieties of trees found on the hill.

Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. According to certain sources, the complex was founded by the great-grandfather of King Manadeva (464-505 AD). The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa, a variety of sanctuaries and temples, a Tibetan monastery, the museum and a library. The stupa has Buddha eyes and painted eyebrows, among them, there is something that looks like a nose painting (but it is Nepal's symbol of "unity").

BOUDHANATH , is one of the Buddhist holy places in Kathmandu, located about 11 kilometers from the center on the northeast periphery of the city, in the town of Boudha. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the horizon, and it is one of the largest in the world, and undoubtedly the largest in Nepal with a spectacular white dome with a top point. The influx of large populations of Tibetan refugees from China has led to the construction of more than 50 Tibetan gompas (monasteries) around the sanctuary. In 1979, Boudhanath was named one of the World Heritage Sites of Unesco. Boudhanath has been built on an old trade route to Tibet, in a place where the ancient merchants stopped to pray. This place has always been highly venerated by Nepal lamas, by Tibetans, as well as by Hindu Nepalese. According to a legend, a woman asked the king for land to build a stupa, a construction that symbolizes the path to enlightenment. He granted her wish, but gave her an expanse of land that could only be covered by a buffalo skin. Then this woman cut the skin of a buffalo into thin strips, which she used to surround a fairly considerable area of ​​land. The king had no choice but to grant him the construction of the stupa we now know in Boudhanath. The eyes of the Buddha, painted on the four sides of the stupa tower, watch the visitors vigilantly. It is not known very well if these eyes look with severity or with placidity. Between the eyes is painted in Nepalese number one, symbol of unity, and above the eyes is the third eye, symbol of the wisdom of looking inward. On the square of the tower there is a pyramid with 13 steps, which represent the path to enlightenment. At the top, and about 36 meters in height, there is a kind of golden needle that symbolizes the ether. Around the stupa there are Buddhist prayer flags that carry to the sky the prayers that are printed on them

PASHUPATINATH "The Temple of God Shiva", is one of the most important Hindu temples of the most important god Shiva in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of the city of Kathmandu. The Nepalese consider it the most sacred temple among all the temples. The temple is part of the Kathmandu Valley denomination that is inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The temple is one of the 275 sacred dwellings of Shiva on the continent. Previously, only those who were Hindu by birth were allowed to enter the temple. The other people had to content themselves with observing the temple from the other side of the river. However, these rules have been relaxed due to numerous incidents. The existence of the Pashupatinath temple dates back to the year 1400.
This temple survived the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015, quite well.

Numerous worshipers and saddhus (sacred men) come to this temple and visit the Ghats next to the Bagmati River, where they submerge to purify themselves. There are different types of Ghats, and many of them are used for the cremation of funeral pyres. There are several stories that deal with the origin of Pashupatinath. One of them says that Shiva and Parvati arrived in the valley of Kathmandu and on their trip they rested with Bagmati. Shiva was so impressed by its beauty and by the nearby forest that they decided to become deer and take a walk through this forest. There are many places in the Kathmandu valley that are identified as places that Shiva visited during this time as a deer. After a while the people and the gods began looking for Shiva. Finally, and after several complications, they found him in the forest, but he refused to abandon it. What he did announce is that the place where he lived on the shores of Bagmati in the form of a deer would be known as Pashupatinath, the Lord of all Animals.
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PASHUPATINATH “El Templo del Dios Shiva”

The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important Hindu temples of the most important god Shiva in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of the city of Kathmandu. The Nepalese consider it the most sacred temple among all the temples. The temple is part of the Kathmandu Valley denomination that is inscribed on the list of the Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979. The temple is one of the 275 sacred dwellings of Shiva on the continent. Previously, only those who were Hindu by birth were allowed to enter the temple. The other people had to content themselves with observing the temple from the other side of the river. However, these rules have been relaxed due to numerous incidents. If he is in the destiny of the individual, he will begin and complete his journey until reaching these steps without encountering obstructions in his way, it is considered to be under the loving grace of Rudra. The existence of the Pashupatinath temple dates back to the year 1400. This temple survived the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015, quite well. Numerous worshipers and saddhus (sacred men) come to this temple and visit the Ghats next to the Bagmati River, where they submerge to purify themselves. There are different types of Ghats, and many of them are used for the cremation of funeral pyres. The priests of Pashupatinath are called Bhattas and the high priest is called Mool Bhatt or Raval. The unique characteristic of this temple is that only four priests can touch the deity. There are several stories that deal with the origin of Pashupatinath. One of them says that Shiva and Parvati arrived in the valley of Kathmandu and on their trip they rested with Bagmati. Shiva was so impressed by its beauty and by the nearby forest that they decided to become deer and take a walk through this forest. There are many places in the Kathmandu valley that are identified as places that Shiva visited during this time as a deer. After a while the people and the gods began looking for Shiva. Finally, and after several complications, they found him in the forest, but he refused to abandon it. What he did announce is that the place where he lived on the shores of Bagmati in the form of a deer would be known as Pashupatinath, the Lord of all Animals. Architecturally the temple is built in a Nepalese pagoda style, and all the features of a Nepalese pagoda can be seen here as the cubic construction, or the beautifully carved wooden beams. The two levels of ceilings are copper coated with gold. The temple has four main doors, all covered with silver plates, and a golden pinnacle (Gajur), which is a symbol of religious thought. The western gate has a statue of a great bull or Nandi, which is plated in bronze. The deity is of black stone. Vasukinath is located east of Pashupatinath. Powered by Wikiloc
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BOUDHANATH “La Estupa más grande del budismo Tibetano”

Boudhanath is one of the Buddhist holy places in Kathmandu, located about 11 kilometers from the center on the northeast outskirts of the city, in the town of Boudha. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the horizon, and it is one of the largest in the world, and undoubtedly the largest in Nepal with a spectacular white dome with a top point. The influx of large populations of Tibetan refugees from China has led to the construction of more than 50 Tibetan gompas (monasteries) around the sanctuary. In 1979, Boudhanath was named one of the World Heritage Sites of Unesco. A stupa is a Buddhist building or monument that has its origin in a mound, which were the ancient tombs that were used in Asia. The first stupas were used to guard the Buddha's relics, and later relics have been kept symbolically. Stupas are as essential to Buddhism as the cross for Christianity, since it is the tangible symbol of the Buddha's enlightened mind. Boudhanath has been built on an old trade route to Tibet, in a place where the ancient merchants stopped to pray. This place has always been highly venerated by Nepal lamas, by Tibetans, as well as by Hindu Nepalese. According to a legend, a woman asked the king for land to build a stupa, a construction that symbolizes the path to enlightenment. He granted her wish, but gave her an expanse of land that could only be covered by a buffalo skin. Then this woman cut the skin of a buffalo into thin strips, which she used to surround a fairly considerable area of ​​land. The king had no choice but to grant him the construction of the stupa we now know in Boudhanath. The stupa houses the remains of a wise Kasyapa, venerable for both Buddhists and Hindus. The eyes of the Buddha, painted on the four sides of the stupa tower, watch the visitors vigilantly. It is not known very well if these eyes look with severity or with placidity. Between the eyes is painted in Nepalese number one, symbol of unity, and above the eyes is the third eye, symbol of the wisdom of looking inward. On the square of the tower there is a pyramid with 13 steps, which represent the path to enlightenment. At the top, and about 36 meters in height, there is a kind of golden needle that symbolizes the ether. Around the stupa there are Buddhist prayer flags that carry to the sky the prayers that are printed on them Around the stupa there are representations of the 108 forms of Avalokiteshvara, who is closely associated with Buddha. The prayer wheels around the stupa are carved with the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra. From the stupa, a series of multicolored pennants containing mantras and prayers that flow in the wind come out radially. A good time to visit the stupa of Boudhanath is at dusk, as hundreds of devotees lighting butter candles and making their kora (walking around the stupa in a clockwise direction, turning the prayer wheels
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SWOYAMBHUNATH “El Templo de los Monos”

It is an old religious complex on top of a hill in the Kathmandu valley. Along with other constructions of the valley, they were chosen like Patrimony of the Humanity of the Unesco in 1979. A stupa is a Buddhist building or monument that has its origin in a mound, which were the ancient tombs that were used in Asia. The first stupas were used to guard the Buddha's relics, and later relics have been kept symbolically. Stupas are as essential to Buddhism as the cross for Christianity, since it is the tangible symbol of the Buddha's enlightened mind. The stupa of Swoyambhunath, is one of the most important places of prayer in Kathmandu, also known as Temple of the Monkeys, since in the enclosure you can see specimens of these animals that live in the parts of the temple in the north-west. The monkeys are considered sacred because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning, went to the top of the hill where the temple is located, he was supposed to cut his hair, but he let it grow and in his head lice emerged. It is said that the lice were transformed into the monkeys that we can see today in the complex. For the Newars Buddhists Swayambhunath occupies a central position and is probably the most sacred place among the Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The place is also revered by the Hindus. Numerous followers and Hindu kings are known to have paid their tribute to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu, who is responsible for the construction of the eastern staircase in the seventeenth century. The Tibetan name for the site means "Sublime trees", because of the many varieties of trees found on the hill. Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. According to certain sources, the complex was founded by the great-grandfather of King Manadeva (464-505 AD). The Swayambhunath complex consists of a stupa, a variety of sanctuaries and temples, a Tibetan monastery, the museum and a library. The stupa has Buddha eyes and painted eyebrows, among them, there is something that looks like a nose painting (but it is Nepal's symbol of "unity"). The site has two access points: a long staircase, which has 365 steps, which lead directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east, and a car road around the southern hill leading at the southwest entrance. The stupa is composed of a dome at the base that represents the entire world. Above the dome, there is a present cubic structure with Buddha's eyes looking in all four directions with the word "unity" in the main dialect of Nepal between them . The thirteen pinnacles at the top symbolize that sensitivity has to go through thirteen stages of spiritual realization to attain enlightenment. There is a huge pair of eyes on each of the four sides of the main stupa, which represents wisdom and compassion. On each pair of eyes there is another eye, the third eye. It is said that when Buddha preaches, the cosmic rays emanate from the third eye that acts as a message to the celestial beings, and those can reach the earth to listen to the Buddha. The infernal beings and those who are below the human kingdom can not come to earth to hear the Buddha's teachings, however, the cosmic rays relieve their suffering when Buddha preaches. There are also statues of Buddhas at the base of the stupas. The Pandas Buddhas is a Buddha in a metaphorical sense in the Tantrayana. In the center is Vairochana (Buddha reincarnated in a body made religion, Dharma Kaia) being the teacher of the temple. We can also see Akshobhya (on the eastern front and represents the cosmic element of consciousness), Ratna Sambhava (on the southern front and represents the cosmic element of sensation), Amitabha (on the western front and represents the cosmic element of Sanjna) and Amoghsiddhi (on the north front and represents the cosmic element of conformation). The stupa was completely renovated in May 2010, its first major renovation in 90 years and its 15th in the almost 1500 years since it was built. The dome was re-gilded with 20 kg of gold. Every morning and before dawn, hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims ascend the 365 stairs of the eastern part that lead to the hill, go through the golden Vajra, by two lions that guard the entrance and begin a series of circumambulations to the stupa in the direction of the hands of the clock.
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PALACIO REAL

The Royal Palace, located in front of Durbar Square, was the residence of the Nepali monarchs until the 19th century. Today you can visit different rooms of the palace and learn a little more about the interesting history of the royalty of Nepal, which tragically ended when the heir to the throne decided to kill his father and several members of the royal family. A crime of passion because he was not allowed to marry a commoner.
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LA PLAZA DURBAR

LA PLAZA DURBAR, is a monumental complex that contains temples over ten centuries old and is part of UNESCO's World Heritage monuments. It constitutes the gateway to a labyrinth of medieval streets, which still boil harder during the celebration of spectacular festivals. In this square the royal family once lived, and it is still the place of residence of the Kumasi, the living goddess of Kathmandu.
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EL TEMPLO DIOSA KUMARI

THE KUMARI TEMPLE draws attention, its aesthetic follows that of the traditional Newar style, but what will amaze most is its inhabitant: the living goddess Kumari, to whom it is possible to contemplate twice a day. According to Nepalese traditions, a young woman is the reincarnation of the goddess Kumari and as such they treat her until she reaches puberty and another girl, after passing several tests, is selected to fill this position.
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OTROS TEMPLOS EN LA PLAZA DE DURBAR

All the buildings, which are located around it, are a great example of traditional architecture, and the details carved into its walls are worth visiting.
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MEERCADO LOCAL

ASAN TOLE is the main street of the commercial area of ​​Kathmandu, and although today you can buy all kinds of objects, it continues to remember the times when it was the starting point of the caravans that left for Tibet. Both this street and the surrounding streets deserve a walk to savor the unique atmosphere of the city.

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  • Photo of Ferri6a

    Ferri6a Sep 20, 2018

    Buenos días. Podrías pasarme algún mapa de nepal par mi Garmin? Gracias

  • Photo of #CAR#

    #CAR# Sep 20, 2018

    Buenas tardes.
    No se si con esto te ayudo, yo me descargo los mapas en el móvil desde la propia aplicación wikiloc ya que es el móvil el que uso en las rutas para grabarlas o seguirlas. Cuando accedes a tu perfil, pincha arriba a la derecha donde pone preferencias, luego mapas sin conexión, buscas el que mas te interese y te lo descargas.
    Ya me dirás si te sirve pero te aviso que Katmandú es un caos de trafico.

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