“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” -Neil Armstrong
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is the center of attraction of tourists. Having one international airport currently, tourists have the wonderful opportunity to first enter and stroll around the capital. Majorly, one can guess from the population of the city that it is an important place as it covers one third population of Nepal. What attracts so many people to Kathmandu? Stay tuned to find out!
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1. History of Kathmandu
Did you know how Kathmandu originated? Since the origin, Kathmandu has been a mysterious place. Legends have it that Kathmandu city was first a lake surrounded by mountains. Who could imagine that a city could originate from small lotuses? Even more interesting is the fact that geologists proved it methodically.
2. City of Glory
Kathmandu is called Kantipur in the native language. It means the “City of Glory”. Your curious mind is surely wondering why. The fun fact is Kathmandu is the only city that the foreign army could not rule. With the surrounding big nations, India and China conquered by British army, Kathmandu stands tall with its brave Gurkhas. The main attraction is that in spite of this history, the Gurkhas serve the British army at present for maintaining friendly nations.
Next in line is the history of original descendants. Newar community has been inhabitants of the capital. With increase in immigrants, there is friendly environment of blend of all cultures in Kathmandu at present. However, you should definitely visit Kathmandu to try the special Newari cuisines that are mouth watering!
4. Heritage sites
A bonus to Kathmandu is its blessing of world heritage sites. Can you imagine that you could actually visit four UNESCO world heritage sites in a day? In addition to this surprise, Kathmandu holds seven of the UNESCO listed world heritage sites that you can gift your eyes to capture. There is a uniqueness in the pattern of all sites namely Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and many more.
5. Freak street
Furthermore, the small city acquires many chances to amaze you. The most famous street in Nepal is the Freak Street where the 60s and 70s hippies used to live. It is famous as the hippies used to do drugs and smoke cannabis in the area.
6. Devastating Earthquake
The major shake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 is the jolt that no one can forget. The question is, “Is it safe to visit Kathmandu then?” Here is the answer to your queries! It is safe to visit Nepal and Kathmandu. The mystery is that Kathmandu stands in a taller ground than before literally, because it was lifted 3 feet vertically by the earthquake!
7. Garden of dreams
We all have felt that point in life where all we want to do is relax away from the daily hustles. Here is a golden chance for you to enter into the Garden of Dreams! The European style architecture of the garden provides you fresh air and a day’s rest.
8. Explore ancient history
Does it strike you that Kathmandu consists of the palaces built in the 16/17th century? In addition to this, it also gives you a chance to explore the recent palace made in the 20th century. It is no secret that Nepal is now a republic country. The mystery lies within the palace where King Birendra along with his descendants was massacred!
9. Culture of Kathmandu
Culture differs in every country. Kathmandu has the culture of joining their hands with the word “Namaste” uttering out of their mouth. This implies “I salute the God in you”. Hospitality is just beginning with the way of their greeting. If you ever plan to travel to Kathmandu, make up your mind that you will see people with different cultures, religions, castes yet respecting each other. Make sure you do not wear shoes when you enter temples or touch anything with your feet! People in Kathmandu believe that head is superior as it is where the mind lies!
10. The Kollywood
If you wonder what Kollywood is, it is the movie stream of Nepal. Most of the famous celebrities that act in various movies, TV shows, etc reside in Kathmandu. You could even come across one of them at the time of your visit!
“Some mysteries are meant for you to explore” –Nepal Big Mountain