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Kathmandu

Popular legend has it that Manjushree, an incarnate of Lord Buddha, was responsible for carving out the Kathmandu valley with one swipe of his sword. Fact or fiction, the result was a spectacular setting which has brought forth endless praise from the pens of the great poets of Nepal. Surrounded by mountains and hills, Kathmandu today is a hustle and bustle of a city Manjushree would never recognize !. Situated at an altitude of 4'423 ft. above the sea level and covering an area of 218 sq. miles, it is a place that has been a source of fascination to visitors over the years.

The marriage of Buddhism and Hinduism in the valley has given the city a rich cultural mix of traditions and beliefs. It is a place filled with prayers, gods and legends which has given rise to monuments which have became world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar
Square is an overwhelming warehouse of monuments. Within it are the Kumari Ghar or the House of the Living Goddess. Kasthamandap a huge rest house that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of Kathmandu Valley’s name. Other sites around the Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab - the red monkey God- Hanuman, Hundreds of erotic carvings, temples and statues dedicated to different deities.

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