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Bhadgaon
The City of Devotees, founded in AD 889 by King Ananda Deva, is also known as Bhaktapur. The sacred character of the city, 9 miles to the east of Kathmandu, is enhanced by the fact that the benevolent monarch decreed that Bhaktapur be constructed in the shape of a conch shell - an object of religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Until today, Bhadgaon retains its traditional character, and has pottery and weaving as its main industries in a tradition handed down the ages. Bhadgaon prospered under the successive Malla Kings until the 18th century. It is one of the three major cities of the valley to achieve great levels of art. The Durbar Square in Bhadgaon is a complex of temples in pagoda and shikara styles grouped around the palace. The golden effigies of kings and mythical figures, perched on pillars and roofs, deities looking out from shrines and the rich decoration in carved and painted wood on every surface are most memorable. The Golden Gate opens the way to the courtyard of the Palace of 55 Windows. The ornately carved edifice is topped by the figure of Goddess Kali. A short distance from Durbar Square is the Nyatapola Temple built by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is one of the tallest temples and is known for its massive and exquisite workmanship. 

 Nagarkot
 Is one of the most scenic spots in the Bhadgaon district, renowned for the spectacular sunrises when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu for the night so that they can observe the breathtaking dawn. It is the best spot to view Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan Range in eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indravati Valley which lies to its east. The beauty of Nagarkot endures all year round with a harmonious blending of the changing scenery. In the spring, the valleys and dales in the surrounding area break out in a riot of kaleidoscopic colours of flowers that bloom in the thousands. The flowers stand in stark beauty against the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains in the horizon. Nagarkot is considered one of the best bases for medium duration treks. 

 Swayambunath
 Set high on a hill overlooking the valley, Swayambunath is haunting. Stone steps that have been polished by the bare feet of devotees lead to the stupa which is the oldest (2,500 years) and the highest point in Kathmandu. Stone tablets, similar to those of Babylon, lend an eerie feeling to the atmosphere. Time, it seems, has frozen. Tall and spreading trees have been growing here for a long time. Stone lions, monkeys, greenery, large rocks and white clouds make it an enchanting place. The row of chaityas between the steps correlate with the steps, the rocks and the solitude The main shrine shaped like a chorten, is a fusion of mandala, chaitya and the shikara styles of architecture. Steps lead up to the dome which represents the five elements - earth, water, wind, fire and ether. The conical spire of circles reaches up to the golden umbrella shaped crown. Trails of coloured prayer flags wave to the azure sky and the quilt of light and darkness that is the valley below. Old and young circuit the stupa spinning the prayer wheels The atmosphere is one of peace and serenity. 

 Pashupatinath
 The most sacred of the Shiva shrines in Nepal is the Pashupatinath Temple built on the west bank of the holy Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath, the Guardian Deity of Nepal, the temple is a twin-roofed pagoda of gold-gilt-brass. The gateways of the temple have been silver plated. Enshrined within the temple is the lingam of Lord Pashupatinath. The holiest of the spots within the temple complex is dominated by a huge gilt figure of the Nandi (bull), the mount of Shiva, seated on a stone pedestal. By the side of the image of Nandi is the sacred Trident of Lord Shiva. Outside the temple, on the bank of the River Bagmati are crematory ghats where the dead are burnt and ashes are scattered on the waters of the sacred river. During the reign of King Arjun Malla, the temple's devotional affairs were placed in the hands of the Karnataki priests from South India tour Packages. And from the time of King Jagajaya Malla, they were replaced by Maharashtrian priests. 

 Boudhnath
The Boudhnath Temple is one of the largest Buddhist chaityas in the world and lies two kms. To the north of the Pashupatinath temple. The dome is the great white garbha of Boudhnath, the Lord of Wisdom, built on an octagonal base with 80 small recesses, each bearing the image of the Lord Buddha. The spine of the stupa is composed of a stepped pyramid, and thirteen golden rings taper upwards to support an umbrella of polished metal. The four sides of the square structure are decorated with the grave and mystic eyes of the Lord Buddha. The temple is considered to be the most celebrated Lamaist pilgrim centre outside Tibet and is visited by many Tibetan and Sherpa pilgrims. King Shiva Deva is credited with the construction of the original shrine, and the present structures are believed to have been built about the 17th century. A legend associated with its construction gives the temple another name - "Temple of Dew Drops". It is said that a long drought had prevailed at the time the temple was being built. Each night the devotees had spread sheets over the fields and in the mornings they would wring the sheets to collect the water needed to build the bricks for construction.

The Best The View Of Nepal Towns In The World