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UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal

Nepal has got 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sagarmatha (Everest) National park, 7 groups of monuments of Kathmandu, Chitwan National park and Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. All of them are unique and together represents Nepal in general. Visiting the 4 UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal is the most comprehensive tour of Nepal with short trek, jungle safari, cultural and historical sightseeing and spiritual retreat.
Boudhanath Stupa of Kathmandu
Boudhanath Stupa of Kathmandu 2017-09-02 12:50:29
When one think of Nepal, there are hundreds of trek and tour destinations to choose from. It may be bit confusing as you don’t want to miss the must to do things while choosing one. To make it easy, I Tour Nepal P Ltd have designed this Nepal tour visiting all UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal. UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal are so spread that the tour visits from tropical planes to the Himalayas.

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park

The 1, 24,400 hectares territory comprising Mt Everest and surroundings have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site in 1979. This is hidden Shangri La in the Nepal’s eastern Himalayas with dramatic mountains, glaciers, deep valleys dominated by some of the world’s highest mountains. Sherpas practiced their Tibetan Buddhist culture for over 400 years untouched by unrest in its neighboring Tibet. This is also domain of some of the endangered species like Snow Leopard and Lesser Panda.

Trekking is the best way to get the complete fee for the region. The ‘Heirtage Tour’ includes short cultural trek in the ‘Everest National Park’. The trek starts with scenic flight to Lukla. The route passes through lush valley wedged between Kusumkangaru and Numbur ranges. Sherpa run small teahouses and restaurants those caters and accommodates trekkers. Villages are charming with fluttering prayers flags, walls with Buddhist chanting, prayers wheels and monasteries. The trek gives you an opportunity to watch simple Himalayan life closely with great view of snow peaks all the time.

It is also possible to take a helicopter to the Everest base camp and back for those sort of time.

Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha

Lumbini was a garden between two kingdoms where Buddha was born some 623 BC. Indian Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini in 249 BC and erected a pillar with inscription showing his great respect for the place. A stone was placed to mark the birthplace and temple was built over it. The stone was buried over the layers of temple and debris in over 2,000 years. With the meticulous excavation for 1990es the marker stone have been recovered and Lumbini was developed under a master plan.

At present, Lumbini is a great place to learn about Buddha’s life and feel the positive vibration around. It is developed in a rectangle of 2 by 6 km with monastic zone, resource center, tourist village, crane sanctuary and a sacred garden.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan national park is the last vestiges of the jungle that once spread north of Gangatic planes till the foothills of the Himalayas. Rampant deforestation and hunting for centuries have destroyed the habitat of some of the rare species on earth. The 93,200 hectors of the jungle is now preserved as Chitwan national park which was enlisted as UNESCO World heritage sites in 1984. The jungle is the last surviving natural ecosystem of Nepal’s southern planes. It is home to some of the last species of Royal Bengal Tigers and Asian Single horned rhinos.

Chitwan national park is also a successful example of sustainable tourism. It is one of the successful conservation in South Asia with zero poaching for many consecutive years. This have been possible because of increased revenue from tourism spent on locals, local employment and market created for local products by tourism.

Seven groups of monuments of Kathmandu

Kathmandu is historical and cultural capital of Nepal. The alluvial valley was lived by Newars for about 1,000 years. But the history of Kathmandu dates back to 2,000 years. Newars were artistic and festive people. Earlier towns are designed based on ‘Vastu architecture’. The heritages sites of Kathamndu are the reminiscence of those medieval towns and architecture. There are three palaces, two stupas and two temple complexes together making Kathmandu a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Each neighborhood in the old town have shrunken water spouts, pavilion, central temple, courtyard and a house of the god. Those are where one can see execute Newari artworks. Palace being the center have the best of all designed and carved by master carvers.

Buddhist stupas of Nepal are living heritages with daily lively prayers and rituals. Earlier established by local Bajrayana Buddhists, now they make a famous pilgrimage sites for Himalayan Buddhists people. With Tibet being unstable, Kathmandu is growing as center for International Buddhist studies and practices.

Temple complexes are like open museum for beautiful sculptures. These are where one can see different aspects of local life. Pashupatinath is the most popular Hindu pilgrimage site. The river bank next to the temple is the most preferred cremation ground in Kathmandu.

Nepal Heritage tour is the best way to see all of the UNESCO Heritage sites of Nepal. This is 14 days tour with trekking in Everest national park, sightseeing of Kathmandu, Jungle safari in Chitwan and spiritual tour of Lumbini.

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Rabindra Adhikari
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