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Top Choice Palace in Kathmandu

Hanuman Dhoka

Kathmandu's royal palace, known as the Hanuman Dhoka, was originally founded during the Licchavi period (4th to 8th centuries AD) but the compound was expanded considerably by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Patan

Golden Temple (Kwa Bahal)

Untouched by the earthquake, this unique Buddhist monastery is just north of Durbar Sq. It was allegedly founded in the 12th century, and it has existed in its current form since 1409. The temple gets its name from …
Top Choice Historic Building in Bhaktapur

Golden Gate

The magnificent Golden Gate is a visual highlight of Durbar Sq. Set into a bright red gatehouse surrounded by white palace walls, the fabulous golden portal boasts some of Nepal's finest repoussé metalwork. The gild…
Top Choice Temple in Kathmandu

Seto Machhendranath Temple (Jan Bahal)

Southwest of Asan Tole at the junction known as Kel Tole, this temple attracts both Buddhists and Hindus – Buddhists consider Seto (White) Machhendranath to be a form of Avalokiteshvara, while to Hindus he is a rain…
Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Bodhnath (Boudha)

Bodhnath Stupa

The first stupa at Bodhnath was built sometime after AD 600, when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, converted to Buddhism. In terms of grace and purity of line, no other stupa in Nepal comes close to Bodhnath. From …
Top Choice Courtyard in Kathmandu

Itum Bahal

The long, rectangular courtyard of the Itum Bahal is the largest bahal (Buddhist monastery courtyard) in the old town and remains a haven of tranquillity in the chaotic surroundings. On the western side of the court…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhaktapur

Nyatapola Temple

You will be able to see the sky-high rooftop of the Nyatapola Temple long before you reach the square. With five storeys towering 30m above Taumadhi Tole, this is the tallest temple in all of Nepal and one of the ta…
Top Choice Gardens in Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams

Despite some damage from the 2015 earthquake, the beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha, or Garden of Dreams remains one of the most serene and beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu. It's two minutes' walk and one million …
Top Choice Museum in Patan

Patan Museum

Formerly the residence of the Malla kings, the section of the palace surrounding Keshav Narayan Chowk now houses one of the finest collections of religious art in Asia. The museum is a national treasure and an inval…
Top Choice Courtyard in Patan

Mul Chowk

South of the Patan Museum, a gateway opens onto the stately Mul Chowk, the largest and oldest of the palace’s three main chowk (squares). The original buildings were destroyed by fire in 1662 but rebuilt just three …