kathmanduA 218 square miles of land, situated above 4400 ft above sea level with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Being the capital city of Nepal, it offers much services including international airlines, hotels and other facilities. One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life, shopping and of course for the mountain views.
Getting to Kathmandu - Tribhuwan International Airport is located about 4 mile (7 kilomter) from Kathmandu. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Kathmandu from the airport by foot or about 10 minutes by cab. Shuttle buses and cabs of many hotels are available from the Airport or you can choose your own transportation for about Rs 200 (Approx US $3)
About World Heritage Sites:
World Heritage Sites in Nepal. In 1972 UNESCO adopted this convention to protect the natural and cultural sites in the world. According to the convention "cultural heritage" is a monument, group of buildings or site of historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. Today the convention is joined by over 170 countries. It is an international legal body responsible for the protection of natural and cultural heritage sites across the globe.
Visitors can generally visit all temples unless otherwise restriction signboards are shown on the entrance. You are advised to ask the guards. Only a few Hindu sacred sites are allowed to be visited by Hindus only.
Visitors can take photographs of the external view of temples and monuments. Photographing inside the temples and scared sites are considered illegal.
Remove your shoes and leather wears before entering temples and monasteries.
A temple is always circled clockwise.
Eating should not be done inside the temples including chewing gums
Do not carry your belongings (such as your wallet) in lose hands, monkeys in the temple surroundings can snatch it and run away with it.
Touching or pointing to people, and objects are considered offensive.