The first image that pops up when one thinks about Nepal is the multi-storied beautiful, pagoda-shaped wooden temples of Kathmandu. Yes, the capital of Nepal is indeed its heart and a destination that somebody simply cannot afford to give a miss. Situated in central Nepal, the city of Kathmandu is surrounded by four mountains-the Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri, which offer visitors a terrific landscape at this bowl-shaped valley.
Information available on internet says Kathmandu is a world heritage site and why it is so is a question that you should seek the answer of by exploring this city which has got a history of 2000 years. The uniqueness of Kathmandu lies in the fact that here you will find ultra modern and historic civilization surviving side by side. The main city area bears a cosmopolitan look but the charm completely changes as you reach Durbar Square, the biggest attraction of the capital of Nepal. It is zone where ancient history, art, culture and heritage of Nepal has been preserved beautifully in the form of a huge square ornamented with palaces (in Hindi Durbar means palace) and temples.
The Square with its fascinating structures, especially Kasthamandap (wooden house) will leave you spellbound. Besides, there are several other palaces and temples that you can explore. It is the place from where the monarchs used to administer Nepal in the 15th century. Major temples in the square are the Kal Bhairav temple, Swet Bhairav temple, Taleju temple, Ashok Binayak, Shiva-Parvati temple, Kumari Palace, Shiva temple, Bhagwati temple, Krishna temple and Maju Deval..
However, this is just to start with. Kathmandu is the gateway of tourism in Nepal from where you can get access other prime attractions in the country like the world famous Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhu temple, Bouddha Stupa, Buddha Neelkanth temple, Thamel Chowk, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Freak Street and Kaiser Mahal. While Pashupatinath, Swayambu and Buddha Stupa are simply 'must visit' spots for devotees and pilgrims, the historic Freak Street, the hub of hippies is a charming place for youngsters.