Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture). The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art reminders of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture.
Legend has it that the valley was once a primordial lake ringed by verdant mountains. In this pristine lake lived giant serpents until one fine day, saint Manjushree, the Bodhisatva, raised a mighty sword and in one fell swoop, cut open the side of a mountain at a place now known as Chobar. The voluminous waters of the lake gushed out, leaving behind a fertile valley capable of supporting large urban settlements over the millennia. The Gopala and Kirati dynasties were the earliest rulers here followed by the Licchavi (300-879 A.D.), under whom flourished TRADE and crafts.
But the valley’s remarkable cities with their ornate palaces, the superbly crafted pagodas and the monumental stupas are testimony of the artistic genius of the Newar craftsmen, the original inhabitants of the valley, whose skills were championed by the Malla kings and appreciated even by the Mongol rulers of 18th century China.
Drive to Daman, overnight at resort . Daman, particularly popular among mountain bikers and hikers and tourists preferring single night outings, is a popular hill station nearby Kathmandu. The months of spring (March May) are boon to this place; different species of rhododendron and other exotic flowers engulfing its surroundings. Panoramic mountain views, local lifestyle and culture, wild orchids, exotic flowers, Buddhist monastery, Indra Sarobar- only man made lake of Nepal, etc. are other major attraction of the area.
Early in the morning enjoy the Sunrise over the Himalayan Ranges. You can view the majestic range of Gaurishankar / Dorje Lakpa and many more including Everest in the Far East with the great landscapes. After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in Daman and return to Kathamndu
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