Temples in Kathmandu Self-Guided Tour, Kathmandu (Self Guided)

The main religions in Kathmandu, as in the rest of Nepal, are Hinduism and Buddhism, although there are minorities of Kirats, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, Bahaais, and Christians. Many Hindu temples in Kathmandu are centuries old and of great importance to Hindus. The Pashupatinath, Changu Narayan and the Kasthamandap temples are of particular importance for the capital of Nepal. We encourage you to explore the marvelous temples of Kathmandu through this self-guided tour.
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Temples in Kathmandu Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Temples in Kathmandu Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: Nepal » Kathmandu (See other walking tours in Kathmandu)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: helenp
Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple

1) Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple

Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple is situated near the Shahid Gate, at the eastern corner of Tundikhel. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali, a Supreme Deity whose name in Sanskrit means "blessed, auspicious, beautiful, prosperous". In the past, during the Ghore Jatra festival, the Royal Kumari was worshiped in this shrine. It is believed that Bhadrakali had three eyes and four to eighteen hands in which she carried a number of weapons. This temple is considered to be one of the most renowned "Shakti" temples of Kathmandu.
Mahankaal Temple

2) Mahankaal Temple

Mahankaal Temple is situated near Tundikhel, on the Kantipath road, next to the Nepal Army Hospital Liaison office and the Bir hospital. This temple is dedicated to Mahakaal, also known as Kaal Bhairab - the God of Time. This deity is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. People pray to this God to heal their sicknesses caused by bad karmas.

3) Ranipokhari

Ranipokhari, meaning Queen's pond, is an artificial square-shaped pond with a temple of Shiva in the middle. Ranipokhari lies in the heart of Kathmandu, within a 10-15 minutes walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square. The pond was constructed during the reign of King Pratap Malla in memory of his son Chackrawotendra. It was a token of consolation to his wife, drowned in sorrow of their son's death. The pond is fenced with iron bars and opened once a year during Bhaitika, the fifth and final day of Tihar.

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Annapurna Temple

4) Annapurna Temple

Annapurna Temple is situated in the area of Ason Bazaar. The Ason market is always crowded with shoppers and merchants. Annapurna Temple is a tiered temple dedicated to the main goddess of Ason - Annapurna Ajima. The temple was built under the Shah dynasty, in 1893. Ajima is the goddess of prosperity and abundance, her name literally means abundant food. The goddess has been idolized as a Silver Kalash filled with food. This goddess is the mainly worshiped by the Newari traders in the Ason market.
Kathesimbu Stupa

5) Kathesimbu Stupa

Kathesimbu Stupa is situated in the Naghal district of Kathmandu. It was built for those who could not make the journey to visit Swayambhu, as it is located on a high hill. This reproduction of Swayambhu is practically hidden in the middle of old Kathmandu and this fact makes it extremely interesting.
Seto Machindranath Temple

6) Seto Machindranath Temple

Seto Machindranath Temple is situated between Indra Chowk and Asan Tole. This gorgeous pagoda was built in honor of the deity Machhendra, also called Janmadyo. It is one of the four Machindranath temples built in the world. It is considered by some that Swami Machindranath was created from a fish, however others believe that Lord Shiva wanted to create him from absolute purity and used the five elements. Lord Shiva mixed fire, water, sky, earth and air, and gave Swami Machindranath human form.
Akash Bhairab Temple

7) Akash Bhairab Temple (must see)

Akash Bhairab Temple is situated at the intersection of six streets, in the busy market place - Indra Chowk. Akash Bhairab, also called “Arogya Dev”, is a rectangular temple built on several tiers. The temple underwent serious reconstruction a couple of years ago, after being partially destroyed in the earthquake of 1934. The design of the renovated temple is based on the original architecture.
Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra)

8) Durbar Square (Basantapur Darbar Kshetra) (must see)

The literal meaning of Durbar Square is "Court Square". There are three preserved Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley and one unpreserved in Kirtipur. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur), built over the centuries, the earliest dynasty that ruled over the Square being the Licchavi dynasty. There were further additions and refurbishments during the reign of the Mallas (9th century) and then the Ranas. The complex has 50 temples and is distributed in two quadrangles of the Durbar Square. The outer quadrangle has the Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar and Shiva-Parvati Temple, while the inner quadrangle has the Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace.
Dealers in Durbar Square sell a multitude of Tibetan-style curios. These tempting artifacts made of silver, turquoise, coral or ivory are mainly fake, though you can find some interesting items too. Fine ethnic jewelry, in gold and silver, is another exquisite item that can be purchased in the old city.
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Ashok Binayak

9) Ashok Binayak

Ashok Binayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh or Maru Ganesh, is one of the four most important Ganesh shrines in Kathmandu Valley. This small shrine of Ashok Binayak is situated behind the Kasthamandap temple. Ganesh, with his main attribute - the elephant head - is one of the best-known deities in the Hindu pantheon.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kathmandu for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kathmandu has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kathmandu, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.