Tundikhel Tour (Self Guided), Kathmandu

Tundikhel is one of the hidden treasures of Kathmandu. On this huge green field colorful festivals are held frequently. If you are not fond of festivals, you may explore important landmarks that are situated nearby - Bhimsen Stambha, complimented by the Sundhara fountains, Sahid gate, Bhadrakali Temple, etc. Take this self-guided tour to discover the prominent attractions of Tundikhel in Kathmandu.
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Tundikhel Tour Map

Guide Name: Tundikhel Tour
Guide Location: Nepal » Kathmandu (See other walking tours in Kathmandu)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bhimsen Tower
  • Shahid Gate
  • Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple
  • Open Market
  • Tundikhel
Bhimsen Tower

1) Bhimsen Tower

Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, is a nine story (50.2m) tall tower at the center of Kathmandu. It was built in 1832 A.D. by the Prime Minister of the time, Bhimsen Thapa. Dharahara is actually the second such tower made by Bhimsen Thapa. The original Bhimsen Tower was built in 1824 and was 11 stories high, 2 stories taller than Dharahara. Dharahara was built for queen Lalit Tripura Sundari, who was the niece of Bhimsen Thapa. She wanted a tower of her own next to Bhimshen's Dharahara. The tower has a spiral staircase containing 113 steps. The 8th floor holds a circular balcony for observers that provides a panoramic view of the whole Kathmandu valley. The tower has a 5.2m bronze mast on the roof. The tower has been open for the general public since 2005 for a small fee.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shahid Gate

2) Shahid Gate

Shahid Gate, or Martyr's Gate, is situated in the southern part of Tundikhel, near the Bhadrakali temple. It is dedicated to the four martyrs - Dharma Bhakta, Ganga Lal, Dasharath Chand and Sukra Raj Shastry - who opposed the Rana regime. On top of the gate sits the figure of King Tribhuwan, because he struggled to return to the democratic system. Nepal became a Democratic Republic on May 28, 2008, through a Maoist revolution.
Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple

3) 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.
Open Market

4) Open Market

Kathmandu is the best place to shop in Nepal. In Tundikhel, for example, is located one of the biggest open-air markets in the city, where a large variety of goods can be bought. Fresh vegetables and fruit are sold here. This is also the right place to come if you are looking for a traditional Nepalese souvenir or handicraft.

5) Tundikhel

Tundikhel is a huge green area, located on the eastern side of the old city of Kathmandu. This field hosts a large variety of events ranging from sporting matches to exhibitions, from army parades to yoga sessions. One of the most interesting events happening here is Ghore Jatra festival – a Nepali horse racing competition. According to a legend, the festival started long time ago when the evil Tundi demon, who inhabited the area, died. In joy, the citizens of Kathmandu rode their horses over the demon’s corpse.

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