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Lonely Planet Nepal: Around the Kathmandu Valley Joe Bindloss

Lonely Planet Nepal: Around the Kathmandu Valley

Joe Bindloss

Published September 1st 2009
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Kindle Edition
484 pages
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Includes FREE planning and background information. Once upon a time, the valley surrounding Kathmandu was a vast lake, trapped by the uprising of the Himalaya. According to legend, the yogi Manjushree saw a sacred lotus rising from the waters andMoreIncludes FREE planning and background information. Once upon a time, the valley surrounding Kathmandu was a vast lake, trapped by the uprising of the Himalaya. According to legend, the yogi Manjushree saw a sacred lotus rising from the waters and opened a channel with his sword to drain the waters. So the Kathmandu Valley was born. Today, this natural basin is a patchwork of terraced fields and sacred temple towns that showcase the glory of the architects and artisans of Nepal. If Kathmandu is the head of Nepal, the valley could be its heart. Few visitors leave Nepal without seeing at least the Unesco World Heritage–listed towns of Patan and Bhaktapur, which once jostled for power with Kathmandu. However, the whole valley is a living museum of Nepali culture. It is hard to go more than a few hundred metres without stumbling upon a medieval village or centuries-old temple.