Kathmandu, the city of glory is situated in the lap of the great Himalayas in a bowl-shaped valley in Nepal. Being the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is the hub of aesthetics, culture, and history. The once thought to be and forgotten as a fanciful and elusive Kathmandu is today the heart of Nepal growing as a famous tourist location and catering to all the budgets. The city is the political as well as the cultural capital of Nepal.
Kathmandu is such a city where the aged and ancient traditions and culture rub shoulder and work alongside the latest technology and emerge as an independent growing conurbation. Being a divine and a spiritual city, according to ancient scripts and legends Kathmandu has had supposed to be originated from a lake with the lotus plants and flowers being the present day stupas. According to one such legend, Krishna cut the lake with his “Sudarshan Chakra” to drain the water away after which the city was handed over by him to the “Gopal Vansi” people who were nomadic cow herders. Kathmandu is one of the cities that are “self-made”, the city has never been ruled over by a foreigner making it an authentic, kosher and a voracious city.
The culture of the Kathmandu city is of being a very convenient, responsive and of the welcoming nature. The people of the city truly believe in one ideology which is that of “ Atithi Devo Bhava ” which translates to being “ that guests are equal to god ”. The city is a tangle and a fuse of different ethnic groups with different backgrounds and tradition living in harmony making Kathmanduamalgamate and an open city. The festivals and the art of Kathmandu portray the rich and the diverse history.
It is accorded with the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city consists of 130 pilgrim sites and monuments. From ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and stupas to gardens those are too beautiful to be real, to museums, to a freak street dedicated to the hippies, the city of glory because of its diversified culture acts as a magnet for tourists.
In all, Kathmandu is more than just temples, festivals, art, traditions and culture, it is a real-life example of a museum which showcases all its possessions boastfully and proudly.