Standards bearing the double-triangle flag of Nepal flank the statue, while on each side of the palace gate are gaudy stone lions, one ridden by Shiva, the other by his wife Parvati. Above the gate a brightly painted niche is illustrated with a central figure of a ferocious Tantric version of Krishna. On the left side is the gentler Hindu Krishna in his traditional blue colour accompanied by two of his comely gopi (milkmaids). On the other side are King Pratap Malla and his queen.
The Hanuman Dhoka originally housed 35 courtyards, but the 1934 earthquake reduced the palace to today’s 10 chowks (courtyards).
Assuming that the palace reopens, your first taste of the royal palace will be this handsome courtyard inside the main entrance. Nasal Chowk was constructed in the Malla period, but many of the buildings around the square are later Rana constructions. During the Rana period, Nasal Chowk was used for coronations, a practice that continued until as recently as 2001 with the crowning of King Gyanendra here. The former coronation platform stands in the centre of the courtyard, while the damaged Basantapur (Kathmandu) Tower looms over the southern end of the courtyard.
Beyond the door is the large Narsingha Statue, Vishnu in his man-lion incarnation, in the act of disembowelling a demon. The stone image was erected by Pratap Malla in 1673 and the inscription on the pedestal explains that he placed it here for fear that he had offended Vishnu by dancing in a Narsingha costume. The Kabindrapur Temple in Durbar Square was built for the same reason.
Day 01 – 03
Kathmandu Valley Itinerary
Fly to Bhairahawa (40 Min) by Buddha Air after breakfast. Proceed to hotel in Lumbini Over night at hotel
Lumbini full day sight seeing tour
Return to hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Pokhara by road.
Sightseeing tour of Pokhara and one hour boat ride on Fewa Lake
Over night at the hotel
Morning sunrise view trip to Sarangkot or Naudada (weather permitting).
Proceed to Chitwan by road.
Arrival in Sauraha, transfer to hotel, reception, welcome drinks, lunch, and Tharu village visit, museum and sun set tour, dinner and Tharu cultural show.
Breakfast, canoeing, jungle walk, visit elephant breeding center, lunch, elephant back safari or jungle drive, evening walk.
Wake up call and morning jungle activities and later, transfer to the Bharatpur Airport for departure by flight to Kathmandu. (20 min. flight)
Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for departure.
Transport to and from the Tribhuwan International Airport
Hotel accommodation ( Star hotel with B&B)
Airport tax (domestic).
Flight tickets for mountain flight (Everest Experience)
Entrance fee for: Basantapur Darbar Square/Bhaktapur Darbar Square/Patan Darbar Square/Swayambhunath/Boudhanath
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