The roof of the World
The roof of the World
Swayambhu is an ancient religious complex on top of a hill west of Kathmandu. The Tibetan name of the site means "sublime trees", for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. For Buddhist Newars, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred of Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is only surpassed by Budha.
The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating from the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library are more recent constructions. The stupa has painted Buddha eyes and eyebrows.
The site has two access points: a long staircase leading directly to the main temple platform, which starts from the top of the hill in the east; and a vehicle road around the southern hill leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight upon reaching the top of the stairs is the Vajra.
Much of Swayambhunath's iconography comes from the Vajrayana tradition of Newar Buddhism.
Dhangadhi Airport (IATA code: DHI) is a domestic airport located 10 km north of Dhangadhi town serving Kailali district, Sudurpashchim Pradesh district.
Dhangadhi Airport serves Rara Airport, Doti Airport, Bajura Airport, Bajhang Airport and Baitadi Airport. Some commercial helicopters are operated from Dhangadhi Airport to Khaptad National Park.
Pokhara Airport (IATA: PKR) is situated in the Kaski District, Gandaki Province. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destination of Nepal and situated 200 km far west from capital city, Kathmandu. This airport serves as main gateway for the pilgrims and the tourists to travel the famous religious place, Muktinath, Jomsom and Annapurna Round Trek as well. The Pokhara valley itself offers picturesque looks of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain, beautiful lakes like Phewa, Rupa and Begnas and deep gorges, falls and caves.
It is the second busiest airport after Tribhuvan International Airport. The scheduled and chartered flights to Jomsom, Bhairahawa,Bharatpur and Manang airport and vicinity areas are being operated by ultraflights for recreational and sight-seeing and helicopter for commercial charted and rescue purpose flights. The airport is located at the close proximity to the Pokhara city.
The Pokhara International Aiport (PIA) is planning to operate an international flight from Nepali New Year (2079) which falls on the second week of April, 2022.
The Nepalese capital is located at 1300-1340 meters above sea level in a wide valley in the middle of the mountains. It is a two-thousand-year-old city that hides countless Buddhist and Hindu temples, interesting places, and today encompasses several small neighboring towns that were former royal capitals such as Bakhtapur, Kirtipur, Lalitpur and Kantipur. Kathmandu is a noisy city day and night, and most tourists arrive by air and mark their departure and arrival point of their trip. There is so much to discover in Kathmandu that it could be the subject of one trip.