Here are the places to see in Kathmandu during your stay in Retreat Serviced Apartments which is located near world heritage site Swayambunath
Swayambhunath-The Monkey Temple:
Swayambhunath is one of the most glorious Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire's base are all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the valley distinguishing between vice and virtue. Swayambhunath is, perhaps, the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal.
The stupa is among the most ancient heritage in Kathmandu and its worshippers are diverse ethnic groups from Newar, Tibetan, and Brahmins. Swayambhu is a major landmark of the valley and looks like a beacon below the Nagarjuna hill. It provides an excellent view of the Kathmandu valley.
It is about 5 minutes’ walk to the Swayambhu foothills from retreat serviced apartments and another 15 minutes’ walk uphill to the Stupa. Morning or evening visit is highly recommended.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the popular places which are liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. It includes a huge Royal Palace with different temples, inside as well as outside dating from the 15th to the 18th century. The house of the living goddess “Kumari”, the ferocious “Kal Bhairav”, the red monkey god “Hanuman” and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the square. All the woodcarvings, statues and architectures in this area are exceptionally fine.
The Durbar Square at Basantapur is about 30 minutes’ walk or about 7 minutes’ drive from Retreat Serviced Apartments.
Seto Gumba (White Monastery):
Seto Gumba is also known as Druk Amitabh Monastery is the perfect location for a day’s hiking that’s close to Sitapaila. Situated at calm and peaceful environment at the top Seto Gumba is really a nice cultural site. You can have a perfect view of Kathmandu valley and Swayambhunath Stupa from the Gumba. It is one of the huge monasteries in Kathmandu with numerous larger than life statues of Buddha and other Buddhist deities. It is a monastery which belongs to ‘nuns’ (female monks) and is opened for the general public visit on Saturdays only.
Seto Gumba is about 4km far from the Retreat Service Apartments.
Ichangu Narayan is one of the several important temples dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan, the ‘eternal man’. Built in the two-tiered pagoda style, the temple was founded in around 1200 and its courtyard is dotted with ancient Garuda statues and other Vaishnavite symbols. Ichangu Narayan is among the preferable hiking spots near the valley.
Ichangu Narayan is located about 3km far from the Retreat Serviced Apartments.