Kathmandu Valley

Coordinates: 27°42′14″N 85°18′31″E / 27.70389°N 85.30861°E / 27.70389; 85.30861
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Kathmandu Valley
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kathmandu valley seen from Palanse, Bhaktapur
LocationProvince No. 3, Nepal
Inscription1979 (3rd Session)
Area167.37 ha (413.6 acres)
Buffer zone70.29 ha (173.7 acres)
Coordinates27°42′14″N 85°18′31″E / 27.70389°N 85.30861°E / 27.70389; 85.30861
Kathmandu Valley is located in Nepal
Kathmandu Valley
Location of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal
The Durbar Square in Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Valley (Nepali: काठमाडौं उपत्यका, Newar: स्वनिगः, नेपाः गाः), historically known as Nepal Valley or Nepa Valley, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of South Asia and the broader Asian continent, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley.[2][3]

Historically, the valley and adjoining areas made up a confederation known as the Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Khwopa was its capital, when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Yala, were established.[4] After the annexation of the valley by the Gorkha Kingdom, and subsequent conversion of the Valley as the capital of their empire, the designation of "Nepal" was extended to all the lands they had conquered.

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  1. Royal Palaces of Abomey and Kathmandu removed from Danger List at UNESCO website
  2. Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Kathmandu Valley". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. Rajendra S. Khadka Travelers' Tales Nepal
  4. Slusser, Mary (1982). Nepal Mandala: A Cultural Study of the Kathmandu Valley. Princeton University. ISBN 978-0-691-03128-6. Page vii.