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Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Nepal is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. But, this number is actually misleading because one of these sites (the Kathmandu Valley) includes seven monument zones. Here are some images that reflect why these sites are considered so culturally and naturally important, not just to Nepal, but to the wider world.

The Kathmandu Valley

The Kathmandu Valley was listed in 1979. It contains seven monument zones within it, so it could actually be said that the Kathmandu Valley contains seven World Heritage Sites.

Boudhanath

Boudhanath Stupa. Photo credit: SarahTz / Flickr

Boudhanath Stupa. Photo credit: SarahTz / Flickr

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Patan Durbar Square. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath Stupa. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Swayambhunath Stupa. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Changunarayan

Changunarayan. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Changunarayan. Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbera / Flickr

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square. Photo credit: Archimedix / Flickr

Kathmandu Durbar Square. Photo credit: Archimedix / Flickr

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Photo credit: Roshan Travel Photography / Flickr

Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Photo credit: Roshan Travel Photography / Flickr

Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath. Photo credit: momo / Flickr

Pashupatinath. Photo credit: momo / Flickr

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is home to Mount Everest, as well as many other mountains and important flora and fauna. It became a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Mount Lobuche, in the Sagarmatha National Park. Photo credit: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr

Mount Lobuche, in the Sagarmatha National Park. Photo credit: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr

Lumbini

Lumbini was the birthplace of the Buddha in 623 BCE, so is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. It became a World Heritage Site in 1997.

The German Buddhist Temple at Lumbini. Photo credit: Jakub Michankow / Flickr

The German Buddhist Temple at Lumbini. Photo credit: Jakub Michankow / Flickr

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is rich in flora and fauna, especially the one-horned rhinoceros. It became a World Heritage Site in 1984.

A one-horned rhinoceros at Chitwan National Park. Photo credit: Nomad Tales / Flickr

A one-horned rhinoceros at Chitwan National Park. Photo credit: Nomad Tales / Flickr

Top image: chripell / Flickr

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