Idea #755 – Visiting the Royal City of Panauti in Nepal
Panauti is a small town in Nepal, located not far from the city of Dulikhel, about 20 km southeast of Kathmandu. Panauti is known for its medieval architectural remains. The old town, located at the sacred confluence of the Roshi Khola and the Punyamati Khola, still features several temples, as well as traditional brick and wood houses.
The main Indresvar Mahadev temple, in traditional Nepalese style, is said to have been founded in 1294 A.D. Other structures, such as the 17th century Brahmayani temple, or those of the Patis or Sattals, are remarkable. They are grouped in a dedicated district, on the model of Bhaktapur or Patan, on a smaller scale, however.
This district has received French funding for its renovation, particularly after the 2015 earthquake. The medieval and traditional architecture of the city was proposed in 1996 for registration as a World Heritage Site and is on the indicative list of UNESCO in the cultural heritage category.
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