You can absorb the atmosphere of a traditional walled town and its ancient architecture and observe the Newari culture. Kirtipur is one of Nepal’s oldest towns 9 km far away from the central capital of Kathmandu. Settlements, but be warned, these days it is hard to tell where old towns ended and the next ones began. During this tour, you will gain insights into Buddhism and Hinduism.
Before unification, this city was governed by the rules of the paten kingdom as an independent and autonomous city. The city was designed as a fort structure. It had four entrances at the four corners of the city surrounded by a heavy wall. Because of the modernization of the city three-door of the three corners cannot be seen today but still, there is one entrance get at the west part of Kirtipur city known as Dev. Dhaka.
Where you will also learn about the bravery of the town’s residents battling against conquest in the 18th century. During the war of unification in 1767, King Prithivi Narayan shah, the rules of the Gorkha kingdom, and his troop fought three times. The first and second were in favor of Kirtipur and the last was a victory by the Gorkha. During the first Kirtipur war, Gorkhali troops were defeated by the Kirtipur warriors, during that war the commander of Gorkha troops, Kazi Kalu Panday was killed, and a hundred others. When Kalu Pandey was killed the Kirtipur people collected the weapons of Gorkhali soldiers and placed them at Bagh Bhairab temple, which can be seen nowadays.
It is said that Kirtipur city was constructed on a single stone thus it has no effect on earthquakes, during the earthquake of 1890, 1990 B.S., and 2015 A.D. Kathmandu city was mostly damaged highly but there was no effect of this earthquake at Kitripur. Very close to Kirtipur, the place called Vajungle, there is a cremation place which is Amazing still, and the people of Kirtipur are using only six pieces of wood to burn the dead body.
This is a practice of Kirtipur people till today. This is the one and only creation place of Kathmandu valley where people are using only six pieces of wood. In other places, people use more than 100k.g wood to burn dead bodies. Besides, there are many historical, cultural, and archeological places in Kirtipur. Many famous temples. Typical houses, great wood and stone carving, and typical Newari culture still can be seen in Kirtipur.