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Changu Narayan Temple

Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Changu Narayan Temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, and is one of the oldest and most impressive examples of pagoda architecture in Nepal, believed to be 1,600 years old. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is known for its incredible woodcarvings, metal inscriptions and stone statues adorning the courtyard, all dating between the 5th and 13th centuries.

Information & Facts

Address

Nine miles (15km) from Kathmandu

Admission

NPR 20 (extra NPR 20 charged for cameras)

Language

Nepali is the official language. English is spoken in all major tourist areas.

Money

The official currency is the Nepali Rupee (NPR), which is divided into 100 paisa. As change can be a problem it is recommended that visitors have a supply of small notes handy. Tourist activities are often quoted in US Dollars and it is advisable to carry new dollar bills in varied denominations. Both Euro and US dollar travellers cheques are widely accepted in tourist areas and can be cashed easily in most banks and major hotels throughout the country. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted in many tourist hotels, shops, restaurants and travel agencies. Banks and moneychangers are present in all tourist places and in the major cities; all receipts from foreign exchange transactions should be kept so rupees can be exchanged back into foreign currencies on departure. Cash is needed when trekking.

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