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About Kirtipur

The name Kirtipur comes from Kirti (glory) and pur (city). It is also said that once a queen named Kirti ruled over this place, so it might have been named after this queen.

Kirtipur is an ancient city in Nepal which is located in the Kathmandu Valley about 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. It is one of the five municipalities in the valley, the others being Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Madhyapur Thimi.

Kirtipur is situated on a ridge with steep hillsides. The residents are reputed as being expert weavers and builders. The town is untouched by the growing urbanization of the capital city and is a live museum of culture, values and ethics. In local dialect, Kirtipur means "the magnificent town". This town is associated with many historical battles and movements that have taken place in the country. It is considered that it was once a sprawling city that had 12 gates. The traces of the old city wall are still visible.

Bagh Bhairav Temple, dedicated to God Bhairav and Uma Maheshwor Temple which lies on the highest point of the town are two important temples of Kirtipur. There are a few beautiful churches that reminds of the glorious history of the past.

Kirtipur is one of the oldest settlements in the Kathmandu Valley. This small town is regarded as an ancient capital of Nepal. Kirtipur means “a famed town” in Nepali language is also known as “kyapu” and“kipu”. The location of this small town is different from the other main towns of the valley in the same that occupies the top of a steep rocky hill. This city of magnificence is inhabited by Newars, which are the earliest settlers in the Valley with their own language and culture.

Best Time to Visit Kirtipur
Best Time to Visit Kirtipur is from October to March when all the main festivals are celebrated and the weather too remains exceptionally pleasant.


Originally a Newar foundation, Kirtipur is still a center of Newar culture. It has been merged with surrounding villages to form the municipality of Kirtipur with a population of 65,602.
It consists of many temples, gumbas (Buddhist monastery) and churches too. Due to the presence of Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur is also a popular area for out-of-town students and professors to rent houses and they are major contributors to the local economy.

History of Kirtipur

Kirtipur's history dates from 1099 AD. It was part of the territory of Lalitpur at the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century.

In 1767, Kirtipur was occupied to the Gorkhali kingdom by Prithvi Narayan following the Battle of Kirtipur. He took the town on his third attempt, after entering it by trickery. After this, he cut off the noses and lips of everybody in the city.

This was the site of a motivating peaceful demonstration of the people in the 2006 mass uprising that overthrew the powers of the king. It is considered to be an anti-monarchy city due to its bitter history against the Shah dynasty whose modern founder conquered the city sarcastically, which was followed by negligence of the administration and development by subsequent rulers.


Kirtipur Municipality is part of the Kathmandu District and lies in the hilly region. Geographically, Kirtipur lies in between longitude 27˚ 38’ 30” and 27˚ 41’ 30” E and latitude 85˚ 13’ and 85˚ 19’ N, at altitudes ranging from 1284m to 1524m above mean sea level. The general decline of altitude is from south-west to north-east. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City lies in the northern side, while the Bagmati River separates the Lalitpur District with the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City on the eastern side. Chalnakhel VDC borders Kirtipur Municipality in the south and Macchegaun VDC in the west.

Places of interest in Kirtipur

Shri Kirti Vihara
Shri Kirti Vihara is a Theravada Buddhist monastery built in traditional Thai architectural style, it is situated near the entrance to the city.

Uma Maheshwar
Uma Maheshwar is a temple which is devoted to Shiva and his companion; it lies on the northern hill and ascends over the skyline of Kirtipur.

Chilimcho Stupa
Chilimcho Stupa is a Buddhist temple which is situated on the southern hill.

Bada Bhairav Temple
The temple of Bagh Bhairav is situated at the center of town, it is the main religious and artistic structure in Kirtipur. Weapons captured from ancient invaders are nailed to the upper windows.

Chobar is a small village, Chobar, is no less closer to nature as any of the other hill stations or far flung valley villages. The village is quiet and peaceful and is a perfect place to spend a quiet but memorable evening.

Dakshinkali Temple
Dakshinkali Temple is devoted to Goddess Kali who is regarded as the fearful form of Lord Shiva's wife Parvati. The temple is located at the meeting point of two rivers between two hills.

Freak Street
Freak street has once been a place which remained flooded with Hippies. But these days, it has picked up a more international approach and people of all colours and nations can be seen here.

How to reach Kirtipur

Kirtipur is about 6 kms from south-west of Kathmandu. The journey by bus from the main city takes about an hour. The buses stop at Tribhuvan University from where one has to walk up the hill. One can also hire a taxi up till Kirtipur but that might prove little expensive.  Biking to this place is also a good bit of fun.
The route goes as:
Hit the ring road bridge on Bagmati river and take the first left onto Dakshinkali road. About 1.2 kms past the bridge, take right turn. The land mark is that the turn is bordered by two brick gatehouses. Carry on for another km or so and take left. You will find the place where buses stop near the university.



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