Speckled with numerous
exemplary works of art and architecture, Kathmandu Valley stands a
testimony to ancient Nepal's inclination toward the aesthetics.
Several monuments in the Valley have been listed by UNESCO as World
Heritage Sites. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is the only
World Heritage Site outside the Valley in South Nepal.
Like architecture, most artwork of Nepal is based on religion.
Artworks range from the famous Buddhist Thanka and Newari Paubha
paintings to the traditional crafts of woodwork and metal. Other art
include literature, theater, music and dance, mirroring the different
stages of Nepali society.
Nepal is an ideal country for Hindu, Buddhist, Sanskrit or Tantric
studies. Study of the ancient Bon faith traces of which are still
found in some parts of Nepal, is also gaining grounds. Many visitors
come to Nepal for archeological purposes.