The 61.88m (203 ft) high Dharahara is probably the tallest historical monument of the Kingdom. It has been reported in the media that a statue of General Bhimsen Thapa is going to be erected nearby Dharhara. The tower was build by the general in 1825. Now occasionaly Dharahara tower is opened for the public. The climb up the 200-feet tower used to be a thrill to any visitor. The panoramic view of the city from the windows was not less exciting. Entrance for the public was banned following some suicidal incidents. There is a myth about Junga Bahadur, the first Rana prime minister jumping from the tower at the order of the then prince Surendra. Some say he rode on a horse others say that he used a large umbrella to lessen the bumping effect. General Bhimsen Thapa is remembered for the important reforms he made in the Nepalese army. The purpose for the construction of the Dharahara was military. It was used as a watchtower. In case some incidents of national importance occurred, bugles used to be blown from the top floor of the tower. This served to herald the message to the army men to assemble on urgent reason. The tradition of bugle trumpeting is still in practice. The tower is also religiously linked because there is a Shivalinga (the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) on top floor and a golden spire crowns it.
The 131-meter Kyoto Tower is a significant landmark in the city. Visitors enjoy the panorama view of the city from the top of the tower. There is an 'onsen' public bath in the underground.
Monday, December 5, 2011