Plans are afoot to get Panauti of Kavrepalanchowk listed as a World Heritage Site for its historical, religious and archaeological significance.
UNESCO had earlier proposed to list the town as a World Heritage Site. Officials from Christian Manhart, UNESCO representative for Nepal, have visited the historical, religious and archaeological locations of the town, and assured that Panauti is highly likely to be listed as a World Heritage Site.
Chief of Panauti Municipality, Bhim Neupane, said, “We are in the process to put Panauti in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We have also allocated a budget for the same in the current fiscal.”
According to Neupane, Panauti will be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site before the year 2021.
The town is currently listed as a UNESCO tentative site since 1996. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal and consists of temples dating back to the 15th Century or even earlier.