This tour is all about the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu valley, its people and culture, monuments, narrow local streets, local foods and many more. Kathmandu valley has 3 different cities named Kathmandu city, Patan city and Bhaktapur city. You can enjoy the Durbar Squares, Holy Temples, Stupas and shopping of Nepalese arts and artifacts. This wonderful tour is surrounded the natural beauty, cultural and cosmopolitan aspects. Another place called Nagarkot, a hill station, is one of the most scenic places surrounded by green hills with splendid view of various mountains.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half-day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city and drive to Nagarkot
Day 03: Drive back to Kathmandu, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan city
Day 04: Full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath
Day 05: Transfer to the International airport for your departure with onward flight
Welcome to the land of Himalayas! As soon as you arrive in Kathmandu International airport, our representative will be there to receive and escort you to your hotel. After refreshment, you can take a lazy stroll around your hotel or relax at your hotel premises. We make sure that your first acquaintance with the capital city is a memorable one!
Today is a big day for you as you finally get to kick-start your cultural discovery!
The city of Bhaktapur lies 14 km to the east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is popular for its religious and historical heritage and also known as “City of Culture” and “City of Devotees. Its Durbar Square is a symphony of art and architecture. The centerpiece is the 55-window palace overlooking the square, which is paved over with brick. The history of the palace dates back to the 12th century. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, was the capital of Kathmandu Valley once during medieval times. Today it is a treasured home of medieval art and architecture. According to a legend, this city was founded in 889 AD by the late King Anand ev who belonged to the famed Lichhavi dynasty. Bhaktapur is the embodiment of the “Living heritage”, with Hindus making up the majority of the population.
After Bhaktapur sightseeing drive ahead to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a village located about 25 miles east of Kathmandu. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
After breakfast and early morning activities like sunrise and gentle walk around the village, drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Most of the monuments in this square belong to the medieval Malla period between the 15th and 17th centuries AD. Important things to be seen in this area include the Golden Gate and the Golden Window of the old palace, the beautiful traditional metal craft, the famed Krishna temple with its 21 golden pinnacles, and the Royal Bath of Sundari Chowk, a perfect piece of classical stonework. The Royal Taleju temple and the Vishwa Narayan temple are fine examples of unique craftsmanship in wood. The temple of Bhimsen with its magnificent golden balcony overlooking the square outside includes many other shrines and sculptures scattered in and around the square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an overwhelming frenzy of art and architecture. The medieval palace complex is erected in different styles right beside the Kumari Temple where Living Kumari Goddess lives there. The enormous courtyard is locally known as the Kathmandu Durbar Square or Nautale Durbar. The Durbar Square is called the Hanumandhoka, the Monkey God’s Door in Nepal, named so after the Monkey God Hanuman. The area is also known as Basantpur, the place for celebrations and festivals. The UNESCO enlisted the Durbar Square area as the World Heritage Site in 1979. The massive pagoda-like structure in the center houses the tutelary deity of the Malla Kings. The palace building is a maze of stone-paved courtyards. Coronation ceremonies, until recently, were performed in the main courtyard, the Nyasal Chowk.
The Swayambhunath Stupa crowns a hillock to the west of Kathmandu. A massive white dome surmounted by a 13-stage spire, the stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is said to be 2000 years old. Its origins are linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley by Bodhisattva Manjushree. The site of the present day city was originally a huge lake. Swayambhu was manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus and Manjushree let the water out by slashing a passage through the surrounding hills to facilitate paying homage to the deity, thus making the valley habitable.
Pasupatinath, is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Located on the banks of the Bagmati river, this two tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complex in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides.
Boudhanath, one of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Boudhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. The Stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style Platforms surrounded by colourful private family houses. The basic feature of this great stupa is very much like that of Swoyambhunath stupa except its finial displaying. It is much bigger than Swoyambhu stupa and lies on the valley floor whereas the former one stands on the hill top. This stupa is said to have been built in 5th century A. D. The site is considered very much like Mecca for the Tibetan Buddhists and every year tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region visit the stupa.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the International airport on time prior to your departure flight. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.