Nepal has it all, from the steep mountains to thrill yourself or hotel rooms that can see panoramic mountain views from your own room to cultural walk down to medieval times. You will feel a different person while you roam through busy and hustled roads of Kathmandu and calm and learner while visiting Bhaktapur. Inside a valley, you will find 3 different ancient kingdoms.
Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal, was once known by its ancient name of ‘Kantipur’, is now the political as well as the cultural capital of the country. Nestled into a large bowl-shaped valley, it enjoys a pleasant climate second to none and is a relatively safe place to live. Like any big city, Kathmandu has seen rapid expansion in the last decade and the hustle and bustle are typical, yet its inhabitants remain in as refreshingly friendly as ever.
The old, fabulous palaces, the superbly crafted pagodas and the monumental Stupas are reminders of the Golden age of architecture in Nepal. They stand testimony to the artistic genius of the Newar craftsmen, the original inhabitants of the valley, whose skills were championed by the Malla kings of that era. The Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath have been enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage Monuments.
This wonderful brief tour (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Tour) allows you to travel around antique temples and religious shrines of the three olden kingdoms, known throughout the world as Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. As we move around, we begin to get enlightened by a spiritual history where the past still lives in the present.
And traditions that seem as old as the sun determinedly repeats itself into a culture that holds steadfast to an ancient history shaped by the kings of past generations and uncanny religious doctrines are strictly followed till this very day.
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport.
Day 2 : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar square, Soyambhu, Patan.
Day 3 : Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath & Pashupati.
Day 4 : Bhaktapur and Nagarkot visit.
Day5 : Drive back to Kathmandu/ Your free day.
Day 6 : Departure.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport.
Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport. You will find our representative awaiting your arrival by displaying a plastic board with your name highlighted in large letters on the board. Our office vehicle will be parked at the airport to pick you up and drop you to your designated hotel. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing tour (Kathmandu, Swoyambhu and Patan).
After an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. Our first stop is Kathmandu or Basantapur Durbar Square. Listed as a cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that dates back to the 12th and 18th centuries. At the square, you will find Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Soyambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. As we stroll along with the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. "Swayambhu" signifies "self-created" and signifies the belief that the hill emerged spontaneously from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. At Soyambhunath, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. After which we will travel to Patan, one of three medieval cities in Kathmandu. Patan is a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir - a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and bas-relief art depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and surrounding Hindu and Buddhist temples.
Day 3: Tour of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
After breakfast, we escort you to this Buddhist shrine called Boudhanath. The stupa is raised according to Tibetan philosophy, but before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the place used to a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal where they would rest and offer prayers to Lord Buddha for many centuries.
After offering our prayers we march to Pashupati Nath the holiest temple of Hindu devotees. This temple is a final destination for Hindu devotees from all around the world as many people come here to have a peaceful death and to have their ashes scattered in the holy Bagmati River.
Day 4: Bhaktapur and Nagarkot visit.
We next cruise down a scenic highway to medieval Bhaktapur. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon showcases the grandeur of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has become a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, we will experience fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses – a delightful attraction are the erotic statues of the gods in the act of Kama Sutra at Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 windows etc. After lunch, we drive to Nagarkot, hill station atop of Kathmandu where the scenic views of mountains are visible. Overnight at Nagarkot
Day 5: Back to Kathmandu and your free day.
Today we wake up early to see the majestic sunrise from the mountains at Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for it's sunrise and sunset views. After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. Today you have a free day on your own in Kathmandu. You can either stroll in Thamel and collect some souvenirs or just click amazing pictures from cafes around durbar squares.
Day 6: Departure to home sweet home.
Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know. This short trek can be added to an exciting historical tour of the Kathmandu valley by a day; we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveller, our ‘No frills prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice exclusively yours.
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. Most tourists’ based hotels and resorts are sensitive to the hygienic requirements in the preparation of all food and beverage items when catering to tourists’ visiting Nepal.
The prices are based on a twin sharing basis.
If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places. Nepal always has something to offer its guests. During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.
Trip Duration : 5N / 6D
Tour Code: RH/HH/04
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation:A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activities: Sightseeing Tour
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