The Kathmandu valley is the hub for cultural experience. It serves as a confluence for two great races, Caucasians from the west and Mongols from the east, and two great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. The UNESCO has declared seven historic and religious places as Cultural Heritage Sites within the valley. This is a testimonial to a varied and rich heritage that the valley has inherited.
In the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur that you can observe the most magnificent of temples and entirely untarnished palaces. During this trip, you will also visit the Boudhanath and Syawbhunath Stupas. Kathmandu valley is one of those places where you can see the modern, the ancient and the medieval all coexisting in a perfect harmony. This trip will enchant you with its bustle, the spectacular views, and its heritage.
Day 1: Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Then briefing about your whole program by our tour leader or representative.
Day 2: Kathmandu
In the morning, there is an option of going on a mountain flight. This is one of the best ways to observe the snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range. The flight is operated at a time period between 6.30:00 am to 9.30:00 am.
In the afternoon, you will take a guided full day tour of the city of Kathmandu. A visit to the Boudhanath Stupa is a must. The Buddhist site belongs to the Vajrayana sect of Buddhism but is revered by all. After Boudhanath, we head to the Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath. Pashupati simple means “Lord of the Beasts”. This temple is considered the holiest of all temples in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupati Nath is Shiva in good mood. Last rites are performed on the premises of this temple and from afar you can even see a Hindu last-rites being performed. Swayambhunath is the most ancient and enigmatic of the Valley’s holy shrines the golden-spired stupa of Swayambhunath tops a wooded hillock. Records of its history date as far as the 5th century, but its origins are believed to be older. Then we head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga.
Day 3: Patan and Bhaktapur
Today you will visit the ancient city of Patan. Patan lies southeast of Kathmandu at a distance of 8 km. This city was once an independent Newar Kingdom and is renowned for its supreme traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. The city of Patan is encircled by 4 Stupas built by emperor Ashoka of India about 2,250 years ago. The main attraction of Patan is its Durbar Square. The square holds many temples and a giant palace which has been converted into a museum.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the east of Kathmandu towards the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a perfect place to experience the glory days of the kingdom of Bhaktapur. The entrance to the Durbar Square is through a golden gate which is decorated by carvings dedicated to various Hindu Gods. Bhaktapur has myriad medieval monuments like the Nyatapola, which is a five storey temple. You will return to Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 4: Kathmandu
The tour ends here. In the morning, transfer by private car to the airport for your onward flight.