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. Nagarkot serve as being part of the magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges as well as the sunrise and sunset tour from your door steps ahead. It’s like enchanting trip to encourage us to motivate as next as possible. During this trip, you will also visit the Boudhanath and Swayambhunath 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 transferred to your hotel. After a briefing by your tour leader and an overview about the whole program, you will join for a meal in one of the better restaurants in the city.
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. It is also gives one of the closest views of the mountains that you can get without having to go for a trek. 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. The White Stupa is a massive structure. An air of spirituality looms large and at that moment you will feel the nobility of Buddhist spirituality. Around the Stupa, there are shops selling Buddhist artefacts. 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-sired 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.
Day 3: Patan / Bhaktapur/ Nagarkot
Today you will visit the ancient city of Patan. 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.( World heritage Sites).
In the afternoon, you will be 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.then drive up to Nagarkot ( Hill) is the situated at 2300 meters, on the valley’s eastern rim, Nagarkot offers an excellent view of the Nepal Himalaya including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu. It also has sweeping panoramas of the terraced hillsides so typical of Nepal. It is a popular place for sunrise and sunset views.
Day 4: Nagarkot-Kathmandu
You will return to Kathmandu. We head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square; It 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. Nearby the former Royal Palace is a Mall Dynasty dwelling, once considerably more extensive than today. Within, the courtyard Nassal Chowk, originally hosted dramatic dance performances, now it is the coronation site of the Shah kings and contains some of the finest wood carvings you will see anywhere in the kingdom and leisure.
Day 5: Departure
The tour ends here. In the morning, transfer by private car to the airport for your onward flight. (B)