Kathmandu, known as the city of temples is the capital of Nepal which has been travelers’ destinations since early 1960s. From the colorful streets to vibrant mix of groups and culture, whether you walk through the beautiful temples along the narrow streets or walk through the wide and amazing Durbar Squares, there is always something to amuse you. The infamous freak streets where you can still see the influence of the ‘Hippies’ to calm and soothing sounds of temples and monasteries, it is a city of peace and homogeneous mixture of people from every corner of the country. It is hard to believe that it contains the highest densities of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 7 heritage sites within a circumference of 20 km radius, that’s amazing isn’t it? Kathmandu has a lot more to explore!!!!!
This special tour package will take you to the amazing and wonderful heritage sites and to the nearest hill station ‘Nagarkot’ which is 32 km east of Katmandu at a height of 2195 meters from the seal level. Nagarkot offers great view of the mountain ranges, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset which will simply make you feel the immutable part of the nature.
Arrival in Tribhuwan International airport our office representatives will welcome you and assist you till the hotel. You will be briefly explained about the upcoming tour programs.
After breakfast you will be greeted by our guide who will show you around the city to the following places:
Swyambhunath Stupa, also known as monkey temple is situated a western hilltop of Kathmandu Valley. Swyambhunath is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrim sites and one of the oldest monuments in Kathmandu Valley too. From the stupa you can get a magnificent view of the entire Kathmandu City and the valley. The main attraction is the main stupa which represents the body of Buddha, its eyes looking down over the valley to every direction, it represents Buddha’s insights and it the most recognizable symbols of Nepal. Around the stupa there are various interesting monuments like two white temples in the Indian Sikhara style, both dating around 1646, behind the stupa there is museum of Buddhist statuary, Hariti temple (Ajima) a Hindu goddess temple who is responsible for fertility and illustrates a strong bond between the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs in Nepal.
After visiting Swyambhunath we will drive towards Boudhanath which is also a very important Buddhist Pilgrim site. Boudhanath is one of the world’s largest stupa and considered as the oldest too. It is located at the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu and is holiest Tibetan Buddhist Temple. It is believed to be built in 14th century AD after the Mughal invasions in the valley. Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or a diagram of Buddhist cosmos. The stupa represents the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) along in its architecture. At the bottom, the stupa is surrounded by an irregular 16-sided wall, with frescoes in the niches.
We will then move toward Pashupatinath Temple which is the most sacred and holiest temples for the Hindus. It is one of the largest temples of Shiva (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Pashupati Temple stands in the center of the town of Deopatan, in the middle of an open courtyard. It is a square, two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth, and it stands 23.6 meters above the ground. Richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors are on all sides. Only Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the temple. Non-Hindus can admire the beauty of the temple from the other side of the Bagmati River, on the banks of which Pashupatinath Temple stands.
We will drive to Nagarkot once we have visited Pashupatinath Temple. Nagarkot is a very beautiful hill station located just 32 km from the city and at the elevation of 2195 meters from the sea level. The Mountain View from Nagarkot is very spectacular and views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m). The main highlight of Nagarkot is the sunrise and sunset view along with the fresh air that will simply make you feel alive and refreshing.
We will be staying at Nagarkot.
Today we will have an early morning drive to the view tower to witness the most wonderful sunrise. After that we will come back to hotel, have our breakfast and move to Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon. Bhaktapur is called ‘the town of devotees’ the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’ as Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The main highlight of Bhaktapur are 55-Window Palace, at the entrance to the Taleju Temple Complex is the Golden Gate, built in 1756, a splendid example of Repoussé metalwork, Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple, Nyatapola Temple (Nepal’s tallest pagoda temple), Dattatreya Temple and much more…
After visiting Bhaktapur we will drive back to Kathmandu. Free time in afternoon, you can do shopping around the streets for gifts and souvenirs.
Today we will be having early morning to the domestic terminal for Mountain Flight. It offers best view of Mt. Everest (8,850m) and other mountains such as; Shisa Pangma (8,013m), Gauri Shanker (7,134m), Melungtse (7,023m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Pumori (8,171m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m) Amadablam (6,856m) and so on. The mountain flight is the best option for those people who missed the trekking expeditions because of lack of time but still want to enjoy with the magnificent views of mountains in Nepal. After completion of flight we will drive back to hotel and prepare for final departure. Our representatives will be there to drop you at the airport.