Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal situated at a height of 4423 ft above the sea level. Kathmandu is also known as the royal city of Nepal as it has been home to many of the Royal families of Nepal. The valley is surrounded by green hills, terraced fields and snow-capped peaks, which can be easily seen on a clear day, in the background. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan are the major towns in the valley and hold some of the most important and sacred historical monuments. The ancient monuments and temples are the major attraction of the valley, particularly the seven World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO.
Not only the ancient temples and monuments that make this valley interesting but also its cultural diversity that has attracted many tourists from around the globe. Kathmandu is also the stepping stone for many major treks in Nepal. Kathmandu is the perfect place where Hinduism and Buddhism mix with the perfect harmony and has stayed a very important place for both the communities.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4264ft)
Day 2: Full day sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu consists of Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Budhanilkantha
Day 3: Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu consists of Dakchinkali Temple, Swoyambhunath and Patan City
Day 4: Visit Sanga and Drive to Nagarkot
Day 5: Visit Bhaktapur City and Narayanhiti Museum in Kathmandu
Day 6: Final Departure
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a Great Nepal Representative will pick you up from the airport. You will then be transferred to yur Hotel nearby Thamel. Your tour leader will brief you about your upcoming tour. Feel free to explore and wander around or rest inyour hotel room. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
The day begins with the breakfast in your hotel, today you will be exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Our first stop is the very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, it lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. One of the holiest Hindu temples it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the site for Hindu cremations. Pashupatinath is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river, the main temple is built in pagoda style, has a gilded roof and beautifully carved silver doors.We will also visit Guheshwori situated near Pashupatinath. Then you will visit the famous Stupa, Boudhanath. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and also has a strong Tibetan influence and community. From there we move towards Budhanilkantha. The Budhanilkantha statue of the Hindu god Vishnu is located approximately 10 km from the center of Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill. It is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal and also the most enigmatic.Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the Budhanilkantha statue is 5m in length and lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water (representing the cosmic sea).It is commonly referred to as the Sleeping Vishnu or Jalakshayan Narayan. From there we return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After your breakfast this morning we head off to Dakshinkali. Dakshinkali is approximately 19 km from Kathmandu. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. We visit there, driving through countryside and greenery before heading to Patan which is about 45 mins drive. Patan is Located 5 Km away from Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as known as Lalitpur, is a city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas, which are said to have been built in the 3rd century A.D. by Emperor Ashoka.You will see Durbar square, the Patan Durbar (palace), which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddi Narsinh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, and Mahaboudha Temple. After we finish visiting important places in Patan we head back to Kathmandu, there we visit Swayambhunath also known as the monkey temple, located approximately 3km from the centre of Kathmandu.Located on a hill at 1450m above sea level there are wonderful views of Kathmandu from here. This Buddhist stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth which supports a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of gilt copper painted on the four sided base below the spire are the all seeing eyes of lord Buddha. The whole area around the stupa contains an array of small stupas and temples. This is one of the best places from which to view the Kathmandu valley particularly as the sun is setting and the stupa is lit up in the evening. From here we head back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast this morning our destination is Sanga. Located on the eastern saddle of the Kathmandu valley, which is only 21km east from city. It is the location of the world’s tallest statue of “Shiva”. From there we travel to Nagarkot which is at an altitude of 2229m and is situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu city on the outskirts. From here you can see panoramic views of the Himalayas including Dorjie Lakpa. From Nagarkot you can relax, explore and enjoy the sunset. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nagarkot.
This morning after breakfast with panoramic views we start heading toward Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur city is also known as Bhadgaon, meaning the city of devotes, this place is very rich in art and architecture. In Bhaktapur you can observe the y “Newari” cultural tradition and life. There are many attractions here including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the palace of 55 Windows and the Nytapola Temple. From Bhaktapur we head back to Kathmandu city to visit the Narayanhiti Museum (located in the former Royal Palace). The palace compound is located in the north-central part of Kathmandu, at the head of Durbar marg. It was designed to be a contemporary pagoda with sprawling, park-like grounds covering an area of (30 hectares (74 acres)) all fully enclosed with walls and guarded gates. The current Narayanhiti Palace was built in 1970, replacing the original 1915 building, which had been destroyed in an earthquake. The royal palace was turned into a public museum immediately after the country was declared a republic. After leaving the palace you have the rest of the day to catch up on some last minute shopping or just relax. Another option is to explore Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) located in the city centre. Late evening there will be a dinner served in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration dinner together. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.