Kathmandu Valley Tour is perhaps the best tour program in Nepal. This is especially suitable for those who wish to experience Nepali art and culture as well as see the Himalayas with their own eyes. In this tour you will visit the three world heritage monuments of Kathmandu Valley, the palaces of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. These three monuments are testament to the rich and enduring culture and artisanship of Newari community. Then you will drive to Nagarkot, one of the most popular hill stations, in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley to watch sunrise and sunset along with beautiful panorama of Himalayan peaks.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will welcome you and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll nearby to visit shops, restaurants and bars.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. The places to visit this day are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a World Heritage Site. Clustered around the central Durbar Square is the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An exquisite exploration in the Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and architecture of Nepal.
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City center, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance into the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.
This Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest Stupas in the world. It has four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu city and is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
In the morning you go on a sightseeing tour of Patan. Thereafter drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Declared a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna and built entirely out of stone.
The main attractions in Patan:
Besides above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:
a) Golden Temple
c) Krishna Mandir
d) Jagat Narayan
f) Ashokan Stupa
g) Machchhendranath Temple
h) Tibetan Refugee Camp
Nagarkot, (2175m) is by far one of the most popular hill stations around Kathmandu Valley. On a clear day, Nagarkot hill commands a superb view of the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchanjunga in the east.
Early morning, enjoy the sun rise view and drive to Bhaktapur via Changunarayan. During day time, enjoy the sightseeing in and round Changunarayan and Bhaktapur and drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge linked directly to the Kathmandu valley. It is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings and is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.
Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur which means ‘the city of devotees’ still is intact with medieval charm full of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected in the monuments around Durbar Square. Pottery and wood, stone and metal carving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous the traditional Nepali topi or cap called Bhadgaule. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship stands on a column facing the palace.
Palace of 55 Windows: Being built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved becoming a masterpiece of wood carving.
Nyatapola Temple: This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. It is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.
As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.
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