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3 days to explore the incredible Kathmandu Valley, with optional Everest Mountain Flight.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 3 Days
Best Season: October to March (Possible all year round)

This tour is designed for those who have limited time but appreciate a quality experience.  The Kathmandu Valley is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and while your time may be limited, we will ensure that you experience the best of the Kathmandu Valley - the heritage, the sights, the sounds and, of course, the incredible mountain views!

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Your arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Mountains and Heritage
Day 03: Mountain sunrise and departure home

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Your arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can organise some exploring in the afternoon to introduce you to this amazing place and its unique ancient-modern mix.

Exploring the old city, you’ll wander through narrow streets and alleyways, discovering hidden temples and meeting the locals. Exotic produce and a bewildering mix of people are everywhere; you're likely to see Ghurkhas, Tibetan women in their striped aprons, traders from India, and sadhus - Hindu holy men - perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the many temples and shrines of the valley.

Day 02: Mountains and Heritage
This morning you have the option of taking an early morning mountain flight before breakfast – this flight is a truly spectacular 1 hour flight along the Himalayan Range to unforgettable Mount Everest and back!

After breakfast at your hotel we will explore the must see sites of Kathmandu and its surroundings. We will have a morning sightseeing tour of the holy Buddhist stupa of Swayambunath, also called the Monkey Temple. We will travel to the ancient city of Bhaktapur for lunch and then transfer to the little hill town of Nagarkot for stunning sunset over the Himalayan Range.

Swayambhunath
Located in a hilltop above Kathmandu, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old and is one of Nepal’s most important Buddhist sanctuaries. The oldest inscription discovered dates back to the 5th century and refers to the founding of a monastery.
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. The whole hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas (memorials) and temples and it is one of the only places that you can see the Stupa, Pagoda and Shikar style of temple. It is a sacred Buddhist place of worship, but it is also holy to Hindus and you can also find Hindu shrines here – a fine illustration of the religious tolerance found in Nepal.

Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is the one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Not only because of its famous carved peacock windows but also due to its museum, Bhaktapur is the centre of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic as it is literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheel and people go about live as they have done for so long.
We will visit the Durbar Square (palace square) with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of Fifty-five Windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. We will also visit the Taleju Temple which is the best example of Pagoda style structure in Nepal. It stands majestically on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures. As you go up from one terrace to the next, the figures gain strength of ten times that of the lower terrace: we see two strong men; two elephants; two lions; two griffins; and two goddesses.

Nagarkot
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond. Situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu, on the valley rim, you can have excellent views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Range. It is a favourite place to relax and pamper yourself and to enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunsets over the snowy peaks.

Day 03: Mountain sunrise and departure home
After an early start to view the stunning sunrise, followed by a hearty breakfast, we drive back down into the Valley and depending on your flight schedule, you are free until it is time for us to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

 

 

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