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Take 5 days to explore the fascinating Kathmandu Valley; visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, take a mountain flight to see Mt Everest, immerse yourself in the history and culture of Nepal’s ancient capital.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 5 Days
Best Season: October to March (Possible all year round)

This tour is designed for you to experience the best of the Kathmandu Valley - the sights, the sounds and incredible mountain views! The Kathmandu Valley is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and time spent in the valley is sure to give you amazing experience and leave you with lasting memories!

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Your arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Sightseeing and mountains
Day 04: The ancient city of Bhaktapur
Day 05: Heading for 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: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan
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 Kathmandu Durbar Square (old royal palace complex) and the holy Buddhist stupa of Swayambunath, also called the Monkey Temple. After lunch we will explore the ancient city of Patan and visit the Tibetan Handicraft Centre.

Kathmandu
Kathmandu Durbar (palace) Square and its array of temples are overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient palace of the Nepalese Royalty. Also known as Kantipur, this is one of the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley, the others being in Patan and Bhaktapur. Inside the Durbar Square complex we will visit the residence and temple of the Living Goddess; we will also see the Kasthamandap, the impressive resting place from which the name ‘Kathmandu’ is said to have come and which is said to be made from the timber of a single tree.

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.

Patan
The cities in the Kathmandu Valley are made up of 3 ancient cities and Patan is located across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the centre of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world.

We will visit the Patan Durbar Square and see the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mabavihar and the Mahadouddha Temple.

This is followed by a trip to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Handicraft Centre, where you can see the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and mounding of metal statues.

Day 03: Sightseeing and mountains
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 in our hotel we will go further east and explore Pashupatinath temple complex and Boudanath Stupa. These temples are both exceptionally important sites to their respective religions, Pashupatinath being sacred to Hindus and Boudanath to Buddhists.

In the afternoon we will drive up to the Kathmandu Valley rim and stay in the little town of Nagarkot for the chance to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Himalayan Range.

Pashupatinath
Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples in the Hindu religion and was first mentioned in 365AD. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods in Hinduism, as his birthplace. Situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, the main temple is built in pagoda style with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. Non Hindu visitors are only 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 main cremation site for Hindus in the Kathmandu Valley, with cremation ghats lining the Bagmati River below the temple. It is such an important pilgrimage site that any Hindu should visit it once in their life and there is a constant stream of sadhus coming and going from Nepal and India.

Boudanath
This Stupa, 8 kms. east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva on the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. Boudanath is part of the shared history of Nepal and Tibet, with Tibet having held ruling privileges over the site until the last century. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and the stupa is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests, monasteries and shops.

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 04: The ancient city of Bhaktapur
After an early start to view the stunning sunrise, followed by a hearty breakfast, we drive back down into the Valley and visit Bhaktapur enroute to Kathmandu.

On reaching Kathmandu again, the afternoon is free for shopping, more exploring or simply watching the world go by from a comfortable chair on a terrace coffee shop. In the evening we will have the chance to sample a typical Nepali dinner and see the traditional dancing at a local restaurant.

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.

Day 05: Heading for home
After breakfast at your hotel, 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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