Trip Overview Around Kathmandu Valley Tour
Kathmandu valley is the heart for cultural, heritage and nature experience. The UNESCO has declared seven historic and religious places as Cultural, Heritage Sites within the valley. During this trip, you will visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Pashupatinath Temple Patan Durbar Square and Syawbhunath Stupas. This trip will enchant you with its bustle, the spectacular views, and its heritage
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and drive to Nagarkot
Welcome to Nepal. You will meet our representatives at the Airport. After arrival, we will be giving you briefing about the trip. If you have any questions or doubts about the trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Then we proceed to Nagarkot on the way to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Escorted by an English speaking guide, we will try to give them a full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour, we will also go to Bhaktapur Durbar Squire and Nagarkot hill station to see the sunset and sunrise views with the enchanting views of the Himalayan Mountain ranges as well.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Much of Bhaktapur Durbar Square was destroyed in the 1934 earthquake and appears much emptier than those of the Kathmandu or Patan Durbar Square. Amongst its many attractions are substitute shrines for the four great Indian pilgrimage sites and also the Golden Gate. This is the most famous piece of art in all Nepal, an exquisite monument of gilded metalwork constructed in back in 1753.
Nagarkot: Situated at 2300 meters on the eastern side of the valley, Nagarkot offers an excellent view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu mountains. It also has sweeping panoramic views of the terraced hillsides typical of Nepal. It is a popular place for sunrise and sunset viewing. In Evening leisure, overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, enchanting views will be inspiring to wake up to see the sunrise and all the fantastic views from your door steps. After breakfast, Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel takes about six hours. As you approach Dhulikhel, a plethora of cultural diversities, interesting traditional practices, lush vegetation and rich birdlife unfolds before you. After reach Dhulikhel drive back to Kathmandu.
Dhulikhel (1440m.) is a small town with a long history. According to the records it has been around for more than 500 years. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. The major places of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi temples which are adored with profuse wood carvings. The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30 minutes walk to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and scenic spot. The Bhagawati temple is situated at a height in the western part of Dhulikhel and dominates the skyline. From here, you can get a beautiful vista of the town and surrounding areas.
Day 03: Kathmandu and Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu then we start sightseeing tour: In our sightseeing tour we go to Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square offers the finest display of Newari urban architecture in Nepal. There are temples devoted to Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh and Vishnu all actively visited by residents and visitors. At the northern end of the square the ancient sunken water tap has been restored and is still in use with young girls filling huge jugs from the carved stone waterspouts. The courtyards of the Royal Palace with their ornamented windows, columned arcades, shrines and sunken royal bath are amongst the most beautiful in all of Kathmandu valley.
Swayambhunath Stupa: 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, this great temple is just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. No one actually knows who built it. Many believe that the Lichavis constructed it while others believe that emperor Asoka had already visited it in the 3rd century. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra. In Evening leisure, overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04: Final Departure
After breakfast you will have some free time until to leave the international airport for your final departure.