Kathmandu is an extremely fascinating destination for travelers, scholars, and researchers. The Capital and home to Nepal's only International Airport is a buzzing vibrant place, although like so many capital cities in the developing world it begins to show signs of congestion over the past few years, this hardly detracts from its mystery and celebration of life.This valley was divided into three kingdoms less than a century ago. It now contains countless architectural monuments, and vestiges of varied cultural and religious traditions. Kathmandu valley has seen many dynasties and empires come and go, each leaving their own mark on the valley's mystique.The valley today incorporates three major settlements, all have their own distinctive character with outstanding temples, works of art and architecture and a varied calendar of feasts and festivals. Kathmandu boast the highest density of World Heritage Sites to be found anywhere in the World, seven in total.
So much history interwoven and sitting strangely in harmony with the modern Kathmandu. Ancient temples in a medieval atmosphere sit side by side with Internet cafes. Old blends with new ways…Welcome to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu arrival and transfer to the hotel. Short briefing about your tour.Overnight at hotel.
Full day Kathmandu city tour including Boudhanath stupa, Syambhunath stupa ,Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.Overnight at hotel.
Boudhanath stupa:It is one of the largest stupa in the world. It looms 36 meters high with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha.All the Buddhist throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals. The area of the stupa boasts of more than 35 gompas and is easily accessible by being a short walking distance from Pashupatinath.
Syambhunath:It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock.The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake.It is also one of the oldest and glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The temple is believed to be guarded by a large tribe of roving monkeys and hence, is also known as the ‘monkey temple’.
Pashupatinath:It is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva as well as the noteworthy gold plated roofs and silver coated doors.
Kathmandu Durbar square:This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex
NOTE: All above places are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Full day city tour Bhaktapur,Patan and Changu Narayan Temple. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
The art and architecture and the special layout here will give you a feeling of inner harmony . The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754 situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as Sunko Dhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best preserved one.
Patan Durbar Square:
It is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings,artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. 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 – Krishna Mandir built entirely of stone with rare stone carvings on. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square.Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. Main among these are Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna.
Changu Narayan Temple:
It is situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu – the Preserver. One of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. The man-bird statue of Vishnu presents Him in a namaste position with a snake around His neck.
This day we have free to shopping and after lunch we can take rest till departure
Free untill your departure.
NOTE: All mention places are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site