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This package tour of Kathmandu Valley is specially designed for visitors who have not enough time to visit all parts of Nepal and who want to enjoy the historical, cultural and architectural sites of Kathmandu Valley. This sightseeing trip includes a visit to Kathmandu itself, Patan and Bhaktapur along with the Sunrise viewpoint of Nagarkot.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, it roughly has a population of about 1.5 million people in the city itself. If you look at the whole of Kathmandu Valley the population comes more close to 5 million people. Kathmandu is shaped in a bowl and the city lays in Central Nepal at an elevation of approximately 1400 meters above the sea level. It is also the only place in Nepal with an international airport, so if you are planning to travel to Nepal, there is no other way than visiting this interesting cultural metropolis.
Here an overview of the places we will visit during this tour:
Swayambhunath:Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. Swayambhunath’s worshippers include Hindus, Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, and the Newari Buddhists of central and southern Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is located in the east side of central Kathmandu. This is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site in Nepal, this area is the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The huge white and gold stupa has been restored to perfection after it was damaged in the earthquake of 2015.
Pashupatinath: Is a pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing’s and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. One of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri.
Patan Durbar Square: This is the Royal Palace Complex built during the Malla period and stood as the capital part till the 17th century. The square is built full of ancient palaces, temples, shrines and statues known for their exquisite carvings.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: In front of the old royal palace of Kathmandu you will find one of the three palace squares that you will find in Kathmandu Valley. This World Heritage Site was severely damaged during the earthquake in 2015. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, referring to the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god. Kathmandu Durbar Square is also home to Kumari, the living Godess.
Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is a Newa city located in the eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur literally translates to Place of Devotees, but is also known as Bhadgaun or Khwopa. It has one of the best-preserved palace courtyards and old city centers of Nepal, therefore Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage Site. Explore the Bhaktapur’s Art Museum, golden gate and it’s pond along with the fifty-window palace. On Pottery Square you can see how mud is converted into clay, and than is given its desired shape.
Nagarkot: Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots of the Bhaktapur district. It is gifted with a mesmerizing panoramic view of sunrise and sunset. In season time you will be able to see Everest in the east and the Dhaulagiri range in the west. Nagarkot lays at an elevation of approximately 2195 meters above the sea level.
January-July and September- January,
Best months: September, October and November.
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley covers Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati and Patan Durbar Square. We will stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Hike to Telkot and drive to Nagarkot. We will stay overnight in Nagarkot.
After Sunrise view and breakfast in Nagarkot drive to Bhaktapur. After having spend in Bhaktapur we will head to Bouddhanath.