“ a scenic interesting and on cable car to Manakamana temple, tour of picturesque Nagarkot hill top in the shade of central Himalayan mountains environment
in Kathmandu scenic tour of temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard, scenic mountain view and world heritage sites Buddhanilkantha, Phasupatinath, Boudhanath, with Bhaktapur old palace courtyard & ancient temple of Changunarayan”
Encounters Nepal grand sightseeing tour of famed and renowned places leads you to various scenic and cultural sites in and Kathmandu beyond to Nagarkot for stunning sunrise over Himalayan chain of mountains from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal all the way to Everest in the far eastern horizon.
On arrival in Kathmandu with authentic Nepali cuisine dinner with local folk and cultural dance program, Kathmandu a historical, cultural, scenic valley and capital of Nepal with Multi party government a Republic Nation.
Kathmandu Valley, a unique valley with exotic setting 25 centuries back it stood as a large lake. It is completely surrounded by a level of Green Mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snowcapped peaks during the winter.
It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest.
Kathmandu city with its wonderful green valley slowly emerging into a metropolitan city and towns, however old temples, monasteries, old palace, royal courtyard and world heritage sites still retains its past time glory and artifacts with ancient culture, traditions, religions and way of life as it was in past earlier old periods.
Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley has much more to offer our guests and travelers to taste our rich culture and traditions with warm friendly hospitality of Nepali people showing you the wonders of Kathmandu arts, historic monuments with colorful festivals.
All our guided sightseeing tour offering information of the places of main attraction and interest in and around Kathmandu valley, beside Kathmandu being a bustling city but steeped in history with amazing terracotta artifacts, pagoda temples and dome stupa Buddhist monuments with ancient royal king courtyard with various impressive tours within Kathmandu valley where one ca marvel day to day.
Next day starting after breakfast with short drive to famous Hindu Phasupatinath Temple with golden tier pagoda roofs with four silver sided doors, the temple is busy every day with pilgrims and disciple from all over Nepal and India the main occasion is in mid February “Shiva Ratri” birth anniversary of lord Shiva.
From here a short drive to Little Tibet at Boudhanath, declared as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chorten built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. With series of three terraces and from the bird's eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world.
The chorten surrounded by a circular market of Tibetan influence, the chorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana faith of Buddhism known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
Encounters Nepal wonderful tour continues with a short drive to Sundarijal on the rim of Kathmandu valley towards North East, from here starting few days walk to Nagarkot and Changunarayan, begin the trek with a climb through beautiful woodlands of rhododendron, oaks and pine tree lines at the top of Sundarijal with old water reservoir with dam. The trail leaves the water supply system to Kathmandu valley. From here trek leads to a climb to the top of the Shivapuri ridge, the first village on the trail with sprawling Tamang settlement of Mulkharka at 1,895m with few small tea shops where you can relax for a cup of tea and enjoy spectacular view of Kathmandu Valley. Beyond Mulkharka, the trail continues with a climb passing through an army camp (army position as Shivapuri National Park wardens), the trail enters the Shivapuri National Park. Most of the Shivapuri ridge is lined with thick forest of rhododendron, pine and oak trees. Then a short climb to Chisapani at 2,310 meters for overnight stop in local lodge with simple and basic facilities the highest spot of this trip here at Chisopani with fantastic panorama of snow capped mountains to the far west horizon view of Annapurna, Manaslu and continues with Ganesh-Langtang-Jungal Himal in the centre and towards east Gaurishanker, Melungatse to Everest range towards far east. Chisopani also offers grand views of sunrise and sunset in the comfort of a nice simple lodge. Next morning with striking views of the snow capped peaks and sunrise starting the trek after breakfast towards Nagarkot, the trail winds on the gradual wider rough road for vehicles; morning walk enters through nice forested area with constant view of mountains and then heading downhill to Chowki Bhanjyang on the midway to Nagarkot hill town, with lunch here heading on the easy gradual winding trail to Jarsing Pawa where the road from Sankhu joins, Jarsing Pawa has nice small tea garden at present with alluring views of snow capped mountains from here 2-3 hours of steady walk uphill to Nagarkot located 30 k.m. North East of Kathmandu on the valley rim,
Nagarkot is the favorite weekend gateway for Himalayan scenery and rural tranquility. Nagarkot offers panorama of mountains that extends all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal in the centre and extending towards East Mt. Everest range. The surrounding countryside of Nagarkot is great for short hike, situated at 2,175 m with awesome views of sunset and sunrise.
Next morning breakfast with alluring panorama of mountains with sunrise, then walk to Changunarayan on the downhill path to Telkot village, from here on the gradual good path through the pines and rhododendron woodlands all the way reaching at an old medieval town of Changunarayan here visit the magnificent temple of Changunarayan dedicated to lord Vishnu. This temple listed in the World Heritage Site, a fifth century old located over a hillock 15 km. east of Bhaktapur the temple adorned with full of artistic works on metal and wood. Inscription dating back to 464 AD found here are the first epigraphic evidences of Nepalese history, after beautiful temple visit, then heading back with a drive to Kathmandu with a tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square with full of arts and culture. There are many monuments of historical significant places to see over here are five storey Temple Nyatapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate and many more. After a grand interesting time here drive back to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Arrival Kathmandu, reception at the airport by a representative of Encounters Nepal, transfer to a Hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drink. Meet the Manager from Encounters Nepal for tour briefing.
After breakfast, guided city tour to the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath (Oldest Buddhist Stupa in the World), Pashupatinath (Hindu’s Temple), Boudhanath (One of the biggest Monastery in the World), Patan Museum, Golden Temple (Buddhists’ Monastery), Tibetan Refugee Camp. Transfer to Hotel for overnight rest.
Kathmandu – Sundarijal - Chisapani (Walking distance 4-5 hrs): We drive to Sundarijal, which is 13 km. from Kathmandu. Sundarijal is situated at the elevation of 1350m., trek starts from here. Beyond Sundarijal, the trail climbs continuously through forest to a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. The trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road to 1550m. Then cross the road and continue climb to the top of the Shivapuri ridge, the first village on the trail with the sprawling Tamang settlement of Milkshake at 1895m. There are few small tea shops where you can sit for a cup of tea and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Beyond Mulkharka, the trail continues to climb steadily. After passing through an army camp, the trail enters the Shivapuri National Park. Most of the Shivapuri ridge is dense forest of pine and oak. Climb continues down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani at 2300m. Stay overnight at Chisapani in a teahouse.
Chisapani - Nagarkot (walking distance 7-8 hrs): After breakfast, we proceed to flat trails for about 3 hours. The trail descends almost two hours then we will reach small village called Chowki Bhanjyang where we will have our lunch. Beyond Chowki Bhabjyang, the trail is flat for almost one and half hours then 30 minutes ascend to arrive at the beautiful Hill station called Nagarkot, situated at an altitude of 2175 m. which provides the grand stand panoramic views of the Himalayas. You can see five of the fourteen tallest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest (8848 m.). Other mountains are Lhotse (8516 m.), Cho Oyu (8201 m.), Makalu (8463 m.) and Manaslu (8163 m.) and many other lesser summits. The view of the peaks looks gorgeous during Sunrise and Sunset. Stay overnight at a Hotel in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot – Changunarayan - Kathmandu (walking distance 2- 2&½ hrs): After breakfast, an easy walk down to Changunarayan Temple, listed in the world heritage site. This is a fifth century made Temple located over a hillock 15 km. east of Kathmandu and is full of artistic works on metal and wood. Inscription dating back to 464 AD found here are the first epigraphic evidences of Nepalese history. After a visit to this Temple, one can spend more time in Bhaktapur Durbar Square too which is full of arts and culture. There are many monuments of Historical significant places to see over here are five storey Temple known as Nyatapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate and many more. From here we drive back to Kathmandu and relax. Stay overnight at a Hotel.
Rest day and shopping in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Farewell and transfer to international airport for onward flight.
USD $850 per person
Trip Cost Includes:
Tour/Trek pre-departure information, Guide
Hotel accommodation as per mentioned in the itinerary on a twin share basis with breakfast at Standard Hotels
All internal transport by private car
All group airport transfers
Welcome drinks in Kathmandu
Trip Cost Excludes:-
Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
International air fare.
Nepal entry visa fee.
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
Bar and beverages
Nature of personal expenses
Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
Meals Launch and dinner
Manument entry fee