KATHMANDU – NAGARKOT – 4 DAYS
This is a thrilling historical discovery of ancient Kathmandu valley & a pretty roller coaster drive in of the Nagarkot hill resort…
It’s an unusual feeling to explore the enchantment and ambiguity of medieval Kathmandu – plunge yourself in the allure throughout the course of a rich array of full-of-life but easy going streets, living historic heritage, fine temples and holy sites that dot almost every corner of this ancient city. Witness and experience the exceptional, out of the ordinary Nepalese culture and festivals upfront. The sounds and the bells of the kathmandu valley will hypnotise you for one helluva long time to come. We go for a winding scenic cruise to the lovely hillock of Nagarkot for a dazzling sunrise. It’s just the just what the doctor ordered for a mind relaxing place to view many of the Himalayan famous giants such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker as well as Mount Everest; we are convinced it’s the ideal way to begin your journey for historical emotions that take you to a past that still thrives…
This trip takes you on a religious and cultural odyssey to the most incredible places in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Your entry into these places of great heritage significance will give you deep insights of the various windows of Nepal’s opulent history. On this fantastic short tour that leaves out nothing, you will wonderfully become engrossed with a part of the affluent culture and traditions of a Nepal of yore. Your visit takes you to ancient palaces and famous cultural heritage sites that still echo the conspiracies and tragedies of a magnificent period in Nepal. Blended with this is your one night trip into quiet little Nagarkot, sanctified with utter beauty of nature and breathtaking Himalayan views, giving you the kind of experience that rings in your memories. On reverting back to Kathmandu, on your way your journey will side track towards the old city of medieval Bhaktapur that opens your imaginations to a great heritage of the Malla period when these feuding kings fought all and also one another to build a great heritage city that makes Bhaktapur what it is today. The erotic statues and symbolic monuments stir your emotions deeply. Our lovely tour wraps itself up on our drive back to kathmandu to remember a brief but sublime holiday that we will remember for a long, long time to come…
Reception of the group at the airport, transfer to a Hotel. Pick up for dinner with culture program.
Dinner with culture program: For authentic Nepali food with a typical atmosphere with traditional live dances.
After breakfast, drive to Swoyambhunath, Budanilkantha, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath (Lunch at Boudhanath). Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk back to hotel in Kathmandu. Dinner at hotel.
Swoyambhunath: Swoyambhunath Stupa or Monkey Temple, on the west side of Kathmandu gives a global view of whole Kathmandu valley from the top of a hillock. The huge Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists’ sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu valley out of primordial Lake. UNESCO lists it in world heritage site.
Budanilkantha: The Budanilkantha is located about 8-km north of Kathmandu, the colossal statue of Lord Vishnu, reclining on the bed of snakes. It is in the middle of a small pond and seems to float on the water.
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred phallic symbol. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple. This is one of the most sacred Hindu cremation sites. UNESCO publishes it as a world heritage site.
Boudhanath: Boudhanath is known as a Tibetan style of Buddhist Stupa. This is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist site in Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of Stupa design. It was constructed in the first century and is one of the largest Stupas in the world. All day long, the devotees walk around the Stupa, moving and unforgettable scenes. A great influence from Tibet can be experienced here. Boudhanath protected as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Kathmandu Durbar Square and Kumari (the Living Goddes) Temple: The palaces, courtyards and temples were built between 12th and 18th centuries during the ancient Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. This large square is the historic seat of the Nepalese Royalty. A captivating piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square protected, as a UNESCO world heritage site is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.
After breakfast, drive to Sankhu to visit Bajrajogini temple. Then drive to Patan (Lunch at Patan). Further drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight in Nagarkot.
Bajrajogini: Situated about 20 km east of Kathmandu beside the holy Salinadi River, Bajrajogini is actually a tantric goddess, and according to local belief, her real form cannot be exposed to an uninitiated person. So even though the image inside the temple sanctum is that of Bajrajogini, she is seated and garbed in red with elegant jewel adornments.
Patan Durbar Square: Patan is another city next to Kathmandu about 5 kms far from city heart. It is also known as city of fine art. A two-story building with gilded roofs encloses the stone-paved courtyard. The woodcarvings on the roof struts are especially attractive. The palace is prepared with sacred images and other small shrines. The museum in the courtyard is a collection of masterpiece of ancient arts and history to express the religious and cultural lives then in Nepal. This are is also protected as UNESCO world heritage site.
Nagarkot, at around 2100m high, 35kms from city heart, provides the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas: Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and Kanchenjunga (8585m) till the Annapurnas (8091m) on the west can be seen from here. It is regarded as one of the best viewpoints in Nepal. A breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise can be experienced staying overnight here.
After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur city via Changunarayan temple. Transfer to the international airport for onward flight.
Changunarayan: The temple is known as ancient Vishnu temple and dates back to 325 A.D. King Haridutta Varma built the shrine along with the temple of Goddess Chhinnamasta Adidevi. Lichhavi King Manadeva erected a stone pillar, dated 464 A.D., with inscription written on it which is the base for considering Changunarayan temple as the oldest specimen of pagoda architecture in Kathmandu Valley. The present form of the outer visible superstructure of the temple was rebuilt in 1702 AD.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur and its Durbar Square, about 20 kms far from the city heart, one of the three Royal towns of Nepal, is now a model town for the country for its calm, cleanness and preservation of cultural heritages. The 15th century palace of 55 windows inspires admiration. The golden gate is a masterpiece in art and the National Art Gallery is also housed inside. In the east of Durbar Square, a narrow-paved lane leads to another big square with a towering five-roofed Nyatapol temple. The stairway leading up to the temple is flanked by stone figures of deities and mythical beasts, each considered ten times more powerful than the one immediately below.
USD $690 per person
Trip Cost Includes:
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
One Mt .Flight ticket to Mount Everest flight
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