Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot 4 Days / 3 Nights
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Kathmandu Valley is the cultural, commercial and administrative center of Nepal. Kathmandu valley is comprised of three medieval Malla principalities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In the medieval times, these three principalities maintained a very fierce rivalry and fought several wars against each other. They also competed with one another in the building of temples, palaces as well as the development of arts and architectures.
Many of these creations still exist with all their charm and glory and have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. You will visit the temples, palaces, stupas and monasteries of the three cities and also take an excursion to Nagarkot - a famous destination for the views of Himalayan Panorama. Nagarkot lies 20 miles (32km) north east of Kathmandu at an elevation of 2000m (6560 ft). Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayas and country panorama.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m / 4,260ft).
Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan city.
Day 03: Visit Bhaktapur and a hike to Nagarkot.
Day 04: Departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4260 ft)
Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel (5 miles, 30 minutes). Check-in at hotel and after some rest, we will take a guided tour of the legendary 2000 years old Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple." From here, we drive into the city center to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old capital of Nepal where you can see the former Royal Palace complex and a number of temples. Walk through the narrow streets of Indra Chowk and Asan vibrant with the activities of vendors and buyers. In the evening, you are invited by our representative for a "Welcome Dinner'" which is organized in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali food and culture program to observe different folk dances of Nepal performed by young men and women in different ethnic costumes. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan city.
In the morning we drive to visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River which is also one of the tributaries of holy Ganges. You will also have the opportunity to see the Hindu cremation services on the ghats/pier of the Bagmati River. From here we continue on to Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest Buddhist stupa in the world! The stupa is believed to be one of the "must visit" site for all Buddhists in their life time. From here we drive to Patan. Patan is known as the City of Arts and Crafts. We visit the Durbar Square area to visit the main courtyard of the palace, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many others. We walk along the narrow streets of Patan, filled with craft shops, silver jewelries, and the sounds of hammers and chisel from the craft workshops. Drive back to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Visit Bhaktapur and later hike from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot.
In the morning, we drive to Bhaktapur, north east out of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur - the best preserved medieval Malla Principality and once served as the capital of United Nepal before it split in to three kingdoms (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) in the mid-14th century. Visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the third major town in the valley. Enjoy the cobblestone streets free of traffic and visit Lion Gate, the five-storied Nyatapola Temple, and the Palace of 55 Windows. Now, we proceed to Changu Narayan Temple (1 hr). Changu Narayan claims to be the oldest functioning Hindu Temple in Nepal and it is also listed by UNESCO as the world heritage site. The last earthquake damaged the temple a bit. Although restoration work is in progress, the temple and the vicinity are still worth visiting. After spending some time in this ancient temple, we begin our hike to Nagarkot and the luggage will be transferred by vehicle. Those who are not willing to hike can also take ride. It is 3-4 hours walking through the terraced fields and villages and sometime following the dusty road. You will be surprised to see just how much the local life along the trail is laid back and still maintain the traditional architecture, culture and values. On the way, we will observe that the people are busy in farming or harvesting, tending livestock and they live in joint family maintaining close bond in the neighborhood. The first part of trail goes through the sparse forest. Walking is easy with fairly level paths and we will enjoy the spectacular mountain views from most part of the trail. Now, we arrive at the village that belongs to the ethnic group called Tamang. The village is full of houses made up of mud and stone with thatched or slate roof. The houses are usually three-storied with a kitchen on the ground floor, bed-rooms on the second and store room for the storage of grains and other food items on the top floor. There is a separate shed for the cattle as well. Each house maintains their own vegetable garden, flowers and even fruit trees. Later, we follow the car track to our hotel in Nagarkot.
Day 04: Departure.
Early morning, you can see sunrise view. Since its going to be amazing, beautiful and special - you should not miss it. If the weather favours you, you will have spectacular views of the eastern to middle range of the Himalayas. After breakfast we retrace our drive to Kathmandu airport for flight to home or next desitnation. Service ends.
- Accommodation on twin sharing.
- Daily breakfast.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Sightseeing admission fees (except for cameras and museum entrances).
- All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
- Airfares and airport taxes.
- Lunch and dinner.
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel Insurance.
- Any extra expenses or loss caused due to nature and unforeseen events.