This tour is carefully designed for those visitors who have huge interest in Art, Culture, Lifestyle and Historical sites around Kathmandu valley. A visit to the UNESCO declared World heritage sites of Nepal would be the best opportunity for researcher, students, teachers or historian to collect historical and socio-cultural artifacts of the three historic cities.
All together; there are Ten UNESCO world heritage sites in this landlocked Himalayan country. Eight of them represent Cultural sites and two are Natural heritage sites. Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal is teemed with ancient temples, Stupas, Monuments and historical sites. Tourists often say, “Kathmandu valley is a hub for rich Culture and Heritage flourished during the Lichchavi and Malla era”. Seven out of ten World heritage sites are in Kathmandu valley within a periphery of 30km. Everyday thousands of tourists from different parts of the world visit all the cultural, historical and religious sites. Every monument is surely impressed you. Just spend a fair bit of time taking in their wonderful architecture and art. The ancient temples and the intricate design of the Malla era palatial building are really impressive. The Kathmandu valley comprising of three medieval cities that include Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan is truly the most packed tourist hub you’ve ever explored.
Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotels, you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.
We begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu valley . Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best then visit to Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. You will get really nice sunset view from the Monkey temple Looking down Kathmandu valley.
Begin the tour with listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Patan Durbar Square is rich in ancient arts and architecture. We also visit Bhakatpur, an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambiance of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur. then drive up to Nagarkot, a village in Bhaktapur which sits at 7,200 ft and boasts stunning Himalayan vistas. It is also renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. It will be worth to spend a night at Nagarkot for sunrise or for sunset. You can do the bit of walking in Nagarkot view point few kilometer. Overnight Nagarkot hotel View point.
After the sunrise view of panoramic of Himalaya from Nagrkot breakfast and drive toward kathmandu through Bungmati, Khokana and Kritipur. This tour is best for Village/temple visit, traditional way of Newari life.Kirtipur is a magnificent exception to the usual Newari settlements. Perched on twin hillocks and clinging to the saddle about 5 kms from Kathmandu. Kirtipur has two satellite hamlets to the south, Panga and Nagaon.The history of the village dates back to the 12th century when it was a outpost of the Patan but later on became a separate kingdom. The kingdom was so strong the it defeated the MOST powerful king of the Nepalese history three times when he tried to unify it with the Nepal. Remains of the fortified walls and part of the original 12 gates can still be seen.Even though most of the people in the village are the Newar the differences in the culture and the daily ways of life can be seen during the tour as most of the people are farmers and have unique culture and tradition. Beside the village visit there are also some interesting temples such as Bag Bhairav, Chlanchu Vihar etc. Further form Kirtipur the temple of Goddess Dakshinakali is situated which is an important pilgrimage for Nepalese people. A visit to Kirtipur can be combined with the visit to Chovar and Panga as well.
We will have our lunch at Hattiban Resort on top of hill, located at a very nice place, which provides birds’ eye view of Kathmandu valley and beyond. Located at an altitude of 2100m from sea level (Kathmandu is 1350m) this place can also be used a overnight stop as the resort has nice rooms and services. The prices are available on request.After lunch we proceed to Khokana and Bungamati. Khokana and Bungamati are the ancient Newari village (of the 16th century) alike Kirtipur but a visit to Khokana and Bungamati is a bit different to the visit to Kirtipur. The people in Khokana are involved in the traditional oil making which is the main attraction of the village and the people in Bungamati are involved more in traditional wood carving which one can see in the historic places in and around Kathmandu valley. This is the perfect “day hiking” trip in Kathmandu.
It is finally time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Our representative will transfer you to the airport from where you will catch your flight. Bid goodbye to this beautiful nation as you fly to your next destination.
What is Included
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
- Three nights 3 star standards twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All the Transfer and the transportation by tourist bus/car depending on group size.
- One Night Hotel in Nagarkot on full board for sunrise and sunset tour.
- English speaking experience tour guide for your entire tour as per itinerary.
- Guided tour in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapurtour with private vehicle as per itinerary.
- Government Taxes and office expenses and service charge.
What is Excluded
- All your meals except from Nagarkot. Lunch and Dinner.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $25 dollar.
- Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Tips for the tour guide and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur sightseeing entrance fee.( Approximate $50 USD per person)