Kathmandu Valley is comprises of three cities Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. There are seven world heritage sites within the three valleys.
Upon your arrival on Tribhuwan International Airport you will be welcomed by our representative. You’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll spend a comfortable night.
Optional: Mountain Flight. Full day city tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa & Patan CityAfter breakfast, you’ll be exploring the traditional and artistic Kathmandu valley. Your first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square. Also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, it is a public square containing ancient palaces, temples, statues and streets. There is an ancient wooden pavilion Kasthmandap made by wood gathered from a divine tree, Kalpa Vriksha, build centuries ago. It is this pavilion from which the city got its name Kathmandu. Taleju temple is the oldest and the tallest building in the area, door of which is opened only once in a year during the main festival of Nepal; Dashain. Historically important Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you the traditional art and crafts of the Newars, in the form of elaborate wood work, sculptors and architecture. Your next stop will be the Monkey temple; Swayambhunath. Standing tall on a hill, the majestic Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath is a white dome with a gold conical shape on top, which is painted with the watchful eyes of Buddha. A mythological story about origin of Swayambhunath states that a lotus that radiated dazzling light sprung at the very spot where the dome is today. The lotus is said to have been planted by Buddha. The exhausting climb of 365 steps to reach Swayambhunath is worthwhile once you reach the peaceful stupa and view Kathmandu valley from there. Your visit to Kathmandu valley will be incomplete without visiting Patan Durbar Square. Patan is the oldest and the most beautiful medieval city in Kathmandu valley. The square is embellished with pillars, shrines, temples and palaces and is popularly known as “Lalitpur” or ‘the city of fine arts’. In Patan you can witness the unique symbiosis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Krishna Mandir is a stone temple in the square dedicated to lord Krishna and his consort Radha constructed in the year 1637 by the King Siddhi Narsingh Malla of Patan. The temple was built after Radha Krishna appeared in his dreams. The temple constructed in Shikhara style of architecture contains intricate carvings of the scenes from the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana on its walls. Patan Royal Palace, which was constructed by King Vishnu Malla in 1734, was converted into Patan Museum in 1997 after renovation. The museum is a store house of traditional sacred art work most of the objects are bronze and gilt copper repousse work, traditional crafts and ancient sculptors, idols for which Patan is famous. In and around the snaking streets and gullies of Patan you will come across many Bahals, places of worship for Buddhist Newars. Bahal is Buddhist monastery with its own typical architectural style. It is two storeys tall, has its own courtyards and large prayer hall. Some of these Bahals also have hindu idols inside them. One of the famous bahal of Patan is Kwa Bahal also known as Hiranya Varna Mahavihar or popularly known as Golden Temple amongst tourists. Besides the temples, bahals and palaces there are stone water spouts also known as ‘hitis’. These intricate stone taps give us a reflection of the history, culture and civilization. Amongst these taps Manga Hiti predates to 570 A.D. After all the walking and exploration you can enter a restaurant enjoy exotic Newari food platter as you enjoy the captivating view of the city.
After breakfast, your day tour will start with religious place Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath where Lord Shiva resides. Shiva’s manifestation as Pashupati lord of animal, is considered one of the holiest sites of the Hindus and is a must visit once in a lifetime to gain salvation. You can also see the Hindus cremation site Aryaghat at the bank of Bagmati River. Apart from being a holy shrine, it is beautifully crafted in Pagoda style with golden roof and silver doors. Afterwards proceed to Boudhanath another Buddhist stupa and a World heritage site. It is also famous for its power to fulfill wishes and blessings. The base of the stupa is a square shaped terraced plinth representing joy, love, compassion and calmness. The white dome shaped structure on top is painted with yellow to represent lotus. Above which a square tower representing fire is painted with eyes of Buddha. On top of it is the gold conical shaped structure representing air followed by an umbrella on topmost part symbolizing space. The more you see the stupa the more peace you’ll feel! Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. Your next stop will be set off to explore Bhaktapur. Listed in UNESCO, Bhaktapur Durbar Square has lots to offer. Bhaktapur, literally meaning “city of devotees”, was one of the three ancient kingdoms in Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur with its beautiful stone and wood crafts is an architectural delight. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has three squares each consisting of palaces and temples that are unique and elaborate than the other.
Today you’ll say bye to mystic Nepal as your plane takes off and depart to your home.