A trip to Nepal would not only let you experience Himalayas but also give you true opportunity to experience ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. Your tour around Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar squares will provide you true experience of medieval period. The country is full of art, architectures, temples and monasteries which symbolize the importance of art, culture and religion in Nepali society.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath / Kathmandu Durbar square & Patan
Day 03: Visit Bhaktapur / Pashupatinath & Boudhanath
Day 04: Departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives.Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants.
Day 02:Visit Swoyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar square and Patan: start our tour with a visit of a magnificent Buddhist stupa called Swoyambunath followed by Kathmandu Durbar square. Then a drive to one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Swoyambunath is one of the oldest stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. The square is presently known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, near the entrance of the palace. The preference for the construction of royal palaces at this site dates back to as early as the Licchavi period in the third century. When Kathmandu City became independent under the rule of King Ratna Malla (1484-1520) the palaces in the square became the royal palaces for its Malla kings. When Prithvi Narayan Shah invaded the Kathmandu Valley in 1769, he also favored the Kathmandu Durbar Square for his palace. Other subsequent Shah Kings continued to rule from the square until 1896 when they moved to the Narayan Hiti Palace. One of the most visited sites in the square is the house of the Kumari (a living goddess who is the reincarnation of Kali).
Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Day 03: Visit Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath: drive for about 30 minutes to visit magnificent city called Bhaktapur. Then drive back to Kathmandu to visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Bhaktapur: Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. This fascinating city reminds you the true Nepali culture and living style of medieval period. It is one of the oldest, ancient cities and previous capital city of Kathmandu Valley. We visit four different squares in this city: Durbar Square (palace square), Tamaudi Square (public square), Pottery Square and Dattatrey Square.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Baghmati River. It is a double–roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal
Boudhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and it is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like Swoyambunath, this stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
In the afternoon, we will participate in Buddhist puja (worship) in monastery.
Day 04: Transfer to the airport and departure.
NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.