Today, you will have a tour of the Kathmandu valley, starting with the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. It is considered one of the most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath. It is located besides the holy Baghmati River, and is also the site where the cremation ceremony of the Hindu people of Kathmandu takes place. You can witness many sadhus in the temple vicinity in bright yellow and red attires and painted faces. This temple complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ list since 1979.
We will then continue the tour to another one of Kathmandu valley’s holy Buddhist shrines- the Bouddhanath Stupa. With its large Stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. Bouddhanath has a very serene atmosphere and the dome of the shrine is considered to be the largest in the world. After completion of these two spots, you will be taken for a visit to Patan.
Also known as Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Baghmati River. It is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s central Durbar Square is also ornamented with many beautiful temples. Within the city also lies the Tibetan refugee center, home to most of the valley’s Tibetan population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop.
You will then visit the Swayambhunath Stupa- another important UNESCO World Heritage Site. The golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhunath Stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Later, you will have a drive to Nagarkot. On the way to Nagarkot at 17 kilometers, we will also stop for a tour of Bhaktapur. Perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley harboring a distinct medieval feel- Bhaktapur is like an open museum of arts and crafts displayed out on the streets. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders abound, you can have a look at the ancient city’s Palace of Fifty Five Windows, the Golden Gate and the magnificent five-storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple. We will then proceed to Nagarkot.
Situated 32 kilometers, 1.5 hour’s drive east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters, Nagarkot is a perfect getaway destination close to Kathmandu. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mount Everest can be seen from here. This place is also famous for viewing the sunrise and sunset from its famous view tower.
Overnight stay at 3-Star Category Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.