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Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and the largest city attracts people from all over the world for its beauty and charm! When you come to describe Kathmandu, the words crazy, historic, chaotic, haphazard, spiritual, vibrant, and enticing are bound to cross your mind. Being a unique town from towns in the rest of the world, Kathmandu is located 1296m above sea level and houses around 1.4 million people. Giving a view of the snow-capped Himalayas, Kathmandu has various places that have a strong historical significance. A Kathmandu Tour takes the guests on an enthralling journey of exploring this stunning yet chaotic city lying in the heart of Nepal!
After having a pleasant flight, you will arrive at Kathmandu Airport, where you will be greeted by our guide. The guide will transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax after checking in.
The Kathmandu Valley lies between the Mahabharat Range and the Great Himalayas, and therefore, the shape of the valley resembles a fertile saucer. The valley comprises Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur and Patan. Each of these three cities has a lot of architectural and religious significance and boast of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Also known as Nepal Mandala, the valley was occupied by the Newar who was the reason for the heritage and culture of the valley. Lying at an elevation of 1400 meters, Kathmandu city has been the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal, and therefore, it is full of gardens, palaces, and mansions. Seen as a melting pot of the Hindu and Buddhist communities, Nepal's economy, history, art, and culture revolves around Kathmandu City. Flooded with tourist attractions, guests, commuters, trekkers, noises, and activities, Kathmandu originated around the wooden structure that was used by travelers as a resting spot on the ancient trade routes. Today, the kasthamandap is the complex of the famous Durbar Square, which was the center of the political, cultural, and social life of Nepal's residents.
In the afternoon of the first day of your Kathmandu Tour, you will proceed towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
The Hanuman Dhoka lying in the Durbar Square forms a part of the Royal Palace structure, which was used during the Malla and Shah dynasty. The Hanuman statue is located at the entrance of the palace, towards the west direction from Durbar Square.
Durbar Square is famous for its ancient structures. Some of its structures are built in the pagoda style whereas, the others carry an architecture of the Hindu Shikharas, like the Taleju Temple, Krishna Temple, and the Jagannath Temple. The figure of praying Garuda is a distinct characteristic of Krishna Temples over the city.
Other notable structures within the Durbar Square include the Kal Bhairav, which is a giant statue found during the Malla era. The statue of Svet Bhairav is also another notable structure in Kathmandu.
OPTIONAL: On the second day of your Kathmandu tour, you have the option of taking an early morning flight to glance at the noble Himalayas and Mount Everest. The flight tour gives you a clear view of Mount Everest (8848m) without any obstruction. Apart from that, you will also view the magnificent aerial quick panorama view of Kathmandu Valley during take off. During the ride, each person will have a window seat for enjoying the breath-taking views of the Himalayas as well as Mount Everest. Being an extraordinary experience, the guests will get to feel the thrill for an hour's flight.
On the morning of the second day of your Kathmandu tour, you will have breakfast and then proceed for the sightseeing.
The first destination will be the renowned Pasupatinath temple. Considered as one out of the five holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple is a beautiful double-tiered structure that is decorated lavishly with silver and gold. The temple's entrance is guarded by a black stone structure of Shiva’s bull, Nandi. The entry inside the temple is only restricted to Hindus, the other guests can view activities across the Bagmati River.
The second destination for day two of the Kathmandu Tour will be the Boudhanath Stupa. Being amongst the world's largest stupas, the Boudhanath Stupa lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Being a part of the ancient trade route, the Boudhanath Stupa gazes below at the city view through its mesmerizing yet generous Buddha eyes. There are a plethora of activities around the stupa, and you will see the Buddhist chanters, drums beating in the nearby monasteries, and the constant movement of the worshippers.
Later in the evening, you will have an unforgettable dining experience by enjoying a four-course meal featuring traditional Nepali food. After having dinner, you will enjoy traditional Nepali Cultural dance and folk music. The cultural show will include various other cultural shows representing more than 100 distinct ethnic groups of Nepal. You will see the Lakhe dance, Newari dance, the Tharu cultural dance, Maithili dance, and many other dances in the show.
Visit Bhaktapur and Patan
On the third day of your Kathmandu Tour, you will proceed towards a sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur and Patan.
Like Patan, Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is referred to as the ‘City of Devotees.’ Also known as Khwopa, Bhaktapur was one of the capitals during the reign of the Malla rulers. Standing on top of a hill, Bhaktapur is just a few kilometers away from Kathmandu.
Being an utter delight for guests, Bhaktapur houses shrines, sculptures, temples, palaces, and various homes and streets that display intricate stonework and woodwork designs. Bhaktapur is full of historical and spiritual references.
The Nyatapola Temple is a 100 feet pagoda structure that lies in the Bhaktapur Square. The shrine is guarded by massive stones at all steps. On the top of the steps, you can view beautiful views of the town below and the surrounding scenery.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square houses a stunning collection of ancient temples and structures made in pagoda and shikhara styles. The statues, sculptures, and lattice window engravings around the palace are the most significant and stunning pieces of design and architecture in the square.
Fly back Home
Post breakfast, you will walk through the renowned Thamel area and soak yourself in the ambiance of the carnival.
Later, you will proceed towards the airport and fly back home with beautiful memories of your Kathmandu Tour.