DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and custom formalities and greets you and transfer you to hotel. After check in enjoy your leisure time.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU-NAGARKOT VIA BHAKTAPUR. 32 KMS. / 2 HRS (Breakfast)
After Breakfast drive to Nagarkot which is approximately 32 kilometres and takes 1.5 (+/-) drive without traffic via sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur: Name of Bhaktapur literally translates to ‘City of devotees’. The best preserved of the three main medieval cities of the valley, Bhaktapur comprise some of the most breathtaking religious architecture in the entire country. It has three major squares, Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, and Dattatreya Square; studded with pagoda and shikhara-style temples. Devoid of traffic and pollution, Bhaktapur by far is definitely the cleanest city in the Valley. Narrow stone paved streets snake through red brick houses, leading you to hidden temples, water sprouts, and courtyards. The city proudly displays its cultural life through daily lifestyle; artisans have been continuing traditional works like weaving, pottery, and wooden work for generation and you can catch skillful people busy with their work on the roadsides. Locals gather in the communal courtyard to bathe, collect water, do their laundry, and some to just socialize. Bhaktapur is known for its cultural handicrafts such as pottery, puppets, and masks, it is the perfect place to shop if you want light and easy-to-carry souvenirs. Main attractions of this city are 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Mini Pashupati Temple, Nyatapola Temple, and Bhairavnath Temple, among others. The reconstruction of Asi Dega and Batsala Temple which were completely destroyed by the earthquake is going on. When you get tired of the walk around this mesmerizing city, enjoy the delicious Juju Dhau ‘King’s curd’ for some needed refreshment.
After sightseeing continue drive to Telkot the start point of Hike to Nagarkot which will take you about 2-3 hours depending on your pace. Along the trail you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and local village, life style of local people.
Nagarkot nestled next to the traditional and old town of Bhaktapur; Nagarkot is the perfect blend of scenic beauty and fresh air greenery. The village has various hotels dotted on a ridge facing one of the broadest possible views of the Himalayan range. The morning wakes you up with warm glow of orange sunrise spreading from the peek into the skies. The glistering range of Himalaya spreads across the horizon making it the perfect view to begin the day. The luscious hill rolls down to the Valley joining it with the capital city which is just a drive away. The sunrise viewpoints give a perfect view of the Himalaya and the Valley below on a clear day. Favorite getaway for locals and foreigners alike, Nagarkot is mélange of culture, tradition, and nature.
Explore Nagarkot and Evening enjoy the Sunset view from Nagarkot with a 360° panoramic view, which includes major peaks in the western Himalayan range : Annapurna, Manaslu. Himchuli, Ganesh himal and eastern Himalayan range: Lang tang, Dorje lakpa, Gaurisankhar, Choyu, Sishaphangma, including Mt.Everest (subject to climatic condition). Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot
DAY 03: NAGARKOT-KATHMANDU (Breakfast)
Early Morning easy walk in Nagarkot nature and nearby villages and reach 360 view point for stunning landscapes with lush greenery. Sunrise from View Point, Nagarkot and back to hotel for breakfast.
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and continue the half day sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath Temple & Bouddhanath Stupa.
Boudhanath Stupa: On the outskirt of Kathmandu lies one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. This ancient stupa of Boudhanath, on top of a massive mandala, probably is one of the largest in the world. There are over 50 monasteries around it and it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is built on the ages old trade route from Tibet to enter the Kathmandu Valley. Under the wise eyes of Buddha gazing out from the gilded central tower seems to be watching over thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome. In the evening the whole place lights up with butter lamps and the wafting smell of sage gives a calming effect. The stupa is surrounded by building and monasteries. The plaza surrounding the stupa is open for people of all religion. Tibetan monks, elderly, along with other devotees can be seen spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantras, or just strolling in silence around the monument. The Stupa was damaged during the earthquake but has already been reconstructed and opens for tourists from November 2016.
Pashupatinath: Located on the banks of Bagmati River is the sacred Pashupati Temple. Pashupati is a manifestation of Shiva and means ‘The Lord of Animal’. This temple has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The temple premise consists of temples, ashrams, idols, and inscription added over centuries. The temple is the ultimate destination for devotees during the Maha Shivaratri Festival, where a crowd of thousands gathers to pay homage to Lord Shiva. The main temple within the complex is of pagoda shape with golden roof and silver doors on all the four sides of the temple. Inside the temple is a Shiva linga with four faces of Shiva, with four different names and significance. Pashupati area is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimages for Hindus. Thousands of devotees from all around the world come to Pashupatinath every day. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but one can get a good view of the temple from the opposite bank of the river. Every evening aarti (light offering) to Lord Shiva is performed which can be observed from across the river. The view of Arya Ghat (cremation ground only for Hindu) is also possible from the spot. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 04: IN KATHMANDU & SHOPPING TOUR (Breakfast & Cultural Dinner)
Breakfast at Hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour to Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square with Rikshwa Ride to Thamel Shopping
Swayambhunath Stupa: Perched on top of a conical hill is a white dome with glittering golden spire is visible from all sides of the valley for many miles. This most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Stupa, is also known as the Monkey Temple. According to the historical records, the stupa is over 2,500 years old. The name of Swayambhunath has been derived from Sanskrit word, Swayam (self), making Swayambhunath the ‘Self-Created One’. The surrounding of the stupa consists a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. The stupa has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on each side and nose is made out as the number one in Devanagari script. The main stupa can be reached from two access points; a long steep stairway with 365 steps (leading directly to the main platform), and a car road leading to a longer way from the southwest entrance. This stupa too has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites list. This place offers an excellent view of the Valley. Though the temples around the stupa had some minor destruction and one of the temples beside the stupa collapsed during the 2016 earthquake, the process of reconstruction is ongoing.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar, which means palace, is where the kings were once crowned and where they ruled from. Kathmandu has its Durbar Square at its heart; here charm of old town blends well with traditional architecture in a rich cultural backdrop. The entire square was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The massive complex consists of three main squares, which is home to palaces, temples, and courtyard. South of Basantapur square is a former Royal elephant stable, which today has souvenir stalls and leads to Freak Street (the lane still lives in the former glory of being the ultimate Hippie destination during the Flower Power era). The temple of Living Goddess, Kumari, is also on the southern end. Kumari is a young Shakya girl from Newar community, chosen through an ancient and mystical selection to become the human incarnation of Hindu Goddess, Taleju. If you are lucky, you might get to get a glimpse of Kumari peeking out of an elaborately carved wooden window. The main Durbar Square is the most affected area by the 2015 earthquake. Three main temples of the area, Kasthamandap, Narayan temple, Trilokya Mohan, and Krishna Temple has been completely destroyed, while other have been partially damaged. On the Northeast side, the square consists of Hanuman Dhoka, the main entrance to the old royal palace. The Taleju Bhawani’s temple, the oldest of all the temples is situated in this area. Even though the old royal palace has been partially damaged, restoration process is going on. The Square is slowly making progress to yet again revive its old mystic and glory of being a living museum with finest traditional architectures in the world.
Experience Rickshaw ride from Kathmandu Durbar Square to Thamel via the small alley of Ason & Indrachwok. Ason is a local bazaar and well-known place for buying daily requirements. A lush of crowded locals enchant you with the daily life style.
Free Time at Thamel for Souvenir shopping for 2 hours approx. After shopping check in to Hotel.
Dinner at Local Restaurant with Nepali Cultural Show. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Breakfast at Hotel, Free at Leisure until departure.
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