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EXOTIC KATHMANUD 4 NIGHTS 5 DAYS
A combination of cultural and natural heritages sites of Nepal and short hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan– 4 nights 5 days
Apart from offering you an exclusive visit to the major tourist attractions in Kathmandu like Pashupatinath temple, Kumari temple, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, etc, this tour also includes visits to the famous cultural heritage sites in Bhaktapur and Patan, followed by a stay in Nagarkot. Further a short hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan adds a joyful experience to this cultural tour. During your stay in Nagarkot, you will surely be mesmerized by the sunrise and sunset views and with breathtaking views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks leave you speechless.
Trip Facts:
  • Trip length: 4 nights / 5 Days
  • Activity: Sightseeing tour
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
TRIP DOSSIER
TRAVEL GUIDE KATHMANDU
TRAVEL GUIDE NAGARKOT

Detailed itinerary:

Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, located after passing out of the customs area. Look out for the Raj Bala Treks and Expedition Company signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will organize a short meeting with you. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Half-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, Afternoon Transport to Nagarkot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
You begin your Kathmandu sightseeing tour with visits to Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temple, a very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site.
Boudhanath Stupa
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhis Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Pashupatinath Temple
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
After this religious journey, you head off for Bhaktapur which lies on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley.
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur(1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Darbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Darbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Palace of 55 Windows
Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.
Nyatapola Temple
This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
You will then be driven to Nagarkot. On your 45-minutes drive to Nagarkot, you get breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar. On your way to Nagarkot, you get breathtaking panoramic Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar, which will get you completely smitten. Nagarkot accommodates finest of resorts, hotels, restaurants and cafes. You will spend your night at one of the best hotel in Nagarkot. Nagarkot is most popular for its magnificent sunset and sunrise views, along with its lovely weather.

Day 03: Trek from Nagarkot to Changunarayan which takes approximately three and half hours and drive from Changunarayan to Kathmandu and it takes about one and half hours. The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changunarayan-with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley, it is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley. After excursion in and around Changunarayan you board the vehicle to get back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Half-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
On this day, we will take you to Patan and Swoyambhunath.
Patan Durbar Square like its counterpart in Kathmandu is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone
The main attractions in Patan
Beside above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:
a)    Golden Temple
b)    Kumbheshwar
c)    Krishna Mandir
d)    Jagat Narayan
e)    Mahaboudha
f)    Ashokan Stupa
g)    Machchhendranath Temple
h)    The Tibetan Camp
Swoyambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.After Kathmandu sightseeing tour, you can spend the rest of the day by indulging in any kind of activities that you prefer.

Day 05: Depart Kathmandu
We will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Muktinath Pilgrimage tour, trekking etc.

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