Trip Facts
Activity Level
Easy
Maximum Elevation
1750m
Trip Length
5 Days
Trip Mode
Easy
Minimum Pax
2+
Best Time
October – May

Overview

The Kathmandu valley city tour is the hub of Nepal for its’ political, commercial and cultural activities and is the first stop for the majority of the visitors to the country. Once separate kingdom in itself, it consists of three cities of the great history. Everyone has an artistic exposition of graceful temple, elegant palace, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets.

The history begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out primordial water and made it habitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Dynasties came and went trade and the arts flourished. It’s deeply religious Newar’s inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as ramping invaders. In the date late 18th century, following the founding of modern Nepal with in more or less the present boundaries, Kathmandu was made the capital. It is said that ‘Katmandu’ was named after Kastamandap an imposing pagoda next to Hanumandhoka palace. The city is said to build in its present form by Gunakama Dev 724 AD. Followings are the major tourist attractions in the Kathmandu valley city tour.

This complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples are built on 12th to 18th centuries used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set in to the wall of the palace with writing in15 languages. The Durbar Square protected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are three museums inside the palace building.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, Tour briefing and welcome dinner.
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 02: Swayambhunath: (Monkey Temple) Kathmandu Durbar Squre and Pahupatinath
    O/N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 03: Patan City and Bauddha Nath Stupa
    O/N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 04: Baktapura City Tour
    O/N Hotel – (BB)

Itinerary

KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, Tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight at Hotel – BDB

Pashupatinath (Hindu greatest) Temple:
Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Located on the banks of the Baghmati River, this two-tiered magnificent golden temple with four triple silver doorways is unique example of the Nepalese temple architecture. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complex in’ South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu god and goddess insides. This temple site occupies an area of 281 hectors in total. The main entrance of this temple is in the western side facing a small street of Deopatan market.
The only Hindus are allowed to enter this temple courtyard. They are advised to go on the other side of the river in the East to have a glimpse of the temple complex. In the middle of the spring (Feb. March) every year there occurs a festival called Shivaratri. The world Shivaratri means the holy night of Lord Shiva. On this day many devotees visit the Pashupatinath temple and make the ceremonial fire. Most of the devotees spend the night offering prayers to Shiva. This festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims from India besides the locals. Historically this temple seems to have its origin away back to the early Kirat period. Stone sculptures found in the vicinity support the antiquity of this place. This holy site is 6 km. east oil down town Kathmandu. Regular bus and taxi services are easily available from a city points.

Swayambhunath: (Monkey Temple):
Three kilometer west of Kathmandu city complex locates the one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupa’s. It is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it “Monkey Temple”.. There are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha on the four sides of spire. Being situated seventy meter above the level of valley, the hill of Shwoyambhunath is a mosaic of small Stupas and pagoda temples. Aside, in front of the temple, one of the famous goddess with the shrine of Ajima called “Harati Mata” is there. This temple of goddess believes to be famous in the way of tantric. Both the stupa of Lord Buddha and temple of a goddess are surrounded by other temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Being located in the top level of valley, this place is famous for visitors for sightseeing.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:
While browse around Katmandu Durbar Square you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman. It is historic seat of royalty. The Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations also held inside the court yard here. There is a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on the stone pillar in the front and temple of Jagannath from mediaeval period .Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction,. The Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity. Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Katmandu is derived from this temple.

Overnight at Hotel – BB

Patan City:

The ancient city of Patan is situated on the southern bank of Bagmati River and is about 5 km far from Kathmandu City. The City is full of Hindu Temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings/ Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of artists. The major visitors’ attractions of Patan are:

Durbar Square:

Patan Durbar Square is situated in the heart of the city, the main tourist attraction. The Square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. One can rummage for treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the Square. The main attraction of Patan Durbar Square is the ancient Royal Palace itself. It consists three main courtyards such as Mul chowks, Sundari chowks and Keshab Narayan chowks. In the northeastern corner of the courtyard is a triple roofed octagonal tower, Taleju Bhawani Temple built by King Shree Niwash Malla in 1667. Degu Taleju is in between Mul Chowks and Keshav Naarayan Chowks.

Bauddhanath Tour: 
One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it CHORTEN CHEMPO “Great Stupa”. It has now become the Mecca of Tibetan exiles in Nepal. Walking around Bouddhnath one often fins men wearing long braids wrapped around their heads. Many of these pilgrims carry their own prayer wheels, which they spin incessantly.

Overnight at Hotel – BB

 Bhaktapur City:

Bhaktapur, situated at an altitude of 1401 meters, is a home of medieval art and architectures. The urban city covers an area of 4 square miles. Shaped like a conch shell, Bhaktapur means “the city of devotees”. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city lies about 14 kilometers east of Kathmandu and can be reached by car or any other public transport. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur are:

Durbar Square:

The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like: the Lion Gate, a Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, a Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows, the Batsala Temple, the Bell of Barking Dogs, and a replica of Pashupatinath Temple.

The Lion Gate, which was built during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla, is adorned with stone figures of Hanuman, Ghairav, and Narasingh Narayan. A statue of the Malla King in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues in Nepal, this is considered to be the most magnificent.

The Picture Gallery contains ancient paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist schools of Tantrism of various periods and descriptions.

The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard and the Palace of 55 Windows. It was built by King Ranjit Malla and is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind showing the Goddess Kali and Garuda, the winged carrier of Lord Vishnu. This gate is embellished with monsters of marvelous intricacy.

King Bhupatindra Malla built the Palace of 55 Windows in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls, with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows. This balcony is a masterpiece of woodcarving.

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