This tour includes the major heritage sites of Kathmandu valley including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan city. The main attractions of these cities are: old king palaces, monuments, temples, stupas, monasteries & the surrounding settlements, It offers the beautiful glimpses of Swoyambhunath, one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaitya. Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu Pilgrimage. Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupa in the world.
There are altogether ten World Heritage Sites in Nepal, out of eight cultural heritage sites, seven of them which glorify the Kathmandu Valley. This tour is specially designed to introduce all the cultural World Heritage sites of Nepal with the additional feature of spending two nights in the Natural World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrive and rest and relax in hotel.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square complex most of which dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. Within the Durbar you will see Kasthamandap (Pavallion of Wood constructed around the 12th century, supposedly from a single tree); Ashok Binayak (one of the four most important Ganesh shrines in the valley); Maju Deval (nine stage temple built in 1690); Great Bell; Shiva-Parvati Temple (built in the late 1700s); Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess – a three story brick house with intricatly carved wooden windows); Great Drums and Kot Square; Seto (white) Bhairab, Kala (black) Bhairab (Shiva in his most fearsome aspect); plus many more temples.
After Durbar Square we will proceed to Swoyambhunath which is also known as the Monkey Temple. If you want you can climb the 365 steps up the Eastern Stairway as a true pilgrim would. The earliest confirmed presence at this site is 460 AD. This is a wonderful place and should not be rushed so we will finish your day’s tour by visiting here.
Patan City. This is an old Newar city. We will visit the historical Durbar Square, The Golden Gate, Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, (a sunken pool like area where people come for water, and to bathe), Vishwanath Temple (elaborately decorated two-tiered pagoda built in the 1600s), Krishna Mandir (a distinctive temple of carved stone); additionally we’ll walk the side streets filled with small shops. A visit to the museum followed by a cup of tea or snack (or lunch in the museum cafe or other cafe) provides a welcome rest and transition to the next part of your tour. Patan can easily be more than one day of touring if you want to take your time as you walk around and see things or make it a half day. We can discuss which will be best for you.
Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, and Bodhnath. This itinerary combines another of the ancient capitals (Bhaktapur) with two sacred places; one is Buddhist and the other Hindu. We will start with Bhaktapur by walking up to the Durbar Square. We’ll spend time in Potter’s Square and searching out temples and shrines. There is also the Royal Palace and National Art Gallery to visit and the Golden Gate too. There are so many things to see in Bhaktapur a quick look into any guide book will give you both names and descriptions!
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple and we’ll spend some time here walking and observing. The Pashupatinath Temple is open only to Hindus so we’ll only walk around it. There are creamation ghats along the river where you will observe both Hindu and Buddhist burial rituals (from across the river). There are many smaller temples and shrines to see along with the monkeys.
At Bodhnath we’ll walk around the stupa, spin the prayer wheels, and maybe sit on a rooftop terrace to enjoy a cool drink made with yoghurt or some steaming masala tea.