Kathmandu has been the center of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy as the city is the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas. There are also seven casinos in the city.
DAY 01 ARRIVE KATHAMNDU.
Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : AM SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF KATHAMNDU CITY AND SWAYAMBHUNATH
Kathmndu City: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is also known as Kantipur. Here one can find distinctive pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and histories monuments. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of devotees from the balcony of here temple residence Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and Durbar Square are with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient place of the former Nepalese Royalty.
Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km, Buddhist stupa this is said to be more than 2000 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest and most glorious Buddhist chaityas. The Chaitya (stupa) which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by pinnacle of gilt copper. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of lord Buddha. It stands on a hill which is a mosaic of small chaityas and pagoda temples.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Pashupatinath: situated approx. 4 km east of Kathmandu city, is the holiest of all the Shiva shrines in Nepal and is the abode of Lord Pashupatinath, the guardian spirit of Nepal. It is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of Holy River Bagmati. Pashupati area is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimages for the followeres of Hinduism. Thousands of devotees from within and outside the country come to pay homage to Pashupatinath every day. And on special occasions like Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) people congregate here in far greater number. Pashupati area is also included in the list of World Cultural Heritage.
Boudhanath: This colossal stupa, one of the biggest in the world of its kind, is situated approx. 8 km east of the Kathmandu city. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of Goddess Mani Jogini. Built on a octagonal base, the stupa is surrounded with a wall inset with prayer wheels. It is common to see dozens of worshippers constantly circumambulating the stupa while taking care to spin each of the sacred prayer wheels. Around the stupa and in the surrounding fields are many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
Overnight at hotel..
DAY 03 : AM SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF BUNGAMATI AND KHOKANA.
Bungamati: A typical Newar village, lying 11 km south of Kathmandu, founded in 7th century AD, possesses one of the most important God of Kathmandu Valley known as Matsyendranath – the God of Rain and compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. He was accredited by the people for introducing rice plantation in the valley. A tour of this village is combined with Khokana imprints a beautiful impression on the visitors mind through it’s set up and primitive way of living.
Khokana: is a small Newar village on the southern flank of Kathmandu valley and about 11 km from Kathmandu city established in 7 th century AD by the mighty Licchhavi rulers of Nepal. It is a unique village in the whole of Kathmandu valley because of it’s aloofness from modern civilization.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Patan City.
Patan: 5 km away from Kathmandu city, the ancient name of Patan is Lalitpur , meaning city of beauty and fine arts. It is enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see the Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar. The citiy is believed to have been built during the reign of Vira Dev in A.D. 299.
DAY 04 : AM SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF BHADGAON.
Bhadgaon: also known as Bhaktapur meaning the city of devotees, this place is museum of medieval art and architecture with many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, this place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like conch shell-one of the emblems of the god Vishnu. It is situated at the height of 4600 ft above sea level. Here you will visit the Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The Nyatapola temple also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands of five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Changunarayan.
Cangunarayan: it is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs from the east, into the Valley, said to have been built by King Hari Dutta Varma in A.D. 323. Located at a distance of 15 km from Kathmandu city is decorated with sculptures and carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in the Valley. It is considered to be one of the greatest artistic legacies of the Lichhavian era. Changu is one of the ancient historical places situated on a hillock with conical shape. It is situated about 125 meters above Kathmandu valley floor and affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.