Kathmandu Nagarkot Sunrise tour combines a sightseeing of Kathmandu along with a visit to Nagarkot for Surnise. The tour begins with Kathmandu tour by visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and Pashupainath, all of which are world heritage monument. Afterwards you will drive to Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is perhaps the most famous hill station in Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 2175m and is just a 2 hour drive east off Kathmandu.
Nagarkot offers spectacular views of snow capped Himalayas, such as Everest, Kanchenjunga, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal ranges. It is also a perfect spot to watch beautiful sunrise and sunsets.
The surrounding hills are covered with dense green forests and foliage. Especially during spring time, the forests comes alive with wild birds, rhododendron and orchid flowers. A tower has been recently built to allow for visitors to enjoy the scenery. Today Nagarkot is choc-a-bloc with a variety of hotels and resorts. Nagarkot is also popular for other activities such as hiking, biking, bird watching and village tours. You can hike to nearby villages or visit world heritage site of Changu Narayan.
Arrival in Kathmandu international airport. Meet our airport representative and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Places of visit are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. The white washed dome is built with clay and brick which rests on an octagonal base which is festooned with prayer wheels in all direction. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest. The stupa is believed to have been in existence for over two centuries.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Clustered around the Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and Kasthamandap (Wooden House). The statues, woodcraft, courtyards and palace architecture in Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects finest examples of Nepal’s art and architecture.
Situated 5 kilometers east from the center of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu 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 are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance into the temple is 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.
Swayambhunath Stupa, the holiest Buddhist shrine in Nepal, is located approximately 4 kilometers. The Stupa is estimated about 2000 years old and is formed 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.
Morning sightseeing in and around Patan. Drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight at Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill stations in Nepal. It is located abot 30 km from Kathmandu city and is at an altitude of 2000m. Tourists visit to Nagarkot to experience magnificent sunset and sunrise. It is also the nearest place to catch splendid views of Himalayan panorama, including Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, and Numbur. The hill also offers splendid views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri national park along with quiet rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests.
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. Other significant sites in Patan include Golden Temple, Kumbheshwar, Krishna Mandir, Jagat Narayan, Mahaboudha, Ashokan Stupa and Machchhendranath Temple.
Drive from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan. Sightseeing in and around Changu Narayan and further drive to Bhaktapur. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur, which means the city of devotees, still retains its ancient and medieval charm. Visitors to this ancient town are treated with myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is famous for woodcarving, as is visible in the palaces, courtyards, and the traditional topi or cap. Pottery square is famous for making clay pots. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Bhairavnath Temple and Dattatreya Square.
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, 55-window palace, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc. The five storied Pagoda Style Nyatapola temple, built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D., is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.
Changu Narayan is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kathmandu Valley dedicated to Lord Vishnu. A world heritage site, the temple is home to the oldest stone inscription in Nepal. The temple rests on a small hillock called Changu and romantically surrounded by champak tree forests. The temple dates as far back as 5th century and has been built in pagoda style. The two-storey roofed temple stands on a high plinth of stone with rich embossed works and artistic struts. Visitors can also see the two museums in the premises that houses rich collection of arts and artifacts dedicated to the ethnography and history of the place.