Kathmandu Valley is a world heritage site and is home to three medieval cities--Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. The three cities boast of beautiful palaces, statues, temples, stone and wooden sculptures, Thangkas and complex alleyways and courtyards. Kathmandu Valley Tour offers you the chance to explore the three cities and take in their unique sights and sounds.
Among the three Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal where the seat of parliament and international airport are located. Thamel, a famous destination for backpackers, is also in Kathmandu. Other places of interests in Kathmandu include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’, Boudhanath, Budanilkantha, Pashupatinath and Dakshinkali. While you are at it, you can also participate in cultural festivals such as Kumari Jatra, Ghode Jatra, Dashai and Tihar.
Known as the city of devotees, Bhaktapur has some finest samples of Nepali art and architecture such as 55 windows palace, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatraya Square, Pottery Square etc. Bhaktapur is also the gateway to the hilly station of Nagarkot, famous for sunrise/sunset and Himalayan views. Patan on the other hand is just 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu and is known for their architecturally rich Krishna Temple and exemplary sculpting works in bronze, copper and wood.
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.
Full-day sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Places of visit include Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares.
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.
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.