The Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour gives you the opportunity to explore the ancient history, culture, religion, traditions, and nature of the beautiful valley. Kathmandu, the ancient/modern capital of Nepal, is located in a fertile valley. It is the gateway to the Himalayas and a hub of cultural and adventure tourism. The local people, known the world over for their hospitality and joy, will make you feel welcome the moment you arrive.
As you walk the city’s streets you will feel transported in time, marveling at the beauty of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples. Kathmandu is a rich reminder of Nepal’s Golden Age of architecture (around 400 AD.) Buildings such as the Changu Narayan temple of God Vishnu, and the Buddhist stupas at Buddhanath and Swayambhunath were constructed during this time. Today, visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the unique artistic genius of the local Newar craftsmen, who have been acknowledged for their gold and silver jewellery-making skills by kings for thousands of years.
Our team of experts will escort you to all of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, including Buddhanath stupa (one of the biggest Buddhist stupas in the world), and Pashupatinath Temple (one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world). You will visit Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, where you will see enchanting mixtures of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The cities of Patan and Bhaktapur have retained their charming paved roads, red brick houses, and a way of life that goes back to medieval times.
You will also visit Changu Nayayan Temple, about 12 km east of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu – the Preserver - and is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture in the world. It was built around 323 AD, and is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings.On the western side of the Kathmandu valley we visit Swayambhunath, one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world. It was founded around 464 AD, and is a pilgrimage site for thousands of Buddhists every year.
Around the Kathmandu Valley, there are plenty of places to wander and enjoy majestic Himalayan views. Pharping is a popular pilgrimage and historic town for Buddhists. It is located 22km south of Kathmandu. Buddhists believe that Guru Padmasambhava (the Buddhist teacher who took Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century) stopped in Pharping and meditated and received his tantric weapon to fight against bon (the indigenous religion of Tibet). The famous Chobhar gorge is just 8km south west of Kathmandu. The narrow cut in the hills is fabled to have been made by Lord Manjushree to drain the lake which once covered the valley. The ancient hill-top town of Kirtipur is one of the old medieval kingdoms inside the Kathmandu Valley, and home to Tribhuvan University, Nepal’s oldest university. Nagarkot is located to the east of Kathmandu, and is famed for its great Himalayan views. It is a popular place for sunsets and sunrises.
|1||Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport transfer you up to your hotel (1300m)|
|2||Kathmandu Sightseeing: Swayambhunath (MonkeyTemple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa Time 6-7 hours|
|3||Kathmandu Sightseeing: Pharping, Chobhar Gorge, Taudaha and Kirtipur Time 7-8 hours|
|4||Kathmandu Sightseeing: Patan Darbar square, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, drive to Nagarkot Time 7-8 hours|
|5||After beautiful morning in Nagarkot, visit Changu Narayan Temple and drive to Kathmandu|
|6||Early in the morning mountain flight and afternoon free|
|7||Departure to Home|
Cost Per-person U.S. $935
Single Supplementary U.S. $150
Cost Per-person U.S. $1530
Single Supplementary U.S. $450