Trip Grade:Easy/Mild (*)
Trip Route:Kathmandu – DamanShow All
Daman is 75 km far from Kathmandu, situated in the southern part of Nepal in the Mahabharata range. It is 2,322 m high from the sea level. This is surrounded by the tropical forest and the middle hills of Nepal. This is one of the best hill stations from where one can view Everest in the east and Dhaulagiri in the west. This lies in Makawanpur district in Nepal. This is an ideal place for nature lover, for climbing, biking trails, or for walking. The prime attractions of this place are: The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery situated 30 minutes walk from the village, Indra Sarobar temple, Rishikesher Mahadev temple. Sun set can be views so well from here. Photographers can fulfill their dream here.
So, Daman is a marketplace and a tourist attraction of Thaha Municipality in the central part of Nepal. It is halfway between Kathmandu and Hetauda. The Everest Panorama Resort has a helipad too. During winter, there is snowfall. The best time to visit Daman is February to March because the place is much more beautified by the blooming rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Daman, & hike up to the monastery, Rishikesh Mahadevsthan and sun set point
Day 04:Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 05:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you heartily and transfers to hotel. After check in hotel, you could get refreshed and take rest for a while. You could explore Thamel, the modern touristy shops, the blending of ethnic stuffs, garment textiles and curio shops, good smell from the restaurants, breathtaking architecture, stunning pageantry, and history so alive, you find the dark alleys, vendors and sacred cows on the street. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel After breakfast, we get ready for the day tour in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin our tour from Swoyambhunath Stupa, lovingly called it ‘Monkey Temple’, perched in conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground floor. The site of Swoyambhu Mahachaitya is the cradle of Bajrayana Buddhism, a traditional unique to Kathmandu Valley. Bajrayana is a tantric variation of the Mahayana (the larger vehicle) Tradition.This place is the spiritual house of all the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas symbolized by the five Dhyani Buddhas:Aksobya in the East, Ratnasambhava in the South, Amitabha in the West, AmoghaSiddhi in the North and Vairochana in the Center.Shatikat Acharya, the great tantric has built a temple for each of the five elements wind, earth, fire, water and sky. The hemispherical garba is made of brick and stone. Tibetan believers pour lime down the chaitya as a ritual to cure illnesses of family members. The magnificent temple on the western side of the dome is Harati temple, dedicated to mother protrectress known as Shitala for Hindus and Ajima for Newari and Harati for Buddhists, attracts worshippers for the protection of children against diseases. After this we drive 2 and half kilometers to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is actually made up of two sub areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell etc. while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman Dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Lohan Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Basantapur Durbar and others. Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, other interesting aspects are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries.The mystical charm of the Durbar Square allures the visitors to spend hours wondering around the area.The sites is being renovated after the massive earthquake – 2015. Another place, after 6 km drive is Boudhanath stupa, one of the greatest stupas in the world. This has been partially damaged by the earthquake and now under restoration. The splendid dome of Boudha Stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, 1 hector in width and 43.25 m in height.It is known as Jyarung Khashyor. This stupa is religiously, culturally and archeologically very important. It has become the center of a thriving town of monasteries, craftsmanship, and businesses. It is believed that those who reside around this great stupa will never have to suffer from the hunger, famine and unfavorable conditions. The other important sites around Boudha Stupa are Ajima Temple, Guru Lhakhang Monastery, Samteling Monastery, Jhamchen Lhakhang and Palri Tahsi Migyur Dorje Gyaltsen Ling etc. There are more than 28 monasteries around this area. The fourth place we visit is Pashupatinath Temple, Shiva temple, described Him as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal bliss and peace. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest temples of the world revered and worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists.We can see the cremation ghat, ritual bathers, priests performing ritual activities, and the sadhus lying smearing ashes in their bodies half naked. Since time immemorial, the Pashupati Area has been a place of prayer and worship for freedom from worldly bondage as well as a place of meditation to realize oneself as part of the Supreme Self. We can see the main Shiva Temple with its golden roof and silver doors, the Basuki Naga Temple, Shivalayas with phallic idols, other temples dedicated to Rama and Vishnu, the temple dedicated to mother goddess Parvati etc. After the sightseeing, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Daman, & hike up to the monastery, Rishikesh Mahadevsthan and sun set point After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Daman which is 80 km south – west to Kathmandu, situated 2,322 m high from the sea level. It is about 4 hours drive by the Tribhuvan Highway. Daman lies in Makwanpur district in between Kathmandu and Birgunj. Daman is the best viewpoint for the sun set view and Himalayan beauty. It is the nice place for nature lover, hikers and photographers. There is famous Tibetan Buddhist Monastery situated 30 minutes walk from the village. We hike there and visit another place of Rishikeshwor Mahadev Temple. During winter, there is snowfall.February to March is the best time to visit when the rhododendron blooms. We return back to hotel. Overnight at Daman
Day 04Drive back to Kathmandu After breakfast, we explore the nearby village and drive back to Kathmandu. We can see the grandeur beauty of the hills as there are innumerable bends on the roads but it is very adventurous and scenic drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 05Transfer to the Airport The Hill Resort tour to Daman ends today with lot more memories of countryside and the panoramic views. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. If you have time for shopping, we can help you visit the local market and buy some dainty gifts to your families, friends, and relatives. Finally, we escort you to the airport and say bye and wish you have safe and happy journey. Namaste!!!