Kathmandu , the capital of Nepal, 1349 m. high from the sea level, surrounded by four main hills – Shivapuri,Nagarjuna, Chandragiri, and Phulchowki. The word Kathmandu has been derived from the place named Kastamandap inside the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kastha means ‘made up of wood’ and ‘Mandap’ means house for shelter.Kathmandu Valley is home to almost 4 million people, with over 2.5 million permanent residents. There are about 300,000 buildings in the valley. The population of Kathmandu,lalitpur and Bhaktapur has grown from 0.46 million in 1961 to 2.52 million in 2011, over a five-fold increase. But this growth does not adequately account for the transient residents, who constitute a sizeable population. As it is stated by the World Bank, “Nepal is both the least urbanized country in south Asia……. and (at the same time) the fastest – urbanizing country……..
“Kathmandu Valley consists of as many temples as there are houses and as many idols as there are men”. Kathmandu valley’s indigenous inhabitants are Newar people, who are skillful business people, great artists, and farmers, follows both Hinduism and Bajrayana Buddhism.
Kathmandu is a treasure trove of historical landmark and cultural attractions and a city of winning smiles and friendly faces. Kathmandu, a verdant valley, rich with the fragrance of summer blossoms, the air, a vibrant splash of color and festivity, where monuments speak of fabled traditions.
Kathmandu has exclusive culinary delights, the age old civilization, fascinating heritage sites. There are less strenuous pursuits like exploring Kathmandu’s bustling markets. Kathmandu is the novelty destination for many. It is a living museum. It is also the fairy tale land of kings, queens. Princes, princesses and living goddesses- still worshipped today. Not a week goes by in Kathmandu without procession, a festival or a feast.
Note: We are able to make itineraries for the Valley sightseeing as you like it, as per your time constraints. This is only the general information of the Kathmandu Valley given.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of Swoyambhu (monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03:Sightseeing of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 04:Transfer to the airport.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the HotelUpon your arrival in Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you and transfers to the hotel in Thamel. You could explore Thamel market after you get refreshed from jetlag or in your spare time. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of Swoyambhu (monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing, first we head towards Swoyambhu Stupa or people call it lovingly ‘The monkey Temple’, perched on hill 3 km west of Thamel. It is the great place to get your bearings, geographically and culturally. The hill commands a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley. It is a real eye opener. The monks and the visitors walking around Stupa , the monkeys running here and there, seems playful and the old stupa with Buddha eyes painted in all its four sides is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. Tantric Buddhists consider it the chief power point of the Kathmandu valley. After this, we come to teeming, touristy Kathmandu Durbar Square which is known by other names like Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur. It has many Hindu temples, the Kumari – the living goddess Gaddhi Baithak, Nasal Chowk where the Shah kings would be coronated.The third place we visit is Boudhanath Stupa, which is about 6 km from Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas in the world.It is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it Chorten Chempo or “Great Stupa”.This has been the Mecca of Tibetan exiles in Nepal. The fourth place for today’s sightseeing is Pashupatinath – the Shiva Temple, the temple of supreme Hindu God. It is Nepal’s holiest pilgrimage sites where we can see a time warp enclave of exotic temples, cremation ghats, ritual bathers and half naked sadhus.After the sightseeing of these four places, we return back to hotel in Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Sightseeing of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we set out for the Bhaktapur sightseeing which is 16 km far from Kathmandu.It is known as Bhadgaon. The meaning of Bhaktapur is the ‘City of Devotees’. Bhaktapur is the most picturesque town,streets paved with bricks, in herringbone and parquet patterns, artistic door and windows, Newar city dwellers, with no industrial zone, feels like a big village than a city. Bhaktapur has many ponds, wells, stone spouts, rest houses, courtyards, and old houses. Among them, we visit four magnificent courtyards named – Dattatraya Square, Taumadhi Square, Pottery Square and the Durbar Square. After exploring Bhaktapur, we return back the same Araniko Highway and turn to the South towards Patan Durbar Square. Patan has its old name Lalitpur means ‘The city of fine Arts’. This city still maintains its distinct identity. It remains the proud city of artisans. Patan produces nearly all Nepal’s fine metalwork. It consists of three main courtyards, each with its own entrance. They are the Mul Chowk, Keshavnarayan Chowk and Sundari Chowk. Sundari Chowk contains what must surely be one of the grandest bathtubs in the world. There are other places like Banglamukhi Temple, Hiranyabarna Mahabihar or the Golden Temple, Mohabouddha – Temple of thousand Buddhas etc. After the city tour, we return back to hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 04Transfer to the airport. Today, it is the last day of your Kathmandu valley tour. We depart you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your flight. As per your time schedule, you could visit the local market for shopping. We wish you have your safe journey to your next destination. Namaste!!!
This is the itinerary only for those who has very limited time and cannot visit other hill station and other areas. We can make packages as per your necessity.
My son and I had a wonderful culturally enriching trek with Shiva as we toured the Kathmandu valley for 3 days. Shiva is an A+ guide whose English language skills…...
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