Kathmandu Valley with views of Nagarkot
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
This morning, arrive Kathmandu, the beautiful capital city of Kingdom of Nepal. Upon clearing airport formalities, transfer to your hotel, take some rest and freshen up.
This afternoon, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas, acclaimed to be more than 2,500 years old. Situated on a Hillock, 3 km West of Kathmandu this is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.
Day 2: Day in Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast, visit Boudhanath Stupa, meaning the ‘Lord of Wisdom’. This Tibetan Buddhist monument is the largest Stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.
Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, on the banks of Bagmati River. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed inside, from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.
Later this afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty built between the XII to XVIII Centuries. The Durbar square is famous for its exquisite architecture, museums, temples and artistic embellishments. You also get an opportunity to buy some interesting souvenirs here.
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu – Nagarkot (B)
This morning embark on a short drive north east of Kathmandu, to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for its panoramic views of the snowy Himalayan peaks including a distant pyramid of Mount Everest (subject to weather conditions).
En route, visit Bhaktapur which was the former capital of the valley, and was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. Today, Bhaktapur is like an open air museum with large areas open to pedestrian access – it is a storehouse of medieval art and architecture. Interesting places to explore include the renowned Durbar Square, Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows, Potters Square which houses the elephant headed Lord Ganesha Temple who is believed to be the patron of potters in Nepal. Bhaktapur houses a variety of Hindu and Buddhist Temples including Nepal’s largest Shiva Linga. You may also see artisans engaged in Bhaktapur traditional crafts of pottery and weaving.
Upon arrival in Nagarkot, check in at your hotel for overnight stay. Enjoy fascinating sunset views of the Himalayas in the evening.
Day 4: Drive Nagarkot – Kathmandu (B)
Early this morning, enjoy spectacular sunrise views of the Himalayan peaks at Nagarkot. This is the best close range Himalayan vantage point from anywhere in the Kathmandu Valley.
This afternoon visit the Patan Durbar Square. Patan is known for its museum, temples and superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world.
Option for visit to Changu Narayan Temple: After breakfast, you have the option to drive and walk to Changu Narayan Temple – with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Changu Narayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the Kathmandu Valley, it is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be one of the oldest temple in the Valley. The temple is decorated with magnificent sculptures and artworks made of metal and woodcarvings. This is the finest example of Nepalese Pagoda Architecture. The inscription at Changu Narayan is the oldest recorded in history, dating to the IV Century (at extra charge).
Drive back to Kathmandu for overnight stay.
Option for Dinner with Cultural Performance: In the evening, you have the option to savor some traditional Nepalese cuisine with cultural performances at a local restaurant. A great way to bid good bye to the people of Nepal! (at extra charge).
Day 5: Kathmandu Departure (B)
Option for Scenic Flight over Mount Everest: Nepal offers the unique experience of scenic mountain flights over the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Early this morning, you have the option to enjoy spectacular views of the snow capped Mount Everest and Himalayan ranges, aboard a small plane, with every seat having its own window! The hour long flight, takes off from Kathmandu Airport (at extra charge and subject to weather conditions).
Option for Helicopter Tour around Kathmandu Valley: When in Nepal you may opt for a bird’s eye view of the beautiful surrounds! Take a helicopter tour to appreciate the snow capped peaks and natural beauty of Nepal. Helicopter flights take off from Kathmandu Airport (at extra charge and subject to weather conditions).
Later this morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.