The Kathmandu Valley, located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists.
The valley is made up of the Kathmandu District, Lalitpur District and Bhaktapur District covering an area of 220 square miles(almost the area of Singapore). The valley consists of the municipal areas of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Submetropolitan City, Bhaktapur municipality, Kirtipur Municipality and Madhyapur Thimi Municipality; the remaining area is made up of a number of Village Development Committees. The valley is a cultural and political hub of Nepal. The Kathmandu valley was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1979.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet Nepal Social Tours representative, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided. Shortly afterwards there will be a tour briefing at the hotel’s lobby.
Afternoon Visit to Swoyambhunath, this is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple which has bird eyes views of Kathmandu valley,
Eve: Welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program.
It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka- an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.
In addition also visit the Boudhanath Stupa - an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple - the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.
Pm: After lunch, start one hour’s scenic drive to Nagarkot, which is 32 kms. east of Kathmandu situated at an altitude of 2,175 m. It has been a popular weekend spot for mountain viewers in quiet and comfort. The sunrise viewed from this hill present you the ever-refreshing memory of the majestic panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges fro m Dhaulagiri in the west to the Everest in the east. Overnight at resort
Early morning, sunrise view from Resort. (Weather permitting.)
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. En route visit Bhaktapur City.
Bhaktapur City, literally the “City of Devotees”, is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and the typical Newari lifestyle. Here explore the Royal Palace, the Golden Gate, the entrance to the Palace of 55 Windows, known as the most significant piece of art in Nepal. Then visit the highest temple in the entire Kathmandu Valley- the Nyatapola Temple.
Lunch at a nice restaurant in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
After lunch drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check in hotel for refreshment.
Free until final departure transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Julia July 4th, 2016