Glimpse of Kathmandu
The “Glimpses of Kathmandu” Tour will let you experience the glories of past that are inseparable from today’s modern world in Kathmandu. Explore & observe Kumari, the Living Goddess that resides here and seven monuments designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO that lies within a radius of 20 km in the valley. This Kathmandu Tour package will take you through the narrow, alleys of Asan to the palatial residence of the former royalties in the Durbar Squares where the past lives in every heartbeat of Kathmandu. Temples, shrines, palaces, chaityas, courtyards, stone spouts, you will see them around every nook and corner, each one with a story to tell. You may hear temple bells chiming nearby, a reminder that religion is the way of life here.
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport.
Meet, assist & transfer to hotel.
Once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted and welcomed with “Khada” by our representative who will assist and transfer you towards your hotel. After check-In, all necessary travel documents will be handed over to you along with a short briefing on your tour.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel.
AM Vsit Swayambhunath Stupa & Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square,
PM Visit Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple etc.
Perched on a hilltop on the south western part of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Nepal and is associated with the birth of the Kathmandu Valley civilization. Approximately 2000 years old, Swayambhunath stupa, is a dome 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters high and is made of brick and earth mounted by a conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. It is surrounded by many other smaller temples and places of religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists, a perfect example of the symbiotic co-existence of different religious beliefs only found in Nepal. The hill is heavily wooded on all sides with indigenous plant species, and troops of monkeys, giving it the nick name of Monkey Temple.
Kathmandu City, the capital and heart of the country essentially symbolizes all that is Nepal. Katmandu Durbar Square where you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman. It is historic seat of royalty. Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction. The Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity. Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Katmandu is derived from this temple.
Patan lies about 5 kms from the Kathmandu. It is a city of Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. Lalitpur is another name of this city which 'means the city of beauty'. The city is known as the paradise of fine arts. Patan durbar square located in Patan and the World Heritage Site has many famous sites and unique architectures. Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabhihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings. The Sundari Chowk contains exquisite samples of woodcarvings, stone and metal sculpture. Patan Dubar Square and the Himalaya that can be seen at a distance make an enchanting scene.
Overnight at Hotel. – Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel.
AM Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Royal Palace, Nyatapola temple, etc.
PM Visit Pashupatinath Temple & Bouddhanath Stupa.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an open museum holding exciting palace, courtyards, royal bath, sculptures, pagodas, Shikhara style temples and Buddhist monastery along with exclusive architecture. In other words, this is the most beautiful Durbar you visit in your Nepal tours. Though 1934 earthquake brought bad luck to its structure, still the remaining monuments are the finest examples of the medieval excellence. Just near the square, you will visit the traditional painting School, the dying art of Nepal which is the best souvenir from Nepal. Besides palace complex, five storied temples with most appreciated architecture, the Pottery Square, Dattatraya Square and Peacock window are some other things to see in Bhaktapur.
Pashupatinath Temple (3Km Northwest of Kathmandu) with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the most sacred temples of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world and its existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. Only the Hindus are allowed to go inside the temple.
Boudhanath Stupa (6 km east of downtown Kathmandu) is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. The stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Overnight at Hotel – Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel.
AM Free at Leisure.
PM On time assistance & transfer to Airport for Departure.
It’s the last day of your visit. After breakfast, if you have free time, you can engage in shopping for souvenirs or just relax at your hotels. On time, you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward flight. You will be leaving Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.