A delightful jaunt through Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel…cute little hill resorts that tell you there are still some corners of Nepal that refuse to modernize in order to retain that special old-world ancient charm that sets the clock back…
This is an ideal trip for honeymooners looking for that abstract hideaway and the ultimate quiet amidst lovely ecosystems that energise the senses and invokes nostalgic memories of the good things in life. We begin our exciting holiday with a heritage tour of some of Nepal’s most iconic monuments that give you a perfect story of Nepal’s exciting, romantic and tragic past in its ancient capital of Kathmandu, laying the base for your wonderful journey to the most renowned and thrilling‘getaways’ of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. In addition to this, your visit to Swayambhu [popularly known as monkey temple and one of the oldest in Asia] gives you a solid 360 degree view of the entire Kathmandu valley, especially at dusk when we see the lights light up the city twinkling on the horizons. Added to this bonanza is getting to relish the medieval charms of cultural richness and the tragic history of Bhaktapur.
From Bhaktapur, we head down to Nagarkot for enthralling and gripping views of a memorable sunrise. We may even be on time for a fantastic sunset. From Nagarkot we tread along quiet, unknown but gentle trails to the sleepy little hillock town of Dhulikhel which is our next destination, enjoying the loveliness of nature with an emotionally enriching experience before we head down to Kathmandu as our vacation concludes.
Trip Duration : 3N / 4D
Tour Code: IH/HH/05
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer
Starts and ends in: Kathmandu
Activities : A heritage tour with a wonderful excursion out of the valley
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
Day 3 : An excursion of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel and overnight at Dhulikhel
Day 4 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrival in Katmandu – Transfer to hotel
It’s a fantastic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a lovely sunny day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks that lie sprawling down below you are real exciting, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a very long time to come. And as your plane hits the tarmac of the airport, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and this begins your first overnight in ancient Kathmandu where temples and cows abound in plentiful.
Day 2: Tour of Swayambhu, Pashupatinath & Bhaktapur /Transfer to Nagarkot
We begin our sightseeing tour with a short drive to Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. "Swayambhu" signifies "self-created" and a myth goes that the hill emerged spontaneously from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most revered shrine for hindus in Nepal. Hereabouts, you can witness cremation rituals of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. Our next stop is Bhaktapur. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon showcases the ancient grandiose of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has remained a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will find many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses – the Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows that also has marks of bullet penetrations that tells a tragic tale of this once-upon-a-time independent kingdom. At dusk, we get set for a lovely scenic drive up to Nagarkot. Overnight at the tranquil hill resort of Nagarkot
Day 3: At Nagarkot – later we do a day walk to Dhulikhel and overnight at Dhulikhel
We get a wake up call with a few cuppers at early dawn for some phenomenal views of a spectacular sunrise where we witness nature at its best; this heavenly sight of sunrise rejuvenates our senses and stirs our emotions. We later return to our hotel for a warm delicious breakfast and then spend the rest of our day amidst the natural surroundings of Nagarkot. After digesting the charming landscapes and peace of Nagarkot, we set out for a guided walk along the sublime hiking trails to Dhulikhel. As we approach Dhulikhel, a welcome abundance of cultural diversities, interesting ancient traditional practices, verdant vegetation and rich birdlife unfolds before us. Dhulikhel has its share of surprising sunrise and sunsets that intoxicates our senses. We start with the witness of a stunning sunset which is a reward for the day’s hike we undertook. Overnight in the quiet little ancient Newar town of Dhulikhel
Day 4: Final departure for our connecting flight home sweet home
After making our day with a sensational sunrise view in the morning, we have breakfast and then go out for a stroll down the market place of this peaceful village/town, and we get awed by the traditions and cultures practiced by the local folks of this area who follow lifestyles that date back centuries in time. In the late afternoon, we return back to kathmandu in time for our onward departure home, or if we don’t have a flight on this day, we can opt for any extensive activities; if needed, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. In Nagarkot, the hotel choices are just great and choices will suit any budget for a cool stay in this serene location. You will just love it. Dhulikhel also provides a range of real comfortable resorts that will suit your taste and budgets. Accommodations are never a problem in Nepal…the choices are exclusively yours.
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. The hotels in Nagarkot offer a wide range of cuisines; you can find meals of Italian, Indian, Chinese and continental with classy preparations that the stomach will love. Dhulikhel also offers food of different international varieties with matching flavors, the choices are up for grabs…Bon appetit!
If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places. Nepal always has something to offer its guests. During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.