Kathmandu Valley along with the other ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Culture). But should we venture on the rims of the valley beyond ring road, we will also come across vibrant village towns that are also known for their historic religious monuments. The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art – reminders of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture, and the engrossing spiritual senses of the people. This holy temple tour shows how history repeats itself in ubiquitous reflections from generation to generation…to keep the pagan gods alive for the religious needs of the people…
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Tour Code: IH/HSH/02
Trip Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days
Activities: Sightseeing Tour/ Excursion
Hotel Category: Standard/ Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfers
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Visit Pashupatinath, Pharping and Dakshinkali
Day 3 : Transfer to Panauti & over night at Dhulikhel
Day 4 : Drive back to Kathmandu via Sanga (Tallest Shiva statue in the world)
Day 5 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will find our representative awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and drop you to your designated hotel. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Morning at Pashupatinath temple, Pharping and Dakshinkali
After breakfast, we head out for a Morning tour of Pashupatinath temple for worship and then begin a scenic drive 18 km south of Kathmandu to Pharping on the valley rim; Pharping is perched on a hilltop with a Buddhist monastery. The main attraction here is an elaborate 17th-century temple which houses a gilded image of Goddess Bajra Jogini. Other fascinating sights here include a cave and a hand-imprint of the Buddhist saint Padmasambhav on the rock face over its entrance. After this is done, we cruise down 4 Km further south of Pharping on the valley rim to the temple of Dakshinkali dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. The shrine is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays when animal sacrifices are offered to the deity. On the way lies Chobhar gorge. The myth goes that Bodhisattva Manjushree is said to have cut an incision here to drain out the lake which once covered the valley. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of a hill from where one can get great views of the snow-capped mountains. After this we drive down to Kathmandu for an overnight at our hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to Panauti & over night at Dhulikhel
After breakfast, we head down to the ancient newari town of Panauti, located 32km away from Kathmandu and known as one of Nepal's principal cultural heritage sites.
The small town which is located at the confluence of Roshi khola (river) and Bungamati khola has some of the oldest temples in Nepal. Panauti's pride, Indreshwor Temple, built in 1294 AD is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. It is also the largest pagoda style temple in Nepal. Durbar Square, located in the town center is another major attraction of the town. Panauti is famous for its rich Newari culture, festivals and exquisite woodcarving. The Panauti Jatra, a three-day chariot festival celebrated every year at the end of monsoon and the Makar Mela held every 12 years at the confluence of Roshi and Bungamati rivers are the two major festivals observed in Panauti. From here on, we drive down to the quiet little resort town of Dhulikhel to enjoy a lovely sunset followed by a spectacular sunrise in the morning. We spend an overnight in this quiet little peaceful town. At eventide, its tantalizing watching the sparkling lights of Bhaktapur & Kathmandu from this town which has some great vantage points. Overnight Dhulikhel
Day 4: Drive back to Kathmandu via Sanga (Tallest Shiva statue in the world)
We cruise back to Kathmandu via Sanga to see the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue which is said to be the world's tallest Shiva statue. It is situated in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts in Nepal which is about 20 km from Kathmandu. The statue is 144 feet high and made using copper, zinc, concrete and steel. According to the List of statues by height, Kailashnath Mahadev is the world's fortieth-tallest statue, four places below the Statue of Liberty. We reach Kathmandu and check into our hotel for rest and some refreshments. We then go shopping.
Day 5: Final departure for your connecting flight home sweet home
Should you require any extensive activities, 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. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice 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. Most tourists’ based hotels and resorts are sensitive to the hygienic requirements in the preparation of all food and beverage items when catering to tourists’ visiting Nepal.
Note: If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holidays will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
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.