The Kathmandu Valley, located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists.
The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu valley as well as further closest religious and cultural destination. The ancient cities of the valley – Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kiritipur, Chovar and Dakshinkali represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. The three main historic cities are Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur Durbar Square respectively with numerous old places and palaces and shrines and temples, angles traditions and legends make it a veritable living museum. The Kathmandu valley boasts seven world heritage sites UNESCO radius of just 20km.
Kathmandu Durbar Square never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ;and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point.
Bhaktapur situated on a hill at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally the City of Devotees is a major tourist destination that takes visitors back in time. Bhaktapur lies 12 km to the east of Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway that leads to the Chinese border. Covering an area of 6.4 sq. km, Bhaktapur is still untouched by rapid urbanization and has managed to retain its brick paved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. This ancient city is also famous for pottery and woodcarving amply displayed on the squares and windows respectively.
Nagarkot is considered one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur District. It is renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest as well as other snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot is an international tourist destination with spectacular views of the whole Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset views. Considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset with spectacular Himalayan vistas, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the snow capped Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley ( 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range( Everest range) and Numbur range with splendid views of the Kathmandu valley and shivapuri national park.
Patan, also known as ‘Lalitpur’, the city of artisans, lies 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, and is home to the valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved such ancient techniques as the repose and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures. The city retains much of the old charm with its narrow streets, brick houses and multitude of well-preserved Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries (vihars) and monuments. The predominant sound in Patan is that of the tinkering of artisans bent over the statuettes they are shaping. As in Kathmandu, Hinduism and Buddhism have co-existed here for ages, influencing each other, and the religious harmony is exemplary.
Trip Duration : 4N/5D
Tour Code: IH/LP/10
Destination: kathmandu and Nagarkot
Hotel Category: Standard/Superior Standard/ Deluxe
Transportation: A/C Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activities:Sightseening and Leisure Tour
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport and Transfer to Nagarkot
Day 2 : Nagarkot-Kathmandu via Bhaktapur Durbar Square half day Sightseeing
Day 3 : Full day Sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Boudhanath Stupa
Day 4 : Kathmandu Half day Sightseeing Patan Durbar Square and free at your own leisure
Day 5 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport& Transfer to Nagarkot
Our office representative will be at the airport awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you toNagarkot hill station. This drive takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Nagarkot, situated at an altitude of 2000 m, famous for viewing sunrise, sunset and a magnificent view of the Mt. Langtang range. Green hills, clean and fresh environment and the unobstructed views of Langtang range are the main features of Nagarkot. The weather is quite during here during winter. The morning view of the Kathmandu valley covered in fog and the first rays of sunlight hitting the hilltop fascinates every heart.Check in at pre booked Hotel in Nagarkot. Rest of the day at leisure. You will tour around the local village during free time in Nagarkot.
Day 2: Sunrise view from Nagarkot& back to Kathmandu – Visit Bhaktapur
We get a wakeup 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 will drive back to Katmandu via Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 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.
Overnight at your Hotel
Day 3: Full day Sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Boudhanath Stupa
AM: After breakfast at Hotel, we set out on a guided tour. We will tour to the heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square (the house of living goddess KUMARI and the medieval royal palace of the Malla kings – 15TH century AD).
Swayambhunath Stupa ( the oldest Buddhist Shrine much older than 2650 years from the present time, also colloquially known as Monkey Temple).
PM: Continue with tour of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the important pilgrims site for Buddhists. The stupa is surrounded by one hundred and eight small niches accommodating the icons of Buddha’s, Bodhisattvas and other female deities. Listed in the UNESCO’s world Heritage site, the huge sized stupa is one of the prime
Day 4: Half Day Sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square &Free Day In Kathmandu For Shopping
A.M: Patan Durbar Square (the medieval palace, the famous shikhara style Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles, the (Hiranyavarna Mahavihar) golden temple, the Shikhara Style). The day is available for shopping at Thamel one of the best shopping center for tourist product. Kathmandu is an exciting place that you never run out of things to see.
Day 5: Final departure from Kathmandu
Breakfast at Hotel free till transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure 3 hours prior to flight time. 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. ‘Incentive Holidays’ has taken much pleasure in organizing your holidays and knowing you has been a great honour for us. Thank you for visiting our amazing country Nepal. We do hope we will meet sometime again!
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.