As many temples as houses standing upright piercing the sky canopy, Kathmandu Valley, is perfectly named ‘the valley of temples’. Temples and Stupas scattered in almost every nook and cranny portrays the deep faith of the dwellers towards their culture, customs and traditions from generations. A unique symbiosis of Hinduism and Buddhism in its culture is still alive since time immemorial. The festivals celebrated and the rituals performed are worth-observing and the fabulous art and the impressive architecture found in the vicinity is sure to make you awestruck. The magnificent artifacts found in the Durbar Squares of the three fabled cities within the valley are renowned as a masterpiece of the bygone dynasties. Longing to visit the Kathmandu Valley is a genuine exploration through the Historical, Cultural and Traditional values of the three alluring cities within it!
Sightseeing tour places:
Morning: Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhu.
Afternoon: Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath.
After sightseeing drive to hotel and overnight at Hotel.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Durbar literally mean Palaces is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including the temple Taleju Bhawani which was brought from Indian continent by Mallas with them in around 9th Century. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Swayambhu literally means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site. The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the Stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the Stupa complex. Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swoyambhunath. Swoyambhu is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal.
Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Pashupatinath, in a limited sense, literally means the Lord of the Animals. But animal is also a term that denotes the animal like instincts in human beings.
Bouddhanath is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal. The 36-meter-high Stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. Bouddhanath Stupa was renovated by Licchavi rulers in the eighth century. The Mandala design in Bouddhanath is a copy of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet. The Stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet
Bhaktapur Durbar Square another palace complex of the Malla King’s during 9th – 18th Century is located in the center of Bhaktapur. The Square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. The main items of interest in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate and the statues of kings on stone monoliths. The Golden Gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla as the entrance to the main courtyard of the Fifty-five Windowed Palace. The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was remodelled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Patan Durbar Square another royal palace complex of the then Malla Kings during 17th century is situated in the center of Patan city. This was taken as the youngest Kingdom. The Square and its surroundings provide very good example of ancient Newari architecture. Patan City is taken as Buddhist city and can be seen many Buddhist shrines, stupas, monasteries etc. The palace has three main courtyards the central and the oldest is Mul Chowk. To the west of the complex are a dozen free standing temples of various sizes and styles. Krishna Temple widely worshipped on Krishna’s Birthday, Bhimsen Temple, the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna Mahavira and Sundari Chowk ( the bathing complex of the then Malla King’s ) mark the architectural excellence of its era. The Sundari Chowk with the sunken bath of Tusha Hiti, contains exquisite woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. Patan Durbar Square also houses a temple of Taleju Bhawani. In this complex, there is amazing museum of art where the collection of Hinduism and Buddhism are displayed.
Day 1: Warm welcome upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2: Proceed for a guided sightseeing tour that includes Pashupatinath Temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu Valley, followed by a visit to Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath, also known as ‘The Monkey Temple’ situated atop hill overlooking the Kathmandu city followed by Kathmandu Durbar Square, with its fabulous art and architecture in display.
Day 4: Departure transfer to Airport as per the flight schedule.
- Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
- All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Tour.
- Teahouse accommodation during the tour.
- English speaking guide during the tour and required number of Porters (1 for 2 people basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, equipment etc.
- All our government taxes and official expenses.
- Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
- Hot and cold shower, battery recharge trek.
- Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters etc.
- Personal trekking equipments/gears.
- Tips for guides, porters and driver.
- All others expenses not mentioned on price include section.