This trip offers both a religious & cultural journey to the most amazing places in Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur. This tour takes you to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the valley including three Durbar Squares situated in three different cities of the valley, which were built during Medieval Time Art War between the Kings of the then petty Kingdoms inside Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu & Nagarkot Tour caters the most beautiful cultural & natural facets of Nepal. Here you will become a part of the rich culture & traditions of Nepal. You also get to visit the ancient palaces & famous cultural heritage sites during this tour.
Your next destination, Nagarkot, is blessed with sheer beauty of nature & panoramic Himalayan views, giving you a once in a lifetime experience. On returning back to Kathmandu, your trip will continue exploring more of Kathmandu. Visits to Kumari Temple & Durbar Square are the bonus sightseeing trips packaged in this tour.
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Adventure Ascent representative will be there to greet you and take you to the hotel. We will then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Welcome dinner will be hosted in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We begin our sightseeing tour with a visit to Boudhanath – the largest Stupa in Nepal & centre of Tibetan culture within Kathmandu. The Stupa is designed like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos). Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva & is regarded as the most sacred Hindu shrine in Nepal. Here you can witness cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’ the cremation area. Next stop is Bhaktapur. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km South-East of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur showcases the splendor of the Golden Age of Nepali art & architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site 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 & pagodas dedicated to different Gods & Goddesses – the Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows etc. As the evening approaches, you get ready to proceed to Nagarkot.
After enjoying the magical sunrise from Nagarkot – sun rising over the snowy Himalayan peaks, we drive back to Kathmandu. Afternoon at your leisure or rest.
We continue exploring the city’s cultural highlights and proceed to Patan. Patan is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires & bas-relief art depicting scenes from the Mahabharata & Ramayana epics, Royal Bath or ‘Tushahity’ and surrounding Hindu and Buddhist temples. Leaving Patan we take a short drive to Swayambhunath or the Monkey Temple. “Swayambhu” means “self-created” refering to the belief that the hill emerged spontaneously from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next stop is Basantapur Durbar Square. Listed as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards & streets that dates back to the 12th & 18th centuries. At the square you will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap & many other temples old as the city itself. Then on to Patan for further exploration.
Our adventure in Nepal ends today. An Adventure Ascent representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight for final departure towards your sweet home.