Kathmandu is situated in a valley full of historic temples, shrines and pagodas. It is a bustling, crowded city with hotels, bars and restaurants to suit all budgets. Stay in Kathmandu for three nights to discover the city sites, and opt to extend for longer to further explore Nepal as the smaller towns beyond Kathmandu are easily accessible and spectacular in their own right. During your city stay, see the Swoyambhunath Stupa, the 17th century Durbar complex, Bhaktapur, the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, and much more.
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Be warmly greeted on your arrival and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
This morning, travel to Kathmandu's central meeting area, Durbar
Square, a profusion of temples reflecting the different architectural
styles dating from the eleventh century. The area also includes the
Royal Palace with its gilded gates and elaborate statues. The square is
alive with a multitude of nationalities, intermingled with stalls
displaying a wide variety of Nepalese and Tibetan handicrafts. We will
also see "Freak Street" - a famous hippie meeting place from the 60's.
Later, spend the day visiting oldest city in the valley. A brief drive will take us to Patan, the second largest city in the valley. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. A few minute's walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest temple in Patan (AD 1392). South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metalsmiths and brassware shops. We continue to Bhaktapur, the "City of Devotees." Bhaktapur retains much of its medieval charm and way of living and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the magnificent 100 feet tall five-storied pagoda structure of the Nyatapola Temple. Later, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an eye-popping congregation of temples both in pagoda and the traditional Indian Shikhara styles.
Today, a full day tour takes you to Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhnath Stupa. The Swayambhunath Temple is Nepal's most significant center of Buddhist worship. There has been a temple on this site since at least the 5th century. Swayambhunath is also known as the "Monkey Temple" due to the large population of monkeys that make the grounds their home. The temple buildings are set atop a hill and offer an excellent view of Kathmandu and its valley. Our next stop is Pashupatinath Temple, one of the Holiest Hindu Temple’s of Lord Shiva located in Bagmati River. We continue to Boudhanth Stupa, one of the holiest and largest stupas in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage. Also on your tour, visit the Kumari Chowk of the Kumari, the young girl considered the Hindu living Goddess worshipped by Nepali Buddhists and Hindus as the manifestation of the goddess Durga.
After breakfast, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby at the appointed time and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 3: See Nepal's most notable temples & stupas.
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