In this trip, you will experience the Capital city Kathmandu and a beautiful highland which lies close to Kathmandu known as Nagarkot.
Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal and also the largest metropolitan in the Himalayan hill region. Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Kathmandu valley has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are rich in traditional arts & architectures, interesting history & cultures and unique lifestyle of the people.
Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It is known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. Nagarkot offers a green escape from bustling capital of Kathmandu and is blissfully calm and laid-back. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Kathmandu and recharge your batteries with beautiful scenery and leisurely wandering.
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Upon arrival In Kathmandu, you will be met with our representative and transfer to your hotel. Our representative will brief you about the trip and the time table of the trip. Check in to hotel and free for rest of the day at your own.
After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur, (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, Thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods.
After Bhaktapur, drive to Nagarkot which is at a height of 2300 m above sea level. Nagarkot commands a classic panorama of the Himalayan ranges. You can see many major peaks of the Himalayas, like Langtang, Langtang- Lirung, Chobha Bhamre, Amadablam, Dorje Lhakpa, Gaurishankar and many peaks of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest on a clear day. Also views of Sunrise and Sunset are stunning from Nagarkot.
Today we will wake up early morning to catch the sunrise and beautiful view of Himalayan panorama. You can wish to take a short walk to see the beautiful sights of the village of Nagarkot.
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and continue sightseeing to Kirtipur, which is one of the oldest towns in Kathmandu valley. Kirtipur contains few Buddhists sites both old & new. Cilancho Stupa is of historic importance. A Bihar has been made in Kirtipur, which contain the miniature sites representing Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Boudhgaya where Buddha got enlightenment, Saranath where Buddha gave his first teaching and Kushinagar where Buddha died.
Lastly we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as "Monkey temple” The temple charms with its great dazzling Stupa, while at the same time, offering a view of Kathmandu city. The two-thousand years-old Stupa is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. There’s evidence to believe the hill was used for animist rites even before Buddhism arrived in the valley two thousand years ago.
Today we will proceed for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley.
After breakfast drive to famous Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is one of the major attractions in Katmandu Valley. The word Durbar Square translated in English as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar (House). At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal.
Lastly we will visit the Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Site) a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. It is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet.
Lastly visit to Pashupatinath Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Pashupatinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of Nepal. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. It is double – roofed golden temple with four triple silver doorways. Pashupatinath covers an area of 281 hectares, which is one of the biggest temple complexes in Nepal. Although 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.
Drive back to hotel. In the evening we will proceed for a farewell dinner with cultural show hosted by our company.
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Today you have free time until your flight time to Airport. Our representative will come to pick you up from your hotel and drop you to the Airport for departure
Kathmandu is renowned for its religious monuments, with numerous temples, monasteries, and stupas adorning the city's landscape. Particularly notable are the Pashupatinath Temple and the Changu Narayan, both renowned for their stunning, intricate religious artworks.
Visit the Bhaktapur bus stop in Kathmandu, just east of Ratnapark, and take a bus to Kamalbinayak. Nearly 50 minutes of travel along the Mahendra highway brings you to Kamalbinayak in Bhaktapur, from where you take another bus for Nagarkot. Another 1 to 2-hour drive takes you to Nagarkot.
Nagarkot offers an unparalleled view of the Himalayas. Eight of the mountain range's peaks can be seen from this location. The late autumn months are ideal for visiting this spot.
Nagarkot, a hill-top town, is a popular short-break destination from Kathmandu, as it is located only 16 miles (27 kilometers) from the heart of the city. Private transfer is the quickest and easiest way to go, taking 1.5 hours to travel from the Kathmandu Valley through the Himalayan foothills.
A two- or three-day stay in Kathmandu is sufficient to enjoy a city tour of its famous sights and make day trips to other historic landmarks just outside the city. With careful time management, you could fit both city tours and day trips into two days.
Kathmandu is a worthwhile destination. Bhaktapur is my favorite spot in the valley. The plane ride to witness Everest and the entire Himalayan range was remarkable. I truly enjoyed my time in Kathmandu.
The Jugal Himal range, located northeast of Kathmandu and on the border with China, has immense potential to attract domestic and international tourists. Despite having 11 peaks, the range remains largely unexplored. Only Gyalzen Peak has been successfully ascended twice.
Tourist attractions in Kathmandu include Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, Boudha Stupa, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Garden of Dreams, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, Narayanhiti Palace Museum and many more.
Nagarkot is renowned for its spectacular sunrise views of the Himalayas, featuring Mount Everest and other peaks of the Himalayan range in eastern Nepal. Additionally, the panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley makes the area especially popular for tourists who enjoy hiking.
The best time to visit Nagarkot is during the Spring and early Winters. The climate is pleasant and the hills are adorned with colourful flowers in full bloom. During these months, activities such as hiking and paragliding can be enjoyed to the fullest.