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KING CITIES | NAGARKOT | DHULIKHEL

KATHMANDU VALLEY

Overview

In six days you will experience all the different aspects of Kathmandu valley, the culture, history and religion. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is also known as Kantipur. The valley houses the world’s most dense collection of culture and magnificent holy temples, shrines and monasteries. The historical Kathmandu itself has significant value for Hindus and Buddhists.

You will visit the most beautiful temples, shrines and monasteries, see one of the world’s biggest stupas and experience Nepali culture and traditions at its best. A short drive will take you out of the dense city, to enjoy Kathmandu from above and see the famous high mountains. 

Highlights

Kathmandu Valley

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Price: €550 Per person

Duration: 6 Days / 5 nights

Transportation: Private car

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouse

Day 01 – Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

Day 02 – Visit Patan Square and Bhaktapur

Day 03 – Drive to Nagarkot

Day 04 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Day 05 – Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 06 – Visit Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath

Note: International flights and airport pick-up can be arranged on request. Please contact us for the possibilities

Day 01 – Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

In the morning you will go by walk from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square. On the way there you will see some nice temples, the local market and you can experience the Nepali life style. Durbar Square is very much the sacred heart of the city. Here you can visit the living goddess Kumari, who acknowledges greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. The Square is filled with ancient temples and a museum showing some history of Nepal. Many of these temples were damaged during the earthquake, but it is still worth seeing.

Next, you will get a transfer to Swayambunath (Monkey temple). This white dome  is the most ancient Buddhist shrine in the valley. Swayambunath is located on a hill, with 365 steps leading you up to the temple. The pilgrimage is covered in colorful prayer flags. From the top of the hill you have a great view over Kathmandu valley.

Day 02 – Visit Patan Square and Bhaktapur

After breakfast you will drive to Patan Square, full of ancient temples and stupas, and listed as a world heritage site. It has a remarkable monument of Hindus god Krishna from the 17th century and a temple built entirely of stone. The formal royal complex is the centre of Patan's religion and social life.

Continue to Bhaktapur. This medieval city is like an open museum, filled with temples, pagodas, ornate pools and ancient palaces. The palace of 55 windows is built in 1754 during the period of Malla king. Besides the palace, the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs are great to explore. Here you will find many traditional red old buildings and locals drying corn and chilies, and making pottery. You will spend the night here, so you have the rest of the day to wander around to see all the beautiful things this city has to offer.

Day 03 – Drive to Nagarkot

From Bhaktapur you travel to Nagarkot, a hill village in the east of Kathmandu. If the weather is clear you have a great panoramic view of the Himalaya. You overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 04 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Get up early to walk up to the view point in Nagarkot. From here you will have amazing mountain views. Then come down for breakfast and hike -mostly downhill- to Dhulikhel (5-6 hours), where you stay overnight.

Day 05 – Walk to Namo Buddha

After breakfast, start hiking from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha. This is a relatively easy walk and will take about 3 hours. Namo Buddha houses the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, and is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is known as the place where Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. You will overnight in Dhulikhel.

Day 06 – Visit Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath

After breakfast you drive back to Kathmandu, to visit Boudhanath Stupa, an important centre for Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. It presents Buddha eyes on all four sides. The nose represents the number 1, symbolizing unity and the way to reach enlightenment. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha.

Close to Bouddhanath is Pashupatinath, one of the holiest shrines for all Hindus, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. Thousands of followers come to pay homage to Pashupathinath every day. Elderly Hindus come here to find shelter for the last weeks of their lives, to meet death and be cremated on the banks of the river. You will see numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Note: International flights and airport pick-up can be arranged on request. Please contact us for the possibilities

Included

NOT included

Price: €550 Per person

Duration: 6 Days / 5 nights

Transportation: Private car

Accommodation: Hotels / Guesthouse

Day 01 – Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

Day 02 – Visit Patan Square and Bhaktapur

Day 03 – Drive to Nagarkot

Day 04 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Day 05 – Walk to Namo Buddha

Day 06 – Visit Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath

Note: International flights and airport pick-up can be arranged on request. Please contact us for the possibilities

Day 01 – Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath

In the morning you will go by walk from Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square. On the way there you will see some nice temples, the local market and you can experience the Nepali life style. Durbar Square is very much the sacred heart of the city. Here you can visit the living goddess Kumari, who acknowledges greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. The Square is filled with ancient temples and a museum showing some history of Nepal. Many of these temples were damaged during the earthquake, but it is still worth seeing.

Next, you will get a transfer to Swayambunath (Monkey temple). This white dome  is the most ancient Buddhist shrine in the valley. Swayambunath is located on a hill, with 365 steps leading you up to the temple. The pilgrimage is covered in colorful prayer flags. From the top of the hill you have a great view over Kathmandu valley.

Day 02 – Visit Patan Square and Bhaktapur

After breakfast you will drive to Patan Square, full of ancient temples and stupas, and listed as a world heritage site. It has a remarkable monument of Hindus god Krishna from the 17th century and a temple built entirely of stone. The formal royal complex is the centre of Patan's religion and social life.

Continue to Bhaktapur. This medieval city is like an open museum, filled with temples, pagodas, ornate pools and ancient palaces. The palace of 55 windows is built in 1754 during the period of Malla king. Besides the palace, the golden gate, and all the temples of various designs are great to explore. Here you will find many traditional red old buildings and locals drying corn and chilies, and making pottery. You will spend the night here, so you have the rest of the day to wander around to see all the beautiful things this city has to offer.

Day 03 – Drive to Nagarkot

From Bhaktapur you travel to Nagarkot, a hill village in the east of Kathmandu. If the weather is clear you have a great panoramic view of the Himalaya. You overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 04 – Sunrise view and walk to Dhulikhel

Get up early to walk up to the view point in Nagarkot. From here you will have amazing mountain views. Then come down for breakfast and hike -mostly downhill- to Dhulikhel (5-6 hours), where you stay overnight.

Day 05 – Walk to Namo Buddha

After breakfast, start hiking from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha. This is a relatively easy walk and will take about 3 hours. Namo Buddha houses the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, and is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is known as the place where Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. You will overnight in Dhulikhel.

Day 06 – Visit Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath

After breakfast you drive back to Kathmandu, to visit Boudhanath Stupa, an important centre for Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. It presents Buddha eyes on all four sides. The nose represents the number 1, symbolizing unity and the way to reach enlightenment. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha.

Close to Bouddhanath is Pashupatinath, one of the holiest shrines for all Hindus, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. Thousands of followers come to pay homage to Pashupathinath every day. Elderly Hindus come here to find shelter for the last weeks of their lives, to meet death and be cremated on the banks of the river. You will see numerous platforms where cremations take place on a daily basis. You will be transferred back to Thamel.

Note: International flights and airport pick-up can be arranged on request. Please contact us for the possibilities

Included

NOT included

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