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Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour is a complete tour package to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley in a very short period. There are many interesting places to visit in Kathmandu and near Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural meeting point in the region. Kathmandu Valley, the cultural and commercial hub of Nepal, contains three fabled cities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Multi roofed temples, exquisite monasteries, stone carvings and wooden carvings, and the age-old traditions and religious festivals have kept Kathmandu valley with immense vivacity till today. The Kathmandu valley holds a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. We take you to some of the major World Heritage Sites in this Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour.
Trip Duration: 3 Days
Activities: Historical and Cultural Tour
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (TIA), hotel transfer and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:Situated in the heart of the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the attractive monuments you visit during your Kathmandu tour. This Palace represents Nepalese art and architecture linking the old with the new ones. This site has played central role in political, cultural and artistic life of the country. The oldest monument dates back to 12th century where Durbar square flourished in the 17th – 19th century during the reign of the Malla and Shah Monarchs.
Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square
Pashupatinath Temple: Being a Mecca for
Hindus, the temple seemed to have its origin away back to the early
Kirat period. However, the present structure dates back to early 18th
century. The main Shiva temple is most noted for its gold-painted roof
and silver coated doors in each four directions. This holy site is also
famous for the open public crematorium. See the devotion of people to
Pashupatinath, dedicated Sadhus- the holy men, post death rituals and
the strange monkeys in the premises of the shrine.
Bouddhnath Stupa: Bouddhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world, is set in the octagonal Mandala design. It is the must visit site for the Tibetan Buddhists since the legend of the Stupa is related to the Tibetans. Almost Tibetan settlement area with dozens of monasteries in its surroundings. This ancient Stupa has 108 images of deities and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorning the base of the huge dome.
Swayambhunath Stupa (the Monkey Temple): Swayambhunath is a widely known Buddhist monument on a hillock, to west of central Kathmandu. The shrine is approximately 2600 years old and is still a glorious and eye-catcher for the visitors. Because of the presence of holy and tricky monkeys in the premises of the monument, the stupa is also known as the Monkey Temple. A common temple for both Hindus and Buddhists in the complex of stupa symbolizes religious tolerance in Nepal.
Patan Durbar Square: Located at 7 Km south east of Kathmandu and founded in the 3rd century AD, Patan is the oldest among the 3 cities in the valley. Patan, historically known as Lalitpur (city of fine arts), has fascinating Hindu and Buddhist monuments with finest craft since time immemorial. The royal palace square, surrounding shrines and courtyards is praiseworthy monuments during your trip in Nepal. The palace, a number of pagodas, Shikhara style Krishna temple made of stone, classic craftsmanship, nearby five KathmanduPashupatinath complex – storied Kumbheshwar temple and the golden temple are some of the main highlights of Patan. Though we can see ancient temples, Stupas and monasteries in the city, Durbar square consists of monuments from 16th and 17th century in general.
Day 03: Visit Bhaktapur Dubar Square and final departure
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This Square is an open museum holding exciting palace, courtyards, royal bath, sculptures, pagodas, Shikhara style temples and Buddhist monastery along with exclusive architecture. In other words, this is the most beautiful Durbar you visit on your Nepal tour. Though 1934 earthquake brought bad luck to its structure, still the remaining monuments are the finest examples of the medieval excellence. Just near the square, you will visit the traditional painting School, the dying art of Nepal which is the best souvenir from Nepal. Besides palace complex, five storied temple with most appreciated architectures, the Pottery Square, Dattatraya Square and Peacock window are some other things to see in Bhaktapur.