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Nepal Cultural tour offers you the exciting and short historical exploration of the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal is rich in natural beauty as well as its unique history, culture and traditions. Most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in the Kathmandu Valley spread within the three major cities – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. This cultural tour in Nepal will provides you the best opportunity to explore those heritage sites along with the art and architecture of the old cities of the valley.
Destination: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan
Trip Duration: 4 Days
Activities: Historical and cultural sightseeing tour
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel/Resort
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel and evening walk around Thamel market.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu city
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.
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 on 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.
Day 03: Guided sightseeing tour around Bhaktapur and Patan
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 temples made of stone, classic craftsmanship, nearby five Kathmandu Pashupatinath 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.
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.
Day 04: Final departure