Kathmandu Tour (4 or 5 days)

Durbar Squire (Hanumandhoka) (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site ):

This large squire is the historic seat of the Nepalese Royalty. The Squire, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. There are so many temples around Durbar Squire, one of Living Goddess – Temple of Kumari is located in the vicinity of the Durbar Squire palace. The building has many carved wooden balconies and window Screens. Foreigners (Non Hindu) may enter the courtyard, but are not beyond that point. The Kumari acknowledges greetings from well wishes from her balcony carved window. Photography is prohibited. The Kumari Goddess is also known as the Virgin Goddess.

Pashupati Temple (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site):

Situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu (near to International Airport) on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, the temple of lord shiva Pashupati Nath, with its two tiered golden roof and silver doors, it is a center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri.

Entrance to the main temple is permitted to Hindus only, yet visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed on the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds ( only Hindu's) are here. We strongly advise phographers not to take photos of cremations and of beresved families. Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may be seen covered in ashes and Loin-cloths. They ask for money in case you want to take their Photos.

Buddhanath Stupa (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site)

The stupa of Budhanath lies eight kilometers east of Kathmandu . On this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is said to have been build by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the fifth century A.D. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The Boudha area is a visual feast, Colorful Thangkas, Tibetan Jewelry, hand-woven Carpets, Marks, and Khukuri Knives are sold in the surrounding stalls.

Budhanilkantha:

About eight Kilometers north of Kathmandu , at the base of Sivapuri Hill, is a remarkable, colossal statue of Lord Vishnu, reclining on a bed of snakes. This stone sculpture is a Lichchhavi period, fifth-century statue. It sits in the middle of a small pond and seems to float on the surface of the water. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Swayambhu (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site):

The history of the Valley, according to the legends, begins with Swayambhu, or the “the self-existent”. In times uncharted by history, Bodhisattva Manjusri Came across a beautiful lake during his travel. He saw a Lotus that emitted brilliant light at the lake's center, so he cut a gorge in a southern hill and drained the waters to worship the Lotus. Men settled on the bed of the lake and called it the Kathmandu Valley .

From then on the hilltop of the Self-existent Lord has been a holy place.Swayambhu is, perhaps best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal . The Stupa is amont the most ancient in this part of the world and its worshippers are diverse from Newar nuns, Tibetan Monks and Brahmin priests to lay Buddhists and Hindus. This is a major landmark of the valley and looks like a beacon below the Nagarjun Hill. It provides an excellent view of the Kathmandu Valley .

Kritipur City:

It is a small town, eight Kilometers southwest of Kathmandu , on the top of a hill. Tribhuvan University is located at the foot of the hill. This historic town has many things to see such as old shrines and temples, old houses, and people dressed in traditional costumes while working on ancient looms.

Chobhar:

It is situated nine kilometers southwest of Kathmandu . This place is famous for its gorge. All the waters of the Valley drain through it. Legend has it that the God Manjushri cut the gorge to drain out Kathmandu Valley which was then a lake. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of a Hill. From this point, one has a complete vuew of snow-capped mountains peaks, just beyond the Chobhar Gorge, there is the 17 th .century temple of Jal Vinayak . The main image of the temple is on a massive rock. Only a small part in front vaguely resembles an elephant's head. The image at Jal Vinayak is different from other images of Lord Ganesh.

Dakshinkali:

The temple of Dakshinkali is sutuated about ---- kilometers south of Kathmandu and beyond Kritipur. Dakshinkali is an important place of pilgrimage, dedicated to the Goddwss Kali, Shiva's consort in her reincarnation as the goddess of Desruction, drawing over 400,000 pilgrims a year. Pilgrims visit this temple to offer prayers and animal sacrifices to Goddess Kali. The temple is tantric in nature and it is a favorite worship place of the Hinds. Saturday and Tuesday are good days to visit, as there is always a massive crowd of worshippers who come from all parts of Nepal . Apart from the religious aspects, the site has also been developed as a popular picnic sport.

Godavari Botanical Garden:

This is perhaps the most popular picnic ground for the Kathmandu Valley people. The plants are of wede variety and the flowers, when incugnj bloom, make the atmosphere sparkle in colors. In fact, most of the Nepali film songs and dances are shot here. You may wish to visit the Nau and Panch Dhara ponds or take a hike up the 2,700-meter Pulchowki Hill nearby. The hill is famous for Bird Watching in Nepal .

Nagarkot (Sun Rise and Sun Set, and Mt.Everest) :

Nagarkot lies on a ridge 32 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu along the rim of the valley at an altitude of 2,174 meters. It takes an easy hour's drive to get there following the same route till a kilometer ahead of Bhaktpur. This place is the popular sport for viewing the early morning sunrise and evening sunset over the mountains, layout of Kathmandu Valley below. On a clear day Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, and Everest can be seen from here. Spending a night at Nagarkot to view the sunrise across the mountain range is money well spend.

Dhulikhel:

Dhulikhel, a small town 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu, lies along the Arniko Highway to Giri (trekking start point of Everest reason) and Tibet . This is a lovely place famous for its scenic beauty and old traditions. This is yet another place for the magnificent mountain views. The snowy panorama as seen from Dhulikhel shows the Himalayas all the way from Karyolung in the east of Hiunchuli in the west. Spending a night at Dhulikhel to view the sunrise across the mountain range is money well spent.

Kakani:

Kakani lies on 29 kilometers north-west of Kathmandu , at an altitude of 2,073 meters. The main attraction of this beautiful sport is the mountain-views. Straight ahead the Ganesh Himal range unbelievably close and beside it stands Langtang Lirung. Other peacks visible from Kakani are Annapuran II, Himchuli, Lenpogang and Gauri Sh anker. It has commanding views of Mountain landscape with Himalayas Panorama with cold weather; this is almost like a virgin place for visitors. The road of Kakani also offers beautiful views, once you are through the pass and out of the Kathmandu Valley from Balaju seems light years away. Although the valley is terraced 1000 meters from top to bottom, many trees have been left behind and prosperous-looking house dot the hillsides. There is a century old summer villa used by the British Embassy.

Costs

This package includes transportation.

(all costs are quoted in US dollars per person, per day)

Package - $70

N.B. The price does not include any incidental items such as beer, soft drinks or mineral water.