DAY 01: ARRIVAL / KATHMANDU
Meeting & assistance on arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02: SWOYAMBHUNATH/KATHMANDU DURBAR/PATAN
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for sightseeing tours of Swoyambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Swayambhunath or more commonly known as Monkey Temple. This temple complex offers spectacular views of the entire Kathmandu Valley. The eye painted impressive Buddhist Stupa at the top, a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimized, and from where they ruled (‘durbar’ means palace). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Patan is situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. Patan Square and its surroundings is good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. Patan is also a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, which is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03: BHAKTAPUR / PASHUPATINATH / BOUDHANATH
After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla, Bhaktapur was the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until the 15th century and was an independent kingdom from then until the 18th century.
Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. It is a place where century-old Hindu rituals are practiced in their astonishing initial form, giving a chance to the visitors to feel the unique spirit of Hindu traditions of life, death and reincarnation.
There is nowhere quite like Bodhanath. Boudhanath Stupa pulses with life as thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. Tibetan monks in maroon robes and with shaved heads wander the prayer flag–decked streets while pilgrims spin prayer wheels and stock up on yak butter and tsampa (roasted barley flour). This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and workshops producing butter lamps, ceremonial horns, Tibetan drums, monks’ headgear and the other paraphernalia essential for Tibetan Buddhist life.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 04: KATHMANDU / DEPARTURE
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board flight for your onward destination.
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