Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB):
Upon arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport our representative will meet and welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar square. You walk through Asan to Hanuman Dhoka. The narrow lane is crowded with pedestrian. It gives you chance to meet Nepalese in most traditional manner. Asan is one of the oldest market place for shopping; it used to be the center of business in those days.
Walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square: Includes Asan tol, Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, temple of living Goddess, and Kastha Mandap. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people. One can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons, traders from India and Sadhus - Hindu holy men, who are perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the countless shrines and temples spread in the valley. As you wonder, your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Day 2 In Kathmandu (BB):
Full day city tour – Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupatinath and Boudhanath. In the morning visit Swayambhunath and Patan: Swambhunath is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights. Travel on ward to Patan: This is another city adjacent to Kathmandu; it is located across Bagmati river. Sightseeing places includes Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha are very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha built in 13th century. At the Tibetan Handicraft Center in Jawalekhel you can see carpet weaving by Tibetans.
Afternoon - after lunch visit Baudhanath and Pasupatinath. Pasupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River; it is a holy place for Hindus. In this scared place the great and fearful god Shiva is revered in his incarnation of the Lord of Beasts since ages. It has thus attained a mystical importance all of its own. The three-tiered golden roof of the main temple stands sentinel over the various shrines and their throngs of devotees. From this point the ghats (step on which many Nepali wish to be cremated and carried into the next life) lead the way down to the water’s edge. Traveling here means that you must remains unobtrusive and respectful, allowing the pilgrims to continue their worship uninterrupted as you quickly absorb the atmosphere of this special place. Travel onward to Boudhanath. It is about 10 minutes drive to the main stupa. It is known as the Mecca of Buddhist. Boudanath has different layout and built in the shape of a Mandela (a Buddhist representation of the heavens). It is a must visit place for pilgrims from Tibet and people who comes from high Himalayas. They often make the long journey entirely on foot. Situated in the ancient town of Bouddha, six kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, Bouddanath Stupa is the biggest stupa in the country. It is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage. The stupa represents the Mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Most of the monasteries in the vicinity of Boudanath offer meditation and retreats to visitors. To get an insight into Buddhist monastic life it is worth visiting some of the monasteries in Boudha.
Day 3 Depart Kathmandu.
The city tour of Kathmandu valley is incomplete without Bhaktapur. In the morning travel to Bhaktapur for sightseeing tour of this ancient city known as Bhadgaon: The tour includes Durbar square, Nyatapola Temple, Dattaraya Temple and Boudhanath. Bhaktapur is 16 km from Kathmandu. It is one of the three main cities in Katrhmandu valley, which lies on the old trade route to Tibet: It is popularly known as Bhadgaon. It is famous for museum of medieval arts and architecture with many fine examples of sculptures, and woodcarving. Pottery, making mask and weaving are its major traditional industry. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many temples built in pagoda style. Most impressive is a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1702 AD. Dattatrya temple, built in 1427 AD, and intricately carved peacock window and numerous fountain inside the palace are other attraction. Bhaktapur itself has been beautifully preserved; its Malla dynasty architecture is particularly attractive. Many of the old people of the town are unable to speak Nepali and continue to use the Newari tongue. Completely self-supporting, the town is heavily agricultural and this rural atmosphere pervades the streets and bazaars. We can see tiny, bent over bamboo, carrying enormous loads of vegetables and sacks of grain, laid out to dry. Keep an eye open for pottery and wood-carving. There are many interesting souvenirs to buy. Afternoon transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu
Note:Depending upon time and interest instead of Kathmandu on the second night we may travel to Nagarkot for sunset and sunrise view of the Himalaya. The surcharge for Nagarkot is US$ 35 per person.
Program as outlines above is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistics, weather and technical condition