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Kathmandu & Nagarkot Sightseeing Tour is perhaps the best tour program in Nepal. This is especially suitable for those who wish to experience Nepali art and culture as well as see the Himalayas with their own eyes. In this tour you will visit the three world heritage monuments of Kathmandu Valley, the palaces of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. These three monuments are testament to the rich and enduring culture and artisanship of Newari community. Then you will drive to Nagarkot, one of the most popular hill stations, in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley to watch sunrise and sunset along with beautiful panorama of Himalayan peaks.
Known as Kantipur, Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kashtamandap temple - the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.
Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has a jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of the annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February or March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.
This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
Located approximately 4 kilometers west of Thamel, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone.
Beside above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:
1. Golden Temple
3. Krishna Mandir
4. Jagat Narayan
6. Ashokan Stupa
7. Machchhendranath Temple
8. The Tibetan Camp
Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rule continues to be reflected at Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as the lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.
A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Palace of 55 Windows
Being built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th Century, the balcony and windows are intricately carved and are a masterpiece of wood carving.
This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship; it is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
Nagarkot is a famous place to see the mountain ranges and sunrise. It lies at an altitude of 2211m and is located 30 km north east of Kathmandu. If weather is good, one can see great views of the Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himala. The mountain flight that goes each day to show Everest and other Himalayas from Kathmandu goes via the Nagarkot route.
Many visitors go to Nagarkot to see the magnificent sunrise. Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas, it looks spectacular as mountains change its color. However to see the sunrise, visitors must be in Nagarkot at 4 o'clock in the morning.
Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley and is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. The places of visit this day are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: In the morning sightseeing in Patan and around Patan. After completion of sightseeing in and around Patan drive to Nagarkot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
Day 04: Early morning enjoy the sun rise view and drive to Bhaktapur. Day time, you enjoy the sightseeing in and round Bhaktapur and drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 05: Transfer to airport for the final departure.