It is the shortest tour in Kathmandu suitable for those who have only a few days to spend. This a quick tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, both world heritage sites and centres of excellence for Nepali art and architecture. Both the durbar squares have been undergoing renovation following the 2015 earthquake and are now reopened for tourists. There are temples, chaityas, museums, courtyards that speaks of hundreds of years of culture and history of Kathmandu Valley.
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.
This Stupa, located 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. 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 encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers west from Thamel and 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.
Besides the above mentioned places to visit there are other significant sites to be visited:
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Seeing tour in and around Kathmandu and Patan. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly out from Kathmandu.