Durbar Squire Tour

Durbar Squire Tour

Tour Info

  • DST109
  • Nepal
  • 4 Days
  • Easy
  • 1400 m
  • All Time
  • Sightseeing and Tour
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

 

Durbar Squire Tour.

 

Legends say Kathmandu Valley used to be a large pond and it became habitable only after Manjushree cut a hill to drain the water out. The Valley is a treasure trove in terms of art and architecture, culture and tradition. An old saying says: ‘There are more temples than houses and more idols than people in Kathmandu.’ You can find numerous temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses in every nook and corner  of the Valley. Most of   these temples are built in    pagoda style – often       multi storied with      slanting   roofs but   each       successive roof   smaller.   The three   cities in the   Valley –Kathmandu,   Bhaktapur and Lalitpur – used to be three independent kingdoms about 300 years ago. They used to be ruled by Malla kings. They built many temples and palaces which are standing tall   even today.   This special   tour package takes   you to these   architectural grandeurs of the Kathmandu Valley.

 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

 


Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, translates into city of  devotees. It is an   old city   founded in the   ninth century. It used to be one of the three Malla kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley before the unification of Nepal. Located east of Kathmandu, the core areas of the city is inhabited by Newars who still follow age-old customs and tradition. Houses here are the best examples of Nepali stone and  wooden craft. The 55- window Palace   built in 1697,   the five-storied   Nyatapola Temple, the Kashi Biswanath  Temple, and  the Dattatreya Temple, among others, are the  major  attractions in   Bhaktapur. Considered a living museum, one can witness ancient traditions carried out even today as  they were  centuries ago in  many areas of the city such as in Potters square   where the local potters  use age old techniques to make clay pots. You can    catch
them in action at Taumadhi Square.

 

Kathmandu Durbar square.

 

Kathmandu Durbar square. Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be the palace of Shah kings after unification of Nepal about 270 years ago. This is the place where Nepali kings used to be crowned and legitimized until 2007 when    the country adopted republican setup. The area, which is also known as Basantapur or the Hanumandhoka Durbar, because of the idol of Hanuman at the entrance, has many pagoda temples like  Maju Deval, Jagannath,   Shiva Parbati,   Kasthamandap    and Taleju, among others.     These temples    are rich in    wooden architecture dating back to centuries. Another attraction here is the Kumari Ghar or the house of Kumari – the living   goddess. It is also the place   where the   famous Indra   Jatra   festival is   organized.   The are   suffered major   damages   in the 2015   earthquakes  with most of the   tall   monuments floored. But reconstruction work is going on to rebuild the temples in the previous shape and style.

 

Patan Durbar Square:

 

Patan Durbar Square: Patan is one of the cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It used to be an independent state before Nepal was unified. The city is best known for its  artistic heritage.   The city is   surrounded by four   Ashokan stupas   built in   four corners. The city is full of temples     and   monuments, bronze       gateways, guardian   deities and   wonderful   carvings,   among others. The main palace has three courtyards —     Mul Chowk,      Sundari Chowk and Keshav  Narayan   Chowk.   Patan   Museum and the golden temple of Hiranaya Varna Mahavihar are the other attractions in and around the Durbar Square.

 

Durbar Squire Tour

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, O/N Hotel.

 

Welcome to Nepal! Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the time is free. You can rest at the hotel to unwind after a long flight or take a short stroll in the surroundings.  

 

Day 2: Sightseeing – Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.  

 

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will start sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley:

 

Pashupatinath:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the holiest shrine in Nepal and one of the four important shrines for Hindus all over the world. Believed to have been built in the 5th century   and later   renovated    during the reign of the Malla kings, the site is believed to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here by cow herders. This largest temple complex in Nepal sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The main pagoda temple is two-storied with a golden pinnacle and has four silver doors and intricate wood   carvings. There are temples and idols of several Hindu and Buddhist deities on the temple premises. Located just 3 kilometers from the city center, the Pashupatinath Temple premises is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a cremation site on the banks of Bagmati River where last rites of Hindus are performed. In the evening, a special aarti is offered to Lord Shiva amidst   chanting of sacred   mantras and   performance   of Tandava   dance by young priests.

 

Bouddhanath:

Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia and a focal point of  Tibetan   Buddhism in Nepal. The 36-meter high whitewashed dome sits on a big mandala. A spire is erected on the top of   the dome   and capped by a glittering pinnacle. At the base of the spiral lies four pair of eyes looking at the four directions. The stupa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is believed to have been built in the 5th century. It is believed to entomb the remains of a sage Kasyap who is venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus. The environment in the stupa complex is always vibrant. Walk along devotees as they circumambulate the stupa, rotating prayer  wheels. You can see   monks and lama wearing maroon robes circumambulate the stupa chanting mantras. The area is also the best place  to buy Tibetan souvenirs – ranging from colorful thankas to trinkets and rugs. Eateries with rooftop patios serve   you good food, offering fantastic views of the stupa and the surroundings.

 

Patan Durbar Square:

Patan is one of the cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It used to be an independent state before Nepal was unified. The city is best known for its artistic heritage. The city is surrounded by four Ashokan stupas built in four corners. The city is full of temples and monuments, bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings, among others. The main palace has three courtyards — Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk.Patan Museum and the golden temple of HiranayaVarna Mahavihar are the other   attractions   in and   around the   Durbar Square.Then we return to our hotel.

 

Day 3: Sightseeing – Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

 

We resume our sightseeing after breakfast with a short drive to Swoyambhunath:

 

Swoyambhunath:

Seated on a hilltop in the southwestern part of Kathmandu Valley,  Swoyambhunath Stupa  is an important pilgrimage for Buddhist and a most-visit site for tourists. The nearly 2,000-year old stupa is a whitewashed dome — 20 meters in   diameter   and 32  meters in height. A  conical spire  sits on  the top of the   dome   capped   by a golden pinnacle. At the base of the spire is four pair of eyes looking in the four directions. There are many  temples dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism in the Hindu premises – the perfect example of religious harmony  existing in Nepal. The hill is surrounded by dense forests – a habitat for monkeys, giving it a  nickname ‘Monkey  Temple’. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley. On   sunny days, you   will be rewarded with the view of Himalayas glittering in the northern horizon.

 

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be the palace of Shah kings after unification of Nepal about 270 years ago. This is the place where Nepali kings used to be crowned and legitimized until 2007 when the country adopted republican setup. The area, which is also known as Basantapur or the Hanumandhoka   Durbar, because of the idol of Hanuman at the entrance, has many pagoda temples like Maju Deval, Jagannath, Shiva Parbati, Kasthamandap and Taleju, among others. These  temples are rich in   wooden architecture dating back to   centuries. Another    attraction    here   is the   Kumari Ghar or the house of Kumari – the   living goddess. It is also   the   place where the famous Indra Jatra festival is organized. The are suffered major   damages in the 2015   earthquakes   with most of the tall monuments floored. But reconstruction work is going on to rebuild the temples in the previous shape and style.

 

Bhaktapur:

Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, translates into  city of devotees. It is an old city    founded in the ninth century. It used to be one of the three Malla kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley before the unification of Nepal. Located east of Kathmandu, the core areas of the city is inhabited by Newars who still follow age-old   customs  and tradition. Houses here are the best examples of Nepali stone and wooden craft. The 55- window Palace built in 1697, the five-storied Nyatapola Temple, the Kashi Biswanath Temple, and the Dattatreya Temple, among others, are the major attractions in Bhaktapur.    Considered a living museum,    one can witness     ancient traditions    carried out even today as they were centuries ago in many areas of the city such as in Potters square where the local potters use age old techniques to make clay pots. You can catch them in action at Taumadhi Square.

 

Day 4: Mountain flight (optional) and Departure.  

 

Wake up early in the morning for a jaw-dropping view of mountains from the comfort of your   airplane seat. Aircraft fly along the Himalayan range to give passengers a good view of the snow-capped peaks glittering in the morning sun. The hour-long flight takes you within camera range of some of mighty mountains, including    Mt Everest – the tallest peak on earth. After the flight, you return to the hotel for your breakfast. Our representative will then escort you to the airport for your return flight.

    Price Includes

  • Airport Pick UP and Drop Off.
  • Hotel in Twin Sharing Basis.
  • Lunch and Dinner With Break Fast.
  • Private Car/Jeep .
  • Government Taxes And Entrance Fees.
  • Experience Tour Guide.

    Price Not Includes

  • purely Natural Personal Expenses.
  • Bar and Beverage.
  • International Air Fare.
  • Travel Health Insurance.
  • Laundry .
  • Tipping/ Tips ( Expected )

      Highlights

  • Day trip.
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • This site also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Here enjoy the Museum with its world class collection of Newari art.
  • The trip includes private car, guide and all entry fees.

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