This special tour package has been designed for visitors, especially from India and China. They can come to Nepal on Fridays, after their office hour is over, spend two nights in Kathmandu, and return to their country on Sunday so that they can join their office from Monday. This tour package includes some of cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu with hotels of their choice. They will spend a night in Nagarkot hill station and watch the sunrise over the green hills next day.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 meters).
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome you and transfer to your hotel. The representative will brief you about your tour program at the hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, we begin our sightseeing activities.
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.
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 holy Bagmati River. The main pagoda temple has gilded floor, 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 5th century. It is said 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 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.
Nagarkot: Nagarkot is a popular hill station in the outskirts of the Kathmandu. Lying at a distance of 32 kilometers from Kathmandu and 20 kilometers from Bhaktapur, it is a favorite destination of both domestic and foreign tourists. The road to Nagarkot from Bhaktapur is narrow and winding; but it promises a pleasing drive. Green hills, clean and fresh air, unobstructed mountain views, rustic village life are some of the attractions of this place. One can enjoy breathtaking views of mountains starting from Mt Dhaulagiri in the west to the majestic Everest in the east. The weather becomes quite during winter. In summer, the weather is pleasing. This is why most of the people in city areas head to this place during weekends and public holidays. Nagarkot is popular among foreign tourists for sunrise and sunset views. The view of mountains glittering in the morning sun is a new experience altogether for many. There are many good hotels and resorts in Nagarkot offering mountain views from the balcony itself.
Transport: Private vehicle
Day 3: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur; fly back to your destination.
You wake up early today to watch the sunrise over the green hills in the northern horizon. Watch the mountains glitter in the morning sun. You can also see patches of cloud rising up the valley toward the sky. After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and drive toward Bhaktapur for your sightseeing.
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 Windows 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.
After having lunch at Bhaktapur, our representative will transfer you to the airport to catch your return flight.