Kathmandu the capital city of the kingdom of Nepal, is a valley in the central region. Covered on all sides with small hills allows for spectacular scenery of mountains and the city itself from most of these hill tops. Kathmandu's culture and heritage can be dated hundreds of years back, creating a massive treasure house of art and sculpture, the city itself is scattered with temples. Temples such as the "Syumbhunath" also famously known as the money temple or the Pashupatinath Temple considered as one most scared Hindu temples are some of the places that portray the century old rituals still prosper.
Traveling Kathmandu can be an pupil-dilating experience of sensory over-load, be it pushing thorough the streets of "Thamel" dodging pedlars from shops and restaurants or admiring the medieval architecture of "Bhakatapur". Kathmandu can be an intoxicating place where one can relive the new and the old world all in one place.
Arriving to Kathmandu, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. After checking-in, time permitting we can visit the Syambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) located on the eastern-hill of Kathmandu, understanding the significance of this structure to this valley, and mingling with the locals you begin to understand a little about the Nepal’s culture. The View of the sunset over the valley is enchanting from the temple.
Your sightseeing begins at Bhaktapur, once a powerful kingdom the city now boasts its medieval architecture which has been preserved over hundreds of years which is evident from the buildings that still exist today. The major residents of Bhaktapur are Newars and that have conserved their way of lifestyle for centuries. The Durbar square- major tourist attraction of Bhaktapur is enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site. Close to the vicinity of the Bhaktapur Durbar square are two other squares Taumadhi and Dattatreya these medieval temples that have even withstood the devastating earthquakes of 1933 and 1990 and are still boasting their ancient architecture. Apart from the remains of medieval architecture, the potters fabricating handsome ceramics out of the rotating wheel, farmers working in the fields in traditional attire, the alleys flanked with cluster of old houses, and so on add to the allure of Bhaktapur town as a whole. After spending your day in this magnificently old town, browsing the local street vendors, viewing the architecture and so much more, you will be transferred to the Nagarkot one of Kathmandu’s most famous Hill-station, that allows for a spectacular view of both the sunrise and sunset from bounteous Hotels located secluded corners of the hill. You will be staying over at Nagarkot.
After savouring the sights of dawn from Nagarkot, you will be heading towards Patan, also known as Lalitpur. Patan is popular for its Durbar Square, which were palaces that belonged to the Malla Kings, that ruled over Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Here you will also see the a Buddhist monastery from the 14th century, this monastery is worshipped by the Newari Buddhists of the locale that have distinct rituals than that of the Tibetan Buddhists. Following the Patan Durbar square, you will head towards the “Humandhoka” and “Basantapur” Durbar squares here you see many more temples and other such astounding relics of the medieval period. While there you can pay a visit to the living goddess “Kumari”, have a look at the nine story temple palace of “Natapola”, “Taleju Bhawani” Temple or the famous “Hanuman Dhoka” Palace.
Today, your day begins with a drive to Bauddhanath Stupa considered as one of the holiest, Buddhist sites in Nepal. The Locale is populated by many Tibetan Refugees who have been living here for over a generation and over Fifty different monasteries. You can see monks wearing red robes strolling the streets or chanting their prayers. Your next destination for today is the “Pashupatinath” Temple the largest Hindu temple of Nepal and also an important pilgrimage for all Hindus across the world. You can roam around the compound of the temple looking at various shrines, listen to priests chanting prayers in unison or observe hermits smoke “hasish” from their long bamboo pipes. After we will head to “Dhulikhel” a hill-station about 2 hours east of Kathmandu. Over here you can see many peaks like the Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lhakpa and Gauri Shankar from most of the resorts that are located here. As Dhulikhel is a lot cooler than Kathmandu we can see many more tourists and locals as well traveling to Dhulikhel. You will spend the night here.
Today we travel back to Kathmandu in the after noon. Once you arrive your hotel. You can spend the day at your own leisure. You could roam the busy streets of "Thamel" which is bustling with people and bursting with colour, you can hear different music on every corner. It offers a breathtaking array of shawls, carpets, woolen items, handicrafts and paintings all that can only be found here. It is a must see place for any one visiting Kathmandu.