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Glimpses of Kathmandu Valley 04Nights/05Days
Arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure .
Overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast, visit Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Swayambhunath Stupa, dedicated to Buddhism is situated in a hillock 80 m above the ground level and is claimed to be 2000 years old. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries (Gumba) around. The view of the valley is spectacular from here. Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley is worth visiting. It was the center of ancient and medieval Kathmandu. You will visit the Hanumandhoka Palace of Malla Kings. You would also like to have an audience of Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Kasthmandap Temple that is said to have been built of a single tree trunk.
Afternoon visit Pashupati Nath Temple, the holiest Hindu Temple that draws devotees from all over Nepal and India. This temple is situated on the bank of Bagmati River, which is considered as holy as Ganges. Cremation goes throughout the days and nights on the bank of Bagmati River. Then, drive to Boudha Nath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the world. This is one of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley.
Overnight in Katmandu .
After breakfast a visit to Bhaktapur, one of the three principalities of medieval Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, the youngest city in the valley has preserved its ancient look and originality. Visit the "Golden Gate" of the "Palace of 55 Windows". There are temples with intricate woodcarving, houses with different kinds of windows and balconies, stone sculptured water tanks, monastic complexes etc. later visit Thimi (population 48,000) is a farming town situated 8 km east of Kathmandu on the way to to Katmandu from Bhaktapur. It is known for its artistic masks and earthen pots, often seen spread out on the streets to dry in the sun. It can be called a traditional pottery locality with almost 80% of the population still involved in pottery. Handspun cotton cloth is another Thimi specialty . Return to hotel and rest of the day free for shopping and private activities.
Afternoon excursion to Nagarkot ( 2100meter) and return back to hotel after Sunset.
Overnight in Katmandu .
Morning : free for optional mountain flight.
Afternoon visit to Patan, another medieval Malla principality near to Kathmandu. Here, visit the main courtyard of Malla palace, which is adorned with intricate woodcarvings. In front of the palace stands famous Krishna Temple of 17th century, replica of Viswanath Temple, Jagan Narayan Temple etc. Also visit Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), a 14th century Buddhist Monastery that is the center of rites and rituals of Newari Buddhist of Patan. In the evening, drive back to Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner with cultural dance show at an authentic Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination .