Nepal is a magical mystical country, a heavenly place gifted by nature with beautiful mountains and hills, fertile valleys, and the stretched Terai plains. Its a country favored by explorers, nature lovers and adventure seekers. In Glimpses of Nepal, we have integrated visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites that preserve the culture, art and architecture of the people that lived here, and also arranged a trip to Nagarkot from where you can enjoy the panorama of beautiful mountain ranges. Local lifestyle, both rural and urban, along with a taste of Nepali cuisine also forms a major element of this package.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (D)
Day 2 :Kathmandu - Nagarkot (B/L/D)
Day 3 :Nagorkot - Kathmandu (B/L/D)
Day 4 :Kathmandu (B/L/D)
Day 5 :Final Departure (B/L)
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (D)Upon arrival, our airport representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is also arranged. In the afternoon, a city tour of the capital city, Kathmandu is scheduled.
Kathmandu valley lies at an altitude of 1370 and has highly fertile and cultivable land. Once believed to be a lake, this valley saw transformations through the ages, with many dynasties ruling it at different times. The remnants of these highly sophisticated generations, rich in art and architecture can still be found in old temples and palaces. Buddhist shrines can also be found in plenty in the valley, the Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath being the most popular in the valley. The three Durvar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur also depict the epitome of traditional craftsmanship.
Our tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites starts in the afternoon. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a rare heritage site of Malla era structures, with exquisite wood carvings on display along temples. You would also want to visit the Kumari Temple that houses the living goddess Kumari. Swoyambhunath Stupa is perched on top of a small hill and is also synonymized as Monkey Temple, owing to the monkeys that amass the periphery. Our next visit is to the Patan Durvar Square which is among the oldest in the three cities. Dinner is arranged in a local Nepali restaurant. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2 :Kathmandu - Nagarkot (B/L/D) A visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square has been scheduled in the morning after breakfast. Bhaktapur enchants every visitor with its stone paved streets, traditional houses, and simple lifestyle of the locals. The Palace with 55 windows, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Daatatrya Temple et cetera are some structures worth visiting. Bhaktapur is also known for its curd (Juju Dhau), pottery work around the pottery square and local handmade artifacts.
We head on to Nagarkot which is a hill station just nearby the Durbar Square that provides magnificent view of the northern mountains. After checking in, you can rest in the resort whilst enjoying spectacular panorama of the mountain ranges. You can also visit the Nagarkot tower to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3 :Nagorkot - Kathmandu (B/L/D) We wake up early to catch a view of the wonderful sunrise. The rays falling along the chain of mountains forms a mesmeric view. After Lunch, we proceed to Kirtipur, which lies among the oldest towns in Kathmandu valley. The place contains some old and new Buddhists sites including Cilancho Stupa, and a Bihar which contains the miniature of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, Saranath, the place where he gave his first lessons and Kushinagar, the place where he died. Chobhar, Adinath temple lies just above Kirtipur, which is worshipped by both Hindu and Buddhist people. We also visit the Chobhar Gorge, where it is believed that Manjushree cut the hill to drain away water from the valley. After a short drive, we reach Kathmandu and settle for dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 4 :Kathmandu (B/L/D) Today, we make a pilgrimage tour of Kathmandu. After breakfast we visit to the Pashupatinath Temple situated at the banks of the Holy Bagmati River, which is considered among the most holy temple for Hindus around the world. This is one of the oldest temples in the valley, and worships the guardian patron deity, Lord Shiva.
We then head to the nearby Boudhanath stupa, a vast dome that represents the mind of the Buddha. The peaceful site is also a major pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists and Tantric Buddhists.
Lunch & Dinner at Local Restaurant.
Day 5 :Final Departure (B/L)It’s the final day of your stay in Kathmandu. After Breakfast, you can stroll around Thamel and engage in souvenir shopping. We proceed for lunch in a local restaurant and explore around Thamel and its periphery. Check Out time at the Hotel is 12 noon. A drop to the airport has been arranged three hours before your scheduled flight time. We hope that your stay in Nepal was a memorable one, with lots of memories to take home and expect you to join us for other programs in the days ahead.
This is my second time booking a trek with Green Valley. Kp is my go to when it comes to organising a trip to Nepal and planning the most incredible trekking experience. I completed Annapurna Base Camp in April and came back to do Everest Base Camp in October. We went as ...read more