Duration: 1 Days
Trip Grade: Easy
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Group Size: 1-20
Best Season: Whole year
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) Durbar Square:
One of the most remarkable remnants from the Malla era, Bhaktapur stands as a traditional and cultural Newar town that preserves the art, architecture and lifestyle of the residents. A truly mesmerizing atmosphere surrounds the town, with brick paved streets, artistic wooden doors and windows in traditional houses of the inhabitants, and an array of well-preserved architecture. Bhaktapur lies towards the east of Kathmandu Valley. The Durbar Square at Bhaktapur is highly regarded besides other attractions that surround the place. The city is also renowned for its special cap, called Bhadgaule topi and Juju Dhau (Yogurt).
Bhaktapur Durbar Squares major attraction is the 55-window Palace which was created by King Bhupatindra Malla. This palace was the home to royal families till 1769 and has now been transformed into the National Gallery. The Golden Gate leads into Mulchok Court, home to the Taleju Temple which is dedicated to the worship of Taleju Bhawani. The entrance, however is restricted to Hindus alone, and photographing Kumari, the living goddess, is strictly prohibited.
Changu Narayan Temple:
The Chagu Narayan Temple lies among the oldest Vishnu temple of Vishnu and was built in the early 5th century AD. The temple is situated along a ridge to the northeast of the valley, 20 km from Katmandu. Historical importance of Changu Narayan is established through the stone sculptures, the finest remnants of art from the 7th and 9th century AD. The temples location also provides a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges and the Kathmandu Valley.
Towards the north-east of Kathmandu lies one of the best viewpoints around the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot. The hill is just under an hours drive from the Kathmandu and lies at a height of 2175m above the sea level. Views from Nagarkot of the northern snow mountains are mesmeric, that form a panorama above the rolling hills. Nagarkot is also an ideal location to enjoy sunrise and sunset views.
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Raj, the coordinator, was incredibly accommodating from the beginning and closely worked with my schedule and ever-changing COVID guidelines to help book my trip. I only had 9 days off from work, and was comfortable with my training, but the shortest trip offered by any other tour operator was over 12 days. However, with Raj, he created an individualized itinerary for me and assigned me a fit guide/porter duo to set me up for success. He even personally picked me up from the airport and ...read more