Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Boudhanath: This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world. The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air) and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It’s one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over Nepal and India. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali means ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Katmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer resides in the old Royal Palace in Katmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka) are numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood)
Day 3: Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan
ChanguNarayan: The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley, about four km north of Bhaktapur. Although the temple dates from 1702, when it was rebuilt after a fire, its origins go right back to the 4th century and there and many important stone images and sculptures dating from the Licchavi period. Bhaktapur: The third of the valley’s ancient cities is another century-long rival of Kathmandu. It has an impressive number of artistic treasures; it is rightly called “a living museum”. The oldest part of the town is around Tachupal Tole (Dattatraya Square), to the east. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the 14th to 16the centuries and during that time the focus of the town-shifted west, to the Durbar Square area. Much of the town’s great architecture dates from the end of the 17th century during the rule of King Bhupatendra Malla. Drive to Dhulikhel.
Day 4: Drive to Lumbini
Day 5-6: Explore Lumbini
Lumbini the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama is the pilgrimage destination of the worldâ??s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. UNESCO lists this nativity site, identified by the Indian Emperor Ashokaâ??s commemorative pillar as a World Heritage Site. The main attraction at Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden spread over 8sq kilometers and possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi (Buddhaâ??s Mother) temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike.
Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening cultural show with traditional Nepali Dinner.
Day 8: Transfer to airport for onward flight.
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