Glimpses of Nepal
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel
In the evening cultural show with traditional Nepali Dinner.
Day 2: Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathamndu Durbar Square
Boudhanath: This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the word. 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 India. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Kathmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer lives in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood).
Day 3: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Patan Durbar Square: Patan is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and sometimes referred to as Lalitpur, which means ‘city of beauty’. Patan has a long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas said to have been erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 B.C. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural feast with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur Swayambunath: The Buddhist temple of Swayambunath, situated on the top of a hill west of the city, is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the ‘monkey temple’ after the large tribe of monkeys that guards the hill and amuses visitors and devotees with their trick and antics. Drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is one of the best places to watch the sunset and sunrise over the Himalayas. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 4: Short hike to Changunarayan and Bhaktapur
It is an easy downhill hiking along ridges, fields and villages to the oldest temple complex of the Kathmandu Valley. 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
Day 5: Dhulikhel
This ancient town is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway). The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views. On a clear day the views of the Himalayas and Mt. Everest are extraordinary. Once an important link in the ancient trade route to Tibet, Dhulikhel has a glorious past, which can be seen in the lovely buildings and intricate wood carvings in the shop-lined streets and temples. After lunch drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 6: Mountain flight
Mountain flights offer the closest possible aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan Plateau. Mountain flights appeal to all category of travelers and have become a popular tourist attraction of Nepal. The mountain flight offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas all the way from Kathmandu to Mt. Everest. in a short time. Afternoon free. Farewell Dinner in the evening
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