2 Days Kathmandu City Tour
Day 01: Tour of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath & Bouddhanath Stupa.
An interesting morning tour with Everest Vacation city our city and cultural guide receives you from the hotel for guided tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, this place full of old history and rich culture, visiting old royal durbar square and Hanuman dhoka (palace) tour of old Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu was named) a temple built from a wood of a single tree, tour of Kumari Goddess (living virgin goddess) resident area where Kumari are from young age, after menstruation period replaced by another young Kumari.
Walk around famous old freak street famous place in early 1960’s to 80’s for budget tourist and hippies before Thamel was established.
From here interesting tour with short drive to the west of city at Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hillock, with panorama of Kathmandu city, green hills that encircle the valley with high snow capped mountains.
Swayambhunath oldest historical sites of 2,500 years old listed as world heritage more than 2, 5000 years old Buddhist religious monument with huge stupa dominated by four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking at four directions North, South, East and West. At Sywambhunath visit of monastery and small chapels this area surrounded with serene forest with lot of monkeys around, this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Afternoon time a short drive towards Pashupatinath Temple area, non Hindu’s are restricted inside the main temple complex; but visitors can observe the temple from the opposite bank of Bagmati river, holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda terracotta roofs and four silver doors surrounded with pristine forest with lot of monkeys around. This place is crowded in the month of February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Closeby otherwise of the river bank cremation are done for all Hindu religion.
From here a short drive towards north east reaching at Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.
After a nice historical and cultural sightseeing tour return back to respective hotels for overnight stop and refreshment.
Day 02: Tour of Bhaktapur & Patan (Lalitpur)
Morning starts with Bhaktapur, a 3rd largest city in Kathmandu valley region, the city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century. Bhaktapur famous for woodcarving and pottery artists, here visit the famous square with golden gate, palace of 55 windows, including the unique peacock window places other interest are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Naytapola Temple, Bhaktapur National Art Gallery, Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur.
After a wonderful time here drive back towards Kathmandu with tour of Patan or Lalitpur, meaning “city of arts” situated south of Kathmandu, visit old Palace courtyard (Durbar) the tall terracotta house, fascinating with intricate window carvings, and the Stone Temple of Krishna with the pillar of Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and as well of Lord Krishna, after a great interesting day drive back to hotel.