5 Days Kathmandu City with Nagarkot Hill Tour
Day 01: Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, approx: 05 – 06 hours.
Morning 09 a.m. departure from the hotel for guided sightseeing tour of historical and cultural tour with delightful scenery around Kathmandu city with Everest Vacation, a short ride to Kathmandu Durbar Square, visit of places with old history and rich culture of old king’s durbar square and Hanuman Dhoka (palace) visit of ancient Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu name derived from) this temple built of wood from a single tree, tour of Kumari Goddess (living virgin goddess) Kumari a very young girl, after teenage years phase replaced by another young Kumari, from here a short drive to west of the city at Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with panorama view of Kathmandu city, surrounding green hills with snow capped mountains in the north.
This old Stupa of Swayambhunath, the oldest historical monument listed as World Heritage Sites with over 2, 5000 years old Buddhist religion area with huge dome shape stupa overlooking four cardinal eyes of Buddha around North, South, East and West directions. Here visiting monastery and chapels, Sywambhunath is guarded with lovely woodland with a many monkeys around, this place is also named as “Monkey Temple”.
From here another tour leads to Pashupatinath Temple, where non Hindu are not permitted inside the main temple entrance, where visitors can have a look of the temple surrounding from above the Bagmati river, this famous Shiva temple decorated with golden tier roofs with silver doors around each corner, this place close to green woodland with lots of monkeys around. Pashupatinath is full of pilgrims in special day on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva).
Nearby on the side of the river funeral and cremation are held for all Hindus, from here return back to your hotels at leisure for the rest of afternoon.
Day 02: Tour of Patan (Lalitpur) & Bhaktapur, approx: 05-06 hours.
Starting the morning with a short drive towards Patan city located south of Kathmandu at mere distance across the bridge, on reaching Patan also known as Lalitpur meaning “city of arts” visit the old Palace complex, courtyard (Durbar) with tall terracotta palace, impressive window carvings, and a tall Krishna Temple with Garuda pillar, a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, from here a pleasant ride to valley 03rd biggest city, this old looking city at one time Nepal capital during Malla period in 12th to 15th century.
Bhaktapur famous for arts and crafts like woodcarving and pottery, tour of unique Durbar Square with golden gate of 55 windows palace, interesting wooden peacock window, continue tour of Bhaktapur visiting another Durbar Square with famed Nytapola Temple, Bhaktapur National Art Gallery, and Bhairavnath Temple.
After a lovely and interesting day return back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 03: Tour of Kirtipur, Khokana, Bungmati, Pharping & Dakshinkali Approx: 05 – 06 hrs.
Morning starting the tour outside Kathmandu city, heading towards Kathmandu valley southern rim visit of an old Newari culture as it was for past hundreds years a medieval and farming area, at first visit of Pharping which is 6 k.m away from the city a famous old Buddhist nunnery with monastery and caves where 6-7th century Guru Padmasamba from India visited here on his way to Tibet stayed here, in the late 6th Century. From here a short drive to Dakshinkali Temple a vicious looking goddesses, where pilgrims offers small animals like goats and chickens Saturday is full of worshipper situated in Chobar gorge where Bagmati River flows through.
A short drive to Kirtipur meaning a glory city, located on the rim of the valley history dates from 1099 AD. It was part of Lalitpur area during the invasion of Kathmandu Valley by a Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century.
Places to visit in Kirtipur, Bagh Bhairab temple dedicated to God Bhairab in tiger form. This idol regarded as guardian of this city with local name Ajudeu.
Chilancho Stupa: a Buddhist shrine of medieval period, with inscription of Nepal Samvat 635 is found in this Chaitya. It is one of the most important historical stupa of the region.
Uma Maheshwar: Uma Maheshwar temple (Kwacho Dega) an important heritage of Kirtipur. This pagoda-style three-storied temple is situated at the highest point at 1,414 m. with fascinating views of Kathmandu valley and snow capped range towards north.
Shri Kirti Bihar: a Theravada Buddhist monastery built in traditional Thai architectural style situated near the entrance of the city.
After a great time a short drive to Bungmati and Kokana villages situated on the last rim of the valley, observe the village life as it was for hundreds of years back,
An old Newari village with minor population of Tamang, visit of local old houses and ancient temples, place is famous for garments handicraft and mustard oils.
With a wonderful and interesting time return back to hotel afternoon free at leisure.
This temple listed in the World Heritage Site, a fifth century old located over a hillock 15 km. east of Bhaktapur the temple adorned with full of artistic works on metal and wood. Inscription dating back to 464 AD found here are the first epigraphic evidences of Nepalese history, after beautiful temple visit, then heading back with a drive to Kathmandu with a tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square with full of arts and culture. There are many monuments of historical significant places to see over here are five storey Temple Nyatapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate and many more. After a grand interesting time here drive back to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Day 04: Tour of Changu – Narayan & Nagarkot hill top 03 /04 hrs.
Morning depart hotel for a scenic and interesting drive towards east North East of Kathmandu on the Nepal / Tibet, China Friendship highway, drive leaves past the outer rim of Bhaktapur with uphill reaching at a small medieval Newari village at Changu-Narayan, visit Nepal oldest temple, listed in World Heritage Site, a 05th century old adorned with full artistic work on metals and wood. Inscription dates back 464 AD the first ever epigraphic evidences of Nepalese history, from here carry on drive high above to Nagarkot, located 30 km east of Kathmandu, a favorite weekend gateway for Himalayan mountain views and serenity. From Nagarkot, witness the striking mountain panorama extending from Dhaulagiri in the west towards east of Mt. Everest. Nagarkot at 2,175 meters high visiting the top hill and climb to a observatory tower with beautiful forest surrounding offering a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya with five world’s highest mountains with Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.) and other lesser peak. Nagarkot famous for sunrise and sunset views over chain of Himalayan snow peaks.
Day 05: Return back to Kathmandu – 02 hrs.
After a wonderful exciting tour of Kathmandu city historical, cultural places with scenic Mountain View point’s return back to Kathmandu after completing the tour with Everest Vacation.