Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, which lies in the central part of Nepal at an altitude of (1345m). The city is famous for historical heritages, vivacious cultures, pagoda temples, and religious sites and bustling streets.


Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu
  • Sharing the culture with typical Newar family
  • Guided village tour in Pharping
  • Guided tour in Historical City Patan
  • Guided tour in Historical City Bhaktapur
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6 Days

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20Km

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Kathmandu

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Kathmandu

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4Hrs

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1 PAX

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2175 (Nagarkot)

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Easy

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Overview

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, which lies in the central part of Nepal at an altitude of (1345m). The city is famous for historical heritages, vivacious cultures, pagoda temples, and religious sites and bustling streets. The valley Kathmandu is also called Kantipur Nagari (Kingdom of Kantipur); it covers three districts, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. All these are the main historical sites in the city, and former royal palaces, Kathmandu Durbar Square which is located in Basantapur. It is the Royal Palace, invaded by King Prithvi Narayan Shah from the Malla Kings. Bhaktapur Durbar is the oldest durbar of Kantipur valley, it was built centuries ago. The 55 windows durbar square, tallest pagoda temples, pottery arts, water ponds are the highlights of Durbar square.

Lalitpur is another former kingdom and there is also an attractive royal palace, museum, and a noticeable stone temple of Krishna temple.

In Kathmandu Valley Highlights, we visit other religious places and villages as well, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Buddha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple, Pharping village, Dakshinkali Temple, Bungmati Khokana etc.

Besides the city tour, Kathmandu valley highlights include some interesting hiking. Shivapuri hiking is a fabulous hike inside the National Park, where you can see some wildlife and birds. Nagarkot (2195m) is another hill where you stay overnight and watch the sunrise, stunning view of Langtang Himalayan Range and Ganesh Himal.

Handcrafts and souvenirs from Nepal is universally known and it’ll be a pleasure to purchase some of these for your loved ones back home!

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you the airport and transport you to hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel


After your breakfast we meet at the hotel lobby for a quick pre-trip briefing. You will be introduced to your guide and we provide some general information about the tour. Please bring a copy of your travel insurance document and three passport-size photos.

Sightseeing will start after the meeting and breakfast. The trip includes a tour guide and private tourist vehicle. We will be visiting three World Heritage Sites today:

Swoyambhunath Stupa: Also called the Monkey Temple, Swayambhu is a World Heritage Site, one of the holiest places of Buddhism and also Hinduism. It is perched atop a hillock by the edge of Kathmandu city. The massive stupa is also a famous tourist site for the amazing view of the valley it sports and also the monkeys that flock to the premises, from where it derives its nickname Monkey Temple.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Another World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square was built in the 12th/13th century, where Malla King Dynasty ruled over the city. King Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha district annexed the city almost 300 years ago. The Durbar has many different exotic architectural design, wood carving in windows and doors. The courtyard, temples, Kumari (a Living Goddess) is the main attraction of Durbar Square. Inside the square, there is a museum that belongs to Kings and reflects of his regime period.

Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, which is the opulently decorated pagoda. It is a temple of Lord Shiva and his Linga (Phallic Symbol of Lord). Legend has it that the temple was constructed in 400AD. You will be able to witness cremation of the deceased and holy baths that devotees take in the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath is next to a small protected forest, so you will likely encounter monkeys, deer, and other animals.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel


Today we tour around the valley covering historical, natural and religious places.

Pharping: Pharping lies south of Kathmandu and is also known as Shikharpuri Mahanagari. The state is accepted as an independent Newari state; there you can see a typical Newari culture.

Dakshinkali Temple: Dakshinkali is 22kms from Kathmandu city via Pharping. It is a temple of Kali, a form Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva). The main goddess of the temple is a Six-armed form of Kali carved on a black stone. Especially on Saturdays and Tuesdays, animal sacrifices are performed here.

Patan Durbar Square: Decorated with artistic courtyard beautiful pagoda temples, Patan Durbar Square is another World Heritage Site that has a noticeable temple built to dedicated to Lord Krishna, made of stone in the 17th century. There is a museum containing bronze statues and religious objects. The trip of Patan also covers the Tibetan Refugee Camp and handicraft center.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel


Bouddhanath Stupa: The giant dome monument of Buddha is located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu city. It is a sacred pilgrim destination of Buddhists and draws folks in thousands every day for prayers. The Stupa is 36 meters high and presents a captivating specimen of Stupa design.

Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site) Chagunarayan Temple is located in the countryside of Bhaktapur. King Hari Dutta Verma built the temple in 323 AD and the structure is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. The main god of the temple is Lord Vishnu and its architecture is pagoda-style.

Nagarkot: Nagarkot is one of the closest hill stations you can reach from Kathmandu. From here you can see excellent views of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Range on the eastern part. Nagarkot is also the best for sunrise view.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel


We wake up early today to witness the sunrise over panoramic views of the Himalayas on the horizon. After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a palace premises with a collection of Shikhara- and Pagoda-style temples and the 55-windows palace made of brick and wood. The main attraction of Bhaktapur is the Lions Gate, Golden Gate, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and art galleries among others. After completing the tour, we drive to Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


The trip concludes today. Your guide will drop you off at the international airport for your departure back home.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


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Price Details

Includes

  • From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Apex Asia Holiday provides English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment, and medicine for field staff.
  • Trekking/tour permits, entrance fees.
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Excludes

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • All drinks including bottled/boiled water along the trekking route
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking/tour gear
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Important Trip Info

In Nepal, there are two kinds of transport, public and private. We mostly recommend you to use the private than the public because the roads two ways that make traffic, and the private vehicle can avoid the traffic by choosing the proper time for less traffic.

Most of the activities in Nepal is in the high Himalaya. Where you can to think about the very quality of accommodation. The mountain lodge/ tea houses are least facilitate with neat and clean. However, in the cities, there are multiple options to chose the hotel from general guesthouse to a five-star hotel.

In Nepal, you will get the extensive food menu. From the international food menu to local foods. Dal Bhat is the main course of Nepal. Your guide will help you to choose the suitable food, on the trek and tour.

Trekking is the popular trekking ventures in Nepal, which is always in the High Himalaya and where we have the chance to get altitude sickness. So, it is highly recommended to learn more about the High Altitude Sickness before you start the trek. Hurry can be deadly in Nepal Himalaya. Walk slow, and give enough time to your body to fit in the high altitude. Drinking more water and stepping slowly with rest is the best protection against altitude sickness.

It is necessary to have travel insurance before you embark on any trip. The insurance policy should include the cost of medical expenses, any damage or loss of your luggage, and cancellation.

Nepal is one of the safe and more peaceful countries around the world. Even though you must have your Travel Insurance and the should cover the area which is on your itinerary.

Traveling is the way of getting in touch with the local peoples. It is important to recognize what is acceptable in the society, such as dresses, behaviors, and language. There might be different than your own country. Most of the people can communicate in English in the cities and also some touristy towns but if you have learned a few words Nepali, like greetings “Namaste” that make a huge difference.

Apex Asia Holidays always concern about the health and safety of the clients. Our guide carries a first aid kit with the directed medicine by the doctors. We also recommend you to discuss with your doctor about your visit at least a month ago. In case of severe or emergency, we transfer you to the nearest hospital. Safety is the first important for us as a responsible tour agency, so we do not take unnecessary risk.

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