Kathmandu, The capital city of Nepal was discovered by the Buddhist saint Manjushree , he used his sword to burst the valley wall, drawing the huge lake that filled the valley in prehistoric time. Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse city with surrounded by four major mountains that include: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri and it is a melting pot of cultures and a plentiful mix of the whole Nepal , the earlier and the new, where tradition hustle with modernity. Kathmandu also famous for amazing architecture, exquisite wood carvings and metal craft, as well as for Thangkas, Thangkas are the traditional Buddhist culture paintings that are made in Kathmandu ( Bouddha, Swayambhu, Thamel, are the best place to buy Thangkas), Khukuri (The national weapon of Nepal).Kathmandu city also known as a city of temple because there are more than 2000 temple in and around it. One of the liveliest place for tourist is in and around Thamel area where tourist can enjoy local food and do shopping.
One can treat themselves with great taste of Newari food like Choila, Bara, senla mu , bhuttan in Kathmandu and most popular street food is momo. Some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu are Pashupathinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath, Durbar Square. Pashupathinath temple is one of holiest shrine for Hindus. It is located on the banks of Bagmati river, devotees visit from all over the world for getting blessing from Lord Shiva. Regarding Boudhanath Stupa it is said that people who visit there with purity in their thoughts receives good karma and doors of Heaven are open to them. Best panoramic view of Kathmandu can be observed from Swoyambhunath which is also called as “Monkey temple” due to its location of hill top, It is one of the holiest place for Buddhist. There are numerous shrines in Swoyambhunath which is always filled with devotees. We get to witness ancient architecture of royal regime in Durbar Square area, from where once Kathmandu was ruled now is converted into museum so that its history is preserved and people get to view ancient works.
Standard itinerary for 5 days of Kathmandu valley
Day1: Welcome to Kathmandu
You can take a short flight to Kathmandu where you are greeted warmly at the airport we will pick you from airport to our hotel by our private vehicle. After reaching hotel we’ll serve you lunch and start the day by visiting Durbar Marg and Narayanhiti museum where you can view Royal place and view old architectures. In the evening we will take you to Thamel whose Streets are always full of people and one of the most active areas where you gets to experience great food and shopping.
Day2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Have breakfast and get ready for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. Visit: Pashupati Nath Temple, Bouddha Nath Stupa and Swayambhunath. Our guide will pick you from hotel and we will start sightseeing from Pashupatinath.
Day3: : Thamel to Kathmandu Durbar Square to Bhaktapur Durbar Squar to Patan Durbar Square:
After breakfast we will drive to tour destination. Firstly we will go Kathmandu Durbar Square where you can enjoy Monuments, temples and wandering doves throughout bustling town square. After that we will go to Patan, where you can enjoy Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Final destination of the day will be Bhaktapur city- Historical Durbar Square area including many other famous monuments around- Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Kumbheswor Temple and Bhaktapur city’s old place popular Nyatapola Pagoda, temples, unique peacock window and medieval. After enjoying historic sites and clicking memorable snaps guide will take you back to hotel.
Day4: Patan to Changunarayan to Nagarkot
There are several routes for changunarayan from Patan, but we will choose short route via Araniko
Highway and Bhaktapur to see the oldest standing temple in Nepal. After visiting Changunarayan we will go to Nagarkot and stay overnight there.
Nagarkot is best known for its view of Himalayas especially early in the morning when Sunrises. Tourist visit this place to view majestic view of Sunrays hitting Mount Everest. After enjoyable view breakfast is served in Nagarkot and pack our bags way back to Kathmandu.