Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot: Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to our hotel in Nagarkot.
Nagarkot (2.200m), located at a hilltop around 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is a very scenic spot. Nagarkot offers spectacular sunset and sunrise views on the mighty Himalayas when the weather is clear. Nagarkot is famous for being one of the best places to see Mount Everest and lots of other snow covered Himalaya peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Gauri Shankar.
Day 02 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Patan - Kathmandu: Early wake up call to see the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas.
Breakfast and transfer to Bhaktapur, the third city of Nepal with its huge squares, pagodas, temples and medieval palaces. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal which reflects the city's rich culture, art and architectural design. It is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts. The golden gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows, the gate is regarded as the world's most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind.
Patan is also known as the paradise of fine arts. The city lies only 5 km from Kathmandu. It is a city of Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. Lalitpur is the another name of this city which means "The city of beauty".
Like the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur also the Patan Durbar Square is a World Heritage Site. It has many famous sites and unique architectures. Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabhihar are just a few among the temples offering you an extasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings.
One of the most interesting temples in Patan is Mahabouddha Temple. The temple is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. The temple was built by Pandit Abhaya Raj, a Buddhist architect, and an even more interesting thing about the temple is that every single brick has Buddha engraved in it. There are nearly one thousand bricks of Buddha in the temple!
The Golden Temple in Patan is a pagoda which has many images of Lord Buddha as well as large prayer wheels. The pagoda is also known as Kwa Bahal or Suwarna Mahavihar.
Day 03 Kathmandu - sightseeing: Kathmandu sightseeing tour with visits to Buddhist stupas of Swayambunath and Boudhanath as well as Pashupatinath temple, a very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. All places we will visit today are World Heritage sites.
Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal. It is also the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism and sacred importance. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. The Stupa looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like the Swayambhunath, the stupa here is too has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. The main entrance to the upper platform of Bodnath Stupa is on the north side. Here Amoghasiddhi, progenitor of the future Buddha, presides. Below Amoghasiddhi is the Buddha Maitreya, the future Buddha.
Surrounding Bodnath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.
Perched atop a forested hill on the western edge of the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambunath Stupa is Kathmandu's most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha's eyes that stare out from the top of this hemispherical shrine have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal. The pilgrim's route to the Swayambunath Stupa is a steep stone staircase of more than 300 steps, often claimed as 365. Leading up to the Swayambunath gate are walls into which are set dozens of copper prayer wheels, inside of which are thousands of Tibetan Buddhist prayers. Buddhists gain a better standing in their next life by saying as many prayers or mantras as possible, and it is believed that when each prayer wheel is spun, all the prayers inside are recited and sent heavenward. Swayambunath is also known as the Monkey Temple, and as you start up the hill, you will likely begin to see the monkeys that lend the stupa this alternate name.
Day 04 Kathmandu, departure: After breakfast in Kathmandu transport to TIA Airport for your flight to Bangkok. In Kathmandu boarding for your connecting flight home.