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World Heritage Tour Kathmandu Valley

Himalayan Rock World Heritage Sites tour Kathmandu Valley includes visits to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bodnath (Boudhanath), Swayambunath and Changu Naryan. Besides 7 World Heritage Sites you will also visit the early medieval architectural complex of Panauti, Namobuddha (an important Buddhist pilgrimage place and Budhanilkantha (Sleeping Vishnu Temple).

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu - Swayambunath and Patan Durbar Square
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pashupatinath and Bodnath
Day 04: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure - Bhaktapur
Day 05: Bhaktapur - Namobuddha - Panauti - Dhulikhel
Day 06: Dhulikhel - Changu Naryan - Nagarkot
Day 07: Nagarkot - Buddhanilkantha - Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu
Day 08: Kathmandu, Departure

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu: Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to our hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu - Swayambunath and Patan Durbar Square: Swayambunath - Monkey Temple: 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.

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 - Pashupatinath and Bodnath: Pashupatinath: The temple of Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is located in Deopatan, a little town 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is a Hindu temple, dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley.
The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple compound's inner courtyard can be had from Shleshmantak hill on the opposite (eastern) bank of the Bagmati river. The Bagmati River, which runs next to Pashaputinath Temple, has highly sacred properties. Thus the banks are lined with many ghats (bathing spots) for use by pilgrims. 

Boudhanath - Bodnath:
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 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.

Day 04 Kathmandu - Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure - Bhaktapur: 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.

Day 05 Bhaktapur - Namobuddha - Panauti - Dhulikhel: Namo Budha:  According to the old history of 6000 years, prince Mahasatwo/Ngingdui Tshenpo), founds at the top of the hill, overlooking the jungle, he discovers a tigress lying near to the rock. Very quickly, he realizes that she is going to die. Her 5 babies still sucking and saws, the survivals of babies depend on their mother. Mahasatwo, decides to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. So Prince Mahasatwo cut his body to present his warm blood in the mouth of the mother tiger,  and the taste of blood give the appetite to her. Finally tigress accepts the sacrifice from prince and she lefts only the bones.

The bones of prince were brought back in the village and buried in the tomb which is actual stupa of Namo Buddha.
The name 'Panauti' is a formation of the Sanskrit word 'Purnamati' which symbolically means wholeness, completeness.

The beautiful mountain valley of Panauti is situated at the confluence of Roshamati, Punyamati and Lilavati rivers. Traditional houses, courtyards, temples and monuments create the outstanding atmosphere of this place. Houses are built traditionally and the unique roofs and windows prove the craftsmanship of this city. Small and narrow alleys are paved with stones and bricks. Public rest-houses(satal) are scattered all over the city. Every breath is a prayer and every stone is a god here. This is a city of a thousand gods and goddesses. Cultural richness, the confluence of Roshamati, Punyamati and Lilavati all bring a sense of harmony to this city. In the middle of the city we can find the beautiful Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, which proves the richness of the city's artisans and artifacts. Indreshwar Mahadev is the oldest preserved Hindu temple of Nepal, standing on a single base. The pagoda type temple is the religious center of this area and thousands of devotees pray for salvation and liberation here.

According to one of the chronicles upon which Nepal relies for its early history, Dhulikhel was founded by Ananda Malla, a ruler from the 13th century AD. This king, 'having obtained the favour and directions of Chandeswari, also established six other neighbouring settlements, namely: Banepa, Panauti, Nala, Khadpu (Srikandapur), Chaukot and Sanga. All are said to have been sited close to an existing temple (in Dhulikhel's case this was the Narayan temple).

However the chronicle is clearly mistaken in attributing the foundation of all these settlements to Ananda Malla. His reign (c.1274-1308 AD) is far too late. Banepa and Dhulikhel were already in existence centuries before that, as attested by several Licchavi inscriptions from the 5th-8th centuries. The oldest inscription to mention Dhulikhel - a silapatra dating from sambat 425 (481 AD) - states that the settlement was established by the goddess Bijayeshwari Bhagawati during the Kirata period, in the reign of the Licchavi king Manadeva (B.S. 499-540 / AD 442-483).

Day 06 Dhulikhel - Changu Naryan - Nagarkot: Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley came in existence in 4th century. The temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley. 

Day 07 Nagarkot - Buddhanilkantha - Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu: Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of the Shivapuri hill, at the northern side of the Kathmandu valley. The temple is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayansthan temple. "Budhanilkantha"   literally means "Old Blue Throat".

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu has many incarnations. One of them is the Narayan, the creator of all life and the god who rests on cosmic sea. The 5m-long image of Vishnu as Narayan was created in the 7th century from one huge piece of stone. This image is impressive and the shrine is one of the most important Vishnu shrine in the country. It was sculpted during the Licchavi period, probably somewhere outside the valley, and laboriously dragged here.

Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of old Kathmandu city in Basantapur never fails to impress first time visitors with its intricate wood carvings and rich history. Surrounded by concrete buildings, the complex is an oasis in a fast developing, chaotic modern city. Once the residence of Nepal's Royal family, all coronation ceremonies were held here. The palace is an amalgamation of eastern and western architecture with additions by Rana and Shah rulers over the centuries. An unbelievable 50 temples lie within the vicinity including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors have been converted to museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings. Most parts of the palace premises are open to tourists throughout the week.

Day 08 Kathmandu, Departure

Cost Include

  • Airport - hotel transfers
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 4 Star hotels in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot
  • 3 Star hotel in Bhaktapur
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing tour
  • English speaking guide during sightseeing
  • Transfers by private car
  • Traditional Nepali dinner with Nepali music and Nepali dance 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal visa
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurances, tips and other personal expenses
  • Flight fare to and from Nepal.