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Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour in Nepal

Kathmandu Valley boasts of geographical, natural, and cultural wonders unique to itself. The Valley has also served as an important travel point for the traders and travelers from Tibet, Nepal, and other South Asian Region. The valley blends different culture and lifestyle practiced in the region in its own way. The mountains encircling the valley surround three medieval cities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu Valley is indeed a sole type of valley, wearing an unusual setting. Twenty-five centuries back it stood as a large lake. The Kathmandu valley is surrounded by row of green mountain walls above which tower mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks. This tour might be one of the best trips to have a full picturesque view of the valley. The rich area of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu valley as well as further closest religious and cultural destination. Kathmandu valley is the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal and is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. The valley today incorporates three major settlements; Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, each have their own distinctive character with outstanding temples, works of art and architecture and a varied calendar of feasts and festivals, all three have their roots in being capital cities of the valleys three principality's in times gone by. The three cities contain 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient cities of the valley – Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, Chovar and Dakshinkali represent an epitome of harmony in urban design, elegant architecture and refined culture. We make a tour of some of the most important as well as interesting cultural and natural landscapes of Kathmandu Valley with our well experience tour guide.

Fact of the Tour;
Tour Destination: Kathmandu Valley
Highest Elevation: 1300m
Best Season: Autumn (Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April) 
Group Size: 02 to 20pax
Mode of Tour: Hotel
Tour Start/End: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Grade: Easy
Tour Hour: Whole Day
Transportation by: Private car
Types of tour: Sightseeing Tour
Culture: Majority of Mixed Culture
Himalayan Sights: Langtang Range and other snow-capped mountain peaks
High Lights of the Trek: Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, unobstructed Sunrise & Sunset view, typical lifestyle and culture of mixed peoples, scenic and picturesque ancient cities, ancient Buddhist Monasteries, old palaces and ancient temples.

Itinerary in detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with our airport representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Tour and relax.

Day 02: Today after breakfast, our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following places Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car, evening back to Hotel.

# Bouddhanath Stupa;
Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the center of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the holiest Buddhist sites and one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, lies about 8 km east of the capital. The Bouddhanath stupa, also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. The claims made in various religious and literacy texts regarding the erectionn of the stupa are varied and conflicting. However, the stupa is believed to have been built in the 5th century AD during the reign of the Lichhavi period. As in other Stupa architecture, this Stupa is also has Vairochana at the center followed by Aksobhya, Ratna Sambhava, Amitabha and Amogha Siddhi in east, west, south and north direction respectively. Similarly there are one hundred and eight small niches around the stupa accommodating the icons of Buddhas, Bodhisatavas and other female deities along with conjoint figures in erotic poses. Likewise, at the bottom level, it is surrounded with the praying wheels embossed with the famous mantra Om Mani Padme Hum fixed in more than hundred and forty niches. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO in 1979.  The colossal and ancient stupa of Bouddhanath is 40 meter high. It has a round path at the bottom while another path is made of three-tier plinth. The most impressive part of the stupa is the eyes of the Buddha which are painted with red, white and blue colors. At the ground level there is a brick wall with 147 inches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels. Early morning and evening are the times to visit Bouddha to join the local residents in Khora (walking the pilgrim’s circuit, sometimes with Tibetan pilgrims on their hands and knees). In Buddhanath Stupa, there are many monasteries or Gompa attractions. They are all impressively adorned and colorfully painted. Anyone can visit the monasteries and take visuals. It is advisable to give small donation if you take photographs.

# Pashupatinath Temple;
Pashupatinath Temple situated 5km east of Kathmandu city center is the most famous Hindu Temple in Nepal. Pashupati literally means “Lord of Animals” and is considered to be the patron deity of Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple, In October 1979 Pashupati area was declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. It is a pagoda style two tiered golden roof with exquisitely carved four silver doors containing in its sanctum a phallic idol with four faces facing each direction and the other fifth one is looking up towards the zenith. A temple dedicated to Shiva was constructed at the present site by Lichhavi King Supushpa Verma according to an ancient chronicles. However the present temple is claimed to have been built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697 AD. This most sacred abode of Shiva, who is the God of the gods- Mahadev-, merits a visit by all Hindus, at least once in a lifetime, to be truly blessed and cleansed. It is believed that pilgrimage to the four dhams like Dwarika, Kedar, Rameshwor and Jaganath of India becomes meaningful only after a final darshan of Pashupatinath and by taking a holy dip in the Bagmati River and conducting a proper puja. There are temples of other Hindu deities in Pashupati premises like Bhairavnath, Vasukinag, Parbati Temple, Ram Mandir, Vishworup, Gorakhnath, Kirateshwor temple and dozens of temples dedicated to different gods and goddess. Legend has it that a cow would frequently escape from its herd and offer milk on a Jyotirlinga which denotes the point where the temple stands today. It is said that certain cowherd much to his surprise found the self generated Jyotirlinga when he dug the spot where the cow would give milk. The spot immediately became the center of worship that has been continued till today. A considerable part of the temple vicinity is converted to rest and prayer areas. Behind the temple on the banks of Bagmati is a crematorium for Hindus. At the other end of Pashupatinath Temple area is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva’s consort Parbati also known as Satidevi. There is also a deer park at the back of the temple across the Bagmati. One may also observe Sadhus smeared with ashes and dressed in lion clothes and the Hindu Brahmins offering Tika and blessing to the visitors. Pashupatinath attracts thousands of pilgrims on spring festival Maha Shivaratri (Feb-March), the day dedicated to Shiva, Hari Talika / Teej (Aug-Sept), Janai Purnima (July-Aug) and all Mondays of the month of Shrawan (July-Aug).

# Swayambhunath Stupa;
Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century A.D. i.e. before the coming of Buddhism in the valley. Swayambhunath Stupa also called ‘the monkey temple’ by the foreigners is the most famous Buddhist temple in Nepal. It is situated just across the Bishnumati River on the top of a small hillock within walking distance of Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are 360 steps leading all the way to the top commanding a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley and the breath taking panorama of the snow clad Himalayan range. The tradition in the stupa follows the Vajrayana form of Buddhist which is a tantric variation of the Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa seems to have been constructed during the Lichhavi Period. Religious and literally sources give numerous accounts of the establishment and the patronage of the Swayambhunath premises. It is also interesting to note that the stupa went a series of renovation during the Malla period in the medieval times with the donation made by merchants, monks, pilgrims and Buddhist followers. As the ancient legend goes Kathmandu valley was a lake long time ago. Right in the center of this lake was a full blown lotus with the divine light atop. When Maha Manjhushri a saint from China heard about this he came all the way from China to the valley. He cut through the southern hill of the valley with his divine sword. The cleft made by the sword immediately drained the entire lake water making the valley floor ready for habitation. Hundreds of votive shrines and other historical monuments built in an around this stupa speak a lot the significance and antiquity of this famed stupa. The stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base. The hemispherical part of the chaitya is made of brick and stone and on top of the hemispherical part lies the hermika which carries the eyes of Vairochana watching in all the direction and believed to have been painted in the Malla period. The stupa is also laden with the 13 gold plated spires which symbolize the 13 gates of salvation. The spire is crowded by a golden umbrella supported by a pole from within the center. Devotees pour lime down the chaitya to cure illness of family members. The ten niches around the stupa represent the different forms of Buddha and their consorts. Clockwise representation are Aksobhya, Vairochana, Vajradhatvesari, Mamaki Tara, Ratnasambhava, Pandara, Amithaba,Tara, Amoga Siddhi and Saptalochini. The Vairachona is represents by the eyes painted in the hermika. Amithabha is the main deity of the Chaitya. The five elements of life represented in the premise of the stupa are Vasupura (Earth), Nagapura (serpents, the lord of water), Shantipura or Akashpura (space or sky), Vayapura (air), and Agnipura (fire).

Day 03: Today after breakfast, our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following places Changunarayan Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car, evening back to Hotel.

# Changunarayan Temple
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. Located on a magnificent hill top commanding a fantastic view of Kathmandu valley, Changu Narayan- the temple of Lord Vishnu- lies 6km north of Bhaktapur. The temple is full of magnificent art work in metal and wood. In fact, it is one of the finest examples of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Lichhavi King Manadev dating back to 464 AD. History shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century AD. The present structure was probably constructed in the 17th century, though older elements have been incorporated during the restorations. The pagoda style temple has several master pieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. The myth behind the conception of the Changu Narayan Temple portrays the religious significance and importance of the place. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu beheaded a Brahmin thinking it to be a demon and only discovered it later that he had committed a heinous crime. He then wandered on earth on his mount, the ‘Garuda’ eventually descending on the hill at Changu. There he lived in anonymity surviving on milk stolen from a cow belonging to a hermit sage called Sudharsan. When Sudharsan noticed about the stolen milk, he attacked and beheaded Lord Vishnu which freed Lord Vishnu from his sins. Ever since that day, the site has been held sacred and the temple has been revered.

# Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is the one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as Bhadgaun, meaning the city of devotees and is the home of true medieval art and architecture in the Valley. Lying 14 km east of Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Not only because of its famous carved peacock windows but also due to its museum, Bhaktapur is the centre of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Compared to other royal cities in Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is the most original and is without a doubt the most historically authentic. We will visit the Durbar Square (palace square) with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of Fifty-five Windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. We will also visit the Taleju Temple which is the best example of Pagoda style structure in Nepal. It stands majestically on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures. As you go up from one terrace to the next, the figures gain strength of ten times that of the lower terrace: we see two strong men; two elephants; two lions; two griffins; and two goddesses.

# Patan Durbar Square
The cities in the Kathmandu Valley are made up of 3 ancient cities and Patan is located across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the centre of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world. We will visit the Patan Durbar Square and see the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mabavihar and the Mahadouddha Temple.
Day 04: Today after breakfast, our Tour Guide will come to pick you up at the Hotel and introduces as following place Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley as per given below description by private car and free day for shopping in Thamel, evening back to Hotel.

# Kathmandu Durbar Square
Situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point. AKASH BHAIRAV: Believed to have been built in the 12th century, the temple enshrines Akash Bhairav, a ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva. The three-storey temple with tiled roofs, a hanging balcony, gilded and latticed windows and an artistic doorway lies in the main market avenue called Indra Chowk.

Day 05: Final Departure to International Airport.


Our Package Inclusive
# Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
# 4 Nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
# Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
# 1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking Tour guide and his food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
# All ground transportation by private vehicle.
# Tourist Service Charge.
# Office Service Charge.
# All government tax.
# First Aid Medical Kit box.

Our Package Exclusive
# Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
# International Airfare to and from Nepal.
# Travel Insurance.
# Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
# Items and expenses of personal nature.
# All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
# Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu).
# Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
# Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
# Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
# Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
# Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.

Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.

N. B. This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The package itinerary can be redesigned or changed due to trekker’s fitness and time frame of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget. Please email to us at mystiquenepaltreks@yahoo.com for more details and discussions for suitably programs.

P.S. In case of Emergency Evacuation during the trip, Helicopter Rescue will be arranged by Mystique Nepal Himalayan Trekking & Expedition (P) Ltd within 1-2 hours in first call. The cost of the rescue must be paid by the clients themselves or insurance company.

TREKKING/TOUR CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation unforeseen problems shown one month prior to Trekking/Tour departure date, a cancellation fee of 50% two weeks prior to Trekking/Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
 
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