Kathmandu Valley Tour 10 Days - Private Tour

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Max Elevation
1400 meters
Major Attractions
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple,
Best Season
All year round
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Kathmandu Valley is a region in Nepal, encompassing the capital city of Kathmandu along with the surrounding cities of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. It is located in the central part of the country and is known for its rich cultural heritage, historical significance, and stunning natural beauty. Here’s an overview:

  1. Geography: Kathmandu Valley is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) above sea level. It is surrounded by lush green hills and is traversed by the Bagmati River.
  2. Cultural Heritage: The valley is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), and Bhaktapur, which feature ancient palaces, temples, and monuments showcasing intricate Nepali architecture and artistry. The valley also houses numerous Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, such as the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa (also known as the Monkey Temple).
  3. History: Kathmandu Valley has a long and storied history, dating back thousands of years. It was once a thriving center of trade and culture along the ancient trade routes between Tibet and India. The valley was ruled by various dynasties and kingdoms, including the Licchavi, Malla, and Shah dynasties, each leaving their mark on the region’s architecture, art, and culture.
  4. Urban Center: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the largest urban center in the valley and serves as the political, cultural, and economic hub of the country. It is a bustling metropolis with a mix of modern amenities and traditional charm, characterized by narrow streets, vibrant markets, and bustling squares.
  5. Natural Beauty: Despite rapid urbanization, Kathmandu Valley retains much of its natural beauty, with verdant hills, terraced farmland, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas on clear days.
  6. Challenges: Like many rapidly growing urban areas, Kathmandu Valley faces challenges such as traffic congestion, pollution, and inadequate infrastructure. Additionally, the region is prone to seismic activity, being situated in a seismically active zone, as evidenced by the devastating earthquakes that have struck the valley in the past.

Overall, Kathmandu Valley is a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural splendor, drawing visitors from around the world to experience its unique charm and explore its treasures.

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Detail Itinerary

Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, including the Durbar Square, the Temple of Living Goddess. You will also visit Kasthamandap, a temple built from a single tree and from which the city Kathmandu derives its name.
Continue for a visit to Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist shrine, said to be 2000 years old. The stupa is situated on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the city. Looking east from here one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below.
This afternoon we visit the Bhudanilkantha, about 8 kms north of Kathmandu. It is remarkable, colossal statue of Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of the snake king. This 5th century statue is in the middle of a small pond and appears to float on the water. It is a famous place of pilgrimage, though the reigning King of Nepal may not visit this spot.

Travel to Patan City, an artistic and architectural jewel founded in 250 AD, and previously known as Lalitpur. Sometimes it is known as the “Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs.” Here we shall visit the Durbar Square, Royal Baths, Mahaboudha, Krishna Mandir and Hirayana Mahabihar Temple (The Golden Temple). We also visit a Tibetan Handicraft Centre.

Travel to the typical Newar village of Bungmati. Founded in the 7th century, Bungmati is home to one of the most important Gods of the Kathmandu Valley known as Matsyendranath, the God of Rain and compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists, and accredited by local people with the introduction of rice plantations in the valley.
The rich heritage and relatively unchanging lifestyle of the Newar people is clear to see both in Bungamati and in the nearby village of Khokana, which we also visit. On the southern edge of the Kathmandu valley, the mighty Lichchhavi rulers of Nepal established Khokana in the 7th century, and remains relatively isolated from modern Nepali life.

A full day at leisure in Kathmandu allows time to relax shop or visit other sites of interest such as the National Art Gallery, Balaju Water Gardens and Godawari Botanical gardens.

This morning we visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon. It is situated about 17 kms. East of Kathmandu and was one of the three kingdoms of the Mallas. Here we shall visit the Lion Gate, Picture Gallery, beautiful embellished Golden Gate and 17th century Palace of Fifty fife Windows. The city’s ancient temples and palaces are magnificent examples of Newari craftsmanship with their beautiful carved wooden windows and latticework, and Bhaktapur’s people are still renowned for their pottery and hand woven fabrics, including the traditional local red and black saris.

From Bhaktapur we continue to Thimi, which lays on a plateau 12 kms. East of Kathmandu. The village’s mainly Newar inhabitants are skilled craftsmanship, especially known for making exquisite paper masks and pottery.

In the afternoon we visit the Pashupatinath Temple, famous for its superb architecture, two – tiered golden roof and sliver doors. Built in 1696 and dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the most sacred of Nepal’s Hindu temples and a famous pilgrimage site. Before returning to the city, we also pay a visit to Boudhanath, the world’s largest stupa, and a site of great veneration for Buddhists.

Today we travel eastwards to Changu Narayan. Situated at the end of a long ridge that runs well into the valley, it is said to have be the oldest temple in the valley, built in 323 AD by king Hari Dutta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu Valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Continue to Nagarkot, a popular resorts at an altitude of 2,175m above sea – level, with magnificent views of the major peaks of the eastern Nepal Himalayas, including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest).

Today’s explorations are to the west of Kathmandu, visiting the temple of Dakshinkali dedicated to Goddess Kali “The Terrifying” and where pilgrims congregate regularly. The temple is surrounded by lush green forest of trees and the area is a popular picnic spot for local people. We also visit Pharping with its shrine of Shekh Narayan that is richly endowed with history and art. This picturesque shrine stands on a small hill, and the pools below the shrine abound with fish.
Our tour continues to the Chovar Gorge, said to have been created when the Chinese god Manjushree struck his sword upon the hills to drain the vast lake that legend says filled the Kathmandu Valley. On the top of the hill stands a picturesque pagoda dedicated to Adinath. From here there are yet more fantastic views of the snow -capped mountains peaks. On our way back to the city we visit Kirtipur, a delightful medieval village, sited on a low hill. The village people still wear traditional costumes, and we shall see them working on their ancient looms.

Today’s visit is to the village of Dhulikhel, an ancient and scenic small town on the Arniko Rajmarg (Kathmandu – Kodari highway). From here one can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges of the Himalayas from east to west.
Driving through beautiful countryside, we visit Panauti, a thriving village off the Dhulikhel road, with some very interesting old houses and lovely temples, some of which have particularly fine 14th century carving.

What’s included?

  1. Transportation: Ground transportation for sightseeing tours within Kathmandu, including pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation.
  2. English-Speaking Guide: Services of a knowledgeable and experienced English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour, providing insights into the history, culture, and significance of the sites you visit.
  3. Entrance Fees: Admission fees to the various attractions and monuments visited during the tour, such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
  4. Meals: Some tour packages may include meals, such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner, depending on the itinerary. This could be at selected restaurants or as part of the overall package.
  5. Accommodation: If your tour extends beyond a single day, accommodation may be included for the duration of your stay in Kathmandu. This could be in hotels or guesthouses, depending on the package’s level of comfort.

What’s Excluded?

  1. International Flights: The cost of flights to and from your home country to Nepal is typically not included in the tour package.
  2. Travel Insurance: Personal travel insurance, including medical and evacuation coverage, is usually not included. It’s highly recommended to have adequate travel insurance for your trip.
  3. Visa Fees: The cost of obtaining a tourist visa for entry into Nepal is not typically included in the tour package.
  4. Meals: While some meals may be included in the tour package, not all meals may be covered. You may need to budget for meals that are not included, such as dinners or snacks during free time.

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