Kathmandu

Three of the most beautiful, ancient sightseeing sites in Nepal are located in Kathmandu Valley: Durbar Square, Patan and Bhaktapur.

On the tour we visit many historical pilgrim places important for Hindu and Buddhist – 6 of them with the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour leads us to ancient Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath also known as Monkey Temple and the Pasupatinath Temple, which is the oldest Hindu tempel in the world. The places attract not only tourists from all over the world but also many pilgrims and deadlocked sadhus (the holy men).

Visit to Bhaktapur, which is located 20 km east of Kathmandu will take half a day. The city lies along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet and is surrounded by mountains. On clear days we can enjoy a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Bhaktapur is full of beautiful ancient sites and religious places. We also spend some time walking through little streets with colourful shops and enjoy the busy life of the amazing city.

Day 1: Kathmandu

After breakfast we begin our sightseeing tour through Kathmandu visiting the famous Durbar Square – the old seat of the Nepalese Royalty. This area has a status of UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of a variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. The square is the social, religious and urban hot spot of the city. Swayambhunath also known as Monkey Temple is the next point on our tour. The 3000 years old Buddhist stupa is located 3 km west of Kathmandu on a holly hill 75 m above the valley. The name Monkey Temple comes from holy monkeys living in the north-west part of the temple. Patan also known as Lalitpur is the oldest town of the Kathmandu Valley. The local people call it Lalit Pura, ‘the beautiful city’. Patan is about 5km south of Kathmandu and is the second largest city in the valley. Patan is famous for its ancient Buddhist shrines, stupas and temples. It is also a good place to buy handicraft products and other souvenirs. After lunch we visit Pasupatinath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is built in form of a two tired gilded pagodas with huge silver doors. Only Hindus are permitted to enter the main temple which is one of the sacred temples. We can see this temple from the eastern side of the river. Bauddhanath Stupa is our last point on today’s trip. The stupa is located 6 km from the tourist area of Thamel. This octagonal based building with many prayer wheels is the largest of its kind in the world. It has four pairs of eyes in the four directions which keep watch for correct behaviour.

Day 2: Bhaktapur

After breakfast in our hotel we take a short ride to Bhaktapur, which is located 20 km east from Kathmandu. It takes half a day to visit the most interesting places, temples and shrines. We also spend some time walking through colourful streets and visiting the souvenir shops. After lunch we go back to Kathmandu.

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