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Kathmandu, open-air museum of famous sites, ancient temples and shrines, pagodas and inspiring deities - is a city of unlimited historic artistic and cultural importance. Several beautiful villages and towns surrounding the valley offer ideal . .
Country: Nepal
City: Kathmandu
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Kathmandu, open-air museum of famous sites, ancient temples and shrines, pagodas and inspiring deities - is a city of unlimited historic artistic and cultural importance. Several beautiful villages and towns surrounding the valley offer ideal destinations for mini day trips. Art and architecture overlap here - temples and palaces are decorated with intricately carved windows, delicately engraved stone and metal images and artistic roofs.

Placed in the center of  of the worlds greatest mountains, Kathmandu valley hosts an absolute feast of UNESCO world heritage sites; the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhakatpur, the two most important Stupas, Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath and the two Hindu shrines, Pahsupatinath and Changunarayan. Kathmandu valley is a vibrant valley filled with deep spirituality and rich history. Kathmandu valley consists three major cities namely Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal), Patan(also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts) and Bhaktapur( also known as Bhadgaon which is renowned with its well preserved temples and monuments, the peasants and artisans). These places are often described as the Open Air Museum of medical arts and monuments.


Day 1: Arrival at airport. Welcome and transfer to hotel:

Day 2: Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city:

After having breakfast at hotel, our tour guide will pick you from your hotel for your full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu vally. In this full day sightseeing tour you can see the Oldest durbar square, Holiest temple & Monkey temple.


It is one of the major attractions in the valley. The word Durbar Square translates in English as palace complex and this durbar square is listed as a World Heritage Site. Clustered around Durbar Square is the old palace, which has been converted into a well-equipped museum. Numerous other beautiful temples, shrines, Kumari Bahal or the House of the living Goddess, Kastamandap (a house build from the wood of a single tree) and other small temples are scattered everywhere in the square. The main palace building is 9 stories high and anyone can climb up to the top and experience panoramic views of the city.


Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of river Bagmati as entrance into the temple is strictly prohibited to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of the Shivaratri festival which happens around February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.


It is one of the oldest Stupas in the Kathmandu valley. Sitting on top of the hill to the west of the valley, its unique architecture is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of Nepal. From here one enjoys sweeping and expansive views of Kathmandu City. Legend has it that once upon a time the valley was a lake known as the serpent’s lake. Saint Manjushree cut the southern part of the valley and drained the water out, making Swayambhunath the first exit and an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists

Day 3: Full day guided sightseeing tour in two oldest city in Kathmandu valley: 

Today after breakfast you have full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. In this tour you can see two biggest & oldest city of Kathmandu valleys with more than 100 temples.


Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony. The main items of interest in the Durbar Square are:

The Golden Gate:

The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy, In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom: It is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty five Windows.

The Palace of Fifty five Windows:

This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshya Malla in A.D. 1427 and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with Fifty five Windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.


It is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna and built entirely of stone.

Day 4: Morning mountain flight. Rest day free for shopping:

Today early morning we will drive our domestic airport for Mountain flight. This one hours Mountain flight is operated by Buddha airlines to view the mighty Himalayan peaks including Mt.Everest. This is the closest one can go to the peaks without having to trek. Please note that the flights do not land anywhere and all you will be offered is an aerial view. Duration of the flight will be of around 45 minutes to an hour. The aircraft will be BEECH (USA) – 18 seater and SAAB – 32 seater, but out of 32 seats, they sell only 16 seats so that everyone can get a window. The operation of the flight is strictly subject to weather conditions. The operation of the flight is between 07 am to 10 am only.

Day 5: The day is free until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight:



  • 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu 


  • Airports pick up
  • 2 full days guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Airports pick up & drop for mountain flight
  • Airport Drop


  • 2 Full days guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Mountain flight  
  • Domestic flight Airport tax


  • 2 DINNER (including welcome and farewell dinner) 


  • International flight ticket
  • International airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc. 
  • Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks. 
  • Travel Insurance (Essential). 
  • Tips for field staff and driver.
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