World heritage sites tour in Nepal is another very famous activities in Kathmandu. Kathmandu valley with area of 257 sq miles is the cultural center of Nepal. In the backstreets of bustling city, Newars (Local inhabitants) still solemnize their age old mystic festivals in the premises of medieval palaces and temples. Kathmandu city has over groups of 7 making World Heritage site listed by UNESCO. The lush hills in the outskirt provide ground for Himalayan sightseeing and short and scenic cultural trek.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within BB plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.Day 2 World Heritage Tour – Listed by UNESCO, 6 hrs
At morning, our professional tour guide will pick up you at hotel and escort to the city. He will guide you through the Heritage Sites OF Kathmandu valley listed by UNESCO. An easy, relaxing day in a comfortable ride with a local guide will uncover totally different perspective of Kathmandu.
Today’s sightseeing covers for visiting – Pasupatinath Temple (Hindu’s most holy Temple), Boudhanath Stupa (Largest stupa of Nepal & Swayambhunath Stupa (recognize as a Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Glory).
After breakfast, we will drive to Bhaktapur (recognize as a city of devotees), which is 17 km far (One hour drive by private car) from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur (city of devotees) still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to numerous wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rules continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional topi (cap). The city located about 14 km east of Kathmandu. The places of interest include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Palace of 55 Windows Being built by King Yaksha Mall in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in 17th Century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.
Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu valley.
We will have lunch in Bhaktapur and then drive to Nagarkot (18 km). Nagarkot is a hill station overlooking Himalayan peaks at a distance and lush valleys on the either side. Overnight in Nagarkot hill station. Enjoy countryside and Himalayan View.
Sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot is what drives thousands of tourist to Nagarkot. Even though beautiful snow capped peaks could be seen from bed itself, many tourists prefer to walk or drive to the tower. A hot breakfast will be waiting for you back in Hotel. For the day, you can hike to Changunarayan Temple. Changu – Narayan or Vishnu, is the preserver of creation to Hindus. His temple near Changu village is often described as the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley. A fifth century stone inscription, the oldest to be discovered in Nepal, is located in the temple compound and it tells of the victorious King Mandev. The temple now covers sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history. The temple, built around the third century, is decorated by some of the best samples of stone, wood, and metal craft in the Valley. In the words of one tourist guide, “When you look upon Changu Narayan, you observe the complete cultural development of the Valley.” On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan Temple, are the ten incarnations in which Narayan destroyed evil-doers. A sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu, while another statue recalls his dwarf incarnation when he crushed the evil king Bali. Vishnu as Narsingha disemboweling a demon is particularly stunning. The western bronze doors sparkle in the evening sunlight, dragons decorate the bells, and handsome devas stare from the walls. Garuda, half man and half bird, is the steed of Vishnu, and his life-sized statue kneels before the temple. The favorite of many tourists is the statue of Vishnu sitting astride his steed.
Than, drive to Patan (Lalitpur the city of Fine Arts). Patan Durbar Square is counterpart of Kathmandu valley, is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda style temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing a collection of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built everything from stone. We visit also Patan Industrial Area along our walk.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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