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Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

1. Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

In the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.”  First stop is Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life. The square is full of temples and old buildings in the Newari architectural style, such as the Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple.  Afterwards, you’ll visit Swoyambhunath Stupa. Said to be one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in the world, it is set high on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.  Next stop is Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River.  Finally visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist shrine said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes, each facing the four cardinal directions.  At the end of the day you’ll be dropped back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

2. Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Following your arrival to Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel to check in. Following that, begin some city sightseeing which includes the Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal. Moving on, discover the Boudha Nath Temple, which is the world’s largest stupa. Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Your morning city sightseeing tour visits highlights of the city, including Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev, and the Parvati Temple. Later, explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, before moving on to Patan City and Bhaktapur City. Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Following breakfast, check out from your hotel before driving to Pokhara. Enjoy the beautiful 5 to 6-hour drive to Pokhara, where once having arrived you check in to your hotel. Following check-in, enjoy a boating tour of Phewa Lake - the second-largest lake in Nepal. That evening, make the most of free time for personal activities/shopping at the lake-side market, before spending the night in Pokhara. Day 4: Pokhara Sightseeing Before breakfast, drive to Sarangkot for a hike. This area is a popular hilltop which offers superb panoramic view of Annapurn, Machhapuchhre, and the Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Hike to places within the rim of the Pokhara Valley, and walk to the surroundings which offer captivating glimpses of rural life. After traveling back to your hotel, enjoy breakfast before exploring the Bindyabasini Temple, International Mountain Museum, the Seti River, Devi’s Fall, and the Gupteshowre Mahadev Cave. Day 5: return to Kathmandu Following breakfast, begin your 5-hour trip to travel back to Kathmandu or opt instead to take a morning flight. At the conclusion of your day, receive a welcome-back dinner accompanied by a Nepali cultural program. Day 6: Depart from Kathmandu Following collection from your accommodation, your guide drops you off to the airport where your tour concludes.

Kathmandu: Visit Historic King's Palaces (Architecture Tour)

3. Kathmandu: Visit Historic King's Palaces (Architecture Tour)

The valley is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, each housing magnificent palaces, temples, and courtyards. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the heart of the city, showcases the ancient royal palace complex with its intricately carved wooden architecture and awe-inspiring temples like Hanuman Dhoka and Kumari Ghar. Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur is known for its palaces, art, and the stunning Krishna Mandir. Bhaktapur Durbar Square offers a glimpse into the architectural grandeur of the Malla dynasty, with highlights like the 55-Window Palace and the Nyatapola Temple. Exploring these palaces allows visitors to immerse themselves in the architectural marvels, intricate carvings, and vibrant history of Nepal, while also providing a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of the Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu Valley Tour: Day Tour Around World Heritage Sites

4. Kathmandu Valley Tour: Day Tour Around World Heritage Sites

A one-day Kathmandu Valley tour provides an opportunity to explore the cultural and historical sites of Nepal's capital city. Here's a suggested itinerary for a one-day tour. Start the day at Kathmandu Durbar Square: Explore the ancient palace complex, which is a Unesco world heritage site. Visit the intricately designed temples like Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, and Kumari Ghar (the House of the Living Goddess). Admire the beautiful architecture and woodwork of the old royal palace. Visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Drive to Swayambhunath, a Buddhist stupa situated on a hilltop. Enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu city and its surrounding landscapes. Observe the religious rituals and spin the prayer wheels while walking around the stupa. Watch the playful monkeys that inhabit the area, giving the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple. Explore Boudhanath Stupa: Head to Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Walk around the stupa and observe the devout Buddhists performing their rituals. Visit monasteries around the stupa and learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Enjoy a meal at one of the rooftop restaurants with a view of the stupa. Discover Pashupatinath Temple: Drive to Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. Explore the temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva and observe the religious ceremonies and rituals. Visit the cremation ghats along the Bagmati River and gain insights into Hindu funeral rites. Experience the spiritual ambiance and cultural significance of this revered site. Optional: Patan Durbar Square: If time permits, you can visit Patan Durbar Square in the neighboring city of Lalitpur. Explore the ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards, reflecting Newari architecture. Visit the Patan Museum to learn about the history and art of the Kathmandu Valley. Remember to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting religious sites, and it's advisable to hire a knowledgeable local guide who can provide insights into the history, culture, and significance of each place. Please note that this is a suggested itinerary, and you can customize it based on your interests and time constraints.

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