Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 1300m from the sea level and in fact the valley surrounded by the beautiful rolling green hills and the shining snow peaks to the north. On a clear weather, you can see the crystal clear snow peaks of the Himalayas and mountains. You should not miss the main cities of Kathmandu & Patan once the petty kingdoms in the history, now merging into a common urban sprawl. In a little further to the east valley’s the third major city, Bhaktapur.
The political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven cultural heritage sites are in Kathmandu Valley.
The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slash a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the ancient waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Dynasties came and went. Trade and the arts flourish. It’s deeply religious Newar inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders. In the late 18th century, following the founding of modern Nepal within more or less the present margins, Kathmandu was made the capital. Kathmandu, the largest city in Nepal is situated at an altitude of 1,350m. above from the sea level
Durbar Square. This complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.
Day 1 : Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. O/N at the hotel
Day 2 : Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu. O/N at the hotel
Day 3 : Day 3
Free day in Kathmandu. O/N at the hotel
Day 4 : Day 4
Transfer to airport to connect onward flight
This is the first time for our group to visit the Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir region and we have enjoy it very much. It is very fortunate for us, being our first trip to select your company to arrange for us the tour, and we are very please with your service and support, and your co-ordination with the Bhutan operator. For the Indian operator, except for some minor situations, overall it is satisfactory.
I believe there will be more trips to come and will recommend to you potential future travellers there.