Kathmandu is Capital of Nepal. Kathmandu valley is made of smaller city like Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Kritipur. This ever growing valley is heart of the country and have amazing features that mesmerize the world. It consists human settlements that date back to century ago. With development of culture, there is numerous relics and tradition. The main residence of the cities are Newar who have distinctive features. Every city in this valley have separate set of uniqueness. These cities were built with handcrafted architecture. The valley is full of temple and Buddhist monasteries. It is main hub showcasing the mixture ancient technology and culture. Some of importance touristic places of Kathmandu valley are described below:
Kathmandu is one of main city in Kathmandu valley. It is an interesting place to be. It is center hub for political, economic and culture of Nepal. It is ancient city where number of monuments were built. It is mainly based Newari Culture. It have many historically important building from where whole Nepal was operated.
Bhaktapur is an ancient city of Kathmandu valley founded in 12th century by Mallas. It is one of the three city in Kathmandu in ancient time. The city was built with craftsmanship and great skills. It consists many religious important sites. This city is testament to rich architectural beauty of Newari Culture. It is filled with many Hindu and Buddhist temple, palaces and courtyard. The whole city is built in old traditional Newari culture. People and their culture are also another aspect of this city. There are number of festivals around the year in Bhaktapur.
Patan is one of city in Kathmandu valley and also third largest city of Nepal. It was city built in third century by Kirati King Dynasty. It was later expanded by another dynasty in 6th century and later united by Malla kings. Patan Durbar square is major attraction of the city. It is full of temples, statues, palaces and courtyard. There is also number of festivals and tradition followed by locals every year.
Pashupatinath is main shrine to visit in this trip. It is located on bank of river Bagmati. It is one of the most holy temple for Hindu. The literal meaning of Pashupatinath is lord of all animals. This temple was built approximately in 5th century but exact date could not be found in the history. It was late renovated and taken in care by Malla kings. It is believed that Shiva lingam which is main idol for worship have existed since beginning of time.
Boudha is north east of Kathmandu valley. It is holy shrine of Buddhist and worshipped by Hindu as well. It is approximately 120 feet diameter and is 43.25 meter tall dome shaped Stupa. It is a symbol of peace and enlightenment. It is world heritage site listed by UNESCO in 1979. There are number of monasteries built around this stupa. It is a town of monasteries, craftsmanship and businesses.
Swayambhunath is an ancient Buddhist shrine located at top of a hill in the Kathmandu valley. It is western part of valley. It is believed to be created spontaneously after water from great lake of Kathmandu was drained about 2000 years ago. It is also an oldest Buddhist shrine. Although, the main stupa is related to Buddhism, there are number of hindu temples as well as monasteries on its premises.
Kritipur is an ancient city of Nepal. It is religious and cultural importance. The history of Kritipur dates back to 1099 A.D. before unification of Nepal. It was one of strong hold opposing city for King Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified Nepal. It consists of many temples, Gumba (monasteries) and few Churches. The physical design of the city is purely old newari style. The architecture and dense housing make unique and interesting to explore.
Budhanilkhantha is a Hindu temple. It is temple of Lord Vishu that lies in foot of Shivapuri Hill and start point of Shivapuri National Park. The literal translation of Budhanilkantha is Old Blue Throat. It is one interesting temple found in Kathmandu. It is open temple where large single stone carving of Lord Vishnu. According to legend, a farmer found the statue while ploughing the field. It start bleeding when plough struck it.
|Country: Nepal||Min group members: 5|
|Duration: 9 days||Difficulty: Easy|
|Best time: All season|
|Major Attraction: Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur, Art and Architecture of Kathmandu Valley, People and Culture of Newar|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Visit to Kritipur and Budhanilkantha.
Day 03: Visit to Swaymabunath, Boudha and Pashupatinath.
Day 04: Visit Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 05: Drive to Nagarkot.
Day 06: Explore Nagarkot.
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur (visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square).
Day 08: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Transfer to International Airport for final departure.