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Kathmandu city still manages to charm every visitor with its magnificent temples, gigantic renaissance structures and with traces of a glorious past. We will embark upon this trip from Kathmandu then move towards the ancient city of Patan and Bhaktapur.
Independent Himalayan Adventure provide you valley sightseeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath stupa, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. One of the world's oldest Buddhist shrines, the stupa graces a hilltop, 77 m. above the valley bottom. This huge dome-like structure is surrounded by 13 gilded rings representing 13 Heavens and an elaborate canopy. It is one of the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill on which Swoyambhunath stands was an island in that lake. Under the Mallas, various improvements were made and the great stairway to the stupa was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century.
We then visit Patan, a famous city features of arts and crafts - the highlight of trip is the Shikara (Krishna Temple), Patan Durbar with Royal bath, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Buddhist Monastery). Then Visit Bhaktapur an ancient city.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by representative of Independent Himalayan Adventure and arrive to your Hotel, Welcome drink serve. We will then have a small briefing about the entire trip.
Afternoon start your sightseeing trip to Swoyambhunath Stupa; and back to Hotel.
One of the world's oldest Buddhist shrines, the stupa graces a hilltop, 77 m. above the valley bottom. This huge dome-like structure is surrounded by 13 gilded rings representing 13 Heavens and an elaborate canopy. It is one of the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill on which Swoyambhunath stands was an island in that lake. Under the Mallas, various improvements were made and the great stairway to the stupa was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century.
From the flattened top of the hill, the soaring central stupa is topped by a gold-colored square block from which the watchful eyes of the Buddha gaze out across the valley in each direction. From the platform of the spot the splendid changing view of the valley could be seen with the monkeys running here and there. Because of several monkeys are becoming around; this sutpa is famous by Monkey Temple too. The Stupa is atop a hill, and requires considerable walk. There is also a road that leads almost to the base of the stupa.
Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing by private vehicle (vehicles depend as per the group size) including Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These all sites are protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Lord Shiva is worshipped as Pashupati, which means Lord of all living creatures. The temple of Pashupatinath is 6 Km east of Kathmandu. Pasupat-Chhetra (site of Pashupatinath) is one of the holiest places in Nepal. Many Hindu Pilgrims from all over the Nepal, India and from other countries come Pashupatinath round the year. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu from all over World make Pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri (Night of Shiva, one day before black moon in February). There are many temples of various Hindu Gods in the holy site. Guheswori temple is the most important among other temples. A walk from this temple to Aryaghat near Pashupatinath temple is very popular among non-Hindu tourists.
One of the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design. Also set into the riches around this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha adoring the Stupa. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it. It is also the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism and sacred importance. The stupa is located in the town of Bouddha on the north-east outskirts of Kathmandu. Bouddhanath was built in the 14th century after the Mugal invasions; various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the stupa has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhist. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalese, as well as a popular tourist site.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels an. It houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.
Kasthamandap, Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple, Dequtale Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Bnandarkhal, Ashokbinayak and Kumair Bahal are major attraction of this square.
After breakfast, proceeds to Patan city sightseeing after Patan city sightseeing continue to Bhaktapur city.
Patan Durbar Square :
Patan Durbar Square is centered around the Royal Palace. Surrounding the intricately designed Royal Palace of Nepal are numerous temples, all exquisite examples of Newari architecture. Patan Durbar Square boasts three courtyards, known locally as chowks. These are the Main Keshab Narayan Chowk, Mul Chowk and Sundari Chowk. Standing out as a classical example of Nepali stone architecture is the grand Krishna Mandir. Containing some 21 shrines, the Krishna Mandir of Patan Durbar Square was constructed during the 1600s under the direction of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla. The Krishna Mandir was built with the purpose of praising Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Krishna. Krishna gained much fame when he fought along with the Pandavs during the mythological Mahabharat war. Scenes from this dramatic battle have been carefully engraved on the walls of Krishna Mandir.
As you make your way around Sundari Chowk of Patan Durbar Square you will see the magnificent Tushahity royal bath. This exquisite structure is a marvelous work of stone art. A massive platform built from stone dominates the chowk. It is here that one of the kings would sleep during cold nights and sit during the monsoon rains, all in with the goal of achieving eternal bliss.
Another popular attraction in Patan Durbar Square is the Golden Temple or Hiranya Varna Hahabiliar. Inside this Newar monastery is a marvelous collection of metal sculptures, statues, paintings and scriptures. Another religious site in Patan Durbar Square that features metal works is the Bhimsen Temple. The Bhimsen temple was built in honor of Bhim, a god worshiped by businessmen in Nepal. Other sights to look out for in Patan Durbar Square are Teleju Bhawani Temple(1667), Degu Taleju Temple, Uku Bahal and Mahaboudha Temple.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square :
Bhaktapur "The Town Of Devotees", also Bhadgaon is an ancient Newar town in the 13 km east of the Kathmandu. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, musical mystic and so on. This city is renown for yoghurt Ju-Ju Dhau, traditionally sold in clay bowls. One of the main tourist attraction is Pottery in Bhaktapur besides the architectures including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, 55-window palace, Taumadi square, Dattatreya, Changu Narayan, Golden Gate, Magnificent peacock window, Nyathapola Temple are eyecatching. This square was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1934 and hence appears very spacious than the other ones located at Kathmandu and Patan.
Return back to Hotel remaining day is free for shopping.
After breakfast; morning is free for shopping or individual activities. Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu for Final Departure.
Tour Cost Includes:
• Transportation : Arrival pickup, Sightseeing as per itinerary, Departure drop to Airport
• All sight seeing points by private vehicle, normal entrance fees as mentioned in itineraries.
• Accommodation on twin share basis with breakfast as per the package.
• Office Service Charge
Tour Cost Excludes:
• Nepalese visa fee.
• Meals other than breakfast/ or other than into inclusion.
• Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages as well as personal items.
• Entrance fee (if extra than regular entries) for different sightseeing places.
• Personal expenditure, Beverages, Optional Program and tips.
• Any extra cost arose due to natural calamities, political disturbance and delay arrival etc.