No travel is complete without indulging in the local and authentic cuisine. Savouring the treasured sights of the grandeur of the ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture and architecture, along with a gourmet exploration of the finest local bites- this is the perfect trip to experience the essence of Kathmandu.
This guided tour takes you to some of the most prominent and important historical and religious sites of the 3 districts that comprise the Kathmandu Valley viz. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. You will also be treated with a traditional Tibetan lunch at Hotel Tibet International and dinner at the most famous restaurant in Nepal, The Krishnarpan at the Hotel Dwarika’s
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Bouddhanath Stupa, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Tibetan Cuisine lunch at Hotel Tibet International (Finest in Nepal)
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Nepalese Cuisine dinner at Krishnarpan restautant at Hotel Dwarika (Finest in Nepal)
8:45 AM- Introduction and briefing with your tour guide at your hotel.
9:00 AM- Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square/ sightseeing.
10:30 AM- Drive to Bouddhanath Stupa/ Explore and sightseeing.
12:00 PM- Lunch at Hotel Tibet International (Tibetan cuisine)
1:30 PM-Drive to Bhaktapur/ sightseeing
4:00 PM-Drive to Patan/ sightseeing
6:00 PM- Drive to your Krishnarpan restautant at Hotel Dwarika
9:00 PM – Drive to your hotel
Kathmandu Durbar Square a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” lies in the heart of old Kathmandu city in Basantapur. It holds held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Once the residence of Nepal’s Royal family, all coronation ceremonies were held here. There were 50 temples within the vicinity including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani, a number of which were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake that devastated the country killing more than 10,000 people. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. The Durbar Square, with its old temples, palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people.
Bouddhanath Stupa, built in the 5th century, is the biggest Stupa in South Asia. It is about 40m high and about 488m in circumference, surrounded by the brick wall. The stupa is essentially a large dome and on the top is a cubicle structure with paintings of the eye’s of Buddah which represent the enlightened state of compassion and wisdom. There are 13 spires around the cube representing the 13 tasks the Buddhists must perform to reach enlightenment. The stupa is located at the ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers have for many centuries. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most captivating architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. It is situated in Bhaktapur, which used to be the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. The Square consists of pagodas and shikhara style temples and stone monoliths perched with golden effigies that surround the main palace of brick and wood. It is also famous for beautiful wood carvings in every gateways and windows. The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly moulded specimen of its kind in the entire world.
Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in Lalitpur which is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley. There are many temples and idols in the area that are a marvel of Newa architecture. The Malla Kings of Lalitpur are given credit for establishing the royal square, although the history of the Durbar Square is not clear. Most of the current architecture is from the 1600s, constructed during the reign of King Siddhinarasimha Malla and his son Srinivasa sukriti. The Major attractions of Patan Darbar Square are Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Golden Window, Mahabouddha Temple, Golden Temple, Krishna Temple
- All transportation, in private vehicle.
- Services of English or/and Swedish speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the program
- Lunch at Hotel Tibet International
- Dinner at Hotel Dwarika’s Krishnarpan
- Tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.
- Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
- Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
- Optional tips to guides and porters.