Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of three former palace squares in the Valley and the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies (including coronations) took place until last decade. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and the surrounding area has many ancient structures. Durbar Square also contains the dwelling of Kumari, the Living Goddess who occasionally makes appearances for the crowds and cameras.
Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple sits on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views of the city and surroundings. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal with the painted eyes of an all-seeing Buddha looking out at visitors.
Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is a city of beauty separated from Kathmandu by the Holy Bagmati River and is the second largest township in the valley. The central Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site, is packed with pagoda temples and stone statues. A Tibetan Camp lies on the outskirts of Patan with shrines and souvenir shops offering authentic Tibetan handicrafts.
Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath
Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, receives countless devotees from Nepal and India each year. Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white, spire-topped mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. When Tibetan refugees entered Nepal in the 1950s, many of them settled around Bouddhanath. They built elegant monasteries, and Little Tibet was established.
Situated below Shivapuri Peak at the northern end of the valley, the shrine has pond in which lies a great stone figure of Vishnu reclining on the coils of a cosmic serpent. Besides Budhanilkantha, there are another two sets of smaller replicas of 'sleeping Vishnu' in the Valley, one in the Balaju and another hidden at Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
Bhaktapur City of Devotees also has a glorious Durbar Square that is a World Heritage Site. The square highlights the ancient arts and crafts of Nepal. Siddha Pokhariis a large rectangular water pond located near the main city gate of Bhaktapur and a relaxing place to take in the scenery.
Thimi is the fourth largest town in the valley outranked only by Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. It's a typical Newari town and its capable people operate successful cottage industries, producing pottery and paper-made masks. They also grow vegetables for the markets of Kathmandu.
The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Naraya stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley, about 4 km north of Bhaktapur. Although the temple dates from 1702, when it was rebuilt after a fire, its origins go right back to the 4th century and there many important stone images and sculptures dating from the Lichhavi period.
Nagarkot is one of the famous hill resorts of Nepal and is situated 32 km to the north east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 m. The main attraction is the panoramic view of a long range of Himalayas. On a clear day one can witness Khumbu, Rolwaling, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and the Annapurna range. Green valleys, colorful terraced fields and a birds eye view of Kathmandu is another charm.
Situated along a ridge south-west of Kathmandu, the small town of Kirtipur is a relatively neglected and timeless backwater despite its proximity to the capital. At one time, it was under the reign of Patan and then became a mini-kingdom in its own right. During the 1768 conquest of the valley by Gorkha's King Prithivi Narayan Shah, Kirtipur was superbly defensible hilltop Position, would be the key to defeating the Mall kingdoms. So it was here the Gorkha king struck first and hardest, Kirtipur's ridge is actually two hills, with a lower saddle between them. The Chilanchu Vihara tops the southern hill and has a central stupa with four smaller stupas, numerous statues and bells and Buddhist monastery buildings around it.
The little village of Chobar is located on the top of the hilock overlooking the Bagmati River, where it flows through the Chobar Gorge. Although the gorge is a regularly visited attraction, far fewer people come to Chobar itself. Perhaps they're put off by the steep hill. The views of Himalaya and town are outstanding from Chovar.
Explore Kathmandu Valley Tours Outline Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel.
- Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath, Overnight in Hotel
- Day 03: Sightseeing Tour of Patan, Khokana and Bungamati drive back to Kathmandu, Overnight in Hotel
- Day 04: Sightseeing Tour of Thimi, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot, Overnight in Hotel
- Day 05: Tour Dakshinkali, Chobhar, Pharping and Kirtipur drive back to Kathmandu, Overnight in Hotel
- Day 06: Sightseeing Budhanilkantha and Shivapuri, Overnight in Hotel
- Day 07: Final Departrue for your own destination.
All conditions stated in the above Itinerary are for the guests who prefer full package trip. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make Shorter and Longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative night stops. Physical, Technical and Natural condition may change this above itineraries.
Explore kathmandu Valley Tours Cost Includes
- Airport Pick and Drop in Kathmandu by Private vehicle.
- Welcome/Farewell dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
- Tourist Standard Hotel Accmmodiation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Shivapuri as listed in the Itinerary with B/B Basis.
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour.
- Full Board Meals (3 Meals a day) while on the Tour.
- Guided UNIESCO World Heritage Sites Tour in Kathmandu Valley with entrance permit as listed in itinerary.
- Professional & highly expertise government licensed holder English Speaking Tour Guide.
- All expenses of the Guide that includes Food, Accommodation, Salary, Insurance, Equipment during your travel period.
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
- Arrangement of all rescue and evacuation promptly, in Worst Condition
- Group Touring Gears.
- Tour Map, Friends Adventure Team's special Souvenir.
Explore kathmandu Valley Tours Cost Excludes
- Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
- All desserts, sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
- Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
- Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Medical and Travel Insurance and Emergency rescue by any means of Transportation including Helicopter evacuation if required.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
- Airfare of international flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival).
- Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
- Any other item not included in "Cost Includes" Section.
Explore Kathmandu Valley Tours Departures Spring/Autumn 2017/2018
Explore kathmandu Valley Tours Cost Facts
- The above tour Itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern. This tour can be modified according to your time and requirements.
- Cost & Departures Dates will change according to your NEED, GROUP SIZE and TIME.
- The tour Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip.
- Price for reduced touring activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added as per mutual understanding.
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Tours in Nepal - Useful Information
Casual clothing can be worn at any time during your stay in Nepal. However keep in mind that you are travelling in a mainly Hindu country. Please make sure you are appropriately dressed. Clothes that are too tight fitting, short or revealing such as shorts, mini skirts or low cut T-shirts should be avoided, especially in the country side. Whether you need warm woolen or down clothes or light summer clothes depends on your travel itinerary, on the altitude and season you travel. In high altitudes temperature changes can occur very quickly and vary drastically.
The climate of Nepal varies depending on the altitude of the area visited. A visist to Nepal is possible all the year round, but activites such as mountain flights, jungle safaris, rafting and trekking are best done from October to May.
The Nepalese Rupee is subdivided into 100 Paisa. Coins are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 & 100 Paisa. The denominations of notes are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 rupees. For the current exchange rate check our website.
220 volts AC, 50 cycles throughout the country. Australian plugs will fit in Nepalese power points. Please be aware that in many areas there is no electricity or it is not reliable, especially in remote areas and on treks.
Depending on your chosen type of accommodation, your room will vary. Kathmandu offers some beautiful International Hotels with high standard but do bear in mind that there is a big shortage of trained staff in Nepal, and things may not "hop" the way you expect. In general accommodation is clean, comfortable and acceptable for western travellers. All our hotels have private facilities. Of course lodges and other types of accommodations are of lesser standard..
Most hotels can arrange laundry, though rarely dry-cleaning. However, other than in Western-run or superior hotels, you can expect boiling, or other "rough" handling to be the order of the day. OK for T-shirts and cottons, but, not for your fine silks!
You can expect your bags to have a rough time in Nepal! Take sturdy luggage such as the nylon sausage type made of non-tear material. If you use bags with wheels or rucksacks with frames try to find one where they can be removed or are well recessed. This is not only because they may be broken off from your bags, but, they can also do great damage to other people's baggage. Your international baggage allowance is 20 kilos (44 lbs) in Economy Class.
The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem. Have some means to purify water, iodine and/or a fine ceramic filter are the best options.
Responsible TravelA proper VISA to enter and stay in Nepal is a must. There are reported cases when travelers are advised non-requirement of Nepal VISA by their travel agents. Practically every foreign national requires VISA to enter these countries. Do not encourage beggars. Don't trust strangers with money. Trust your hotel, but not people you may bump into on the streets. It is advisable to cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and medi-claim. Carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit in Nepal, as signboards are often absent. Try to reach a station during daytime if traveling on your own. In any case avoid persistent touts and taxi-drivers at airport/stations/bus stand to help you find your hotel. Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice. Women traveling alone in certain deserted places should avoid walking at odd hours. While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate. Do not checkout of the hotel in hurry. While checking out it has been noticed in some hotels, the extras are unreasonably charged which the guest hurriedly pays without cross-checking. Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your cash divided in different pockets. Take care of proper disposal of your rubbish always whether you are exploring Cities, Himalayas or anywhere else. Always use strong suitcases/baggage, as mishandling is common at airports/stations. Don't tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a hotel. The NEWS soon spreads in the hotel and by the time you checkout there will be a group of them saluting you to expect something. Most of the monuments give very good discount for students from all over the world. They must carry there valid school identity card.
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