The very word “Nepal” invokes visions of high mountains, remote valleys and hardy explorers foregoing all creature comforts to test themselves against nature and her forces. However, long before the first mountaineers ventured north to the jagged horizons of rock and ice; long before the first rafter or kayaker descended the rivers; long before the first trekkers appeared on the ridges; the Nepalese were building palaces, temples, monasteries and complex townships to rival those anywhere else in the world. Arts and crafts flourished – so much so, that artisans and builders traveled as far as Beijing in China to build temples and Pagodas.
The lost way method of metal casting was perfected, woodworking and carving attained new heights, stone carving and painting as devotional excises became art forms. Perhaps these are among the many reasons why, just in the vicinity of the Kathmandu valley alone, there are seven UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, within a 13-mile radius.
This trip is designed to introduce to you the essence of Nepal. The heritage sites and museums, stunning mountain scenery and model conservation and preservation efforts; all of which go to make Nepal one of the most exciting destinations in the world.
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, Explore Thamel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a tour officer and transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to rest or just walk around Thamel, the tourist hub in Kathmandu, with plenty of restaurants, pubs, cyber cafes, book stores and colorful shops.
Day 02 Tour Pashupati, Bodhnath, Kathmandu Durbar Square & Swambhu
Today you have a full day sightseeing tour of various temples and monasteries which include Pasupatinath : Situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River the temple of lord Siva-Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb Newari architecture.
Baudhanath : This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of Nepal’s most unique monument and said to be the world biggest, attracts Nepalese pilgrimage of Tibetan stock from as far as Dolpo and Mugu as well as Tibet, Ladhak in India and Bhutan.
You will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square that has housed kings of different dynasties and temple-scape representing finest specimens of Hindu and Buddhist architectures.
Hanuman Dhoka, the traditional seat of royalty in Nepal. This is the site of the 1974 coronation of His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, the temples in Hanuman Dhoka and the surrounding Durbar Square include some of the finest specimens of Nepalese architecture and many erotic carvings.
Temple of the Living Goddess, the residence of the ling virgin goddess Kumari. Kastha Mandap, an interesting temple in pagoda style said to have been built from the timber of a single tree. The name of the city Kathmandu, is derived from this structure.
Continue to Swayambhunath, a 2000 year-old Buddhist monument on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Surrounding the hemispherical Stupa are many temples and pagodas and a large band of monkeys.
Day 03 Overland Kathmandu - Chitwan
Day 04 Jungle activities - Chitwan
Day 05 Overland Chitwan-Pokahra
Day 06 Hike to Austrian Camp - Dhampus
Day 07 Fly Pokhara - Kahtmandu, tour Patan, transfer to Nagarkot.
Day 08 Enjoy sunrise over Himalaya, Tour Changu Narayan & Bhaktapur
Day 09 At leisure in Bhaktapur. Explore Bhaktapur
Day 10 Bhaktapur - U.S. or an extension
Transfer to airport and fly back home or extend yourt trip to India, Bhutan or Myanmar.