Glimpses of Kathmandu & Nagarkot – 4 Days

Glimpses of Kathmandu & Nagarkot – 4 Days

Discover the cultural gems of Kathmandu valley by taking this trip. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and walk under the shadows of pagoda temples and palaces at the royal durbar squares. Spend a night in enchanting Nagarkot and enjoy a heritage walk through the bylanes of Newari Heritage villages of Khokana and Bungamati.
Go on 4 day trip for
US $775 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3318
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude: 2195m/7201.4ft
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: 
January to June and September to December

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
  • Nagarkot – Panoramic view of the Himalayas, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset.
  • Explore  local market (Ason) and Thamel, a tourist hub.
  • Heritage village walk – Khokana & Bungamati.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.

Trip Information

Discover the cultural gems of Kathmandu valley by taking this trip. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and walk under the shadows of pagoda temples and palaces at the royal durbar squares. Watch the city unfold from atop Swoyambhunath, the temple that is as old as Kathmandu. Drive to the peaceful hillside resort of Nagarkot. Filled with verdant hills and panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks, Nagarkot is famous for its magical sunrises and sunsets. Wind up your tour with a heritage walk through the quaint Newari villages of Khokana and Bungamati.

Upto 20% discount when booking for two or more than two people

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu. Explore local market (Ason) & Thamel

Day 02 Sightseeing Tour – Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square & Kopan Monastery

Day 03 Sightseeing Tour – Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square –Afternoon drive to Nagarkot(2195m/7202ft.)

Day 04 Nagarkot Sunrise View- Heritage Tour (Changu Narayan Temple and Newari Heritage Villages of Khokana & Bungmati). Farewell Dinner & Final Departure.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and explore the local market

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our airport representative will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and drive you to your respective hotel. After checking in and a brief rest our guide will take you for a walk through Thamel (a popular tourist hub) and Ason, a bustling bazaar that was once an important stopover for traders traveling along the old Tibet trade route. Shop for curios and souvenirs.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.No Meals included.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour – Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square & Kopan Monastery

After an early breakfast, our guide will take you to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Later in the afternoon we visit Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The white domed stupa, decorated with colourful prayer flags stands on a giant mandala. Built during the 5th century, Boudhanath is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism.  Legend has it that the bones of Kasyapa Buddha(one of Buddha’s incarnations) lies at the base of this stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple lies on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. The richly-ornamented pagoda temple houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Hiranya Varna Mahavihar(Golden Temple), Kumbeshwor Temple and Patan Palace Museum are some of the jewels of Patan Durbar Square.

Kopan Monastery

Surrounded by lush forest, Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated a few minutes drive from  Boudhanath. Its name comes from the name of the hill on which it was built. The monastery serves as a spiritual retreat as well as meditation and Buddhist learning centre for devout Buddhists. Many western visitors take the annual month-long meditation courses offered by the  monastery. These courses generally combine traditional Lam Rim teachings with informal discussion, several periods of guided meditation, and a vegetarian diet.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

Day 03 Sightseeing Tour – Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square –Afternoon drive to Nagarkot(2195m/7202ft.)

After we have the breakfast we continue our tour by visiting the following places:

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style, Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

Late noon we drive to Nagarkot. On the way you can enjoy the serene beauty of the mountains with magnificent view of the sunset.
Overnight in Hotel at Nagarkot. Breakfast included.

Day 04: Early morning panoramic mountain view from the Nagarkot and then drive to Changunarayan and other places for the sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner and departure

We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise from Nagarkot over the panoramic mountains. Weather permitting, the seemly endless chain of mountains appear glossy, while the entire Kathmandu valley can be clearly seen towards the west.

We continue our tour visiting the following places and drive back to Kathmandu.

Changu Narayan (World Heritage Site)

The temple of Changu Narayan is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Situated in the small village of Changu in Bhaktapur district, Changu Narayan was built by a  Lichhavi King during the 4th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, houses several ancient statues and stone inscriptions.

Khokana and Bungmati
Khokana and Bungmati are beautiful traditional Newari villages in Lalitpur district. These villages are famous for rich culture, wood carvings and sculptures. Rato Machhindranath Temple and Karya Binayak Temple are the must-visit sites in Bungmati.

Evening, enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner at a local Nepali restaurant with cultural program. Later, our Airport Representative will drop you at the airport on time for your return flight.

 Breakfast, farewell dinner & airport transfer included.

 

Price Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops by tourist vehicle.

  • Shared accommodation at three star hotel including the breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Air-conditioned private tourist vehicle.

  • English Speaking Hostess/Guides.

  • All permits and entrance fees along with governmental taxes.

  • Official expense.

  • Farewell dinner at the local restaurant with cultural dance show.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner.

  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks.

  • Nepal Visa fee- you can obtain visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Please bring 1 passport size photo)

  • Items of a personal nature.

  • Items of a personal nature.

  • Tips for hostess and driver. (Tipping is expected).

Please Note:
USD 250 extra per person is required, if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for entire trip.

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    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org