Glimpses of Kathmandu & Nagarkot – 4 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3318
- Duration: 4 Days
- Trip Level: EasyJust 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: 2,195 m/7,201 ft
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Best Season: January to June and September to December
- 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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Later, our Airport Representative will drop you at the airport on time for your return flight.
Breakfast, farewell dinner & airport transfer included.
Looking for personalized experience? We organize privately guided journey which is mainly designed to fit your taste and interest. We allow complete flexibility on your departure date, please choose your preferable date.
Airport picks up & drops by tourist vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu (2 Nights only) and Nagarkot. (1 Night only), breakfast included.
Air-conditioned private tourist vehicle.
English Speaking Hostess/Guides.
All permits and entrance fees along with governmental taxes.
Farewell dinner in a fine restaurant before final departure.
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 $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $50 and $ 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
Items of a personal nature.
Items of a personal nature.
Tips for hostess and driver. (Tipping is expected).
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
Yes, Nepal is fully open. There are no restrictions for traveling to Nepal if one is fully vaccinated. The decision was made by the government of Nepal (Council of ministers) and was published in September 2021 and till now the same rules are implemented. However, if any new rules are published in 2022 then we shall update you via email.
The following documentation are needed while planning travel to Nepal:
· Visitors should have a proof of receiving their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 full days prior to entering Nepal.
· Visitors should have a negative PCR report no older than 72 hours before checking into the flight to Kathmandu.
· Visitors should have a printed copy of the international travelers’ online form (www.ccmc.gov.np).
· Visitors should have expedition or trekking or other permits (applicable only for trek or climb, which will be arranged by us and we will email you the document before your arrival.)
· Visitors should have a confirmation of hotel booking (which will be arranged by us and we will email you the document before your arrival.).
For up-to-date information we recommend you to check the Nepal immigration website https://www.immigration.gov.np
This cultural tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We provide two or three star hotel accommodation for the entire trip. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms, dining room, a bar, Internet services, hot shower and so forth. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip for an additional charge.
We use comfortable and reliable private tourist car, jeep, vans or microbuses to transport our guests. These lightweight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation
The best season for this Tour is anytime between, January to June and September to December.
ATMs are available in Kathmandu. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along with your tour, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
No vaccinations were compulsory in Himalaya however due to the adverse effect of COVID-19, the vaccination of it is mandatory to enter Nepal so you must have the valid vaccination card/document while traveling. We also do suggest, you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
• A dental check-up prior to travelling.
• That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking. This information would remain confidential with us.