Inheritances of Kathmandu 3 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Inheritances of Kathmandu – 3 Days

Inheritances of Kathmandu – 3 Days

Discover the cultural treasures of Kathmandu, a city created by unifying three medieval kingdoms. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and shop for souvenirs at one of the oldest markets in Nepal, Ason Bazaar.
  • Trip Code: ATH3313
  • Duration: 3 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: 1400m/4593.2ft
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: 
January to June and September to December

Trip Highlights

  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Explore the local market Ason and tourist hub Thamel.
  • Visit one of the important  centres of Mahayana BuddhismKopan Monastery.
  • Walk through the cobbled street of a royal square-Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner with cultural performance.

Trip Information

Kathmandu, ringed by the verdant Shivapuri, Nagarjuna, Chandragiri and  Pulchowki hills, is an ancient valley that is home to wonderful legends and mystical creatures. According to a popular legend, the city was created by a Boddhisattva(a mystical being) by draining a vast lake. Now a bustling urban hub,  Kathmandu is a blend of the old and the new. Traditional pagoda temples  and medieval palace squares share space with modern high-rises. This tour will take you on a journey of discovery. Explore ancient sites that are renowned World Heritage Sites, walk through  bustling bazaars and old localities and immerse yourself in the local culture. Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of  Changu Narayan, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath  etc. are all included in your itinerary.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrive  in Kathmandu and explore the local market. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 – Sightseeing tour – Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Kopan Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 Sightseeing tour – Kathmandu & Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, Changu Narayan Temple. Farewell dinner and departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu and explore the local market

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our airport representative will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport 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 - Guided sightseeing tour.

After an early breakfast, our guide will take you to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites  of Swoyambhunath or Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Kopan Monastery.

Swoyambhunath ( Monkey Temple)
Situated on a hill, Swoyambhunath is both a Buddhist and a Hindu Temple. The origin of Kathmandu valley is closely linked to this temple. Also known as Monkey Temple, the sprawling tree-filled grounds of the temple is home to many monkeys.

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The white domed stupa 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.

Kopan Monastery
Surrounded by a 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 Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Guided sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner and departure

We visit the following places today:

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
Bhaktapur Durbar Square lies in Bhaktapur, one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley. The royal square, which was built by the Malla royals, houses some of the best examples of ancient Newari art and architecture.  The five-tiered pagoda temple  Nyatapola, Palace of 55 Windows, Vatsala Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Duttaraya Temple, Pujari Math, Golden Gate etc are all cultural treasures of this beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Changu Narayan
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.

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.

Complimentary Breakfast & Dinner 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.

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

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

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.

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

We use comfortable and reliable private tourist car, jeep, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight 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…Click to know more about our fleet service!

The best season for this Tour is anytime between, January to June and September to December.

It depends on the season you’re traveling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry store in the Kathmandu. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters!

There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.

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.

It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 12 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.

Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks to the field staff towards the end of the tour USD 20 per guide and USD 10 per driver per day is recommended per group, but it is entirely up to your wishes.

Bottled water is available in all places. If you wish to drink normal water, you are suggested to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse through Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

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.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend 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.

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

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.


Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

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

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