Visit to UNESCO world Heritage sites Opportunity to get close to typical Newari culture the original inhabitants of Kathmandu View the spectacular and marvelous ancient art and craft Get close to Tibetan culture Opportunity to know historical facts
Capital city Kathmandu one of the largest urban agglomerations is the major tourist hub in the country and the only city with an international airport. Hence every traveler has to spend a day or two before they begin their journey to their places of interest. The city has stood tall on its own culture and tradition and has witnessed the long history spanning centuries. Many studies have indicated that the town along with its sister towns is traced back to 167 BC to 1 AD.
The town is rich in many monuments including many pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhist. It has its own culture and tradition mainly influenced by Newari culture and tradition. It has diverse art, literature, sculpture, culture, music, and cuisine.
We have created this one day tour so you can get a close glimpse of Nepal as a whole. We will be able to see the rich culture of the Nepalese people and the marvelous architectural designs and splendid craftsmanship will take back you to time centuries before.
In this tour, we will be visiting mainly the World Heritage sites listed by UNESCO. Our tour starts after a warm breakfast at around 9:00 am in the morning. We will be visiting to mainly Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swyambhunath Stupa.
Our tour commences after our city guide picks you up from your hotel and our first visit will be to Kathmandu Durbar Square then to Bhaktapur Durbar Square to Pashupatinath Temple to Bouddhanath Stupa and ends at Swyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located at the heart of the Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square consists one of the 3 Royal palaces. The square is surrounded by the splendid showcases of historical architectural structures and highlights the skills and civilization of typical Newari people. The square also consists of Kastamandap Temple which is built in a pagoda style and whole temple was built from just wood of single tree. The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the Palaces of Malla and Saha dynasty who ruled over the country in different era. The Palace and surroundings are renovated and is decorated by adding many other architectural structures under the rule of many kings of different dynasty. Hence visiting to Kathmandu Durbar Square can be a wonderful opportunity to know the history of Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square conglomerates the pagoda and the shikhara style temples. The square is one of the charming places to visit which hosts the architectural showpieces and highlights the ancient Nepalese culture.
Some of the Highlights of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are :-
a.55 Window Palace
Features carved windows and doors, amazing masterpiece of woodcarving
Main entrance to the 55 window palace, the door is surmounted with the sculpture of Hindu goddess Kali and the Garuda and attended by two mythological spirits. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla.
c.The Art Gallery
The art gallery contains the ancient pictures belonging to Hindu and Buddhist religion developed over the generations of many dynasties.
This five storied pagoda style temple symbolizes the basic five elements. It was built by King Bhupatenra Malla and it holds a majestic artistic beauty.
The gate is guarded either side by two huge statue of Lion. Alongside there are two stone image of Bhairav (the dreadful aspect of shiva)and Ugrachandi (the consort of Shiva in her fearful magnifestatio).
Pashupatinath temple located at the bank of Bagmati river is one of the biggest Hindus temple in the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Flocks of devotees throng the temple and it is said that sins are obsolved after the visit. The supreme holiness of the Temple is divided into two major parts one is the Shiva linga enshrined in the main temple and the river bagmati.
Pashupatinath is Nepal’s renowned cremation site. You will get an amazing scene of hindu rituals during cremation. The view of Temple from other side of the river is amazing. However only the followers of hindu religion are allowed to enter the core Temple.
The atmosphere in Bhouddhanath Stupa is amazing. Constant stream of pilgrims form Nepal, Tibet and many other nations and doing Kora (circle) is amazing. Kora takes place all day long but it is in its peak during early morning and evening. The environment is peace and calm and chanting of Buddhist prayers from the surrounding gumbas is enjoyable. The architecture and sculptures are amazing. Besides these there are many other Gumbas and monasteries which are worth to visit.
Swyambhunath is an ancient architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. The Swyambhunath stupa complex consists of stupa , a variety of shrines and temples some back to the Licchavi period. The stupa consist of a dome at the base, above which is a cubical structure painted with the eyes of Bouddha looking into all four directions. The base of the stupa symbolizes the world and the four eyes represents the wisdom and compassion.