Tour Highlights :
Kathmandu and its valley are a perfect introduction to Nepal.
Historic heart of the country, the small valley of Kathmandu saw the emergence and collapse dynasties, flourish and disappear innumerable palaces and temples while developing and refining its culture and art. Its cultural and natural heritage remains fascinating and authentic.
In the sumptuous surroundings of the Himalayas, we invite you to discover the Kathmandu Valley, its ancient royal cities, its shrines and stupas, and its traditional villages still preserved and also villages away the modern world.
Arrival in Kathmandu, reception at the airport and transfer to Nagarkot. This is a great place to watch the Himalayas. The small winding road that leads through beautiful landscapes and terraced rice fields. Walk up the hill to watch the sunset.
Night in a cottage in Nagarkot half board.
Sunrise morning for sunrise over the snowy mountains and back to the cottage for breakfast. Descent through the fields and villages (1 hour walk) to go to Changu Narayan situated on a hill where the view of the Kathmandu Valley is beautiful. Visit the temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. World Heritage of Humanity is a great example of architecture Newar woodcarving. Power short drive to join the former royal capital of Bhaktapur, nicknamed city of devotees and genuine medieval town. Also known under the name Bhagdaon is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in the Kathmandu valley because it has kept intact its medieval appearance. Visit the historical center and the place of the potters. Free time in the late afternoon stroll through the streets.
Night of Shiva or similar guest house with half board
After breakfast, head to the Newar town of Panauti to the peaceful atmosphere. It has magnificent temples, riverside, which were restored by French archaeologists. We then go to an important place of pilgrimage Buddhist. It is Namobuddha that Buddha practiced generosity by giving his body to feed a baby hungry lion. Easy walk to the village of Balthali through rice paddies and fields.
Night Balthali resort, located on a rocky outcrop in the middle of villages and crops.
Also known as Lalitpur name “City of Fine Arts”, this city is a veritable open-air museum, with its palaces, pagodas, monasteries, temples and shrines. For centuries, the craftsmen working metals. Their reputation shone in all Himalayan kingdoms. We visit the villages with traditional brick and Bungamati Kokana, located a few kilometers from Patan. They are surrounded by the most beautiful ricefields of the valley.
Night Newa Chen inn for over 350 years, restored by Unesco or similar.
Departure for the town of Kirtipur, 6 km from Kathmandu. There are remnants of these ancient walls and many temples Newars. Most of the inhabitants are weavers and farmers. It is also the seat of Tribhuvan University. We will then go to Dakshinkali place dedicated to the goddess Kali tantric, revered by all Hindus, who visited pilgrimage. It is also sacred to all the inhabitants of the valley. It represents the eternal time. Then we leave for Pharping, town where there are many Buddhist monasteries. You can visit the meditation cave of Padmasambhava, founder of the school Lamaist Tibet.
Night Pharping resort or similar
After breakfast, departure for the site Chobar known for Bagmati River Gorge. From there, you can enjoy a beautiful view of a nearby temple, Jal Vinayaka, “Whoever deviates Barriers” dedicated to the god Ganesh. The afternoon will be spent visiting the hill Swayanbunath with its stupa dating back over 25 centuries and his temples and monasteries. Stroll through the old Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Place Royale, where we find the most important temples of Kathmandu, the former royal palace and the house of the living goddess, Kumari. Nepal’s capital is a city made for the pleasure of discovery on foot. A few meters, you will jump back several centuries in history and you will discover the most amazing contrasts.
Overnight homestay with half board at Kopan
Morning visit Boudhanath Kopan and “Mini Tibet” walk in the company of a monk. Stop the incense factory run by nuns. The famous stupa of Boudhanath, the largest in the world, is a mecca of Buddhism where Tibetan refugees are concentrated. Departure to Pashupatinath, the small Benares of Nepal with its ghats, and many Hindu ascetics “the saddhus.” It is the most revered place of Nepal. Only Hindus can enter the temple dedicated to Shiva. The pagoda shaped roof is made of gold and silver entrance doors. Inside the enclosure, a gigantic silver statue of Nandi, the bull mount of the god throne before the temple.
Overnight homestay with dinner and traditional dances
Free time before the transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport