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THE SIGHTSEEING TOURS
KATHMANDU VALLEY / OUT OF VALLEY

 

KATHMANDU VALLEY

 

Kathmandu valley has an exotic setting. It is surrounded by tier upon tier of green mountain walls above which tower mighty snowcapped peaks.

 

The valley covers an area of 218sq miles. It is situated at 1337 meter above the sea level. It contains three fabled cities of great historic, religious and cultural interest. Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur.

 

Three of this city has Durbar Square (old palace) with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. The valley has often been described as an open air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick,stone,metal and wood scattered throughout it.

 

On the sight of this three big heritage city there are more side towns and temples which are Khokana, Bungamatinewari town located in Patan. Nalla Village in Baktapure, Panauti, Namobuddha in Banepa, KirtipureChaubar, Pharping, Dhashinkali, and Bajrayogini located in Kathmandu.

 

Kathmandu Dubar Square:
While browse around Katmandu Durbar Square you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic royal palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman. It is historic seat of royalty. The Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations also held inside the court yard here. There is a statue of King Pratap Mall sitting on the stone pillar in front of temple of Jagannath from mediaeval period .Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju built 1549 AD, the large stone statue of KalBhairav, the God of destruction,.

 

The Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity. Kumari means the virgin girl. The girl is selected from Buddhist family. The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Katmandu is derived from this temple..

 

Swayambhunath:
This is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level and overlooking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides represent the all seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching all the time wrong doers and good doers.

 

This is a very religious shrine of Buddhists. There are two Buddhist monasteries within the complex and a temple of Haratima where both Buddhists and Hindus worship this temple. The shrine is just 3 km to the northwest of Kathmandu city.

 

 

Pashupatinath:
This is a temple of Lord Shiva – Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and four silver doors situated five kilometer east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati river.

 

This is being a holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring.

 

At the bank of Bagmati river one can also observe the cremation taking place. Bank of the river..

 

Bauddhanath / Jyarung–Khashyor Chorten:

This stupa is 6 km to the east of Kathmandu and is said built in 5th century AD. This ancient stupa is one of the biggest mad tallest stupa in the world and is ringed by Buddhist lamas and monasteries.

 

This is a very holy stupa for Tibetan Sherpa. Buddhists who come here in thousands in winter festival to pay their tribute. And every full moon and dark moon every Buddhist will walk around the stupa call kora offering butter lamp every morning and evening the especially during Losar festival the Tibetan and Sherpa’s new Year it is most colorful and busiest places in round Boudha Stupa.

 

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Budhanilkantha:
This is a remarkable colossal stone statue of Hindu Lord Vishnu reclining on the bed of snakes is from 5th century AD situated about 8 km to the north of Katmandu at the base of Shivapuri hill.

 

The shrine is in the middle of pond. It is also great spots to escape from the city that we can do a day hike from budhanilkantha of to Shivapuri 2732 m through the Shivapuri jungle it takes 3 hour to get on top of Shivapuri when you are on top will see a great view of Kathmandu valley and the other side the Langtan Himalayan Ranges.

 

Patan Durbar Square:
The ancient city Patan is also known as Lalitpur, which means city of fine arts lies 5 km to the south of Katmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square consists of different sections of ancient palace like SundariChowk (beautiful court yard) where exquisite windows and door carving are seen and the Tushahity (Royal Bath) a master piece of stone carvings and others are MulChowk (main court yard), Keshav Narayan Chowk. In front of the palace in the main square there is a statue of King NarendraMalla sitting on the stone pillar.

 

Next to the pillar there is a famous Krishna Mandir temple with 21 pinnacles built all in stone. This is said to be a Shikhara architect from India. Rest you will see several pagoda style temples like temple of Bhimsen, and the public bath, dragon headed spout and the water runs 24 hours. There are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna MahaVihar (the Golden temple) and MahaBouddha with ten thousands Buddha's images. Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists.

 

Patan is also very famous in its art work. There are many fine craftsmen in Patan who produce bronze/brass art work in different images/statues of Hindu/Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, silver jewelleries, wood carvings,. Most of the handicrafts you see in the local shops of Katmandu valley are produced in Patan.

 

Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) Durbar Square:
City of devotees lies little aloof from Katmandu and Patan to the east 12 km away. As soon as you enter the gate of Durbar Square of Bhaktapur the whole complex is impressive, wider, clean and beautiful with beautiful Lion Gate,Golden Gate, palace of 55 windows, Batsala temple, barking Bell, the statue of King Bhupatendra Mall on a stone pillar, public bath and temple of Pasupatinath. After strolling down to corner lane you come another big square.

 

On the left you will find the tallest temple of Nyatapola which means 5 tiers representing symbols of 5 basic elements of nature such as water,wind,fire, earth and sky. This ia a highest pagoda temple of Nepal ever built with architectural perfection and artistic beauty in 1702 AD by the King BhupatendraMalla. Next to Nyatapola is another giant temple of Bhairavnath, the God of Terror in three story built in 1718 AD.

 

If you walk ahead for about 20 minutes you will come to another square of a Dattatraya temple built in 1427 AD from a trunk of single tree. Behind the temple there is a monastery where you will notice exquisitely carved door frame and windows and also a famous peacock window back wall of the monastery..

Changu Narayan:
This is the oldest temple of Vishnu built in early 5th century AD situated at the end of long ridge which runs well into the valley. This place is to the northeast 20 km from Katmandu through the countryside. It commands most magnificent views of Katmandu valley and Himalayas ranges on the back ground.

 

This is also a most important historical, religious place where one can see largest number of finest stone sculptures dating back to 5th-9th century AD. This is also known as living monumental garden..

 

BAJRAYOGINI:
Avery famous temple of Nepal situated in Sankhu is supposed to have the greatest power. The adduced history explains that the adduced King Mandev once mediated at Gunbihar place. It is after A.C and near around the Fourth century stone made tap and statues artistically decorated and viewing them, we come down to agree that Bajrayogini is probably the ancient religious place of Kathamandu, the capital of Nepal.

 

Inscription found around the temple, it was renovated about five hundred years ago that can be understood through the study of inscription during the period of PratapMalla. The outcome of Bajrayogini Devi (goddess), the establishments of Sankhu, the Bajrayogini Fair are to be found as a long tradition. The Bajrayogini temple is 2.5. K.m. far and is to the north of Sankhu.

 

 

Bungmati and Khokana
The twin villages of Bungamati and Khokana date from 16th century and typical ancient Newari Villages. These villages are located south of Kathmandu down a rutty road dotted with chaityas, appropriate for an ancient procession route. The Bugmati village lies on a hilly riverside slope, surrounded by terraced rice fields and clumps of trees. Past a Ganesh temple, a series of steps lead to a gate guarded by two lions and the head of a third one, which juts out from a ramp obviously built around the animal. A shikhara-style temple with heavy columns houses the idol of the popular Rain God, RatoMachhendranath.

 

This idol is taken around on a chariot procession through the streets of Patan once every year. Through the grille of the wooden door of the nearby Lokeshwar shrine, you may catch a glimpse of the huge head of Bhairav with a crooked nose. Khokana is the twin Newar Village lying next to Bungmati, both dating back to the 16th century. In between the two settlements is the temple of KaryaBinayak. Just like Bungmati, Khokana is a compact village. Running through it is a wide main street, which was built after the 1934 earthquake. In the middle of the street is the temple of Sikali Mai, Khokana's guardian mother goddess. Khokana has long been famous as an oil-pressing center where mustard seeds are pressed using traditional methods. Bungmati 10 kilometers south of Kathmandu.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT SIGHTSEEING ON AIR ABOVE THE MOUNTAIN
The mountain flight will start take off from 6:30 till 9:30 Am we pick you up from hotel early morning for your Everest experiences Mountain flights offer the luxurious option of a Himalayan experience. The one-hour mountain flight from Kathmandu takes one close to the highest peaks, in the world including Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gosaithan (also called Shisha Pangma in Tibet China), Dorje-Lhakpa, Phurba-Chyachu, Choba-Bhamare, Gaurishanker, Melung-tse, Chugimago, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nup-tse and, of course, Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several airlines in the morning from the domestic airport in Kathmandu.

 

Flights from Kathmandu the Eastern Himalaya. It is great opportunities to take the mountain flight in Nepal Himalaya. Discover the best mountain flight in the world highest peak Mt. Everest Chomolungma 8848 m. NEPAL.

 

Nagarkot
This is 32 km to the north-east of Katmandu and hour drive through the windy road situated at 2175 m this is magnificent place to view the panorama of major peaks of eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest on clear days. It is also very spectacular to watch the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan ranges. There are also number of luxury hotels and lodges available for accommodation to spend the night. Short day hiking can be done to explore the Tamang villages and other areas of interest for easy trekking rout to Chisa-pani, Helambhu Trek.

Dhulikhel
This is another country drive trip to the east 30 km on the side of the Arniko highway connecting to Tibet border. This is also equally nice place for panoramic viewing of snowy mountain ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. From the hilltop you can view colorful landscapes. There are number of luxury hotels and lodges available for spending the night. Day return hiking can be done to explore number of villages during the stay in Dhulikhel. The main highway will led to Tibet Lhasa the all Trekking and overland tour will follow the arniko highway by Dhulikhel – Tatopani, Kodari.

 

Kirtipur

It lies about 8 km to the south-west of Katmandu on the top of a hill. This is an old Newar town and people are farmers and living in old traditional culture. The town offers to see many old temples and Buddhist shrines. One can find people weaving in old traditional looms. Uma Maheswar Temple, Bang-bhairab Temple, Hinddhu, Loandegal Temple, Chilancho Stupa, &BagatpalVihar, NagaraMandara Shree KirtiVihar, Bishnu Devi Temple all of this religious shrine are surrounded in Kirtipur.

 

Dakshinkali
It is about 21 km drive through the country to the south of Katmandu. The spectacular views of beautiful landscapes, terraced farmlands and Himalayan ranges on the back ground can be seen while on drive. The road ends right at the temple. Dakshinkali, the supreme Hindu powerful Goddess is worshiped and animals like male-goats and roosters are also sacrificed. This type of rituals takes place twice a week Saturday and Tuesday. On our way back visit Shesh Narayan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and a Buddhist monastery the place call pharping where you will find the Lama monks chanting the prayers. Also visit of chovar gorge through where the water of the valley is drained out.

Chitwan
The Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) to the southwest of Kathmandu (only 165 km by overland) and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is a mere 25 minute flight away and the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan. Here you will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four wheel drive vehicle to view the wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the jungle river, nature walk, bird watching excursions, elephant bathing in the river, Tharu cultural village tour, visit to Elephant Breeding Centre, Gharial Breeding & Conservation Centre, etc. Many adventurers also choose to go down by raft. However, if you go for a jungle safari it is an experience you will remember for a life time.

Lumbini
This spot is birthplace of Lord Buddha and thus one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. It is located 304 km south-west of Katmandu and an easy forage from Royal Chitwan National Park. Lumbini contains historical and religious monuments like broken Ashoka Pillar ancient inscription, remnants of an old monastery, image of Buddha,s mother Maya Devi, Siddhartha pond where Buddha was bathed after his birth, Mahayana monastery, Lumbini Garden, etc. are still preserved.Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in the Terai plains of Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. More than 400,000 Buddhists and non-Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) and holds immense archeological and religious importance.


Sacred Garden
: It was here in the gardens of Lumbini that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC. The nativity site is marked by a commemorative pillar erected by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka of India during his pilgrimage to the holy site in 249 BC.


The inscription on the Ashoka Pillar identifies the Sacred Garden - spread over 9 sq. km – as the spot where the Enlightened One was born. A large number of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit Lumbini to pray at the Mayadevi Temple where excavations have revealed the “marker stone” showing the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautam Buddha was born. The sacred Puskarni Pond where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath before the birth of Buddha lies to the south of the pillar. It was also in this pond that the infant Buddha was given his first bath.


Monuments: To the north of the Sacred Garden are monastic zones where different countries have built temples and monasteries depicting different sects of Buddhism. TheMyanmar Temple (LokamaniCula Pagoda) is a shiny gold and white structure that resembles the Shwe-dagon Pagoda of Yangon while the International Gautami Nuns Temple isareplicaoftheSwayambhu Stupa of Kathmandu. TheChina Temple, built by the Buddhist Association of China, is a complex of pagodas, prayer rooms and meditation cells. Across the road is the Dae Sung Suk Ga SaKorean Temple. The Japan Peace Stupa, built by Nippon Jon Kyohoji of Japan, is a 41-m tall structure with four different Buddha statues set into the stupa’s dome facing the four cardinal directions. Other beautiful monuments and temples have been built by Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, France, Germany and Sri Lanka.

 

Tansen
A pristine hill town yet untouched by many tourists. Tansen offers amazing views of Himalayas. It is situated at an altitude of 1343m. It is 80 km from Lumbini and 123 km from Pokhara to the south. One can see the panoramic view of Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the west GauriShanker in the north-east. The town sprawls over a steep ridge and attractive Newari houses line cobbled street. Interesting walks in the surrounding countryside can take you to the bank of Kali Gandaki river and the huge Ranighat palace.

Pokhara Valley
The Pokhara Valley is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. The beauty of the valley is enhanced by its lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Pokhara is situated 200 km west of Katmandu at an altitude of 900 meter only from the sea level. For the mountain viewers Pokhara offers the magnificent views of Machhapuchre (fishtail shape), 5 peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and others. Pokhara is one the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic views in a subtropical setting. From Pokhara you can do the trekking in Annapurna region, Dhaulagiri region & Mustang area from 1 – 5weeks depending on your time, budget and your physical fitness. The very famous trekking rout to Annapurna base camp and Ghorepani the Himalayan panorama Trek in western Nepal.

 

Gorkha
This is situated 125 km north-west of Katmandu and 115 km to north-east of Pokhara This is the birth place of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the Great, the founder of modern Nepal. Hence it is ancestral home of the Shah kings of Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, there is a beautiful palace known as Gorkha Durbar. The King Prithivi Narayan Shah began his campaign to unify the Kingdom from this palace of Gorkha. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhnath and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha Durbar is certainly one of the most outstanding examples of Nepalese architecture.


From Gorkha one can do around Manaslu trek for 12 – 21 days trip and end the trek in Pokhara or Besisahar it is a great eco-trail trek in the Himalaya. The Tsum Valley is newly open trekking rout in Nepal one of the great trekking with great Himalayan strong hold Buddhist cultural in Nepal.

Maratika Truckpu & Halesi Mahadeva Cave
The MaratikaTakphu the must holist please in eastern Nepal. The Haleshi temple of noble Shiva is situated by a small hilly area in linking the holy rivers DudhKoshi to the aptly and Sunkoshi to the missing of Khotang constituency in eastern Nepal. This holy place is the religious destination pro both the Hindus and the Budhist pilgrims. Buddhist rector Padmasambhava/ Gururenpochemeditated at this cave a long calculate past. Inside the same way Hindu sage called Mirchaya Baba who is still alive 130 years of age has furthermore med it- acted at this time.

 

Mahaguru Sankaracharya of India has furthermore visited this place. People believe with the intention of wishes occur real if lone worships the god at this time total heartedly. It is single the place in the eastern Nepal, which is understood to the ordinary playground pro both the Buddhists and the Hindus.

Muktinath Temple
Muktinath, a sacred place both for Hindus as well as Buddhists, is located at an altitude of 3700 m at the foot of the Thorong La pass the most famous trekking rout in the western Himalayas and the Lo-manthang, Mustang. The Hindus call the place MuktiKshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation", while the Buddhists call it ChumigGyatsa, which in Tibetan means "Hundred Waters". For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath-ChumigGyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers. It is of great importance for Buddhists that ChumigGyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places.

Trip Cost: USD $: 00 Dollar per person / Trip Cost for Indian Clients IC Rs. 00 per person with flight from KTM – BHR and PKR – KTM.


The Cost Included: All transportation as mentioned on itinerary, accommodation B B plan in Kathmandu, full board in Lumbini, all sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu and Lumbini, English speaking tour guide, transportation will be all Air condition vehicle during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Lumbini, the farewell dinner party the last day of tour in Kathmandu.


The cost not included: Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, personal expenses, incase emergency rescue charge, any alcoholic drinks, & other beverages the tips etc.