Kathmandu Cultural Tour-4 Nights 5 Days

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Tour to the Himalayan City- Kathmandu, takes you to the most popular destinations where you can choose to relax or indulge in some leisure activities.

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Group size: 02-08
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Trip Level: Easy
  •  Max Altitude: (2195m./7201ft.)
  •  Activities: Tour and Hiking
  •   Transportation: Private Car, Jeep or Van

  Meals: BB plan in Kathmandu and All meals during the tour outside Kathmandu

  Accomodation: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nagarkot

Trip Introduction

A four night five days Kathmandu Valley Cultural Tour to the Himalayan City- Kathmandu, takes you to the most popular destinations where you can choose to relax or indulge in some leisure activities.

The tour offers an incomparable scope to connoisseurs of art and culture to see and study the different aspects of fine arts in its painting, sculpture, woodcarving and architecture. The three main historic cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur with numerous historical monuments, old palace and palace squares, shrines and temples. Ageless traditions and legends make it a veritable living museum. The Kathmandu Valley boasts seven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites all within a radius of 20 km. Among them some are placed in cultural world heritage sites while 2 are placed in natural world heritage sites. We will take to visit The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot (2195m) via Bhakatur Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Sunrise, drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Departure: Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.

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Accommodations

We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Nagarkot. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms.

Meals

All meals will be provided during tour (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the tour and travelers can order lunch and dinner individually from the hotel menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on tour, we have breakfast and dinner in the hotel where we spend the night and lunch on our way to sightseeing area. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Kathmandu cultural tour is a easy tour. Travelers who can travel up to 6-7 hours a by van/jeep will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. Kathmandu cultural tour should be relatively easy for those who have experience in walking in the city. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the tour. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure Trekking before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for the tour is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter and summer.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1400m):

Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and Overnight at Hotel.

  •  Accomodation: Hotel
  •  Hours: 30 Min
  •  Altitude: 1400m
  •   Meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. The complex was residence to Nepal’s royal family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Palace. The king no longer lives in the Hanuman Dhoka (old Royal palace) in Kathmandu. The palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. The founding of the Palace dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries.

There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including The Taleju Temple (The tallest of all structures, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD), The Jagannath Temple (Built in 16th century is known for the fascinating erotic figures carved in the wooden struts), The Kala Bhairav (one of the largest 17th century stone statue in Kathmandu, represents terrifying aspect of Lord Shiva), Swet-Bhairav Temple (the temple opens once in a year during Indra Jatra Festival), Kumari Temple (The 17th century temple of living goddess is an example of highly developed Nepali craftsmanship), Kasthamandap (from which Kathmandu derives its name, is said to be built from the timber of a single tree), Nautalle Durbar, Pancha-mukhi Hanuman Temple and Chasin Dega. Although many of the building around the square are very old, a great deal of damage was caused by the great earth quake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original from.

The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most parts of the palace premise are open for tourists throughout the week during office hours.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. It holds a very strong religious belief. If a Hindu takes his/her last breath at Pashupatinath and her/his body is cremated here and ashes are sprinkled in the holy water of Bagmati it is believed that her/his soul is released from the cycle of rebirth and finds the ultimate nirvana or salvation.

A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Nearby is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva’s consort Sati Devi. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Pashupatinath courtyard. UNESCO designated Pashupatinath temple as World Heritage Site in 1979.

Boudhanath
The largest Stupa in South Asia situated 6km east of the city center Bouddhanath is one of the most auspicious pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. The huge Stupa stands 36m high on the ancient trade route to Tibet. It is believed that Bouddhanath Stupa was built in the 5th century and entombs the remains of a Kasyap sage who is respected by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Tibetan refugees, who migrated in 1950s to Nepal, settled around Bouddhanath and today it has become the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world where one can still observe the Tibetan lifestyle in Bouddhanath. Tibetans and monks in maroon robes with prayer wheels in their hands still practice the rituals. Devotees still hold big functions during celebratory in particular occasions, Buddha Jayanti “ Buddha’s Birthday”. UNESCO listed Bouddhanath in World Heritage List in 1979.
Because of its location and size, it seems much larger than the Swayambunath Stupa, with the same hemi-spherical dome symbolizing the emptiness from which everything emanates. On top is the harmika painted on each side with the eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness, and above the spire with its 13 stages to the canopy. At ground level there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the meditation Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels. Early morning and evening are the times to visit Bouddha to join the local residents in kora (walking the pilgrim’s circuit, sometimes with Tibetan pilgrims on their hands and knees).

 

Swoyambhunath
Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and mysterious of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. Swoyambhu literally means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site.
The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. According to a legend of 15th century Swayambhu Puran, it is believed that past Buddha planted a lotus that miraculously blossomed from the lake. Manjushree, while meditating at the sacred mountain, had a vision of the brilliant but mysterious light radiated by the lotus and flew across China and Tibet to worship it. In order to make it accessible to the pilgrims, Manjushree drained out water from the lake and thus, the lotus was transformed into a hilltop and the light into Swayambhunath Stupa. Hence, the derivation of the title Swayambhu, which means self-creation. This superior white mound and glittering golden spire is visible from all sides of the valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally worship Swayambhunath eve though it is a Buddhist Stupa. Everyday people ascend the 365 steps to pay a visit to the deity. Every part of the Stupa holds a religious belief; according to Buddhism the thirteen gilded circles of the spire symbolize the thirteen steps that lead to nirvana or ultimate salvation “ Moksha; the eyes on each of Stupa’s four sides symbolize the God’s all-seeing perspective that the God is looking everywhere to distinguish justice from injustice. The third eye on each face of the Stupa symbolizes wisdom. It is also believed that the only way to salvation is through Buddhism. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex.

 

  •  Accomodation: Hotel
  •  Hours: 6
  •  Altitude: 1400m
  •   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot (2195m) via Bhakatur Durbar Square:

Drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated 32 kilometers, 1.5 hrs drive east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175 meters. The panoramic view of the major peaks including Mt. Everest can be seen from here. This place is also famous for viewing sunrise and sunset. Overnight at hotel.
On the way to Nagarkot at 17 kms stop for Bhaktapur. Perhaps the least changed of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with a distinct medieval feel. Pottery and weaving are still traditional industries here. Architectural wonders around, including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate and the magnificent five-storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.

  •  Accomodation: Hotel
  •  Hours: 6
  •  Altitude: 2175m
  •   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Sunrise, drive to Kathmandu:

After sunrise view at Nagarkot we drive back to Kathmandu, one they way back we will take you to visit Patan Durbar Square.

Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, houses the residence of the former family of Patan. The Square and its surroundings provide very good example of ancient Newari architecture. The palace has three main courtyards the central and the oldest is Mul Chowk. To the west of the complex are a dozen free standing temples of various sizes and styles. Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple, the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna Mahavira and Sundari Chowk mark the architectural excellence of its era. The Sundari Chowk with the sunken bath of Tusha Hiti, contains exquisite woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. Patan Durbar Square also houses a temple of Taleju Bhawani. After the excursion in Patan we drive to Hotel. Overnight at hotel.

  •  Accomodation: Hotel
  •  Hours: 5
  •  Altitude: 1400m
  •   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Departure:

Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.

  •  Accomodation: No
  •  Hours: 30 Min
  •  Altitude: 1400m
  •   Meals: Breakfast

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Package includes:

* Pick up and drop from international airport.
* Kathmandu accommodation for 3 nights
* All land transfer as per given itinerary
* Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
* National Park entry permit fees
* Entrance fees for World Heritage Sites and temples
* All program according to itineraries on full board
* Food Kathmandu: (Breakfast and Lunch) – mention above itinerary
* Outside Kathmandu: (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) – mention above itinerary
* Wages, food, accommodation, insurance and other facilities to the guide


Package excludes:
    * Nepal entry visa
    * Travel insurance
    * Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    * Personal expenses
    * All bar bill
    * Expenses of personal nature i.e. soft/hard drinks, tips etc

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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during cultural tour and wildlife safari. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Toiletries
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
T-shirts
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Lower Body:
Underwear
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Fleece or wool pants

Feet:
Normal and hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
Earplugs
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.