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3 Nights Kathmandu & Nagarkot

Destinations Covered
Kathmandu-Nagarkot-Kathmandu

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Kathmandu is the largest city of Nepal. Sitting at an altitude of 1300 metres on the shores of Bagmati River, it is the political and cultural capital of the country. Named after the Kasthamandap Temple, constructed in 1569 AD, it is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. It's a lively, bustling place, where the ancient collides with the modern to create an exhilarating melting pot of sights, sounds, and smells. Today's modern jumble of concrete buildings and busy streets has built up around the medieval old town; wandering through its winding alleyways is like taking a step back in time. Kathmandu is Nepal’s most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups. It was once one of the most important points on the caravan routes between Tibet and India.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 In Kathmandu

Post breakfast, set off for full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was established in the 5th Century on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. It is of cubic construction, with four main doorscovered in silver sheets. This richly decorated temple has many wooden sculptures, and praying here is believed to make one’s wishes come true. One of the temple’s most astonishing decorations is the huge golden statue of Nandi, Shiva's bull.

Boudhanath Stupa is a world heritage site that has been a sacred place on the Kathmandu–Tibet trade route for centuries. The core of the stupa is dated as early as the fifth Century AD, and it almost certainly contains holy relics: perhaps parts of the Buddha’s body (bones, hair, and teeth), objects touched or used by him, sacred texts, and other ritual objects. Simple, massive and powerful, this stupa rises above the buildings surrounding it, its painted eyes gazing solemnly over the countryside. With a diametre exceeding 100 metres and a wall-to-wall length roughly equalling a football field, Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in the world, and is certainly the largest in Nepal. The monument rises 36 metres above the street. The form, with alternating squares and circles, represents a three-dimensional mandala comprising religious concepts. Every portion has symbolic significance: the base, dome, square harmika, spire, and pinnacle represent the five elements; the thirteen tiers of the spire stand for the stages to enlightenment; while the umbrella atop it is the symbol of royalty. The painted, bow-shaped eyes of Boudhanath are variously described as mysterious, indifferent, compassionate and knowing.

Swayambhunath Stupa, perched atop a hill, is one of the crowning glories of Kathmandu. It was founded 2000 years ago. The perfectly proportioned monument rises through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, where four faces of the Buddha stare across the valley in the cardinal directions. The nose-like squiggle below the piercing eyes is actually the Nepali number ek (one), signifying unity; above this is a third eye, signifying the all-seeing insight of the Buddha. The entire structure of the stupa is symbolic: the white dome represents the earth, while the 13-tiered, beehive-like structure at the top symbolizes the thirteen stages that humans must pass through to achieve nirvana. The base of the central stupa is ringed by prayer wheels embossed with the sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Fluttering above the stupa are thousands of prayer flags, with similar mantras that are said to be carried to heaven by the wind blowing the flags. Set in ornate plinths around the base of the stupa are statues representing the Dhyani Buddhas – Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabh, Amocha Siddhi (Amoghasiddhi) and Aksobhya – and their Shaktis (consorts), who represent the five qualities of Buddhist wisdom.

Durbar Square is an excellent example of Nepali architecture and culture, located in the heart of Kathmandu. It is divided into two courtyards. The outer courtyard includes Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple; while the inner consists of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The buildings here are the great achievement of the Malla dynasty, and resulted from a rivalry between three different palaces: in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhakatpur.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Kathmandu – Nagarkot (32km/1hr)

After breakfast, check-out and depart for Nagarkot, a picturesque hill station cum favoured summer camp of the former Royals of Nepal. Nagarkot is well known for its wondrous mountain views, which include Mount Everest and other peaks of the Himalayan range of Eastern Nepal. It also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot’s scenic beauty makes it a special place to witness sunrise and sunset views. From the famous Nagarkot Tower one can take in an awesome view of the surroundings.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 Nagarkot– Kathmandu (32km/1hr)

Early morning, relish the splendid sunrise view over the Himalayas.

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, 3 hrs prior to your flight's departure.

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