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Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley

$1300

per person

Experience Nepal’s heritage and culture in the most famous mountain range in the world – the Himalayas firsthand! Witness Nepal’s multi-ethnicity and the harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism at the birth place of Gautama Buddha. This jewel-sized country is dotted with many monuments and temples. Hindu and Buddhist devotees from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the temples in Nepal.

Away from the busy city with a 1-day gentle trek introducing you to rare flora and fauna, and amazing view of Himalayan peaks.

Join us to be inspired by the majestic nature and culture of Nepal, no Mt Everest climbing skills required!

Kathmandu, Namobuddha, Dhulikhel & Bhaktapur

 

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Meet Up at Kathmandu (KTM)

Day 2: Kathmandu | Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath Temple

Day 3: Kathmandu | Kathmandu City, Swayambhu,

Day 4: Kathmandu – Namobuddha

Day 5: Namobuddha –Bhaktapur | Dhulikhel Gentle Trek, Changu

Day 6 – Bhaktapur to Kathmandu | Bhaktapur

Day 7 – Kathmandu | Thamel

Day 8 – Kathmandu

 

INCLUSIONS

‣ Guide and porters on your gentle trek

‣ Cultural Dance Performance

‣ Farewell Dinner

‣  Airport Transfers

‣  4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Guest House during Trek

‣  Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣  English-speaking Local Guide

‣  Entrance Fees to Monuments

 

1

Meet Up at Kathmandu (KTM)

Upon arrival into Kathmandu, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel.
2

Kathmandu | Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath Temple

This morning we will visit Bungamati and Patan.

Bungamati is a Newar village that overlooks the Bagmati River. This village is known for agriculture, livestock and fishing.  Patan is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.

We then leave Patan and head back to Kathmandu to see Bodnath Stupa.

Boudhanath is one of the largest spherical stupas (akin to a mausoleum) in the world with a massive mandala.  The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, the numeral one (in Devanagari script) is painted in the fashion of a nose. Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.

Around Boudhanath there are 50 gompas (Tibetan monasteries or temples) serving the large population of Tibet refugees. Walk through the nearby settlements, browse the galleries of Tibetan art and snack on traditional momos (a type of South Asian dumpling).

Interested in the state of mind of the locals? Visit Bodnath Stupa at the end of the day to catch some of the evening chanting as local people and monks circle the stupa spinning their prayer wheels as they go.

Visit Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Hindus from all over the world come here for a pilgrimage.  Many exotic carvings can be seen on its ornate wooden roof struts.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
3

Kathmandu | Kathmandu City, Swayambhu

Let’s explore Kathmandu city.  Kathmandu is an intoxicating, exhilarating city. Traffic buzzes around the narrow winding streets next to rickshaws. Rice and chili are laid out to dry in courtyards, ancient temples are strung with bright orange marigolds. Workshops reminiscent of the Middle Ages still line the back streets. The Nepalese capital has been a mecca for travelers for decades, and it is easy to see why. Upon arrival, prepare to be amazed.

Visit the Swayambhu complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees'. Swayambhu is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha.

Much of Swayambhu's iconography comes from the Vajrayana tradition of Newar Buddhism. However, the complex is also an important site for Buddhists of many schools, and is also revered by Hindus.

The Swayambhu complex consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period (400 to 750 AD). A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are the more recent additions as well as shops, restaurants and hostels. The site has two access points: a long stairway with 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a road around the hill from the south leading to the south-west entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra, a symbolic and ritual tool meaning both a thunderbolt and a diamond.

You have the afternoon and evening free to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
4

Kathmandu – Namobuddha

In the morning, you head east into the Kathmandu Valley for a transfer to Namobuddha. NamoBuddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal.  The legend has that Buddha in his previous life offered his body to a tigress tormented by starvation.

Here you can walk to the local temples and explore the surroundings. On a clear day you will get some lovely views of the Himalayan peaks in the distance.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
5

Namobuddha –Bhaktapur | Dhulikhel Gentle Trek, Changu

Today you will enjoy a day trek from Namobuddha to Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel has been for centuries an important trading centre on the commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet.  Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Himalaya (if you manage to wake early today and weather permitting). The panorama offers a view of the Himalayan ranges stretching from Mount Annapurna in the far west to Mount Karolung in the far east. More than twenty Himalayan peaks including Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt. Langtang (7234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7134 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m) and many others can be seen from Dhulikhel.

From Dhulikel you will proceed to Changu and Bhaktapur for further sightseeing. Changu Lake is a glacial lake. You will spend the night in Bhaktapur, a truly beautiful settlement whose original architecture has been wonderfully maintained.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
6

Bhaktapur to Kathmandu | Bhaktapur

This morning, spend some more time to explore Bhaktapur before heading to Kathmandu for the remainder of the day.

Bhaktapur is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley.  It was the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until the 15th century and was an independent kingdom from then until the 18th century.  Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas.

Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, pagodas and religious shrines. Although the population is primarily Hindu, there are nineteen Buddhist monasteries (Vihars).  In addition, Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, palaces and temples with terracotta art, elaborately carved wood columns, gilded roofs and open courtyards.

Durbar (Royal) Square is a UNESCO site.  No cars are allowed in Durbar Square making it a perfect place to stroll and soak in the ancient beauty.  Check out the 55 window Palace, Golden Gate, Royal Bath with its Golden Faucet, and the Big Bell.

For modern day artistry and handicrafts, watch potters create works of art in the Pottery Square. Indigenous (Newar) handicrafts include paubha scroll paintings, papier-mâché masks, cotton cloth, woodcarvings, metalwork, jewelry and ceramic products, haku-patasi (black sari) and black caps.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
7

Kathmandu | Thamel

Today you will drive to Thamel, a suburb of Kathmandu which is especially bustling in the evenings - a great way to spend your last night in Nepal.

This evening, enjoy your farewell dinner and cultural dance performance.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Farewell Dinner
8

Kathmandu

After breakfast the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Kathmandu airport.  Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Tour Location

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Dates & Pricing

DEPARTURE DATE* DBL OCC SGL OCC
Weekly Departures, Monday Feb 1 to May 15, 2018   $1,300 $1,870

* Special Departure Dates on Request *

** This tour is a perfect add-on to your other India tours, let’s us plan it for you!

International Flights Coordinated With Your Tour

We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem, contact our helpful agents for recommended departure information.

  • DBL OCC: Price per person with double occupancy sharing a room in US Dollars.
  • SGL OCC: Price per person with single occupancy room in US Dollars.
  • Total price = relevant per person price, plus any selected add-ons.
  • Private tours and single-person tours are available with nominal supplement price, call for details. Discounts are available for a group of 10 or more, call for details. Prices include all currently applicable taxes.
   

Optional Add-On

  • ‣ Mount Everest Flight               $250

Exclusions

  • ‣ Any travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions

Deposit

A non-refundable deposit is required to hold reservations made 60 days or more before departure.  The deposit consists of the items below.
  • ‣ $500 (Sandeep, as discussed)
‣ Fare for the optional Mountain Everest Flight $250 (subject to weather conditions. If the flight is canceled due to weather, TripCompanion will refund you the cost of the Mount Everest Sightseeing Flight. )
  • ‣ Selected add-on cultural performances

Nepal Tourist Visa

Hotels

Destination Hotel Rating
Kathmandu Maya Manor Hotel ★★★★
Namobuddha Namobuddha Resort
Bhaktapur Peacock Guest House
Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Hotel check-in time is 2 pm and check out at 12 noon.