Best of Kathmandu Valley
Experience the Himalayas firsthand. Witness Nepal’s multi-ethnicity and harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism at the birth place of Gautama Buddha. This jewel-sized country is dotted with many monuments and temples. Away from the busy city, with a 1-day gentle trek, we introduce to you to rare flora and fauna, and an amazing view of the Himalayan peaks.
Join us to be inspired by the majestic nature and culture of Nepal, no Mt Everest climbing skills required!
8 Days, 7 Nights: Kathmandu, Namobuddha, Dhulikhel & Bhaktapur
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Kathmandu (KTM)
Kathmandu | Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath Temple
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.
Kathmandu | Kathmandu City, Swayambhu
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.
Kathmandu – Namobuddha
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.
Namobuddha –Bhaktapur | Dhulikhel Gentle Trek, Changu
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.
Bhaktapur to Kathmandu | Bhaktapur
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.
Kathmandu | Thamel
Dates & Pricing
Special Fixed Date Group, Guarantee departure with maximum 16 guests
|Departure Date||DBL OCC*|
|2019: 2nd Monday in Jan. 1st Monday in Dec||$1,335|
|2020: 2nd Monday in Jan. 1st Monday in Dec||$1,470|
Private Tour, Daily departure.
|2 Persons *|
|Jan 11 to Dec 19, 2019||$2,390|
|Jan 11 to Dec 19, 2020||$2,390|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
- ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Guest House during Trek
- ‣ Airport Transfers
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for more details)
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Guide and porters on your gentle trek
- ‣ Cultural Dance Performance
- ‣ Farewell Dinner
- ‣ 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