Kathmandu Day Tour
Kathmandu Day Tour Overview
Kathmandu Tour is known for its mystery and charm. The ancient valley is alive with temples and as well as multiple cultures. You will quickly learn that Nepal is hegemony of cultures that have learned to live together in peace and harmony, making Nepal one of the most unusual places in the world. This tour package focuses on the Kathmandu Valley. Which offer some incredible insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of Kathmandu.
Today will be a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin the day touring Kathmandu's Durbar Square where you will the old royal palace (now a museum), along with nearly 60 ancient temples and a chance to see the living goddess, locally called The Kumari. She is a young girl who is believed to be the reincarnation of a goddess, and presides over local religious festivals. From here, we travel to Swayambhu, the famous "Monkey Temple" which is a Buddhist Religious Site that stands on a high hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhu is more than just a single stupa. There are many smaller stupas, reflecting ponds and prayer wheels as you can go beyond the main site and explore the entire hill that is set aside in honor of Lord Buddha. The next stop is Budhanilkantha, which is home of the Sleeping Vishnu. This is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rarely visited by tourists. However, it features a 5 meter long ancient carving of Lord Vishnu lying on the Cosmic Sea of Water. The stone is unique as it is not native of the Kathmandu Valley.
We head a trip to the second city of the Kathmandu Valley: Patan. It was once its own kingdom, and its Durbar Square features a Royal Palace, many unusual temples as well as a museum. Patan is known as the city of artists, and you will see some incredible art in Patan. From here, we travel to Pashipatinath, the most sacred Hindu holy site in Nepal and one of the most sacred places in all of Hinduism. Here there are many temples, ghats (cremation sites) and holy men that you can see and visit with. The last of the tour will take you to Boudhanath, which is the largest Buddhist stupa in all of Nepal, and one of the largest in the world. Here you will encounter Tibetan Buddhists as you get a glimpse into a culture that is still inspired by the Dalai Lama. Then it's back to your hotel.