Kathmandu Tour Overview
The Kathmandu Valley is a land of wonder and mystery. It is said that this was once an ancient lake, to which one of the gods cut the gorge that allows the Bagmati River to rush its way to the Ganges River in India.
It is a Valley of temples. It is said that there are 1000 temples in the Valley. We haven't tried counting them all, but we know that there are temples everywhere you look. From the magnificent temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to small, tiny temples situated in back alleys, you are never more than 30 seconds from a temple !
Each week, there are festivals going on that celebrate religion as well as the diverse culture of the people who call Nepal home. There are incredible shopping opportunities as well as wonderful places to eat. Spend an afternoon reading a book in a park, and then swing to the sounds of the music in our numerous night clubs and dance bars.
Our Kathmandu Valley tour offers you an opportunity to see some of the best there is to see in the valley. This tour offers you an opportunity to go beyond the capital city to our neighboring cities of Patan, Bhaktipur, Changu Narayan and more. You will see and experience all kinds of fun and excitement as you explore the Kathmandu Valley.
Let your representative at Global Axis Travels put together for you the Kathmandu Valley Tour.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival – Arrive at Tribhuven International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative of GA Travels. From here, we take you to your hotel where you can relax and unwind from your long flight. Here, enjoy spending some time on a hotel's roof garden reading a book or just admiring the scenery in the Kathmandu Valley. The valley is ringed with mountains. In the evening, go on to dinner and enjoy a local nightclub or dance bar. There's plenty of activities to do in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu and Patan – Your day begins with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kathmandu Durbar Square is home to nearly 60 temples. It is also home to the living goddess, called the Kumari where you may be able to get a glimpse of her as you visit her home. Durbar Square is also the site of the royal palace, which is now a museum. From here, you will travel to Swayambhu, located on a high hill overlooking the valley. Swayambhu is also the famous "monkey temple", known for its overly friendly rhesus monkeys who will entertain you with their antics. This is a Buddhist site, complete with many stupas, including one that contains a bone from Buddha himself! Enjoy a cup of tea, then circumambulate around this impressive stupa. Swayambhu is also a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The afternoon will then go to the next city of Patan, known for its Durbar Square, temples and incredible art. Patan Durbar Square also features a Kumari or living goddess, and a great museum of local art that will amaze you. The Newari people are incredible artists, who's skill at carving will astound you. From there, visit the fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in all of Nepal. This site features an insight into Tibetan Buddhism which is very prevalent in the Valley. Return to relax at your hotel and enjoy the nightlife of Thamel.
DAY 3 : Pashipatinath, Bhaktipur and Changu Narayan – This day will take you out of the valley. You being at the most holy site in all of Nepal for Hinduism: Pashipatinath. This is a place where it is said that when the goddess Pashupati exploded in anger, a major part of her was found at this very spot. Hindus from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. From here, we travel to the third city of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktipur. The entire city has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site with its many temples as well as the old Royal Palace known for its 55 windows. From here, we travel to the least visited World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan which will feel like a step back in time. This city is on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, and features the oldest temple in the valley. The city is wonderful as its streets are stone steps, and you can see the Newari people still doing wood carvings like they have done for centuries. It is probably the least visited and most quaint of all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to your hotel and relax for the evening.
DAY 4 : Fly Home – Take some time before your flight to enjoy some last minute shopping in Thamel, and then we will take you to the airport for your flight to your next destination. You will have had a quick, but fun tour of the important sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Let GA Travels put together a great tour of this historic and culturally significant place.