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Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains. At the heart of the old city’s mazelike alleys is Durbar Square, which becomes frenetic during Indra Jatra, a religious festival featuring masked dances. Many of the city’s historic sites were damaged or destroyed by a 2015 earthquake. Durbar Square’s palace, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap, a wooden Hindu temple, are being rebuilt.
Two most popular Buddhist Stupas inside Kathmandu, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an opportunity to explore traditional Tibetan culture outside Tibet. The largest and the holiest Hindu Temple Pashupatinath also is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. To witness Hindu death ritual is unorthodox experience for every western traveller.
The Durbar Squares at Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which reflect the medieval time Art War between the kings of then petty kingdoms of Nepal, are great artistic highlights of this tour. All these Durbar Squares are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Offbeat destinations around Kathmandu, Panauti caters absolute peacefulness whereas; Kirtipur is Nepal’s one of the most important historical towns.
Namobuddha, Chovar and Dakshinkali are all important sites of Kathmandu Valley worthwhile visiting to discover interesting myths and stories about Kathmandu.
Arrive – Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are met, greeted and escorted to the Hotel. You are welcomed in the hotel in a Traditional Indian style on arrival and check into the hotel. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Delhi – Kathmandu (By Flight)
Breakfast is at leisure. As we drifts towards to noon we leave for visiting Akshardham Temple (closed on Mondays); The Temple is the latest tourist attractions in India. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, the temple was inaugurated on November 7, 2005. The temple constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), spreads over an area of 100 acres. The mega Akshardham Temple complex has well maintained lawns, adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions. The Akshardham temple is considered as one of the wonders of modern India. Temple Structure is 141 ft high, 275 ft wide and 315 ft long temple is visible from a long distance. The massive temple built of sandstone and marble is the blend of several architectural temple styles. The Akshardham temple complex houses an 11 ft high, image of Swaminarayan at the centre of main building. The palace like temple is built of around 12,000 tons of pink sandstone and white marble brought from Rajasthan. The temple consists of 234 delicately carved and ornate pillars. You will the car at disposal for shopping and explore the Delhi city by your own. Late in time you will transfer to Delhi airport to board your flight to Kathmandu. By Flight 9W 264 Depart from Delhi at 20:45 hrs Arrive Kathmandu at 22:40 hrs Met and greeted by VASCO representative at the Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight is at the hotel
Morning after breakfast, you leave for visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa & Patan Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people.
Swayambhunath (Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandnu, stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
Patan Durbar Square ((listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town from early times (said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists). Return to the hotel for overnight stay .
Morning after breakfast we leave for visiting Pashupathnath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Pashupatinath Temple (Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km. east of Kathmandu Valley on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier this was a structure on this site.
Boudhanath (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhnath as one of the most flourishing centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO): A former capital of the valley, it was once a flourishing city on the trade route to Tibet. It has preserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, due to its more isolated location. It is regarded today as a classic showcase of medieval Nepalese town life. It is situated in the east of Kathmandu valley about 14 km. away. It today retains much of its beauty in ornate woodcarvings and in the famed Golden Gate. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Kathmandu – Home
Day free checkout at 12:00 Noon in time Transfer to International Airport for your flight back home.