For many, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marveling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.
This endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week, but be sure to leave its backpacker comforts and explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out.
After spending some hour at Pashupati we drive towards Boudhanath stupa which is just 2-3km from Pashupati. The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Bodnath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos. We can see the beauty of stupa from very close .
After this we have our lunch in some restaurant and drive to Bhaktapur which is 35min drive from Boudha road. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and art. After spending some hour there at Bhaktapur we drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 2: As per the schedule after breakfast we drive to Swayambhu. A journey up to the Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swayambhunath is one of the definitive experiences of Kathmandu. Mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a lofty hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. Swayambhunath is an intoxicating experience, with ancient carvings jammed into every spare inch of space and the smell of incense and butter lamps hanging heavy in the air. Spend some hour viewing the beauty of swayambhu.
Then drive towards Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom. Durbar Square was surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Many of the ancient temples have been destroyed by the earthquake and is under construction. Spending some hour at durbar square have lunch at some restaurant and we drive to Patan.
Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. Once a fiercely independent city-state, Patan is now almost a suburb of Kathmandu, separated only by the murky Bagmati River. Many locals still call the city by its original Sanskrit name of Lalitpur (City of Beauty) or by its Newari name, Yala. Almost everyone who comes to Kathmandu also visits Patan’s spectacular Durbar Sq – even after the 2015 earthquake, this remains the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole of Nepal.
- Transport: Pick up and drop by private car
- Guide: Professional
- A bottle of water
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature.
- Other activities not mentioned on itinerary.
- Monument Entrance fees