Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Destination: Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath:

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is a Buddhist stupa on a western hill of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu- a lake then - by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the top of this hill and sanctified it. The stupa of Swayambhu is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth , and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules , and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful prayer flags and monkeys hanging around.

The pilgrim's progress to swayambhunath's holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of are 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge vajra (symbol of thunderbolt). Statues of Buddha on the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddesses Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan Gompa (monastery) and innumerable chaityas (small stupas ). The balconies of Swayambhunath are ideal for viewing the entire Valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is known as Hanuman Dhoka (the gate of monkey god hanuman) which is divided into two principal chowks (courtyards). The outer one is renowned for the KUmari Ghar (the house of the Kumari or virgin or the "living goddess"), Kasthamandap (the wooden house which made from single tree), Narayan Mandir, the stone state of Garuda (man-bird), Kal Bhairav statue and Shiva-Parvati temple house. Most of them built in the pagoda style embellished with intricately carved exteriors, built between 12th to 18 centuries by Malls and Shah Dynasty.

The main inner chowk is the Hanumandhoka and its Durbar complex. There are many temples here, the most notables being the Talegu Temple which dedicated to the female royal deity, Taleju Bhabani. This ultra -sacrosanct temple is opened only once a year and only certain priests can inter it. One of the main buildings of this is call Basantupar Durbar or Nau-talle (nine-storied) Durbar which was built by King Prithavi Narayan Shah in 1770. It is known as Kathmandu Tower, was built along with three other towers named after three ancient cities of Kathmandu valley.


Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur Durbar Square is entered through the massive royal gate and opens up to a most unspoiled complex of palaces, shrines and other landmarks in the Valley. On the right is pair of statues in stone of Ugrachandi with her 18 arms. Then there is the Rameshwor Temple. In the middle of the square is the gilded statue of King Bhupatindra Malla seated on a tall stone pillar, and faces the most exquisitely artistic Suun Dhoka, or the golden gate, Leading into the royal place. The royal place is also known as the "place of 55 windows", next to which is the National Art Gallery. The inner portion of the palace has the Taleju courtyard and her house. Beyond is the Sundari Chowk. The outer perimeters of the complex is replete with pillars and pavilions: Chyasalin Mandap, Durga Temple, Taumadhi Tole and others. To the right, and in another square, is the famed 30-meters (98 feet) Nyatapole Temple (built in 1702), the tallest and most multi-roofed edifice in To Nepal. To its right is the Kashi Bishwanath Temple. On the side of the square is the vantage Nyatapole Café, and beyond it is the community of the famous potters. There are marvelous pottery squares where you can see the living workshop in pottery turning the traditional wheel, making different item and draying it.

The itinerary leads to the distant Dattatreya Square; it is name after the triad deities Bharma (creator), Bishnu (presenter) and Mahesaor (emancipator). This Square is famous place for wood carving as well. The peacock and lotus windows along the Pujari Math are the great in wood carving consecrated to Humanity representing in 16th century technology.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is the one of the most sacred Hindu temple in the world; it is dedicated to the lord Shiva (god of the god). The Pashupatinath complex is very large with 492 temples, shrines, stupas Patis (public inn), Satals and other landmark. There are more than thousand Shiva lingams (Phallic symbol of Shiva).Its burning Ghats on the riverbank are the holiest in Nepal. There is no dated record showing when the temple of Lord Pashupatinath was first build but some of unclrearify carving dated found first existed at 459 A.D. However it is rebuilt several times, the present temple built by King Shiva Deva III around 1120 A.D and King Jayasthgiti Malla in the late 14thcentury.A gold plated roof, silver doors and woodcarving of the finest quality decorates the Pagoda construction. There are many great festivals,which are celebrate according to Lunar calendar such as Teej (Women fulfill festival), Balachaturdasi, full moon day and Mahashivaratri. Mahashivaratri is great night of lord Shiva, which celebrate all Shiva's temple with devotion, enthusiasm and jubilation to the greatest day of Load Shiva. Every year thousands of Sadu and pilgrimage come from India and around the world. Ancient religious scriptures said that if you visit this holy site, you can clear the way to haven.

Bouddhanath: The Great Stupa of Bouddhanath is a jewel point in the center of a natural mandala, a store of secret energy. It is built on flat surface, and is the largest in Nepal It is in various levels of terraces, and is painted in pastel, and is adorned with player flags. It is set in the mandala design. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice.It was built by the LIchavi King Man Dev in the 5thcentury.

Bouddhanath is one of the most sacred places of the Buddhist. For the Tibetan Buddhist, it's even more sacred and therefore more crowded by the Tibetan Monks and Nuns than other Buddhist site. All pilgrims and devotes walk, and prostrating clockwise direction (this is known as kora), turning the mani wheels recite the holy mantras of the dates of compassion.

Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is the most spectacular example of Nepalese architecture in an urban context. Patan is also notable for the four stupas erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka at the four cardinal directions of the city on his pilgrimage tour some 2250 years ago. The palace square sits somewhat between these four milestones. The royal palace's sprawling landmarks are Sundari Chowk, Tusahiti, Mul Chowk, Binaya Mandir, Taleju Shrine, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Gloden Gate, and Keshab Narayan chowk.

The outer perimeters are noteworthy for the Krisna mandir in stone, Hari Shanker Temple, statue of King Siddhi Narsingh, Char Narayan Temple, Bishwanath Mandir, Bhimsen Mandir, Manga Hiti and many others. It is recorded that there are more than 1200 Buddhist monument of various shapes and sizes scattered in and around this city alone. It is said that Patan was founded by King Veer Deva in 299 A.D., that it indicate Patan is the oldest of all three cities of Valley.

Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar):This three storey golden pagoda of Shakyamunu (Lord Buddha)was built in the 12th century by King Bhaskar Verma, where you can see the white image if Amoghpash Lokeshwor and a large prayer wheel.

Krishna Mandir: This is the first specimen of pagoda style temple all made by stone. It is only temple in Nepal having 21 golden pinnacles. This temple dedicated to lord Krisna and built by King Siddhi Narshing Malla in 17th century. Kumbheshower: It is one of three five storied temple in Kathmandu valley. This is temple of Lord Shiva, built by King Jayaiddhi Malla.

Trip Details

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Day 01: Kathmandu: Arrive (By morning flight) Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Welcome and assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel check in. PM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the "Monkey Temple". There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 02: After Breakfast we Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city 15 km from Kathmandu, known as city of Devotees and center of medieval art and architecture founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD, visit Nyatpola temple, the most beautiful temple of Nepal, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden gate and other place of Interest. Lunch Time: 1300hrs-14:00hrs PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest Stupa of Boudhanath. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 03: After Breakfastwe Proceed for sightseeing tour of Patan City,  city Patan is often referred to as Lalitpur, which means "city of beauty". Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 BCE.Visit Patan City second largest city of valley including Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla’s Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple, 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple known as temple of 10,000 Buddha, Kumbeshwar Temple. Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple. After sightseeing tour transferred to the airport to fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival and departure and tour with Private Car.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Monuments Entrance fee.
  • Hotel in BB Basis.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Tips for Guide and driver.
  • Lunch and dinners.

If you are thinking about how to obtain Nepal visa, then the easiest way to obtain it is at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival in Nepal or else at the immigration entry point if you are entering through the border of India or Tibet.

Note: There are few countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc. People from these countries do not get visa from the immigration entry points of Nepal.)

What do you need to obtain Nepal visa?

If you are thinking of taking visa at the airport or immigration entry point, following are your requirements:

* A valid passport (The passport should have validity of at least six months)
* You should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points.
* Two passport size photos
* Visa fees which should be paid in cash.

Entry points to Nepal

* Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
* Eastern Nepal - Kakarvitta, Jhapa.
* Central Nepal - Birjung, Parsa.
* Northern Border - Kodari, Sindhupalchowk. (Now closed after earthquake).
* Northern Border - Kerung, Rasuwa.
* Western - Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa).
* Mid-western - Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj).
* Far western - Kailali (Mohana, Dhangadhi) / Kanchanpur (Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar).

Visa Fees

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* For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visa up to 30 days.
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Visa Extension

* Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
* In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as late fine.

Transit Visa

When a foreigner has to get down at Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any force landing for whatever the reason, the foreigner can obtain transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

Other General Information

* Entering in to Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
* Tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
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* Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
* If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
* Always carry your passport and trekking permit while on trekking.
* Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do the activities that are strictly prohibited.
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* Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.

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