Kathmandu Heritage Tour
In Kathmandu Heritage Tour, you visit the historical monuments of the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the beginning, you land at Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Kathmandu is one of the prominent valleys of Asia. Another prominent valley of Asia is the Valley of Kashmir, which is in India. Another name of Kathmandu is the city of temples, and it is also famous for its festivals, architectures, and Newari culture. On the basis of these, the British Historian called Kathmandu “Nepal Proper.”
From your guide, you will find that Kathmandu has derived its name from Kaasthamandap, a big wooden house, located in the middle of the Kathmandu Durbar Square. According to the history, Kaasthamandap has been made from a single tree, without using nails. When you visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will see it a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples. This square is believed to be built built between the 12th and 18th centuries. In the past, it used to be the seat of the Malla Kings, now it is the social, religious, and urban focal point of the city dwellers. There are also three museum galleries inside the square.
During the Kathmandu Heritage Tour, you also visit the 4 stupas of Patan, erected by Charumati, the daughter of Emperor Ashoka. In this tour, you also visit Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, the two renowned Buddhist stupas of the world. Kathmandu Heritage Tour also takes you to Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred shrines of the Hindus, which lies 5 km east from the heart of Kathmandu. This shrine is richly ornamented and contains the sacred “Shiva Lingam,” or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the existence of the shrine prior to 400 A.D. Near Pashupatinath, you can see the Hindu devotees taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River. You will also visit Patan, an old Newari city, which is famous for its Durbar Square, Golden Gate, Taleju, Krishna Mandir, Sati mandir, and Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple). In Nepali “mandir” means temple.
Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)
The representative of Nepal Himalayan trip receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Nepal Himalayan trip outside the airport terminal. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Nepal Himalayan trip. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Pre – Trip Meeting and Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
At around 8 a.m. Nepal Himalayan trip hosts a meeting at hotel and introduces you to your guide. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. It is also in this meeting that Nepal Himalayan trip gives you gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 a.m. You will have a private vehicle, and you will also have a professional tour guide. The sightseeing includes the following places:
Pashupatinath Temple is a World Heritage Site, and is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 km east from the heart of Kathmandu. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred “Shiva Lingam,” or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River beside the temple.
Bouddhanath Stupa is a World Heritage Site, lies about 6 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops because the builders had to mix dew with mortar while building it because at that that time, Kathmandu suffered from a severe drought
Patan City is an old Newar city, where you will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, including the temples, such as Taleju, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, and Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple.)
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a World Heritage Site, and is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, which were built between the 12th and 18th centuries. It used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 different languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious, and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Swoyambhunath Stupa, which is also known as “The Monkey Temple,” is a World Heritage Site, and it looks from the top of a hillock to the Kathmandu Valley. This huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked with the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the reason why Swoyambhunath is called Monkey Temple is because of the countless monkeys in its premises.
In the evening, you will be taken to a traditional Nepalese restaurant, and you will also have an opportunity to see Nepali dancing. If you are interested in a Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start through Ace Holidays.Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)
Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure
Today is the departure day; therefore, you are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.(Breakfast provided)
During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Nepal Himalayan trip can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Nepal Himalayan trip will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.
- Airport pick up service/ Airport drop off service/Hotel pick up service/ hotel drop off service by a private vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini (breakfast included)
- Two nights/three days accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park.
- Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
- Nepal Himalayan trip’s bag and cap as gifts to you
- License holder English speaking tour guide.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide and driver.
- Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Private Transportation from Pokhara to Lumbini
- Private Transportataion from Lumbini to Chitwan
- Tourist bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu
- Sightseeing in a private vehicle in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
- Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or
equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100
- respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
- Tips for tour guide and driver(Tipping is expected).
- Any other expense, which is not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section.