There lies more to Nepal than its majestic mountains and incredible pluralistic cultural identities. Buddhism and Hinduism assimilate readily in the vast valley and narrates a story of its rich cultural biodiversity. Be it the history behind every wooden carving in Patan/ Bhaktapur or serene Swayambhunath. This short yet lively trip examines the Kathmandu valley’s cultural delights, living traditions, and rituals encompassing the outskirts of the valley – Nagarkot on its journey.
Glimpses of Nepal will take you through the cultural and historical highlights of the scenic hill station of Nagarkot. Nagarkot is popular, for its stunning vistas of the Himalayas, especially at sunrise. Along the way, you will pass through rural landscapes and villages. You will also have the option to take the famous mountain flight that takes you up close to Mt. Everest and several other peaks in the central Himalayas. This flight operates daily in the morning (depending on the weather).
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu(1350m)
Day 2: Kathmandu UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Day 3: Bhaktapur & Nagarkot(2175m)
Day 4: Departure.
- Visit the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Walk through the narrow alleys of Asan and Indra Chowk markets.
- Follow the alleyways of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
- Admire the splendid ambiance and the artworks of Patan Durbar Square.
- Enjoy the sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas from Nagarkot.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, meet our guide and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, an introductory tour of Kathmandu city with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Walk past Asan and Indra Chowk markets towards Thamel-observing old houses, markets, and temples. Explore Thamel, the center of tourists in Kathmandu, with shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, trekking gear, and several good restaurants. Dinner in the evening, in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu World Heritage Site Tour
Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Drive north of Thamel to the hilltop and visit the Swayambhunath temple, one of the oldest temples in the valley. Next, drive east to Boudhanath(Boudha), the largest and most significant Buddhist monument. Thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) around the stupa. A short distance from here is the Pashupatinath temple, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Then drive a short distance to Patan, famous for its artistic heritage. Patan offers the finest Newari craft, typical Newari culture, and fine Hindu and Buddhist monuments. The most popular places around Patan are Durbar Square, the Patan Museum, Krishna Mandir, and the Baglamukhi temple. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is another unique and the most ancient city among the three cities in Kathmandu Valley. Explore the Durbar Square, Nyatapol Temple, 55 windows palace, Bhairabnath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, and Pottery Square. Watch the local artisans at work and browse the shops for handicrafts. After the visit, drive to Changu Narayan, another UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. From Changu Narayan, we can drive(45min) or hike(2hrs) to Nagarkot. The hike goes mostly uphill through forests, terraced rice fields, and villages. Meet the vehicle and drive to your hotel at Nagarkot. Nagarkot, located on a hilltop, provides one of the best possible views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, and other peaks. Depending on your time, you can walk to the nearby villages or watch the sun-setting from your hotel. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Wake up early in the morning to observe the sunrise over the Himalayas. After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your next destination.
We can modify this itinerary to fit your arrival and departure timings. The itinerary can be done in reverse order, staying the first night in Nagarkot or the first night in Kathmandu, 2nd night in Nagarkot, and returning to Kathmandu for the third night.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in listed hotels with breakfast.
- Local English-speaking tour guide.
- Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees.
- Nepal Visa.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance (recommended).
- Meals other than listed (lunch & dinner)
- Bar/Beverages, Laundry & Telephone.
- Anything not listed in the included section.
The cost is based on the number of participants:
8 members: US$275 per person.
6 members: US$300 per person.
4 members: US$340 per person.
2 members: US$380 per person.
Single traveler: US$630.
Single room supplementary: US$115.
This trip can be taken throughout the year as a private individual tour or as a group tour.
If you are traveling to Nepal, you require a visa to enter the country. All foreign nationals (except Indian Nationals) require a visa to enter Nepal. An on-arrival tourist visa is available at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The Department of Immigration at the Tribhuvan International Airport provides on-arrival tourist visas. The visa application fee is US$ 30/50/125 for 15/30/90 days.
An on-arrival visa is the quickest way to receive an entry visa, but sometimes during peak season, you might have to wait in long queues. To avoid this, you can also apply for a tourist visa before you arrive from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions abroad. After you receive the Visa: you must enter Nepal within six months from the issue date. Your stay in Nepal begins from the day you arrive in Nepal.