Nepal’s appeal spans far beyond its majestic mountains, encompassing a rich tapestry of culture and historical significance. The Kathmandu Valley, where Buddhism and Hinduism intertwine, embodies a captivating narrative of cultural heritage and biodiversity. This area acts as a lively center, providing an enthralling insight into Nepal’s diverse history and culture, interwoven with religious importance and breathtaking natural beauty.
This Glimpses of Nepal explores the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur unveiling a wealth of history and craftsmanship. The intricate wooden carvings, ancient temples, and palaces nestled within these cities stand as a testament to the valley’s rich architectural and artistic legacy. Each carving and structure holds its unique narrative, displaying the exceptional craftsmanship and historical value that characterize these cities. These intricately designed elements serve as living chronicles, preserving the skilled artistry and cultural importance of Patan and Bhaktapur.
Perched atop a hill, the Swayambhunath Stupa offers not only panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley but also serves as a symbol of religious unity. The stupa, adorned with Buddha’s eyes gazing over the valley, carries profound spiritual importance for both Buddhists and Hindus, epitomizing Nepal’s syncretic cultural identity.
The journey to Nagarkot, located atop a hill outside the valley, includes a touch of natural beauty and tranquility. Nagarkot provides breathtaking views, particularly during sunrise or sunset, allowing you the opportunity to witness the glory of the majestic Himalayas.
This classic Nepal Tour offers a glimpse into the vibrant living traditions, rich rituals, and cultural heritage woven within the fabric of the Kathmandu Valley. It celebrates the harmonious coexistence of diverse faiths, showcasing the artistic brilliance, and the natural splendor that makes Nepal a captivating destination for cultural exploration and appreciation.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu World Heritage Site Tour
Day 3: Bhaktapur & Nagarkot
Day 4: Departure.
This trip can be taken throughout the year as a private individual tour or as a group tour.
- 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.
- All airport & hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in listed or similar category hotels.
- Only breakfast at the staying hotels.
- One welcome or farewell dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking licensed tour guide through out the trip.
- All sightseeing and monument entry fee as per the itinerary.
- Bottled mineral water in the vehicle.
- All government tax and service charges.
- Nepal Visa
- International airfare.
- Meals other than listed (lunches or dinners).
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
- Tips and gratuities to Guide, and driver.
- Travel medical insurance.
- Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
- Any other expenses other than the listed above.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival, a Wind Horse representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you’ll go for an introductory tour of Kathmandu city, starting with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Stroll through Asan and Indra Chowk markets observing ancient houses, bustling markets, and temples. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant featuring a cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu World Heritage Site Tour
We shall begin the day at the Swayambhunath Temple, often referred to as the Monkey Temple, offers a spiritual journey into one of the oldest and most revered temples in the valley. Situated atop a hill, Swayambhunath offers a panoramic view of Kathmandu valley.
Next, we will travel to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, we will join pilgrims in circumambulating the stupa and explore the neighboring monasteries.
We will then proceed to Pasupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. Situated along the banks of the Bagmati River, this sacred site is dedicated to Lord Shiva and serves as a focal point for various Hindu religious ceremonies and activities, including cremation rituals conducted along the ghats.
The journey continues towards Patan, celebrated for its opulent artistic legacy and Newari culture. The Patan Durbar Square presents exquisite Hindu and Buddhist monuments. You will explore the Patan Museum, the Krishna Mandir, and the Baglamukhi Temple during this visit. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
We will start the day with a visit to Bhaktapur, an ancient city renowned for its unique heritage, presents an opportunity to explore various architectural marvels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, with its rich history and intricate craftsmanship, is home to Nyatapola Temple, the 55-window Palace, Bhairabnath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, and the vibrant Pottery Square.
The journey then continues towards Changu Narayan, another UNESCO World Heritage site. A historic temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu with intricate stone and wood carvings, reflecting Nepal’s ancient craftsmanship and religious significance.
From Changu Narayan, you have the option to drive(30m) or hike(2hrs) to Nagarkot. Nagarkot sitting on a hilltop offers unparalleled vistas of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, Jugal Himal, Annapurna range, Mahalangur range and other peaks. Depending on your time, you can also take a short nature walk or enjoy the sunset from your hotel. Overnight in Nagarkot.
Wake up early in the morning to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. The gentle hues of pink and orange painting the sky as the sun rises behind the towering peaks will be really amazing.
Following breakfast, you will descend down the hill towards Kathmandu airport in time for your departure flight to 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.