10 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
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Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
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Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

Cultural gems and fresh air

First drive to Nagarkot and on the way visit Bhaktapur, a city that is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is also known as Nepal’s Cultural Gem and is more like an open museum. Monumental masterpieces in Bhaktapur are innumerable, and each seems more attractive than the other. The Durbar Square is one of Nepal's most visited sites.

Here you see the famous 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell, lots of temples and the country’s tallest pagoda temple. Pottery Square is also one of the best places to visit. Later drive to Nagarkot and walk around the hills and villages. Nagarkot is a stunningly beautiful spot where you have time to relax and explore. In this real life Shangri La you can get close to nature and breathe in the pure oxygen of this mountain kingdom.

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Bhaktapur City Tour
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Bhaktapur City Tour

Jewel in the crown

Bhaktapur is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is also known for its history and heritage and often described as Nepal’s Cultural Gem. Bhaktapur is more like an open museum as there are so many monumental masterpieces to see and each one seems more attractive than the next.

Bhaktapur is 10 miles east of Kathmandu and the city's Durbar Square is one of the gems of the nation. On this fascinating tour you will see the world-renowned 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, and Shiva Temple. In Taumadhi Square stop at Nyatapola Temple which dates back to 1702 AD and is the country’s tallest pagoda temple. Pottery Square is also one of the best places you can visit.

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Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
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Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur

Three into one does go

The stupa of Budhanath lies five miles east of Kathmandu and on this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it Chorten Chempo, which means Great Stupa.

Later visit Pashupatinath Temple, not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the world. The temple of lord shiva Pashupati Nath has a two tiered golden roof and silver doors. Then at Bhaktapur see fascinating structures like the world-renowned 55 Window palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell and lots of temples. Pottery Square is also one of the best places to visit.

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ChanguNarayn and Nagarkot
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ChanguNarayn and Nagarkot

The real Shangi La

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to ChanguNarayn Temple, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley. This impressive double roofed temple was built in the 4th century by Haridatta Varma, who was a Licchavi king who ruled around 325 AD. The present pagoda-style temple was rebuilt in 1702 after the original was destroyed by fire and sits in a beautiful peaceful location just north of Bhaktapur.

Later take a two hour walk from ChanguNarayn temple to Telkot passing lots of villages and meeting the friendly people along the way. From Telkot, drive to Nagarkot, a stunningly beautiful spot where you have time to relax or explore. In this real life Shangri La you can get close to nature and breathe in the pure oxygen of this mountain kingdom.

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Day Trek to Namoboudha
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Day Trek to Namoboudha

Go for a day's walk

You will be collected from your hotel early in the morning for the hike to Namoboudha. Your trek begins from Dhulikhel town and you pass through several charming villages before ending in Panauti village. The trail affords some excellent mountain views and is a delightful way to see the picturesque countryside. Namoboudha means "hail to the Buddha" and is a very sacred site.

The trek takes around five hours to complete and is one of the very popular activities while spending time in Kathmandu. Views of the mountains are stunning at every turn and along the way you will meet and chat with the friendly locals. No visit to the mountain kingdom of Nepal is complete without at least one long walk and this one takes some beating.

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Everest Flight
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Everest Flight

Look down on mighty Everest

One thing you must do while staying in Kathmundu is take this one hour scenic flight over the world's highest mountain. You fly across the north east of Nepal and over high Himalayan ranges. As well as getting great views over Mount Everest you will also look down on eight of the other highest peaks in the world that make up the magnificent Himalayas.

The Everest flight is a sparkling clear journey across the world’s highest peaks and across the Roof of the World. The flights operate from Kathmandu in the morning and the cost includes the round trip transfers from your hotel. The trip is weather dependent with the best conditions likely from October until March but you can always go another day if your flight is cancelled..

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Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath
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Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath

See the square and the stupa

On this Kathmandu city tour you get to visit Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the temples built during the reign of Malla Kings (1200 to 1768) which are beautiful examples of Newari Architecture, Nepal’s most distinctive style. This important historical attraction has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are great photo opportunities.

You also stop at Kasthamandap – the wooden building said to have given Kathmandu its name - and the pyramid shaped three roofed Taleju Temple, one of the oldest temples in the square. Later drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is more than 2,000 years old and is perched on a hill above the valley floor, offering a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu. Some of the Tibetan exiles in Nepal live near the stupa.

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Kathmandu, Swayambhunath and Patan
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Kathmandu, Swayambhunath and Patan

Squares and scenic views

Begin with a tour of Kathmandu seeing all the main sights including Durbar Square with its distinctive styled temples. This important historical attraction has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Kasthamandap – the wooden building that is said to have given Kathmandu its name and the Taleju Temple, one of the oldest temples in the square.

Later drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is more than 2,000 years old and is perched on a hill above the valley floor, offering a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu City. Then drive to Patan where you get the chance to visit Durbar Square which is full of temples. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna built entirely of stone with rare carvings on its walls.

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Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
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Pashupatinath and Boudhanath

Stunning stupa and top temple

The stupa of Budhanath lies five miles east of Kathmandu and on this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Thought to have been built by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the fifth century A.D, it has an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. Boudha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet.

Later visit Pashupatinath Temple, which literally means ‘the god of all animals’ and is one of the Avatars of Lord Shiva. This is not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the entire world. Standing on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, the temple, with its two tiered golden roof and silver doors, is a truly amazing sight.

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Pashupatinath and Nagarkot
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Pashupatinath and Nagarkot

The views are breathtaking

In the morning visit the Pashupatinath Temple, which literally means ‘the god of all animals’ and is one of the Avatars of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath is not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the world. Situated four miles east of Kathmandu on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, the temple has a magnificent two tiered golden roof and silver doors.

Later drive to the mountain town of Dhulikhel, 25 miles east of Kathmandu and a great place for views of the Himalayas.The spectacular snow fed mountains seen from Dhulikhel must be one of the finest panoramic views on Earth. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air. More than 20 Himalayan peaks can be seen from here in their full glory.

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Patan and Bhaktapur
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Patan and Bhaktapur

Two's company

Patan is located about four miles to the south of Kathmandu, on the southern side of the Bagmati River and is one of three royal cities in this picturesque valley. As a centre of Buddhist and Hindu culture, this fascinating city is full of religious art, temples, monasteries, monuments and fine wood carvings depicting people and animals of both faiths. This town is also known as Lalitpur, which means the city of beauty.

Bhaktapur is a city that is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is also known as Nepal’s Cultural Gem and is more like an open museum. Monumental masterpieces here are innumerable, and each is more attractive than the other. The Durbar Square is one of Nepal's most visited sites and you can see the famous 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate and Big Bell.

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Patan Tour
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Patan Tour

Day in the city of beauty

Patan is located about four miles to the south of Kathmandu, on the southern side of the Bagmati River and is one of three royal cities in this picturesque valley. As a centre of Buddhist and Hindu culture, this fascinating city is full of religious art, temples, monasteries, monuments and fine wood carvings depicting people and animals of both faiths.

Also called Lalitpur, which means the city of beauty, it is recognised for its fine arts. On this tour you will get the chance to visit Durbar Square which is full of temples. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna Mandir which is built entirely of stone with rare carvings on its walls depicting the epic wars from the past.

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Shivapuri Day Trek
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Shivapuri Day Trek

A walk in the park

On this adventurous tour you are met after breakfast at your hotel and driven to Budhanilkantha at the base of Shivapuri. This is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists, another example of religious harmony typical of Nepal. For a student of culture, the monolithic, more than 1,000 year old, 16ft statue of the god Vishnu is said to resemble the face of Buddha.

After a quick tour of Budhanilkantha, you walk in Shivapuri National Park. Following a grove lined with elder and oak trees, you arrive at the base of the steps leading to Nagi Gompa. Overseen by nuns in billowing saffron roves, Nagi Gompa is a nunnery and retreat centre, which is home to more than 100 Buddhist nuns. From this monastery you have amazing sweeping views over the Kathmandu valley.

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Whitewater Rafting on Trishuli River
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Whitewater Rafting on Trishuli River

Ride the rapids

Leave Kathmandu early in the morning for the three to four hour drive to Charaudi Red House, the starting point for your whitewater rafting adventure. This exciting rafting trip through some class two and class three rapids makes a great introduction to the sport. You can stop along the river for a rest before tackling more rapids later in the day.

After exerting all this energy you will be ready for a delicious hot buffet lunch at River Fun Beach Resort where you can then relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings before the drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu. There is so much to see and do when staying in Nepal, but it is well worth taking some time out for a little adventure along the way and this rafting trip fits the bill perfectly.

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