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Kathmandu & Nagarkot Tour

Kathmandu & Nagarkot Tour TourCode : 1258
Duration  4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination  Nepal
Route  Delhi-Kathmandu-Dhulikel-Kathmandu-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu – On to Nagarkot (32 kms/ approx.1 hour drive)
Welcome to the ‘Exhilarating Nepal’ tour. Arrive into Kathmandu International Airport, after Post customs and immigration, you will be met just outside the arrival hall and get transferred to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated at an altitude of 7500 feet high and is the best place for countryside walking and mountain viewing. It is the only place from where one can view a panorama of the entire eastern central Himalaya – Everest, Numbur, Chooyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and to the west Manaslu and Himalchuli five of the world’s ten highest peaks. Visit Changunarayan temple, one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. The sacred complex is a World Heritage Site. The rest of the day is leisure on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 2: On to Kathmandu
Today after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: In Kathmandu – Day excursion to Dhulikel
After breakfast enjoy a Mountain Flight (subject to weather condition) in Kathmandu. Later proceed on an excursion to Dhulikel. Dhulikhel is justly famous as a well-preserved Newar town and a mountain viewpoint. Return to Kathmandu. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 4: In Kathmandu – City tour of Kathmandu
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu, visiting temples of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, temple of the living Goddess and stroll through the old Durbar Square. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy exploring the markets, pubs and casinos on own. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 5: Departure
Today bid farewell to ‘Exhilarating Nepal’ tour and you will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward journey.

Sightseeing

There are many sights to keep you enthralled in Kathmandu.

Royal ruins: Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is lovely, littered as it is with the varied legacies of the classy Mallas, the martial Prithvi Narayan and the somewhat loud Ranas. The Hanuman Dhoka palace is no longer the residence of the Shah kings but is still used for ceremonial gatherings and events like the coronation. The Hanuman Dhoka gate has a fantastic carved representation of Lord Ram’s Man Friday: the revered monkey god here is awash in vermilion ‘sindur’ paste. Only a part of the grounds is open to visitors. The half man-half lion Narsimha figure of one of the incarnations of Vishnu is from 1673 AD when the king Pratap Malla danced dressed like the god and then sought to appease Him by having a statue made in His honour. Must’ve worked considering the Malla king enjoyed a long and glorious time at the throne!

Temple trail: Small streets and winding alleys never cease to surprise you because invariably waiting at the other end (and along the way) is a temple. The capital of the world’s only Hindu kingdom does itself proud housing an astounding number of shrines dedicated either to Vishnu The Preserver, Shiva The Destroyer or Goddess Durga from whom flows All Energy. The most important temple in Kathmandu and really all of Nepal is Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva in his form as protector of animals. The Kasthamandap Temple is now dedicated to the patron saint of the ruling Shahs. A lovely wooden pergola reputedly built from a single tree covers the shrine of this temple from which the city is said to have picked up its name. Perhaps the oldest structure in the area, the Kasthamandap Mandir dates back to the 14th century. The 16th century Taleju Temple looms over Durbar Square with the three tiers of its golden dome literally outshining everything around. The Manju Dewal temple is a good vantage point at the Durbar Square. From the pagoda roof you can watch the activity down below before plunging back into it. In Budhanilkantha, a short way out of the city, a statue of Vishnu on a bed of snakes seems to float on the pond. The Kala Bhairab and Sweta Bhairab and Akash Bhairab are all shrines to Shiva.

Stunning stupa: Swayambhunath is the most famous of the Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. In a country where Hindus and Buddhists have traditionally commingled, pictures of the ‘face of Swayambhu’ adorn brochures as often as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath or Everest. Sitting on a hilltop Swayambhu is a little challenging for the infirm amongst us but do go for the view, for offering up a prayer by turning an inscribed wheel and for the calm that comes from just being around the peace loving Buddhists.

Of museums, matrons, markets and much more:

Whatever is the point of museums in this city where ancient temples, sacred detailed carvings, art, craft and more spill out onto the streets and rub shoulders with you? The Natural History Museum has stuffed animals that someone framed when there were more alive ones around (and now there aren’t so you have to come here to see them!) The National Museum will give you a good idea about Nepal’s rich, sometimes tumultuous and always exciting history. The Kumari Palace is where Nepal’s resident goddess lives. Every once in a while, there is a hunt for the girl who is The Goddess Kali incarnate. This is where The Chosen One lives thereafter. In Bangemudha, (literally Twisted Wood) resides the god that looks after dental well-being. Going by the number of clinics that line the road leading up to it, looks like He has amply strong backup!

Shopping

Mementos from Nepal could be many. Wacky t-shirts spread the message of general bonhomie: ‘yak yak yak yak-Nepal’ is a popular one. Buddhist Thanka paintings with detailed and delicate depictions of cosmic order and holy lives should ideally be consecrated. Buddhists use these scroll paintings of silk for sacred duties, but as just fine works of art too they are beautiful. Newari ‘paubha’ paintings are similar but not as elaborate. Kukri knives were the export that accompanied that other famous export of Nepal, giving the Gorkha warrior his cutting edge. Ornate bells that ring true and clear and other metalwork products are great. Woodcarvings, embroidered satin, strings of coloured beads, woven shawls…marvellous kitsch.

Eating Joints

In tourist hot spots like Kathmandu and Pokhara you’ll be taken aback at the range of cuisine that’s on offer. Nutty buns, creamy pastries, gooey chocolate cake, cheesy pizzas; Chinese, Italian, Tibetan, Indian, and ‘Continental’, all find their way on to restaurant menus. With a curiously Nepalese twist of course!

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The nightlife is not hopping though discos, pubs and jazz at cafes in Thamel liven up the scene somewhat. In Kathmandu, casinos are open through 24 hours. Cinemas at the Kathmandu complex screen movies in English. Restaurants show surprisingly current videos of Hollywood fare. Some hotels and the sports complex let you pay-and-play. Catch a game of tennis, put in some laps at the pool, and there are many snooker parlours where you may pot a shot.

The Nepalese gather nightly for community singing sessions, raksi (the local brew) in hand, song on lips and music in the heart. Strains of folk song spill out on the street and you’ll hear them when you’re walking around late evenings.

 

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