Kathmandu valley is one of the historical and cultural center in the Himalayas from time immemorial. The valley nourished the primitive form of Tantrism and Buddhism untouched by the invasion, colonialism and internal political changes its neighbors – Tibet and India went through. The valley was also one of the important hub of trans-Himalayan trade eventually linking with ‘Silk Road’.
Like many cities in the world, Kathmandu went through many changes in the history. However it was never about the war but always about the spiritualism, peace and art. People here were famous artisans creating beautiful master pieces which still makes central figures in many temples and monasteries of Tibet and India.
It became safe hideout for Buddhist practices while the place of its origin was going through conflicts. Hundreds of monasteries were established during the first millennium of which about 350 still exists making it ‘the oldest existing Buddhist city in the world.’
Moreover, the valley is surrounded by lush hills offering scenic nature walks and treks. 144 sq km area in the north of Kathmandu have been protected as ‘Shivapuri National park’. Kathmandu valley trek or hiking is as rewarding as any other Himalayan treks.
This three days Kathmandu valley tour is combination of nature walk and sightseeing with spiritual, cultural and historical perspective. Professional and well educated local guide gives deeper insight of the country.
Day 01: Kathmandu sightseeing
Our tour guide will come with car and driver for sightseeing around Kathmandu. Walk through colorful market to Kathmandu durbar square discovering its hidden courtyards full of medieval architecture and cultural life. Kathmandu Durbar square is the complex of temples, palace wings and shrunken water spouts finest of all. Later drive to Boudhanath for lunch. Boudhanath is the largest stupa with over 50 monasteries and Himalayan Buddhist tribes visiting it all the time. The ambiance make it Tibet outside of Tibet. Later drive to Pashupatinath, one of the oldest and the biggest Hindu temple. Sadhu, the Hindu holy men wander around the temple begging for alms. This is the most auspicious place for cremation and Hindu death anniversary rituals. All of these make the site culturally rich. Drive back to Hotel.
Day 02: Changunarayan to Nagarkot hiking – 2.5 hrs drive and 5 hrs of walking.
In the morning, we will drive about 20 km north of Kathmandu to Changunarayan hillock. The hillock is overlooking into Kathmandu valley with Himalayan range towards north. Changunarayan is the oldest documented Pagoda style temple of Nepal dating back to at least 4th century. The walking trail follows the ridge gradually climbing to Nagarkot hill station at 2,100 m. We walk through forest and villages coming to scenic view points. First half of the walk is nature walk through the forest and the second half is full of cultural insight as we walk through the front yard of Tamang people. Tamangs are Tibetan immigrants who came to Nepal before Buddhism went there. So they have mixed practice of shamanism, animism mixed with Buddhism. The walk is the best way to observe countryside lifestyle of Nepal. Our car will be waiting in the town of Nagarkot from where we will drive back to our hotel.
Day 03: Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing
Bhaktapur and Patan are the other medieval cities in Kathmandu valley. While Bhaktapur is dominated by Tantric Hinduism, Patan is known as the oldest existing city in the world. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel to visit the two marvelous medieval towns. Bhaktapur is known as ‘Living Museum’ for people here still lives age old lifestyle in harmony with their monuments. We will walk through the alleyways to observe the reminiscence of medieval town planning and the people’s lifestyle. Finally come to the eastern end of Bhaktapur from where we will do the sightseeing of heritage sites. After lunch drive to Patan. Patan is known as Lalitpur, the city of fine art. People here are ‘Shakya’ who believe they are decedent of Buddha. Every neighborhood in old town was expanded from a monastery and the fine art is their ancestral profession. We will walk through the backstreet of Patna visiting some of its beautiful monasteries and finally visit the palace square which has fine museum of iconography and Nepalese architecture. Drive back to Hotel in the evening.
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