KATHMANDU VALLEY DAY TOUR
The valley, the political, commercial, and cultural hub of Nepal, is famous for its natural beauty and history. It is situated at an altitude of 1,350m above sea level and covers an area of 218sq.miles. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley, the home of ancient and sophisticated Newari culture. The Newars are the indigenous inhabitants of the Valley and the pioneers of the splendid civilization of its three cities-Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is an overwhelming frenzy of art and architecture. This medieval palace complex is erected in different styles at the right-hand side of the Kumari temple. This palace complex is locally known as Basantapur Durbar or Nautale Durbar and the street is called Basantapur after it. This monument was constructed in 1770A.D. in the initiation of King Prithvi Narayan Shah after capturing the Kathmandu Valley in 1768A.D. The massive pagoda structure houses the tutelary deity of the Malla Kings. The palace building is a labyrinth of stone-paved quadrangles. The coronation ceremony is still performed in the main courtyard, the Nasal Chowk. The palace façade is a tapestry of intricately-carved windows, shaded by gently sloping roofs of shimmering brown tiles.
It is the house-like pavilion located on the left-hand side of the huge courtyard known as Basantapur. In Kathmandu Valley, their temples are built in different styles such as Pagoda style, Stupa style, summit style, and Muslim style. In this style, a courtyard is surrounded on all four sides by residential buildings. In Harmaya style, generally, the deity of the temple is placed straight behind the front gate. In this shrine, you will see no image inside because it is the home of the living Goddess, a young girl who reigns as goddess Kumari until she reached puberty. However, if she likes, she can appear at the window of the second floor opposite the main gate.
It is located near the temple of Kumari temple. It is said to have been built by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla at the beginning of the sixteenth century. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple. But it is destroyed by the massive earthquake on 25 April 2015.
A five-minute walk from Kasthamandap is the Shiva Temple of Jaishi Dewal which is famous for its erotic carvings. It is still one of the main routes of the chariot festival of Indra Jatra and other festivals.
Swoyambhunath, Monkey temple (World Heritage Site)
The swayambhu Stupa crowns a hillock to the west of Kathmandu. A massive white dome surrounded by a 13 stage spire, the stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is said to be 2000 years old. Its origins are linked to the founding of the Kathmandu Valley by draining the water of the lake by Boddhisattva Manjushree. Swoyambhu manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus and Manjushree let the water out by slashing a passage through the surrounding hills to facilitate paying homage to Swayambhu, thus making the valley inhabitable.
It is the world’s biggest stupa located about two kilometers to the north of Pashupatinath temple. This colossal Stupa is known by the name of Bouddha Nath, the god of wisdom t is difficult to assign a period to it is as some believe that it was built during the reign of either Shiva Deva or Anshu Verma in the 7th century A.D. The design is much like the Swayambhu stupa, except that the final consists of receding squares instead of circles. Boudhanath attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. It was damaged by a massive earthquake on 25 April 2015 but it is renovated and opened for visitors.
Pashupatinath (World Heritage Site
One of the holiest Hindu Shrines in the world, the temple of Pashupatinath is the focus of pilgrims from all over Nepal and India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is built in the familiar pagoda style. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence before 400 A.D. It lies 5 km east of the city center. This holy place is a picturesque collection of temples and shrines. All the dying persons are brought to Pashupatinath for cremation. Only the Hindus are allowed to go inside the temples.
POHKARA VALLEY TOUR
Pokhara is a beautiful city that lies in the lap of Annapurna Himalaya and is surrounded by some famous lakes. There will be a professional tour guide and a private tourist vehicle for your sightseeing. The sightseeing covers the following place, Bidhabasini temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, another manifestation. Davis Fall: Davis fall is located in the southern part of Pokhara valley. In this fall the water from Fewa lake surges down the rock into a deep gorge. This place is widely famous for domestic and international tourists. Gupteshor Mahadev Cave: This cave is also closed to Davis fall and it is almost three Km. long. It has a big room and some passage where you have the crawl on all four. This cave is special for Hindu people and inside the cave phallic symbol of lord shiva. Tibetan refugee camp: There are two Tibetan refugee camps in Pokhara valley. The original Tibetan settled here in 1950 AD. The Tibetan people produce woolen carpets and handicrafts and they trade to the domestic and international market. Seti river gorge: It is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara carved by the Seti River. From the Mahendrapul near by bus park, we can see the perfect view of rivers dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the rapid flow of white water.
These are the major attraction of Pokhara but there are several more places to see such as Fewa lake, Peace pagoda, Gorkha museum, International mountain museum, Sarangkot, and many more. Pokhara is also famous for adventure day activities such as Paragliding, Jeeplining, Mountain flight, Altra light flight, Heli sightseeing, etc. Shikhar adventure design your perfect holiday package upon your request and time frame.
A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek.
After you take breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then take you on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day preparing for your upcoming trek.
Today first we visit to Patan, which is 5km from Kathmandu, known as the city of fine art. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in the city. Patan Durbar Square, Patan Musium, Krishna Temple, Mahabuddha, Ashokan stupa are the major attraction of Patan. After then we drive to the another ancient and historical town Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is famous for wood carving clay pot. The city lies about 15km from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur darbar square, National art gallery, Nyatapola temple, Dattatraya temple, 55 window place, Golden gate and pottery square is the main attraction of Bhaktpur. After then we back to hotel.
Today we drive to the Pokhara after the breakfast, which is 210km northwest from Kathmandu. It is really scenic drive along the famous rafting River Trisuli and takes 5/6 hours to reach in Pokhara. If you are interested in rafting we can manage upon you request on the way.
After breakfast there will be half day sightseeing around Pokhara valley. There will be a professional tour guide and private tourist vehicle for you sightseeing. The sightseeing covers the following place, Bidhabasini temple: This temple dedicated to goddess Bhagawati ,another manifestation. Davis Fall: Davis fall located at the southern part of pokhara valley. In this fall the water from Fewa lake and surges down the rock into a deep gorge. This place widely famous for domestic and international tourist. Gupteshor Mahadev Cave: This cave also closed to Davis fall and it almost three Km. long. It has big room and some passage where you have the crawl on all four. This cave special for Hindu people and inside the cave phallic symbol of lord shiva. Tibitan refugee camp: Thre are two Tibetan refugee camp in pokhara valley. The original Tibetan settled here in 1950 AD. The Tibetan people product woolen carpet and handicrafts and they trade to the domestic and international market. Seti river gorge: It is one of the natural wonders of pokhara carved by Seti River. From the Mahendrapul near by buspark we can see the perfect view of rivers dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by rapid flow of white water.
After the breakfast at Pokhara we drive back to the Kathmandu which is 210km along the Trisuli River. When you reach in Kathmandu you have free time for your last minute shopping. In the evening we will provide you fare well dinner in Nepali typical restaurant with culture program.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Kathmandu Pokhara tour with us! We look forward to your next tour with us.
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