ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. On arrival in Kathmandu: Having cleared immigration, collected your luggage, and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you. Transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at Leisure or visit around Thames for shopping. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU CITY TOUR – VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH, KATHMANDU CITY & PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Visit Swayambhunath, Kathmandu City & Patan Durbar Square. Breakfast is at the hotel; we start with our city tour. our first stop will be
Swayambhunath (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Swayambhunath literally means 'Self-Existent One.' Swayambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the Northwest. Swayambhunath occupies a central position; it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist Pilgrimage sites.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of old city Kathmandu. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity. In this tour, we visit the 17th Century Durbar complex, Hanuman Dhoka, Parvati temple, great Bell and Drum, Bhairav and Taleju Temple. All around the splendor of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the marketplace. Vegetable vendors, trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, and street shops selling imported goods tucked away in a quiet corner of the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.
In the afternoon , proceed to Patan Durbar Square.
In Patan, the old Newar city, you will see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (the golden temple), and Mahaboudha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shop and Bazaars.
Head to Tibetan Singing Bowl & Healing Center, a local shop that specializes in sound healing therapy from handmade Tibetan bowls. The vibrations of the bowls are said to cure headaches, back pain, stress and insomnia! The quick sound healing session took less than 5 minutes and was free.
Overnight is at Hotel in Kathmandu.
KATHMANDU - VISIT PASHUPATINATH & BOUDHANATH
Breakfast is at the hotel, Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of River Bagmati around 8 km from the city, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. The Pasupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is not known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple was founded. But according to Nepal Mahatmya and Himvatkhanda, the deity here gained great fame there as Pasupati, the Lord of the Animals. Pasupatinath Temple's existence dates to 400 A.D. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings presiding deity here is Shiva, who is worshiped in the form of the lingam. However, only Hindus are allowed inside.
Later visit Boudhanath which was built in the 14th century is possibly the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa. The stupa has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. The construction of the stupa serves as a three dimension which shows the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment. The base of the stupa is surrounded by 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha and prayer wheels. Around the stupa a number of monasteries have sprung up of the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism including one (on the west side of the stupa) that houses an enormous, seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.
Meet the Senior Lama and take a blessing from him at Monastery.
We will hang the Tibetan Prayer flag and light the butter lamp praying for near and dear ones.
Afternoon visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Proceed for a tour of Bhaktapur city. Located east from the two Durbar squares and in a different city is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square where the Kings of the Malla dynasty lived till 1769 and has left some of the finest examples of the architectural excellence. Literally known as the “City of Devotees” renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and the typical Newari lifestyle. Here explore the Royal Palace, the Golden Gate, and the entrance to the Palace of 55 Windows, known as the most significant piece of art in Nepal. Then visit the highest temple in the entire Kathmandu Valley- the Nyatapola Temple. Walking around the square you can find the centuries old pagoda styled construction like the Nyatapola and Datta-Traya Temples Sight.
Experience Pottery Making Process (participation for 30-45 minutes session)
“Enjoy the authentic traditional lifestyle in the world of pottery”.
This takes you deep into the traditional local lifestyle. That is pottery making culture in Bhaktapur. Pottery is the art of shaping the clay into various things.
Overnight at a Hotel in Kathmandu.