Ancient Kingdoms and Mountain Resorts

Trip Facts

Duration

6 Days

Max. Altitude:

2175 meters

Location

Nepal

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

3-star hotel

Group size

1-16

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Overview

Ancient Kingdoms and Mountain Resorts

This six days ‘Ancient kingdoms and mountain resort’ trip best suits for those with love to history. This tour includes visit to Kathmandu and Patan Durbar square which are the depot of Newari art and culture. Through this tour we will also visit ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square that still retains its archaic charm.

Our next attraction is a famous hill station Nagarkot: At an elevation of 2,195 meters, it is considered one of the most scenic spot around Kathmandu. It is best known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan Range of eastern Nepal. The sunset is nonetheless equally beautiful.

After our recreational stay at Nagarkot, surrounded by mountains, we pursue with a visit to Dakshin Kali: a temple on the southern banks of the city and having a deep belief in the hearts of hindus. However, there aren’t many foreigners paying visit to this place but it’s worth it. Finally our wonderful tour comes to a conclusion with a visit to Swayambhunath Temple.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Ancient Kingdoms and Mountain Resorts: Kathmandu Durbar Square is filled with royalty and history. With its old temples and palaces, it epitomizes the religious and cultural life of people. It was here that kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations dignified.

# Highlights

Taleju Temple: Taleju Temple was build by king Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D and is 35m high. Taleju Bhawani was originally the Goddess of South India later became royal goddess of Malla kings in 14th century.
Kal Bhairav: The God of Destruction. ‘Kal’ meaning death.
Nautalle Durbar: A nine-story palace
Sweta Bhairav: An Enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav is hidden behind the gigantic wooden lattice screen. The screen is only opened during the Indra Jatra festival.

This ‘Ancient Kingdoms and Mountain Resorts’ tour package is also best suited for people constrained time and age wise for more adventurous trips.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be waiting for you at the airport displaying a playcard imprinted with your name. He/she will then transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Naata Trek and Tours. During the dinner we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

  Maximum Altitude : 1350 meters
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Patan, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

Patan Durbar Square: Listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, is rich in ancient arts and architecture.
Tibetan Refugee Camp: The small Tibetan population residing on the outskirts of Patan has made their unique identity. They have built a number of shrines and stupas as well as several souvenir shops offering original Tibetan handicrafts such as wood prayer wheels, long temple horns made of beaten copper, miniature thunderbolts, belt buckles and jewels. We can also see the Tibetans weaving carpets by hands. All and all it is an attraction of a different kind.
Bhaktapur once the capital of Nepal in the 12th to the 15th century is the third largest city in Kathmandu Valley. The main attraction of Bhaktapur is Nyatapol Temple, Golden gate palace with 55 windows and the intricate woodcarvings.
Nagarkot: is the most popular hill station located 30 km east of Kathmandu valley having mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views over mountains that extend all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. Furthermore, the surrounding countryside of Nagarkot is quintessential for walking.

  Maximum Altitude : 2175 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 3: Day excursion around Nagarkot

After watching the amazing sunrise view over the splendid mountains, we will take a short hike to reach a view tower which is the highest point of Nagarkot. If we are fortunate to get a clear day, then we can see the spectacular view of Mt Everest towards east. We then stroll back to the resort which is a good walk surrounded by small farm villages and forest of oaks, pines and rhododendron trees. Afternoon is basically leisure. However, we can walk around the shops of Nagarkot. Depending upon the wish and guts, we can also enjoy the ‘Nagarkot Everest-view paragliding’

  Maximum Altitude : 2175 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 4: Afternoon sightseeing tour to Kathmandu City and Swoyambhunath

Today after another stunning sunrise view over the snowcapped mountain, we drive back to our hotel in Kathmandu. In the afternoon, our guide will pick us from the hotel for another mesmerizing sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath.
The Ancient Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is filled with royalty and history. With its old temples and palaces, it epitomizes the religious and cultural life of people. It was here that kings of Nepal were crowned and their coronations dignified.
Major Attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Taleju Temple: Build by king Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D, taleju temple is 35m high. Taleju Bhawani was originally the Goddess of South India later became royal goddess of Malla kings in 14th century.
Kal Bhairav: The God of Destruction. ‘Kal’ meaning death.
Nautalle Durbar: A nine-story palace
Sweta Bhairav: An Enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav is hidden behind the gigantic wooden lattice screen. The screen is only opened during the Indra Jatra festival.
Tribhuvan Museum and Numismatic Museum: These Museums inside Hanuman Dhoka Durbar building are of great historic importance. There is lot to see there. However, the museums remain closed on Tuesdays and government holidays. Photography is prohibited over here.
Temple of Kumari (Kumar Ghar): This is the temple of the Living Goddess (Kumari). The building has great carved wooden balconies and window screens. It is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Photography is prohibited
Others
Coronation Nasal Chowk, The Gadi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, The Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.
Swayambunath: believed to be 25th centuries is one of the oldest Buddhist pilgrimage site. Famously known as monkey temple, Swayambunath is dedicated to the self originating flame god. The stupa is built of a solid hemisphere of terra-cotta bricks and soil supporting a cornice of copper and gilt. The seeing eyes of lord Buddha painted on the four-sided based by the spiral is believed to keep an eternal watch on the valley differentiating between vice and virtue. 500 feet above the valley the whole hill is filled with small Chaityas and pagoda temples possessing great five Mahayan (Lamaism) and one Hinyan (Therbadist).

  Maximum Altitude : 1350 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 5: Sightseeing Tour to Dakshinkali and Chovar

Dakshinkali Temple: Devoted to the Goddess Kali, it is one of the well-known Hindu enshrinement. 22 kilometers from Kathmandu and about kilometer from the village known as Pharping, Dakshinkali Temple is a place with absolute devotion to hindus. The temple was constructed by Malla King when Goddess Kali appeared in the King’s dream and instructed him to do so. It is strongly believed that DakshinKali Temple has the ability to make the wish of its devotees come true. Furthermore, the cockerels male goats, hens, ducks and other animals are sacrificed as wishes are made in front of the temple.
Chobhar gorge: Chobhar gorge is the major attraction of Chobar. It is believed that the gorge was carved out by a mighty blow of the sword by Manjushree who wanted to drain the lake that filled Kathmandu valley centuries ago. Even today, this is the place through which the Valley’s water surge. Alongside is the Jal Vinayak Temple, a pivotal pilgrimage site for the valley. In the evening Naata Trek and Tours will organize a THANK YOU farewell dinner program.

 Meal : Breakfast and dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 6: Departure

Our trip concludes today. Our office representative will drop you off to the airport in a private vehicle.

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nagarkot on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner programs
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed tour leader

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide(s)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

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