Kathmandu Valley

Trip Facts

Program Code: AHT-KTM04 | Duration: 3 days | Program Type: Tour | Minimum pax: 01 | Mode of Travel: Over Land | Start Trip: Kathmandu | End Trip: Kathmandu | Program Grading: grade

Trip Overview

  • The political, commercial cultural hub of Nepal
  • Natural beauty and historic, holistic place
  • Kathmandu Durbar square
  • Monkey Temple
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • BoudhaNatha Stupa
  • Kritipur
  • Chobar
  • Budhanilkantha

The Kathmandu valley, the political, commercial cultural hub of Nepal is famed for its natural beauty and historic, holistic place. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities, Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur. Each is an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick paved courtyards and quaint streets. As a whole, the valley is surrounded by tier upon tier of green mountain walls above which tower mighty snow capped peaks. Kathmandu valley is rich in places of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. Both of their deities well side by side by both tantric symbolism and ancient animistic beliefs. A very old Hindu text has described Kathmandu valley as the land of gods surrounded by beautiful mountain around. It is said that there were as many temples as there were house and many idols as there were people. In fact Kathmandu boasts one of the largest congregations of magnificent Nepal historical monuments and shrines ever built.

Some of famous historical and cultural place in Kathmandu for day trips:
Kathmandu Durbar Square;
Duly recognized as a world Heritage site by UNESCO this particular area best known as Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of Kathmandu city. The locals know Kathmandu Durbar Square area by its old name "Hanuman Dhoka", Palace Square an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. Kathmandu Durbar square Palace complex consists of a huge Royal Square exposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindus gods and goddess. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.

Swayambhunath Stupa; Three kilometer west of Kathmandu city complex locates the one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupa, it is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it "Monkey Temple". The main structure brick and clay has supports a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. There are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha on the four sides of spire. Being situated seventy meter above the level of valley, the hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small stupa and pagoda temples. Aside, in front of the temple, one of the famous goddess with the shrine of Ajima called "Harati Mata" is there. Hariti Mata temple of goddess believes to be famous in the way of tantric. Both the stupa of Lord Buddha and temple of a goddess are surrounded by other temples and Tibetan monasteries.

Pashupatinath Temple; Pashupatinath temple of Nepal  being the temple of Lord Shiva possessed its two-storied golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture. Pashupatinath temple is situated 5 kilometer east of Kathmandu heart, on the banks of sacred Bagmati River. Being one of the most important Hindu temples, Pashupatinath temple is a center of annual pilgrimage. From time immortal, the Pasupatinath area has contained numerous temples, stupa, monasteries, images and inscriptions. Not only is the Pasupatinath area a pilgrimage site for the Hindus and it is also an important cultural treasury for the whole world. Pashupatinath temple is holy cremation place too. Only Hindus are permitted to enter into the main Temple gate.

Bouddhanath Stupa; One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built Boudhanath stupa in Nepal. Bouddhanath stupa is said to have been built in 5th century AD. Bouddhanath is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. Boudhanath Stupa stands on the massive three level Mandala style platform surrounded by colorful private family houses. The basic feature of this great Bouddhanath stupa is very much like those of Swayambhunath stupa except its finial displaying. It is much bigger than Swayambhunath Stupa and lies on the valley floor where s former one stands on the hilltop.

Budhanilkantha Temple; Located here is a Deity of Lord Vishnu, Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayana, lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The Deity is over 1,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5 meters (17 ft) long and is lying in a 13 meters (43 ft) long tank, as if floating, with his legs crossed. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: the chakra (disc), club, conch-shell and lotus flower. Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue-throat.” Ananta has 11-hooded heads. It is believed that the deity was carved in the 7th or 8th century during the Lichhavi period. Hindus can walk down the steps and touch his feet, but foreigners cannot. The main festival of the year Haribondhini Ekadashi day in late October or early November. Thousands of people come on this day.

Balaju Water Garden; Situated five kilometers north-west of Kathmandu, Balaju Water Garden is an ideal place for rest and relaxation. Balaju water Garden Park features a long line of twenty-two stone water spouts from the mid-eighteenth century, each of which is ornately carved with crocodile heads. The garden also includes many other ponds, some of them containing large and small varieties of fish. Adjoining Balaju water garden is an Olympic-size swimming pool open to the public. Balaju Industrial Estate is located nearby.

National / Natural Museum; The National Museum of Nepal located on the way to Swayambhunath hill was established in 1928 AD as an arsenal museum in the historical building which was constructed in early 19th century by General Bhimsen Thapa. The initial name of this museum was Chhauni Silkhana which literally means "the stone house of arms and ammunitions". It is most popular museum among the Kathmandu. It has become a popular attraction to locals wanting to relive their history, and to visitors who are interested in Nepals’ past. Nepal’s National Museum is divided into three main historical collections, each of which is housed in a separate building. Natural museum is nearby the Swayambhunath hill and has a fine display of Himalayan butterflies, snakes and plants. Though it is among the least frequented museums in the Valley, a visit to the museum will show you many rare birds and insect species.

Kirtipur; Kritipur is a small town, eight kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, on the top off a hill. Tribhuwan University is located at the foot hill of Kritipur. This historic town has many things to see such as old shrines and temples, old houses, and people dressed in traditional costume while working on ancient looms.

Chobhar; is situated nine kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Chobhar is famous of its gorge. All the waters of the Valley drain though it. Legends said that the god Manjushree cut the gorge to drain out Kathmandu Valley which was then a lake. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of a hill. From this point, one has a complete view of snow-capped mountain peaks. Just beyond the Chobhar Gorge. There is the 17th-century temple of Jal Vinayak. The main image of the temple is on a massive rock. Only a small part in front vaguely resembles an elephant's head. The image at Jal Vinayak is different from other images of Lord Ganesh. Shrine of Shekha Narayan is situated between Chobhar and Dakshinkali which represents one of the four Narayans of the Kathmandu Valley. The shrine stands on a hillock beneath a stalactite rock. At the base of Shekha Narayan is a pond with several verities of fish.

Dakshinkali; The temple of Dakshinkali is situated about two kilometers south of Shekha Narayan. Dakshinkali is an important place of pilgrimage, drawing over 500,000 pilgrims a year. Pilgrim visits Dakshinkali temple to offer prayers and animal sacrifices to the Goddess Kali. Apart from the religious aspects, the site has also been developed as a popular picnic spot.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square back to Hotel O/N

Day 02: Visit National Museum, DashinKali Temple through Kritipur, Chovar and visit Budhanilkantha Temple back to Hotel O/N

Day 03: Visit Balaju water garden, trek to Nagarjun Hill Top 3 hours or kakani 1.30 hours drive and back to Hotel O/N

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