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Sightseeing in Kathmandu in 7 Days 7 Days

Trip Code : SR/TIN-01
Accomodation : Hotel
Duration : 7  Days
Grading : Easy
Activity : Culture & discovery holidays
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu

Overview

Kathmandu Valley also boasts of some highly venerated Buddhist sites. As one enters the valley, the first sight to catch the visitor’s eye is the hemispherical white dome (Stupa) of the Swayambhu Maha Chaitya perched majestically atop a hill on the western fringe of the Kathmandu valley. The Stupa symbolizes the body of the Buddha, which is nothing other than cosmos itself. The Swayambhu  Maha Chaitya with the semi-closed eyes of the Buddha overlooking the valley from all four directions is the most prominent monument and landmark of the Valley.

As per an ancient legend, Kathmandu Valley was a lake long time ago. Right at the center of this lake was a full of blown lotus with the divine light atop. When Maha Manjushree, a saint from China heard about this, he came all the way from China to the Valley. He cut through the southern hill of the Valley with his divine sword. The cleft made by the sword immediately drained the entire lake water making the valley floor ready for habitation. Hundreds of votive shrines and other historical monuments built in and around this Stupa speak a lot about the significance and antiquity of this famed Stupa. The Stupa of Swayambhu stands on the typically stylized lotus Mandala base. The hemispherical part of Chaitya is made of brick and stone. On the top of the hemispherical part lies the Hermika, which bears the eyes of Vairochana watching painted in the Malla period. The Stupa is a believed to have been the 13 gold plated spires which symbolize the 13 stages to salvation. The spire is crowned with a golden umbrella supported by a pole from within the center. Devotees pour lime down the Chaitya to cure illness of family members.

1.Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square, the former Royal Palace of the ex Shah Kings of Nepal, is an ancient royal palace, studded with great sculpture art, large courtyards and amazing works of handicraft. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a reminder of the type of art and sculpture that existed in Nepal during the period of the Shah Kings. The Durbar Square area, adjoining temples, large lawns, and the museum, which showcases several artifacts of the past, are some of the attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Taleju Bhawani temple and the nine-storey Basantapur Durbar form the major backbone of this Durbar Square. It is in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage.

2. Patan Durbar Square

Located at the heart of Patan city, Patan Durbar Square lies in Lalitpur district. Patan Durbar Square and the architecture found in the temples around the area are fine examples of antique Newari architecture. It used to be the royal palace of ex Malla Kings of Patan. The palace has three major courtyards and the oldest among them is called Mul Chowk (main courtyard). Krishna Mandir (Temple) is the most important temple at the Patan Durbar Square. The temples in the Square bear exquisite woodcarvings and other metal sculptures. Because of the presence of numerous arts and sculptures in Patan, it is also called the city of arts.

3. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

The ancient city of Bhaktapur is a colorful city with old cultures, festivals and traditional dances. It is also called the city of devotees as Bhaktapur citizens are known for celebrating several festivals that are only special to this city. Bhaktapur Durbar Square used to be the royal palace of former Malla Kings before the unification of the city into Kathmandu. Old dances and festivals are still practiced by the locals with same passion and eagerness as their predecessors did. The narrow and zigzagged passage, crowded lanes and the local people are the major attractions of the city beside the arts, sculptures and the festivals. It is also enlisted in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritages.

4. Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world as its origin dates back to more than 2000 years ago. Tourists often call it a Monkey Temple as a large number of monkeys are found in and around the Stupa. Swyambhunath is enlisted in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Stupa is located on a hillock inside the capital city of Kathmandu and the view from the top of Stupa makes for a wonderful view of the capital city of Kathmandu. Several small Tibetan and Buddhist monasteries are also present in the premises of the main Stupa. A large number of Buddhist pilgrims visit Swyambhunath Stupa every year as it happens to be one of the major pilgrimage sites for the Buddhists.

5. Pashupatinath Temple
Located in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva across the world. It is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. As it is one of the holiest temples, millions of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple every year, mostly during the festival of Shiva Ratri. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the main temple. The non-Hindus are barred from entering the shrine. They can, however, enjoy around the temples premises, observing many temples and the people. Bagmati River that flows along the banks of Pasthupatinath is considered holy. The temple is also a part of UNESCO enlisted heritages of Nepal.

 6. Changu Narayan

The temple of Changu Narayan is another pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees inside the Kathmandu valley. One of the oldest temples in Nepal, Changu Narayan temple is built in Pagoda-style and it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as an incarnation of Narayan. As it is located on the outskirts of Bhaktapur district, it is not frequently visited by the tourists. It was built in the early 4th century during the Lichhavi dynasty. Changu Narayan was rebuilt around 1700 when it was damaged by fire. All the stone carvings along the courtyard of the temple were done between the 5th and 13th century. As one of iconic sites of ancient art, Changu Narayan is also in the list of UNESCo’s World Heritage List.

7. Bouddhanath Stupa
Bouddhanath Stupa is the center for Tibetan culture and tradition in Nepal. The 36-meter-high stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest Stupas in the entire world. It is believed that Bouddhanath Stupa was renovated by Lichhavi Kings in the 18th century. The The Stupa is situated in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet, mandala design of Bouddhanath resembles the Gyangtse in Tibet. where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. When Tibetan refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, they decided to live around Bouddhanath. Hence, Bouddhanath Stupa is also referred to as Tibet within Nepal by the Tibetans. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and several Tibetan restaurants found near Bouddhanath are other attractions of this pilgrimage for the Tibetans.

8. Lumbini
Well known as the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha, Lumbini is visited every year by thousands of tourists, especially the Buddhists. Lumbini is located in the Kapilvastu district of Nepal. The temple of Maya Devi, Ashoka Pillar, Maya Devi pond, and several other Stupas and monasteries which have been built over the period of time are some of the major highlights of Lumbini. Though it is a holy site for the Buddhist pilgrims, many foreign tourists with different religions other than Buddhism also visit this place. In addition to its historical significance, Lumbini is full of amazing arts and sculptures. Lumbini is also enlisted in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritages as it happens to be one of the primary destinations of the tourists, who visit Nepal. Lumbini can be reached both via flight to Bhairahawa or by drive from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa.

9. Pokhara
Among the tourists who visit Nepal, Pokhara is perhaps the most popular city after Kathmandu. Pokhara is located around 200 kilometers west from the capital city of Kathmandu. Many tourists who visit Nepal make it a point to visit this city of Pokhara, which is amazingly beautiful and full of natural beauty. The presence of beautiful lakes, caves, towering mountains, Stupas and temples are the highlights of Pokhara as tourists feel like spending more days in the city, while feeling close to nature. Fewa Lake, Lake Side, World Peace Stupa, Begnas Lake, Davis Fall, and Mahendra Cave are some of the important places that have attracted a lot of attention in the recent years. The famous trekking trail of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Circuit Trek begin from the city of Pokhara.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu


 

Day 2: Arrival in Kathmandu


 

Day 3: Bhaktapure, chagunarayan and boudhanath


 

Day 4: Pokhara


 

Day 5: Pokhara Sightseeing


 

Day 6: Kathmandu


 

Day 7: Depature


 

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