Travel to Nepal
Kathmandu Extension
Travel to Nepal
Itinerary Detail
Day 01 - Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 - In the morning Mountain Flight - Traditional mountain flights showed only a small part of Everest in the middle with Lhotse and Nuptse on either side obscuring the view. One had a hard time visualizing Everest as the highest mountain in the world. This was because the aircraft flew either to low, less than 13000 feet or too far, almost 50 nautical miles away. Buddha Air, however, revolutionized the mountain flight experience with the introduction of brand new Raytheon Beech 1900D aircraft. Unlike aircraft of other domestic airlines, Beech 1900Ds can fly north of Mt. Amadablam, into the Khumbu valley at 25,000 feet and almost 5 nautical miles from Everest (weather permitting). This allows you to see Everest in such a way that you fell like stretching your arms and touching it, Drive back to hotel.

Post breakfast then sightseeing of Bhaktapur city. After lunch sightseeing of Pashupati Nath and Boudha.
Situated at an altitude of 1380 m, Bhaktapur (or Bhadgaon as popularly know as) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or "the City of Devotees" still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements

Bhaktapur Durbar Square - of the valley's three Durbar Squares, the one in Bhaktapur is the best preserved. Still emanating the medieval aura, this splendid palatial complex has its gems in such artistic masterpieces as the 55 - windows palace, the golden gate, golden spout, the taleju temple complex and nyatapolo, the five storied temple in the nearby Taunadi Square. The 15th century Dattareya temple and the world famous peacock windows at Tachpal, the terra - cotta window at Tahamala and Nepal's largest Shiva Lingum at Hanumanghat are also there to keep visitors spell bound.

Boudhanath Stupa - which is also known as Khasti, is one of the world's largest stupas. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design. Also set into the niches around this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 images of Buddha adorning the stupa. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it. Boudhanath lies some 6 km to the east of the city center.

Pashupatinath - It is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats including a royal ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. One of the most colorful is the women's festival of Teej when dressed in their finest red and gold saris hundreds of women, laughing and singing converge on Pashupatinath.

 Day 03 - sightseeing of Kathmandu old city, Swayambhunath and Patan including Tibetan Refugee Camp.


Katmandu Durbar Square - the seat of royalty till the last century, Katmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. The most noteworthy among them are the Hanumandhoka palace complex, Kumari Dyochhen and the Taleju temple. Even to date, all major state and religious ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations, are carried out in one or the other courtyards within this complex.

Swayambhunath
Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath, a site over 2,500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient Valley Lake. For centuries an important center of Buddhist learning, the painted eyes of the Buddha gaze out from all four sides of the monument. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind. Its? dazzling white hemispherical mound represent the ladder to nirvana, itself symbolized by the umbrella on the top. The whole is hung with multi-colored prayer flags whose every flutter releases holy prayers. The faithful circumambulate the stupa clockwise, turning the banks of prayer wheels and even prostrating full-length in reverence

Patan City an artistic and architectural jewel founded in 250 AD, and previously known as Lalitpur. Sometimes it is known as the "Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs." Here we shall visit the Durbar Square, Royal Baths, Mahaboudha, Krishna Mandir and Hirayana Mahabihar Temple (The Golden Temple). We also visit a Tibetan Handicraft Centre

Fare well Dinner with cultural program.

Day 04 - Transfer to TIA for departure.

 

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