Option 1(5-6 hours)
Earlier Kathmandu valley was a lake, but later Bodhisattva Manjushree came from China and cut a gorge in a southern hill. Manjushree drained the water to worship a lotus which was in the Swayambhu hill. After that only settlement has increased in Kathmandu valley, so the history of Kathmandu valley begins from the Swayambhu temple. Tibetan monks, Brahmin priests and Newar nuns are the major worshipers here. Most of the monasteries have huge prayer wheels, fine Buddhist paintings and special butter lamps all add an elegant touch to the Swayambhu. You can see a pleasant view of whole Kathmandu valley with a Green surrounding of hills from every sides.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan (Lalitpur),a city of fine arts especially for art lovers and enthusiasts which is the home of Nepalese arts, architecture, traditions, and crafts drawing mainly from religious customs. . Enclosed within four Buddhist stupas set on the four-corners of the outer boundaries of this ancient city which are said to have been built in the 3rd century A.D. by Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar has many famous sites and unique architectures – Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabhihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings.
Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A temple dedicated to Shiva existed at this site in AD 879. However, the present temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697. A gold-plated roof, silver doors, and woodcarvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda construction. Guheswari Temple, restored in AD 1653, represents the female “force”. It is dedicated to Satidevi, Shiva’s first wife, who gave up her life in the flames of her father’s fire ritual.
A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eighth-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. Some other places to visit are Rajrajeswari Temple, built in 1407, Kailas with lingas more than 1,400 years old, Gorakhnath temple, and the courtyard of Biswarup
The Bagmati River flows close by and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds are here. We strongly advise photographers not to take photos of cremations and of bereaved families. Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may be seen covered in ashes and loin-cloths. They ask for money in case you want to take their photos. The main Pashupatinath courtyard may be entered by those of Hindu faith only.
Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshipers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord. Many people believe that Bouddhanath was constructed in the fifth century, but definite proof is lacking.
Drive back to hotel, Refresh and take rest for a while. In the evening be ready for dinner with cultural shows (if you like) and over night.
Option 2(5-6 hours)
A vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport to take you towards north-eastern rim of valley that is Nagarkot. Nagarkot is about 25 km and approximately 01 hours drive from airport. Nagarkot offers enchanting views of mountains and rural serenity. Nagarkot, situated at the height of 2175m, provides a view extends all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. You will be enjoying a warm delicious Breakfast with the panoramic view of mountains, terraced hillside and farm houses.
You will take a short walk from Nagarkot along a ridge to the world heritage site Changu Narayan temple – with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktatur to the left to experience a short hiking. You will reach to Changu Narayan Temple.
Changu Narayan Temple
Changu Narayan is believed to be the most ancient monument signifies the artistic, religious, cultural, historical and archaeological view point. Changu Narayan is one of the world heritage sites, listed on the UNESCO’s world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley in 1979 to view ancient arts this temple is must to see. The temple has more than sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history presenting some of the best samples of stone, wood and metal craft. Mainly, there is a statue of lord Vishnu (Narayan) and others things we can see in the temple are historical pillar, statue of garuda, Malla king and queen, Chandra Narayan, temple of Chinnamasta, Kileshwor and a ancient stone steps, spouts as well as pounds.
Again, drive from Changunarayan to Bhaktapur Durbar square. It will take about 15 minutes and will reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square and you will enjoy a lunch over there.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar square is a large and more spacious conglomeration of stone art, metal art, wood carving, terracotta art and architectural show pieces. Tourists visiting the square also take the time to relax and observe other wonderful happenings in the square like temple yards, busy and color-full open markets, women’s making clay-pots, weaving, sun-drying crops and vegetable products. The main attraction of the square is Golden gate, 55 window palace, Vatsala temple, Rameshwor and Kedarnath temple, stone Temple of Siddhilaxmi, octagonal structure etc.
Optional activities in early morning;
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel at 05:30am, drive to domestic airport for your day tour starting with refreshing panoramic Mountain View that’s the world’s best mountain flight. Flying at 7:30am within a few minutes after takeoff the highest peak of the world Everest greets you. You will be able to glance and capture the spectacular view of numerous dangling mountains from a reasonable height in your camera. The scenery and conversing of the Snow River, avalanche and white glittering snowcapped peaks will enchant you and take you to the world of frantically making your journey a memorable one. The helpful air hostess will be standby to brief you about the passing by peaks. Mountain flight will be about one hour.