DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU (D)
Upon arrival, meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Start sightseeing covering Kathmandu City & Swayabhunath.
Swayambhunath: Atop a green hillock west of Kathmandu,stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. This is a site that is over 2500 years old marking the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of the ancient valley lake. For centuries an important centre of Buddhist leaving, the painted eyes of the Buddhist gaze out from all four sides of this monument. Constructed to specific rules each with a symbolic meaning, the stupa of Swayambhunath is a model of its kind.
Kathmandu City: Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the popular places liked by many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishement. The complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built in 1200 to 1768 A.D. with hundreds of erotic carvings used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religions and cultural life of the people. Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 02: KATHMANDU – NAGARKOT (B/L/D)
Breakfast at Hotel. AM: Half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath & Boudhnath.
Pashupatinath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km. east of the city on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier this was a structure on this site. Hindus are cremated on the cremation ghats here and their ashes scattered in the sacred river. One can usually see a cremation in progress.
Boudhanath: This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhanath as one of the most flourishing centers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 meters high.
PM: Drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular and romantic tourist spot of Nepal. It is situated 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2175 Mts. above the sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt. Everest, can be seen from here. And also good view for Sun rise and Sun Set. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: NAGARKOT - DHULIKHEL (B/L/D)
The major places of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi temples, which are adorned with profuse wood carvings. The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30-minute walk to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and scenic spot. The Bhagwati temple is situated at a height in the western part of Dhulikhel and dominates the skyline. From here, you can get a beautiful vista of the town and surrounding areas.
There are many vantage points in Dhulikhel, which offer a panorama of the Himalaya that will leave spellbound. More than 20 Himalayan peaks can be seen in all their glory. Sunset views are equally spectacular. More than 20 Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna (8,091 m), Ganesh (7,429 m), Langtang (7,234 m), Phurbi-Chyachu (6,637 m), Gauri Shanker (7,134 m) and Lhotse (8,516 m) can be seen in all their glory. You should get up early in the morning to watch the first rays of the sun hit the summits and their colours change .
DAY 04: DHULIKHEL – KATHMANDU (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel . Drive to Patan for Sightseeing tour of Patan City.
Patan City: Patan is one of the most historically important city of the Kathmandu valley. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town from early times (said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists). The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 : DEPARTURE (B)