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For over forty years, Nepal has been an extremely fascinating destination for travelers, scholars, and researchers. For those interested in culture, the Kathmandu valley, is endowed with seven World Heritage sites. This valley was divided into three kingdoms less than a century ago. It now contains countless architectural monuments, and vestiges of varied cultural and religious traditions.

In other chapters we explain about the adventure Nepal provides, here we detail some of the more popular gentle sides of a holiday in our Country including the Kathmandu Valley itself and other major settlements of interest in Nepal.

The Kathmandu Valley

This verdant valley was once a huge lake, legend dictates that in the middle of the lake was a brilliant flame emanating from a Lotus flower. People would come from miles around to wonder and worship the flame. A Chinese disciple Bodhisattva Manjushree, wishing to worship the flame more closely sliced a portion of the hills with his sword draining its waters and thus the fertile Kathmandu valley was created.

Chovar gorge where the valley waters drain today remains the focus of the legend. In the years since, the Kathmandu valley has seen many dynasties and empires come and go, each leaving their own mark on the valley's mystique.


The valley today incorporates three major settlements, all have their own distinctive character with outstanding temples, works of art and architecture and a varied calendar of feasts and festivals, their roots in being capital cities of the valleys three principality's in times gone by. Between them they boast the highest density of World Heritage Sites to be found anywhere in the World, seven in total. There are many other fascinating settlements in the valley offering their own reasons for being there.

The Capital and home to Nepal's only International Airport is a buzzing vibrant place, although like so many capital cities in the developing world it begins to show signs of congestion over the past few years, this hardly detracts from its mystery and celebration of life. So much history interwoven and sitting strangely in harmony with the modern Kathmandu. Ancient temples in a medieval atmosphere sit side by side with Internet cafes. Old blends with new ways…Welcome to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that are built between the 12th and the 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. It is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city.

Patan

Patan (The city of beauty) is situated on the southern bank of the holy river Bagamti (a tributary of the Ganges) some five kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. Nowadays, it has virtually become part of sub metropolitan Kathmandu. The city is famed for its wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples with an abundance of fine bronze gateways and wonderful carvings. Patan is known for its expert craftsmen and metal workers.

Bhaktapur

Is situated 14 km east of Kathmandu and is the least developed of the three cities in the valley. Translated Bhaktapur means the city of devotees. The most laid back of the three valley towns its narrow brick paved streets harbor hidden shrines and statues around every corner. It is quite easy to spend a whole day here relaxing and taking in an almost surreal atmosphere. Bhaktapur is famed for its woodcarvings, pottery and cloth weaving. Many of Bhaktapur's practices have changed little over the centuries..

Attractions in Valley include :-
Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s most impressive sight, Durbar Square, is crowded with ancient temples and palaces reflecting the religious and cultural life of the people. It is also home to Kathmandu’s Kumari, or ‘living goddess’, a young girl believed to be a reincarnation of the goddess Durga .

SWAYAMBHUNATH

This is one of the world’s most famous Buddhist Chaityas. The 2000 year old Chaityas is commonly known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of its resident population of apes. This spectacular Buddhist Stupa, from which the Buddha’s eyes gaze serenely down, lies on a hilltop only 2km from the centre of Kathmandu. The views of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley are superb from here.

BOUDDHANATH
The stupa of Bouddhanath lies eight kms East of the centre of Kathmandu.This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the World and the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in nepal.It was listed by U.N.E.S.C.O. as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE

Situated five kilometres east of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River a tributary to the Ganges, the temple of Lord Shiva who is both the creator and destroyer of life is famous for its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors. The area along the banks are lined with Ghats where people are cremated

Kirtipur:

Kirtipur is situated 10 kms. southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient Newar township is a natural fortress and has a proud and courageous history. The Chilmahu Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairab are major sights here. Kirtipur offers quaint streets lined with artistic houses and temple squares. The people are known for their skill in building and weaving.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

The main square of the City contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces. The lion gate, the statue of the King Bhupatindra Malla,the National Art Gallery The palace of 55 Windows and the bell of the barking dogs are but a few of the sights to visit in the square.

Patan Durbar Square:
Situated in the heart of the City is a major focal point of a visit to Patan.The square is full of ancient temples palaces and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings.The square consists of three main chowks(courtyards).The central Mul Chowk Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk.The Sundari Chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath Tushahity.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1:- Arrive Kathmandu, Transfer hotel tour briefing.

Day 2:- Full day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley

Day 3:- AM-Everest Mountain flight. PM-Drive to Nagarkot (32 km) Sunset of the Himalayas overnight hotel.

Day 4:- After sunrise over the Himalayas return Kathmandu en route visit Changunarayan and Bhaktapur city.

Day 5:- AM-Excursion to Dakshinkali and Kirtipure village p.m.- At leisure

Day 6:- Transfer to the airport for onward destination

Please note there are numerous combinations of Tours in Nepal which do not require you to be exceedingly fit. We can tailor a tour to your needs and your time restraints.

For cost and other information of above Tours, please write us email (info@naturetrail.com.np), We will responce you as soon as possible.

Mountain flight
Mountain flights over Everest have become very popular in Nepal, especially for those who have little time or for whom trekking is not an option. Trekkers, too, often want to get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the territory they have ‘conquered’ on foot! Flights leave Kathmandu in the early morning.

Ballooning
Is also becoming very popular. Flights soar 3000 m. above the Kathmandu valley. "Balloon Sunrise" is a one hour hot air balloon flight that provides really spectacular views. Decorated with "the all-seeing eye of the Buddha", the Balloon rises gently over green terraced fields in the crisp morning air. Within minutes, the majestic Himalayan panorama will greet you.

The rugged Langtang and all the Himalayas to Mt. Everest will be on your horizon. In the comfort of the wicker basket and in the world’s oldest, safest and slowest means of flight with a 360° view of the world’s highest mountain ranges. Something that will surely stir the soul when you return to Kathmandu.

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