Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Namobuddha - 6 days
This trip brings you to the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley namely Hindu shrine Pashupatinath; the largest Buddhist stupa of the country, Boudhanath; and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After, your insightful visits to Pashupatinath and Bouddha, the trip will continue to Patan Durbar Square, another equally magnificent cultural grandeur of the valley. Beside the cultural junket, the trip then takes you to explore the magnificent sides of the nature at Nagarkot, where you start with the golden view of the wide range of Himalayas glittering during sunset and sunrise. The trip also offers an opportunity to experience hiking in the woody trials of the Nepali mid-hills during the hike to Dhulikhel. Then after, the trip will continue to Namo Buddha, a very significant site of pilgrimage for Buddhist people. Situated at a hilltop, the place not only bears religious value but it is also bedecked by natural beauty all around it. After your visit to this mythical place, you will visit another splendorous city that showcases the Golden Age of the Nepali medieval art and architecture within the widely scattered area of 6.9 sq. km at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After the wonderful natural and cultural experiences of the Kathmandu valley, you trip will come to an end with unforgettable memories.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Morning mountain flight and full day sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot and sunset view
Day 05: Early Morning sun rise view; and day hike to Dhulikhel and Namobuddha
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu Via Bhaktapur Darbar Square and evening Fly back to home
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
As you enter Nepal on a clear day, it is an electrifying experience to be welcomed by the panoramic view of snowcapped mountain ranges sprawling around, before you land in Kathmandu. A representative and driver from TAGnepal will meet and greet you at the airport. They will escort you to your designated hotel and help in your check-in procedure and will brief you about the trip beginning the next day.
Day 02: Morning flight, Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Your day starts with a scenic mountain flight, which is sure to offer you one of the best aerial views of the Himalayan panorama including Mount Everest (8848m), Shisa Pangma (8013m), Gauri Shanker (7134m), Melungtse (7023m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori (8171m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m) & Amadablam (6856m), Langtang (7234m), Gosainthan (8013m), DorjeLakpa (6975m) and GauriShankar (7134m) to name a few. However, for this treat you need to wake up early and depart from your hotel to the airport. The flight will take about 30-45 minutes depending upon the weather. After you return from mountain flight, you will have your breakfast or you can take packed breakfast also before the flight. After your breakfast, there will be a guided full day sightseeing tour to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, namely Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; Pashupatinath, a mega Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva; and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5 km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions of the square.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2115m)
After your breakfast, you will be driven to Sundarijal, which literally means “beautiful water”. Drive to Sundarijal takes about 45 minutes from Kathmandu city. The place is popularly known for its beautiful river cascading down by the side of the town. You will start your hike with a winding uphill climb to the Shivapuri ridge. Then onwards, you will enter Shivapuri National Park. Throughout your hike you will encounter humble rural settlements, refreshing woods and some of the most stunning views of Himalayan panorama including Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Gaurishankar Himal. After about 4-5 hours, you will reach Chhisapani (2115m), a small village nestled on the lap of nature. The village is a great retreat from the bustle and crowd of Kathmandu city. You will spend your night in one of the local teahouses.
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot and sunset view (2195m)
Today you will continue your trek to Nagarkot (2195m), another beautiful viewpoint with mesmerizing natural beauty. After walking for 6-7 hours through nature trail, you will reach Nagarkot to relish a breathtaking sunset view.
Day 05: Early Morning sun rise and day hike to Dhulikhel and Namobuddha
Today you will feast your eyes with one of the most fascinating sunrise views from Nagarkot. The golden rays of sun on the pearly mountain range is a rewarding lifetime experience. Your morning session is followed by a hike to Dhulikhel. As you proceed towards Dhulikhel, different cultural spectacles, rich vegetation along the view of wonderful Himalayan range start unfolding before you. After a day hike (5-6 hours), you will reach Dhulikhel, which offers you another great opportunity to see nature and culture at their best. After some rest, you will continue to Namo Buddha 1750m (about an hour walk), which is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site on a hilltop. The place is settled by Tamang community. According to the legend, at this place King Mahasattva (Buddha in his previous life) offered his body to a hungry tigress and her cubs. The place is a peaceful respite with a beautiful monastery, fluttering prayers’ flag, and panoramic view of the village and mountain range. You will stay in one of the comfortable hotels here.
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu Via Bhaktapur Darbar Square and evening Fly back to home.
Today is the final day of your memorable trip. You will be driven to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur, “a City of Devotees”, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is the smallest of the three valley cities. However, it is incomparable for its impressive art and architecture. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an open museum of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. The Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows etc are the finest examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas. After the tour, you will finally return back to your hotel from where you will be escorted to the airport for your international flight back home.