Three Medieval Kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley - 4 days

Unleash your expectations to the highest level as this short trip lets you to the valley of ancient civilization treasured within its three medieval kingdoms; Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. The heritage valley is full of religious shrines and medieval courtyards including seven World Heritage Sites scattered at different locations of the valley. Despite the hubbub throughout, Kathmandu prides on keeping its ancient legacy intact. The trip is all about journeying to the mystical monuments where the past still remains alive in the present, tradition determinedly repeats itself into a culture oozed from the ancient history created by the kings of the medieval ages.

The artistic wooden and metal figurines in the mega monuments at the Durbar (Palace) Squares of three cities are full of wonders expressing the simplest to the most complicated values of life. The Hindu Mega Temple, Pashupatinath which is dedicated to Shiva- one of the trinities of Hindu Gods, offers you the opportunity to witness the Hindu cremation procedure at Aryaghat. Tours to the largest Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath and to monkey temple Swayambhunath are other retreats that will be serviced to you. Tibetan culture with monks enchanting prayers and the stalls and outlets displaying Buddhist values in the form of arts is an enlightening spiritual experiences at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Arousing wooden crafts with artistry and erotic appeal throughout the scattered monuments in the backstreets of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square worth due appreciation. Another Hindu Shrine at Changu Narayan deserves a thorough watch. The whole experience of these places that still treasure the old age cultural faiths is sure to make your visit in Nepal insightful and memorable.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and transfer to Bhaktapur
Day 03: Sightseeing tours in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan and Patan Durbar Square
Day 04: Depart Kathmandu

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: Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and transfer to Bhaktapur

After your breakfast, there will be guided to a 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. After some relaxation, you will stroll to Kathmandu Darbar Square via Ason tole, one of the busiest and most fascinating squares of the city. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three medieval palace squares of Kathmandu valley enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Square treasures the arts and architectures that date back to more than 500 years. As the place vividly presents the magnificent repertoire of craftsmanship, it is rightly called as the most impressive landmark of Kathmandu.

Day 03: Sightseeing tours in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan and Patan Durbar Square

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.

From Bhaktapur, you will drive to Changu Narayan temple on a hilltop overlooking Sankhu village to the right, Bhaktapur to the left and Kathmandu in the front. The temple which is 8 miles east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur, is a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the trinities of Hindu pantheon. It is chronicled as the oldest temple found in Nepal dating back to 3rd century AD. Built in pagoda style, the temple is considered as the masterpiece of art and architecture of ancient Nepal. In the afternoon, you will visit 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 04: Depart Kathmandu

Finally your fun filled trip will come to an end. If you have some time before your international departure, you can stroll down the streets and do some shopping. Your tour officer and a driver will be at your hotel reception to pick you up three and half hours prior to your departure. You will be transferred to the airport for your international flight back home.