Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara tour
Kathmandu valley has historically been the centre of commerce and trade in Nepal. The fertile valley has always been a centre of agriculture and still is. Kathmandu is a melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Kathmandu and Patan contain a wide variety of temples, shrines, monasteries and medieval pagodas. Right outside the city are numerous chances to enjoy a glimpse of rural village life the way it has been for hundreds of years. We offer opportunities for guided treks around the valley with a knowledgeable and friendly trekking guide. We also have programs designed for touring the famous religious and cultural sites of Kathmandu. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and certified guides. Personal transportation is provided and all tours are private. So please let us introduce you to our home and history in Kathmandu.
Here are some options for guided tours in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. These are various packages designed to give you a variety of cultural experiences during your tour. Each package is a one day tour.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The seat of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. The most note worthy among them are the Hanuman dhoka palace complex, the living goddess and the Taleja temple.
Patan Durbar Square: No where else can be seen a compression of marvellous monuments within a limited space like in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace, what dominates all others in grace and grandeur in this complex is the 17th century Krishna mandir. Other landmarks within the square are the marvellous Tushahity, Sundarichowk, Taleju-Temple etc. The Golden temple and the terra-cotta temple of Maha Bouddha are the highlights in the vicinity.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Of the valleys three Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved. Still emanating the medieval aura. This splendid palatial complex has its gems in such artistic masterpieces as the 55-windows palace, the Golden gate and the Taleju. The 15th century Dattatreya temple and the world famous peacock window.
Swayambhunath Stupa: One of the world's oldest Buddhist shrines, the stupa graces a hilltop, 77 m. above the valley bottom. This huge dome-like structure is surrounded by 13 gilded rings representing 13 Heavens and an elaborate canopy.
Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two – storied pagoda houses a sacred Clingum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design. Also set into the riches around this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha adoring the Stupa. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it.
Changunarayan Temple: Which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, boasts of being the oldest pagoda dead 424 AD is the believed to be the oldest of all such written records.
More place to visit and study in valley and around: (if you have time and interested):
Dakshinkali: Canopied by four gilded serpents spiralling up to make up the pinnacle, this open shrine is dedicated to the ferocious Hindu female deity. Dakshinkali its location in the midst of a soothing jungle. Just 20 km. South from the valley.
Kakani: At 1982 m. sea level is one of the most remarkable mountain balconies for viewing a chain of Himalayan peaks and sun set. The place 29 km. to the north of Kathmandu.
Godavari: Godavari is a preferred place for devotees, the royal Botanical Garden attracts all those who love nature in its pristine form. The peaceful garden is also a preferred place for watching birds and lies 22 km. south of Kathmandu.
Sankhu: Sankhu is north east from Kathmandu. This unspoiled Newar settlement is best known for its cultural richness as well as the 17th century Vajra Yogini shrines atop a nearby mountain. Adding to its medieval grandeur are the quaint streets and rows of old artistic buildings and temples.
Bungamati: This village is has some of the most defined culture in all Nepal. Its main highlights are the Macchendranranth temple and a Buddhist monastery. Bungamati is equally famous for its dextrous wood-carvers.
Surya Vinayak: It is one of the valleys four main Ganesh shrines. It is in Bhaktapur. Devotees throng this temple to pay homage and offer animal sacrifices to the elephant-headed deity. The place is also pleasant to view the Bhaktapur city as well as the Himalaya Panorama.
Natural history Museum: It has fine display of Himalayan butterflies, snakes and plants. Rare birds and insect species.
National woodworking museum: The building of museum itself it the museum and contain very finely carved pillars, windows, doors and struts. Also there are wood carving samples that go back the Pujari Math.
Patan Museum: The Patan museum inside Patan Durbar in the Durbar Square specialises in bronze statues and religious objects, which add up to nearly 900 items. Some of the art goes back to as early as the 11th century. Most of the statues are of Buddha . Vishnu Lokeswar and Devi, covering both the Hindu and the Buddhist iconology.
Chovar Gorge: Manjushri (Buddhist saint) came upon a huge lake long ago and saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at its centre. So he cut a deep gorge in the wall of the lake and let the water gout in order to observe and worship the lotus. The bed of the lake because Kathmandu valley and the place where he cut the lake is said to be Chovar. An intricate cave is located there as well as a Ganesh Temple.
Nagarkot: At a height of 1985 meters above sea level. The hilltop is visited for viewing beautiful sun rises and sun sets on the clear day Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker and the Everest can be seen.
Dhulikhel: This old Newar town is rich in culture and for temples and stupas. From here long mountain range can be seen.
National Bronze Art Museum: It has a collection of same of the finest pieces of bronze created by valley artisans and the number of items (about Hindus and Buddhist religion) is about 900.
Bronze and Brass Museum (Pujari Math): The Bronze and Brass museum is housed near the pujari Math. Much of the displays have been restored and are in excellent condition.
If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its centre of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley, it is the starting point form many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as hipster backpackers crowd the many bars And Restaurants exchanging recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints, both by the lake and above the clouds. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty . The serenity of Phewa lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977 m.) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers which proper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Finally, Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day , mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is theland of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worlwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.
Other popular places to see in Pokhara are Mahendra Cave, David Fall, Seti George, Gupteswar Cave, World Peace Pagoda , Barahi Temple, Word Peace Pagoda, Buddhists Monastery, Natural Museum, Old Baazar, Tibetan Refuses Camp and Sarangkot Hill. Sarangkot hill is popular for to have a sunrise and sunset view.
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