KATHMANDU CITY, NAGARKOT AND KRITIPUR TOUR:

Kathmandu city is nestled about 1340 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by four major mountains that include; Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. The name was perhaps informed by the many monasteries and temples in the city.

The visit to Kathmandu takes you to the most popular places which include UNESCO world heritage site such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bhaktapur, Kritipur, Changunarayan Temple and Syambhunath (known as monkey Temple).

The tour program Kathmandu City, Nagarkot and Kritipur is designed for the travellers who are travelling inside the valley and it fits for all age group. Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour explores Nepalese Hindu & Buddhist temple, God & goddess including Living Goddess kumari, Monasteries & Gompas, cultural heritage as well as political history of Nepal.  

Additionally the place Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station. The tourist visits this place to experience the most amazing views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset.   

 Kirtipur is an ancient city of Nepal. Kritipur is part of the territory of Lalitpur at the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century. In 1767, Kritipur was annexed to the Gorkhali kingdom by Prithvi Narayan Shah following the Battle of Kritipur.

4 Night/5 Days

  • Destinantion

    Nepal

  • Region

    Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude

    1340 M

  • Activity

    Tour

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Trip Start

    Kathmandu

  • Trip End

    Kathmandu

Tour's Info

Height: 1340 M

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International airport, our airport representative will meet you. Then you will drive to your respective hotel. It’s a free day/evening in Kathmandu.

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    • terrain Altitude1340 M
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  2. Day 2 VISIT PASHUPATINATH, BOUDHANATH STUPA AND KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE

    The city tour begins today after your breakfast. After your breakfast the office representative and the city tour guide will meet you in the hotel lounge. We will have a short talk together. Then the city tour guide will take you to visit beautiful heritage sites in Kathmandu; Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Royal Palace museum and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring to those beautiful heritage sites, you will drive back to hotel. In the evening walk to Thamel Street for shopping and later we will sit for a group dinner.

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    • terrain Altitude1340 M
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  3. Day 3 VISIT PATAN, BHAKTAPUR AND DRIVE TO NAGARKOT

    The sightseeing starts after your breakfast. The tour guide will see you at your hotel in the morning and will take you to Patan Durbar square, which is about 20 minutes drive. Patan Durbar Square is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. After exploring this beautiful place it’s a lunch break. After lunch drive to Bhaktapur city. Explore around the city. Then we will drive to Nagarkot to view Sunset. Check into your respective hotel in Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset.

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    • terrain Altitude1340/2175 m
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  4. Day 4 VISIT NAGARKOT, KRITIPUR AND SWAYAMBUNATH

    In the morning walk to the top of a hill to see the Sun Rise view and the panoramic views of the mountains around. After breakfast in Nagrkot, drive to Kritipur for sightseeing. Kirtipur is an ancient city of Nepal. Kritipur is part of the territory of Lalitpur at the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century. In 1767, Kritipur was annexed to the Gorkhali kingdom by Prithvi Narayan Shah following the Battle of Kritipur. We will have Lunch in Kritipur. Here we will step into Newari restaurant for authentic Newari cousin. After lunch we will drive to Swayambunath to see the ancient religious architectures. Swyambunath is also known as the monkey temple. Drive back to your hotel.

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    • terrain Altitude2175/1340 M
    • local_hotel AccomodationHOTEL
  5. Day 5 DEPARTURE

    Transfer to International airport for final departure to destinations. Our office representative will see you at your hotel as per your flight schedule; then drive to Tribhuwan International airport for final departure to destinations.

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What's Included?

  • International Airport transfer (Pick up and drop from Airport Terminal)
  • Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Nagarkot at 3 star category Hotel
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu 
  • All ground transportation
  • An experienced English-speaking guide for tour
  • Entry fees of the monasteries and applicable charges
  • Other government applicable charges
  • Comprehensives medical KIT

What's Not Included?

  • Meals in Kathmandu City
  • Transfer in/out hotel
  • Travel insurance, personal medical expenses and rescue evacuation
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles phones and internet.
  • Personal gear.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa's easy to acquire upon arrival).
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section

ABOUT SIGHTSEEING PLACES:

BOUDHANAT STUPA:

Boudhanath,  is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the Largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley.

The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. With countless monasteries surrounding it, Boudhanath is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

Built in the shape of a mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, the stupa was renovated by Licchhavi rulers in the 8th century. The location of the stupa is interesting as it once lay on the ancient trade route to Tibet and it was here that Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for centuries.

On each side are a pair of the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness. The canopy has 13 stages. At ground level there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels.

PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.

The largest temple complex in Nepal, it stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River which is considered holy by Hindus.  The main pagoda style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and exquisite wood carvings. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the the temple of Pashupatinath.

Cremation of Hindus take place on raised platforms along the river. Only Hindus are allowed through the gates of the main temple. The inner sanctum has a Shiva lingam and facing the temple sits the largest statue of Nandi the bull, the vehicle of Shiva. There are hundreds of Shiva lingams within the compound.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the eight UNESCO cultural Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindus are performed. The rituals of cremation is not for the faint hearted; still visitors are seen watching curiously from across the river from the hillside. Visit Pashupatinath Temple for an out-of-this-world experience.

NARAYANHITI PALACE, ROYAL PALACE

Narayanhiti Palace (Royal Palace), converted to Narayanhiti Palace Museum in 2008, is a palace in Kathmandu, which long served as the residence and principal workplace of the reigning Monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE

Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several buildings in the Square collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25 April 2015.

PATAN

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided.

BHAKTAPUR

Among the three major cities of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur, to this date, is the living representation of how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked like during the medieval periods. The city is celebrated for its glorious architecture; sky-high temples built in pagoda style - which is believed to be the stairway to the heaven, fine clay pottery, and massive royal courtyards whose existence date back to the 12th century, where devotees, still, celebrate their pre-historic festivals by equal amount of gusto and passion.

Bhaktapur used to be the ruling throne of the Kathmandu Valley until the king, Yakshya Malla, in 1482, divided the kingdom between his three sons, eventually fading the strength of unity and losing the nation to the Shah dynasty from Gorkha. But, before losing the kingdom to Shah kings, Bhaktapur was renowned for its Malla Yuddha; a fierce combat between two wrestlers. Hence, one can observe muscular craved wrestlers, as the trademark of the city, into various temples of as the guardian of the city and of the Gods.

Bhaktapurians are proud inhabitants of their city and culture. Most of the women would be seen in their traditional, Newari, attire, who would do their laundry in public - but artistically crafted - taps, farmers would be seen here and there carrying vegetables, as the city is also known as Bhadgaon, which means the City of Rice. This city has preserved the Newari value as a mother would keep their children safe, so it would be not hard to feel the aroma of ancient Newari culture once you reach the Bhaktapur.

The city is considered as the neat city, compared to other two cities, where tradition and modernization walk in sustainability.  Bhaktapur city is one of the beautiful UNESCO Heritage Sites of Nepal.

NAGARKOT

Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.

KRITIPUR

Kritipur is part of the territory of Lalitpur at the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century. In 1767, Kritipur was annexed to the Gorkhali kingdom by Prithvi Narayan Shah following the Battle of Kritipur.

Swyambunath Temple

Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath in the northwest of Kathmandu Valley. Visitors for whom the name was a tongue twister have called it "Monkey Temple" from the 1970s. Swayambhu, overlooks most parts of the valley giving visitors a panoramic view of the city. The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. 

Resting on a hillock 3 KM west of Kathmandu Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. 

Swayambhu literally means "self-existent one". Believed to date back to 460 A.D., it was built by King Manadeva and by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism. Legend has it that Swayambhu was born out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of a lake that once spread across the Kathmandu Valley once was. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal sits on a high pedestal on the western boundary of Swayambhu beside the Ring Road. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri or Saraswati - the Goddess of learning. Chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities fill the stupa complex. The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer wheels and deities. Devotees can be seen circumambulating the stupa at all times.

Exceedingly steep stone steps that lead up to the shrine is quite a challenge. However, there is also a motor road going up almost to the top from where it is a short walk. A large number of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhu throughout the day. This shrine is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The largest crowds of people are seen here on Buddha's birthday which usually falls in May each year

GOOD TO KNOW:

HOW TO SAY HELLO AND THANK YOU IN NEPALI

Many Nepalese know Hello and Thank you, but hearing you speak in their language is still a sweet sound of respect. When saying Hello in Nepal, you say “Namaste” and fold your hands into a prayer.  Thank you is “Danyavad”.

HOW TO GET A NEPAL VISA UPON ARRIVAL

Once you arrive at the airport, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival.

1st Step. Fill in ' Arrival Card ' ...

2nd Step. Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days) ...

3rd Step. Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts and your passport.

THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN NEPAL IS NEPALI AND THE SECOND LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH

Nepali is an Indo-Aryan language similar to Hindi,  is written in Devanagari script and is the first language of Nepal. Indian travelers should understand enough to get around. English is a secondary language spoken mostly in large cities like Kathmandu. Outside Kathmandu, English is spoken a little less, but getting around is still manageable. Simply smile with a Namaste and the Nepalese will help you in any way they can.

AVOID DRINKING TAP WATER

Tap water is not filtered or purified in Nepal. Thus, tap water is often boiled before consumption. It’s best to buy bottled water. It is relatively inexpensive. Avoid any fruits and veggies foods washed in tap water.

ROADS AND DUST

Roads in Nepal can occasionally be in disrepair, due in part to the earthquake. The government is said to be working on improving them. Still, you’ll find large potholes and a lot of dust, especially in the more urban areas of Kathmandu. You’ll see Nepalese wearing face masks when driving on the road. Women cover their faces with saris or scarves.

SQAT TOILETS ARE COMMON IN NEPAL

While westernized hotels and restaurants and tourist attractions have western toilets, you’ll find more local joints and public restrooms bearing squat toilets. 

AVOID STREET FOOD

Nepalese street food has been known to cause many bold adventurers a case of traveler’s stomach issues. Refrigeration is poor in Nepal so street food isn’t always refrigerated and food can be reused after a day of being out.  Stick to well-maintained and busy restaurants.

BLACK OUT IN NEPAL

In the past, Nepal had regular blackout periods, which meant most of the city would go dark and don lanterns or power generators to keep business flowing. Today, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has turned on the lights, making blackouts a thing of the past. But the newfound electricity has made Nepalese people suspect that the NEA purposely left them in the dark all these years, as a ploy to force them to invest in power generators. 

Kathmandu is fairly lit and most westernized hotels and restaurants have backup power generators for traveler’s convenience. In more remote areas and trekking trips, take a flashlight or headlamp

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Jiten Shrestha

FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

Founder/Director, Mr. Jiten Shrestha was born in a village called Salleri(2413 m) of Solukhumbu District of Nepal. Solukhumbu is famous in the world for mountain tourism. The main attraction of Solukhumbu is Mt. Everest (8848 m). Jiten Shrestha spent his childhood and studied his lower secondary level in Salleri village. Later Jiten Shrestha was selected by the Government of Nepal to study in Kathmandu at Budhanilkantha School. The school was one of the best and was running by the British Government. He compled his higher secondary school from Budhanikantha School and joined Trichandra College in Kathmandu for further education.

Mr. Durga Shrestha (Kaji)

CO- FOUNDER/ADVISER

Durga Shrestha (Kaji) was born in East of Nepal, Bamti Bhandar, Bamti Bhandar is the trail to Everest region. Durga Shrestha spent his childhood in the village studying and helping his parent to run a  Lodge which was called Buddha Lodge. While running the lodge, he met and interacted with a lot of tourists from all over the world and later moved to Kathmandu to start his trekking career.


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