The Kathmandu Bhaktapur Dhulikhel Tour is the perfect combination trip to witness the natural and cultural beauty that surrounds Kathmandu valley. With the long history and vibrant Newa: culture, all of these ancient cities showcase beautiful landscapes as well as the brilliant art and craft of the Nepalese people, especially of the Newar descents, of ancient times. This short tour is rewarding in ways beyond one’s imagination as the mountains, the lush hills, breathtaking architecture, and age-old cultures all come together to make this trip just the ideal one.
Kathmandu Bhaktapur Dhulikhel Tour starts with your arrival in Kathmandu, from where you head straight to the Newar town of Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is the gateway to many beautiful places around Kathmandu, including Namo Buddha and Panauti which are featured in this tour. While Namo Buddha is a sacred pilgrimage site of the Buddhists, Panauti is an ancient town that still has a traditional vibe to it. The tour then moves on to another ancient city, Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur houses one of the three palace squares, also UNESCO listed world heritage sites, of Kathmandu Valley. The many temples of the Durbar square and the alleys lined with traditional Newa: houses showcase the amazing wood and stone carving skills of the Newar community. Further, the tour moves on to Nagarkot hill station, which is famous for the sunrise and sunset views along with the awe-striking panorama of the vast mountain ranges. The tour then moves back to Kathmandu where you will visit temples such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. The tour also takes you through the gullies of Basantapur (Kathmandu) Durbar Square, which was once famous for the hippies who came to visit Nepal. The tour also includes tasting and trying out different Newa: cuisines; the spicy, meaty, tangy food is bound to get your taste buds jumping with satisfaction. In all the cities, you will be able to experience the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism creating a rich cultural hotspot.
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Welcome to Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will drive to the Newar town of Dhulikhel and explore the surrounding areas. You will visit the Namo Buddha Monastery, also known as Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, which is situated beautifully on top of a hill. Namo Buddha means greetings to Lord Buddha, and it almost feels as if the monastery is actually greeting you with a sense of peace and calm. After exploring the monastery, you will move on to Panauti, which is a small but ancient town. Retaining much of its former charm, Panauti has many temples to visit of Hindu and Buddhist faith and is famous for the Harishiddi dance along with many festivals and Jatra. Overnight in Dhulikhel.
From Dhulikhel, you will drive to Bhaktapur, which is a Palace Square of the ancient Kingdom of Malla who ruled Bhaktapur city before the unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah. Bhaktapur Durbar Square houses the famous Dattatraya temple, the Naytapola, and the 55 window palace among other notable architectures. The intricately detailed wood carvings and the stonework of the many sculptures will blow your mind. Juju Dhau or King Curd is a must try here. After exploring Bhaktapur, you will drive to Nagarkot, which is a hill with gorgeous views of the mountains. Overnight in Nagarkot.
You will get up early today and hike to Nagarkot View Tower to witness the most beautiful sunrise view over the wide Himalayan ranges. This is a wonderful sight to make beautiful photos. After enjoying a heavy breakfast in Nagarkot post the sunrise watching, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Spend your free time as you please. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Today the historic city of Patan awaits you. Patan Durbar Square and the many gullies surrounding it hide world-class art and unique temples. The palace itself has a great charm to it and the inside garden is a nice place to have a cup of coffee or two. The Krishna Temple is a testimony of the craftsman and engineers of the ancient times who have used just stones to make the beautiful temple. Newa: food is something you can opt to try here (continental options are available in all restaurants) in one of the many rooftop restaurants giving a fabulous view of the square. There are legends that claim that the emperor Ashoka, during his visit to Patan 2500 years ago, admired its beauty so much that he constructed four stupas here which still can be seen, each of it is unique in its own way. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will finally explore Kathmandu city. This ancient city has many UNESCO world heritage sites that are fine examples of craftsmanship, culture, and tradition. You will be visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, which is the most sacred pilgrimage site for the people of Hindu faith. You will also be visiting Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the biggest stupas in the world and is almost always being circumambulated by throngs of Buddhist pilgrims from all across the globe. You will then be exploring Basantapur, also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will get to see the brilliant craftsmanship in forms of wooden pagoda styled temples. This is also a good area to try out Newa: cuisines which will get you to taste buds dancing. Hot steaming Momo with tangy, spicy sauce is a must try in Kathmandu. You will end the day by enjoying the view of Kathmandu valley lighting up while standing beside Swayambhunath Temple, situated on a hilltop facing Kathmandu. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Your enriching Kathmandu Bhaktapur Dhulikhel Tour comes to an end today. Our representative will drop you at the international airport to connect you with your flight back home.