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The Kathmandu valley day tour is suitable for those visitors who have come to Kathmandu for a weekend or few days business purposes. Also, a day tour could be equally handy for those travellers who are already in Kathmandu having 1 or 2 spare days pre or post tour of their main holiday.
Our bespoke escorted day tour will take you to some of our cultural heritage & historical monuments sites within periphery of Kathmandu valley including Buddhist Stupas (i.e. Swoyambhunath, Namobuddha, Kapan monastery etc..), Exotic Hindu Temples (Pashupatinath, Dakshinkali, Buddhanilkantha etc..), historical monuments (i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square), the hill side tour of Nagarkot, Namobuddha, Dhulikhel, Nagarjun etc., a traditional Newari villages of Bugmati & Khhokana, and 1 hour exotic mountain flight to see the World's highest peak Mt. Everest and other innumerable Himalayan peaks!
Also, an escorted day hiking tour of 3-6 hours can be arranged nearer Kathmandu valley with a glimpse of Kathmandu valley and Himalayan ranges.
Early morning pick up from your hotel and drive to Nagarkot; and continue guided tour to Bhaktapur. After end of the tour you will be transfered back to your hotel in Kathmandu. ***End of the tour***
Tour Duration: Maximum 06 hours (driving & walking)
Tour available: Everyday
Nagarkot is a famous place to see the mountain ranges and sunrise. It lies at an altitude of 2211m and is located 30 km north east of Kathmandu. (approx. 1 hour drive). If weather is good, one can see great views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Ganesh Himal. The mountain flight that goes each day to show Everest and other Himalayas from Kathmandu goes via the Nagarkot route.
Many visitors go to Nagarkot to see sunrise. Once the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas, it looks spectacular as mountain changes its color. However to see the sunrise, visitors have to go to Nagarkot at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Nagarkot is also a good place for day hiking. One can hike from Changu Narayan, Sundarijal, Banepa, and Nala and also from Sankhu Bajrayogini.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming valley as it highlights the ancient of the kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in very place – struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and windows – all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.
The Lion Gate:
Dating as far back as AD 1696 this gate is guarded on either side by huge statues of lions. Alongside, there are two stone images of (the dreadful aspect of Shiva) and Ugrachandi (the consort of the Shiva in her fearful manifestation).
The Golden Gate:
The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly moulded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man – bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is embellished with mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy. In the words of Percy Brown, and eminent English are critic and historian, the Golden Gate is the most lovely pieces of are in the whole Kingdom; it is places like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its erected by King Ranjit Mala and is the entrance of the main courtyard of the palaces of Fifty – five windows.
The Palace Of fifty – five Windows: This magnificent palace was built during the reign of King Yakshay Malla in 1427 AD and was subsequently remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony with fifty-five Windows, considered a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.
The Art Gallery: The Art Gallery contains ancient paintings belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods and descriptions. This gallery is open everyday except Tuesday.
The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla: This statue shows king Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is set on a column facing the palace. This is considered the most magnificent statue among the many statues in the squares.
Pottery Square: This place is widely known as the place of producing traditonaly various type of pottery out of clay by the local inhabbitants of Bhaktapur.
Nyatpol Temple: One of the tallest and five storied hindu temple of Nepal dated back to 17th century and it survived from the massive earthquake of 1934 and 2015.