To arrive alone to the airport in Kathmande can be an exhausing experience after a long flight journey. Forget bargaining with taxi drivers or overbooked hotels. With this start package you get all in one; pick up from the airport, a good room to rest in and a perfect introduction to the Kathmandu Valley!
- Day 1: Pick up at international airport
- Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and later visit Swayambhu stupa
- Day 3: Sightseeing Pashupati, Boudha and drive to Nagarkot
- Day 4: Sightseeing Bhaktapur and drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 5: Sightseeing Patan and Kirtipur
- Day 6: Check out and continue the travel in Nepal
Day 1: Arrival in kathmandu (1300m.)
A representative from Beyond Borders Ethical Adventures picks you up by the airport and take you to your hotel. If you want to we will make a walk in the afternoon to minimize your jetlag, or if you don’t feel like it you can spend your day relaxing at your room.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We spend our day in central Kathmandu where we make a walk in the old city of where we see the courtyards and backstreets and find out the legends behind them, a wonderful way to understand the mystic of the city. We cross the different local markets, food, spices, glass beads and whatever else one might need. We round up at the Palace square of Kathmandu (Durbar square), one of the most impressive UNESCO sites of the valley and we learn about the history of the country.
In the afternoon we go together to the Buddha Amideva Park, a beautiful park with three huge golden statues of Sakyamuni, Chenresig and Padmasambhava. From here we walk for 20 minutes up on the Swayambu hill where we find one of the UNESCO world heritage sites of the valley, an old Buddhist stupa. Here we spend some time watching the view over the crowded city and then travel back to our hotel.
In the evening we have a welcome dinner at a Tibetian restaurant cooking the best gyakok, a mix of ingredients steamed direct on the table in a charcoal pot.
Day 3: Sightseeing Boudha, Pashupati and drive to Nagarkot (2100m.)
After breakfast we visit Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex where cows and pilgrims mingle with sadhus (holy men) in colorful outfits and the cremation pyres are burning 24/7. From here we continue to the holy Buddhist stupa in Boudha, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu. This is home to over 50 monasteries and many thousands of Tibetans who escaped from Tibet, and Nepalis who are followers of Tibetan buddhism.
From Boudha we drive for a few hours to Nagarkot, a hill station known for having the best mountain views in Kathmandu valley. Here we stay at a nice hotel and sleep early to wake up to see the sunrise tomorrow morning.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and back to Kathmandu
We watch the snow covered mountains change color during sunrise in the morning and have breakfast watching the view.
From Nagarkot we drive back towards Kathmandu but we stop on the way in the old city of Bhaktapur and make a city walk to admire the four squares which today are world heritage sites. Bhaktapur is famous for its pottery and beautiful architecture.
From here we drive back to Kathmandu and check in at our hotel again.
Day 4: Sightseeing Patan
In the morning we make a walk in the south city of Kathmandu valley; Patan. We see the palace, temples, narrow passages and backyards. In the palace we can have a cup of coffee and enjoy the pristine garden and see the newly beautifully renovated courtyard Sunderchowk. Here small golden and stone figurines decorate the sunken water tap which used to be used for ritual baths and royal meditation. We continue to the temple Mahabuddha which is covered by thousands of small terracotta figurines and to the golden temple, one of the earliest monasteries in the valley.
In the afternoon we continue to a town upon a hill close to the main city of Kathmandu called Kirtipur. Here we see the temples and old buildings and have food at the traditional Newari restaurant owned by the women in the neighborhood.
Day 6: Check out and continue your journey in Nepal
Today you are ready to continue your journey alone in Nepal or continue together with us on the next program!
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