To arrive alone to the airport in Kathmandu can be an exhausting 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: Arrival Kathmandu, stay in the Tibetan area of Boudha.
- Day 2: Patan and Kirtipur sightseeing.
- Day 3: Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath sightseeing.
- Day 4: Bhaktapur sightseeing.
- Day 5: Namobuddha monastery and farm homestay.
- Day 6: Back to Kathmandu and end of the trip.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu. Stay in the Tibetan area, Boudha.
Pick up from the airport and transfer to Boudha, the Tibetan part of Kathmandu. Here you stay at a hotel close to the holy Buddhist stupa, 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. Welcome dinner in the evening with Beyond Borders Ethical Adventures.
Day 2: Patan and Kirtipur sightseeing
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 Sunder Chowk. 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 3: Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath sightseeing.
Time to see central Kathmandu! You walk through the local market, Asan, and see the Royal Palace Square. After that you get time to walk around in Thamel, the main tourist area of the city.
In the evening you go to see the large Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, where cows and pilgrims mingle with sadhus (holy men) in colorful outfits and the cremation pyres are burning 24/7. You also witness the special ceremony with is being performed every evening, the aarti.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur.
From Kathmandu but we drive to the old city of Bhaktapur and make a city walk to admire the four old squares which today are world heritage sites. Bhaktapur is particularly famous for its pottery, its outstanding yoghurt and for its beautiful architecture, a true gem!
We stay at a hotel in Bhaktapur overnight.
Day 4: Namobuddha monastery and farm homestay.
After breakfast we drive to Namobuddha and the beautiful Vishuddhi Alaya yoga retreat where you spend your last night. Namobuddha is a village area where the ethnic group Tamang live. It is also one of Nepals most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. There is a nice square with a stupa where you will have lunch, and a very large and beautiful monastery. You will make a nice walk around the area and see all the important places.
Day 6: Check out and continue your journey in Nepal
Today we drive back to Kathmandu and you are ready to continue your journey alone in Nepal or continue together with us on the next program!
Dates & Cost
- Licensed city guide, 6 days,
- Transport by private car,
- Entrance fees,
- Map of the area,
- All hotels and food mentioned in the itinerary.