Trip Facts

Grade: Easy Plus
Daily Walk Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Altitute: Max. 1700m
Group size: 1 - 15 Pax
Time: October to May

Description

The Kathmandu Valley is the capital and has an exotic setting. It is surrounded by green hills with northern side above are mighty snow-capped peaks. The sacred river, Bagmati and its tributary, Bishnumati wind their way to the south. The valley consists of four different towns of historic artistic and cultural interest. It covers 218 sq. miles and 1500 meter high.
According to the legends, Bodhisattva Manjusri came across a beautiful lake during his travel. He saw a lotus that emitted brilliant light at the lake’s center, so he cut a gorge in a southern hill and drained the water to worship the lotus. Men settled on the bed of the lake and called it Kathmandu Valley. 
The architecture started here by Lichhavi and Malla kings is one such example and now it is well preserved by the support of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization). 
A Day tour covers Swayambhu, Boudha, Patan Durbar Square:
We begin our tour by Swayambhu.  Which means “The Self arose”. It is a major landmark of the Valley, also the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. It is dome like shape layered since 13 centuries. Images of important deities, both Buddhist and Hindu were installed.  It is perhaps, the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. It provides excellent view of the valley. Devotees climb the steps which is fairly steep on the eastern side of to hill. Statues of the Buddhist icons, mini stupas, monasteries, prayer wheels and monkeys are the main sights. 
Boudhanth is one of the largest stupa and it has become the focal point for Buddhism. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Boudha. 
After, we drive to Patan, Durbar Square, which is a 20-30 minutes journey. Patan is a historic town separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. It is also calls as Lalitpur, which means “city of art”. Central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it is an architectural feast with a superb concentration of temples. Temples of widely diverse style including many Buddhist monasteries are scattered around this fascinating town.
 
Day 01: Visit Swyambhu, Bouddha and Patan Durbar Square

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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