Kathmandu Valley Cultural Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. This trek starts from Sundarijal which is about 15-16 kilometers from the main city area of kathmandu. Sundarijal touches Nuwakot district and Sindhupalchowk districts in the north. The Shivapuri National Park is the smallest national park of Nepal, from which we begin our trek. From sundarijal you will hike to chisapani where you can see typical villages in the hilly regions of Nepal. The trail ends reaching Changunaryana temple.

  OUTLINE ITINARARY 

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu valley

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Places visited: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square Driving: 3 - 4 hours        

Day 3: Explore Patan, Bhaktapur City & Drive to Nagarkot

Altitude: 2229m/7312ft Places visited: Krishna Mandir of Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Sunset in Nagarkot

Day 4: Drive to Panauti, Namo Buddha & Overnight at Dhulikhel

Altitude: 1600m/5249ft Places visited: Panauti, Namo Buddha and Dhulikhel

Day 5: Drive to Kiritipur, explore Chovar & Daksinkali Temple

Altitude: 1730m/5675ft Places visted: Kirtipur, Chovar & Daksinkali Temple

Day 6: Departure day from Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Free day for shopping & Deparuture

 

 

ITINARARY

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

After your Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you and then you will be taken to your hotel. Our tour operator will explain briefly about the program. Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you may explore "Thamel". In the evening we host welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with local music and ethnic dance. O/N Kathmandu.

 

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu valley

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Places visited: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square Driving: 3 - 4 hours

After having breakfast we will go for the exploration of Kathmandu valley and our journey starts from the exploration of Kathmandu’s DurbarSquare, whichis one of three Durbar (Royal palaces) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. At the Southern end of Durbar Square there is a place of one of the most curious attractions in Nepal i.e. Kumari Chowk. This gilded cage contains the Kumari-- a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards.

We will visit to swayambhunath temple; this temple is lovingly called the 'monkey temple', for the innumerable monkeys that have made the temple their permanent residence. Swayambhunath is a stupa based on top of hill, from where we can generally view the scenery of Kathmandu Valley.

Today after breakfast, we will drive towards Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Pashupati is considered as the main shrine to the devotees not only of Nepal but to the Hindus people around the world. Pashupatinath, an ancient plinth, by the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath - Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main temple. They can have good view of the temple complex from Slesmantak forest—a forest across bagmati river. After exploring the Pashupatinath temple, we move towards our next destination that is Bouddhanath Temple, it is located at 5km east from the center of Kathmandu. Bouddhanath is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. O/N Kathmandu.

 

Day 3: Explore Patan, Bhaktapur City & Drive to Nagarkot

Altitude: 2229m/7312ft Places visited: Krishna Mandir of Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Sunset in Nagarkot

Today after breakfast we move towards the patan, Lalitpur is the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces.Krishna Mandir is one of the grandeur of the square was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagannarayan Temple, Golden Temple and numerous. Take the pleasure of discovering this Patan Durbar Square which has been entitled in the World Heritage Site. Krishna Mandir is Kathmandu's finest stone wrought monument.

After exploring Krishna Mandir, we move towards Bungmati and khokana town. Bungmati is a small town located at 10 km south from heart of Kathmandu. Bungmati is famous for its hundreds of master wood carver and sculpture producers. From Khokana, Bungmati is 15 minutes walk. In these village visitors can see typical Newari houses. The best time to visit Bungmati and Khokana is in October and November because at that time the whole village looks beautiful and that view visitors enjoy must. After exploring Bungmati and Khokana we drive to city of Bhakatapur.

Bhaktapur is a popular day-trip destination for the tourists.Bhaktapur main square, Durbar square, palace with the 55- windows constructed by King jitamitra Malla are the main attraction of the area. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.

After exploring the city of Bhaktapur we drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is located at 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and known as a place of beauty. O/N Nagarkot.

 

 

Day 4: Drive to Panauti, Namo Buddha & Overnight at Dhulikhel

Altitude: 1600m/5249ft Places visited: Panauti, Namo Buddha and Dhulikhel

Today in the morning time,visitors can have the spectacular sunrise view of the Himalayan of eastern Nepal.Nagarkot has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal.After breakfast we depart from Nagarkot and drive to panauti.

Panauti is a small town located 32 km southeast of Kathmandu. Panauti consists of variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments and one of the most important areas for medieval sites. Panauti is quaint and interesting destination of Nepal and also steeped in culture and tradition. Visitors often find colorful stones, petals and other items that are laid out on the pavement to welcome everyone with great hospitality. After exploring panuti we move towards Namo Buddha.

Namo Buddha is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. There are couple of monasteries and one ancient stupa erected nearby in which a person can make offerings, pray and light butter lamps. This sight of Namo Buddha gives beautiful views of the local villages and lush scenery to the visitors. After sightseeing tour around Namo Buddha drive back from Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel is a Tourist paradise, the spectacular snow fed mountains seen from Dhulikhel must be one of the finest panoramic views in the world, when a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, and they seem to be floating in the air. With the snowy mountains on the backdrop, Dhulikhel are a stage of immense beauty and a paradise for nature lovers. Green inviting hills of which still virgin and some turned into beautifully carved agricultural terraces cater to the beholders' pleasure.O/N Dhulikhel.

 

Day 5: Drive to Kiritipur, explore Chovar & Daksinkali Temple

Altitude: 1730m/5675ft Places visted: Kirtipur, Chovar & Daksinkali Temple

After having breakfast we will Drive to Kirtipur. Originally Kirtipur is a centre of Newari culture and Newari foundation. It consists of many temples, Gumbas and Churches too. We move towards visiting Daksinkali. Daksinkali is the most important venue of animal sacrifices to the goddess Kali and Danksinkali temple is located at the foothills of south of the valley. En-route we will also visit Pharping Monastery, Chovar Gorge & Toudaha. After exploring we drive back to Kathmandu. O/N Kathmandu.

 

Day 6: Departure day from Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Free day for shopping & Deparuture

Free morning, after breakfast, if you having enough time, you may explore mian down town of kathmandu thamel, shopping paradise. Ontime transfer to airport and our trip ends here.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  •   Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • 3 nights Hotel Gaju Sweet or similar category, hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-shared basis
  • Welcome dinner
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced tour guide
  • T-shirt and city map
  • Heritage sites entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

 

What is not included?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
  • All meals except breakfast
  • Excess baggage charges?
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘What Is Included’ section
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Accommodations

We will be staying at. Hotel Gaju Sweet or similar category, hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-shared basis Single rooms can also be made available by paying an additional 180 USD.

Meals

Mostly buffet-style breakfasts will be served by your hotel during your stay in Kathmandu. There will also welcome dinner hosted by Ganesh Himal Hiking Team  on the day of your arrival.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu, you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trip there will be such facilities as the place where we are travelling and visiting. We have a three star hotel in Pokhara and 2-3 star hotel even in Nagarkot. While we are in National park, we stay in well and deluxe resort.

Meals:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while we are in trip. While we are on trip all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city, Pokhara even in Lumbini sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary. During our trip breakfast and dinner will be served in the Hotel where we stay for a night and for the lunch our expert leader/guide will be taking you the best clean hotels and restaurants.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We asked the clients not to travel on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to walk with heavy rains and wet. So, we suggest every client trip in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

 

Terms

Cancellation policy

  • Prior to 90 days: full refund (minus deposit)
  • 90-60 days: 80% refund
  • 60-30 days: 50% refund
  • 30-15 days: 25% refund
  • We’re sorry, but trips cancelled within the last 15 days before your arrival are non-refundable.
  • Deposits are non refundable

More details

 http://www.ganeshhimalhikingteam.com/about-us/terms-and-conditions

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 6 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Sightseeing & Cultural visit

Departure City: Kathmandu

Trip Grade:

Trip style: Luxury

Country: Nepal

Region: Kathmandu

Price: USD 600

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Anyday