City Tour in Nepal
Valley & Pokhara tour
valley has historically been the centre of commerce and
trade in Nepal. The fertile valley has always been a centre
of agriculture and still is. Kathmandu is a melting
pot of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Kathmandu and Patan contain
a wide variety of temples, shrines, monasteries and medieval
pagodas. Right outside the city are numerous chances to
enjoy a glimpse of rural village life the way it has been
for hundreds of years. We offer opportunities for guided
treks around the valley with a knowledgeable and friendly
trekking guide. We also have programs designed for touring
the famous religious and cultural sites of Kathmandu. Tours
are led by our knowledgeable and certified guides. Personal
transportation is provided and all tours are private. So
please let us introduce you to our home and history in Kathmandu.
Here are some
options for guided tours in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.
These are various packages designed to give you a variety
of cultural experiences during your tour. Each package is
a one day tour.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The seat
of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square
is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards
and streets. The most note worthy among them are the Hanuman
dhoka palace complex, the living goddess and the Taleja
Durbar Square: No where else can be seen a compression
of marvellous monuments within a limited space like
in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace,
what dominates all others in grace and grandeur in this
complex is the 17th century Krishna mandir. Other landmarks
within the square are the marvellous Tushahity, Sundarichowk,
Taleju-Temple etc. The Golden temple and the terra-cotta
temple of Maha Bouddha are the highlights in the vicinity.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Of the valleys three Durbar
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved. Still emanating
the medieval aura. This splendid palatial complex has its
gems in such artistic masterpieces as the 55-windows palace,
the Golden gate and the Taleju. The 15th century Dattatreya
temple and the world famous peacock window.
Swayambhunath Stupa: One of the world's oldest Buddhist
shrines, the stupa graces a hilltop, 77 m. above the valley
bottom. This huge dome-like structure is surrounded by 13
gilded rings representing 13 Heavens and an elaborate
Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu
shrine in the world. The two – storied pagoda houses a sacred
Clingum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the
temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into
its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple
is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the world's largest stupa
of its kind. The unique aspect
of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the
octagonal mandala design. Also set into the riches around
this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and
the 108 images of the Buddha adoring the Stupa. Another
notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four
dozen monasteries around it.
Changunarayan Temple: Which is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, boasts of being the oldest pagoda dead 424 AD is
the believed to be the oldest of all such written records.
More place to visit and study in valley and around: (if
you have time and interested):
Dakshinkali: Canopied by four gilded serpents spiralling
up to make up the pinnacle, this open shrine is dedicated
to the ferocious Hindu female deity. Dakshinkali its location
in the midst of a soothing jungle. Just 20 km. South from
Kakani: At 1982 m. sea level is one of the most remarkable
mountain balconies for viewing a chain of Himalayan peaks
and sun set. The place 29 km. to the north of Kathmandu.
Godavari: Godavari is a preferred place for devotees,
the royal Botanical Garden attracts all those who love nature
in its pristine form. The peaceful garden is also a preferred
place for watching birds and lies 22 km. south of Kathmandu.
Sankhu: Sankhu is north east from Kathmandu. This
unspoiled Newar settlement is best known for its cultural
richness as well as the 17th century Vajra Yogini shrines
atop a nearby mountain. Adding to its medieval grandeur
are the quaint streets and rows of old artistic buildings
Bungamati: This village is has some of the most defined
culture in all Nepal. Its main highlights are the Macchendranranth
temple and a Buddhist monastery. Bungamati is equally famous
for its dextrous wood-carvers.
Surya Vinayak: It is one of the valleys four main
Ganesh shrines. It is in Bhaktapur. Devotees throng this
temple to pay homage and offer animal sacrifices to the
elephant-headed deity. The place is also pleasant to view
the Bhaktapur city as well as the Himalaya Panorama.
Natural history Museum: It has fine display of Himalayan
butterflies, snakes and plants. Rare birds and insect species.
National woodworking museum: The building of museum
itself it the museum and contain very finely carved pillars,
windows, doors and struts. Also there are wood carving samples
that go back the Pujari Math.
Patan Museum: The Patan museum inside Patan Durbar
in the Durbar Square specialises in bronze statues and religious
objects, which add up to nearly 900 items. Some of the art
goes back to as early as the 11th century. Most of the statues
are of Buddha . Vishnu Lokeswar and Devi, covering both
the Hindu and the Buddhist iconology.
Chovar Gorge: Manjushri (Buddhist saint) came upon
a huge lake long ago and saw a huge lotus emanating bright
light at its centre. So he cut a deep gorge in the wall
of the lake and let the water gout in order to observe and
worship the lotus. The bed of the lake because Kathmandu
valley and the place where he cut the lake is said to be
Chovar. An intricate cave is located there as well as a
Nagarkot: At a height of 1985 meters above sea level.
The hilltop is visited for viewing beautiful sun rises and
sun sets on the clear day Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker
and the Everest can be seen.
Dhulikhel: This old Newar town is rich in culture
and for temples and stupas. From here long mountain range
can be seen.
National Bronze Art Museum: It has a collection of
same of the finest pieces of bronze created by valley artisans
and the number of items (about Hindus and Buddhist religion)
is about 900.
Bronze and Brass Museum (Pujari Math): The Bronze
and Brass museum is housed near the pujari Math. Much of
the displays have been restored and are in excellent condition. s
If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its
centre of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil
valley, it is the starting point form many of Nepal’s
most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The atmosphere
on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as
hipster backpackers crowd the many bars And Restaurants
exchanging recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints,
both by the lake and above the clouds. Pokhara is a place
of remarkable natural beauty . The serenity of Phewa lake
and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre
(6977 m.) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and
magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much
more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the
beautiful diversity of flowers which proper in its environs.
Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick
forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the
world famous views of the Himalaya. Finally, Pokhara is
part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India
and Tibet. To this day , mule trains can be seen camped
on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from
remote regions of the Himalaya. This is theland of the Magars
and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who
have earned worlwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis,
another important ethnic group here, are known for their
Other popular places to see in Pokhara are Mahendra Cave, David Fall, Seti George, Gupteswar Cave, World Peace Pagoda , Barahi Temple, Word Peace Pagoda, Buddhists Monastery, Natural Museum, Old Baazar, Tibetan Refuses Camp and Sarangkot Hill. Sarangkot hill is popular for to have a sunrise and sunset view.