Reach Kathmandu and check into the hotel.
The Katmandu Valley, the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal, is the first for the majority of visitors to Nepal. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities Katmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each is an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick paved courtyards and quaint streets. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the valley.
In the afternoon visit the DURBAR SQUARE. It is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to see here are: Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, the temple of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Drum and the Jagannath Temple.
On the right hand corner, a large wooden lattice screen hides an enormous gilded face of Sweta Bhairav. The screen is removed only during the Indra Jatra festival. There are also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museum. Both the museums remain closed on Sundays, Mondays and government holidays.
In the evening enjoy a local dance program with an authentic NEPALI DINNER at the cultural centre.
Overnight will be at Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Proceed for visits to PASUPATINATH, SWAMBHUNATH & BOUDHNATH.
The temple of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindu. It is Top Hindu temple of the world. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.
The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath situated on the top of a hill west of the city is on the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially know as the `monkey temple` after the large tribe of handsome monkeys which guards the hill and amuses visitors and devotees with tricks, including slinding gracefully down the double banisters of the main stairway to the temple. The roving monkeys quickly snatch up any offerings of food made by devotes and will just as quickly grab anything you may be carrying.
Proceed to visit BOUDDHANATH. The Stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
Overnight will be at Kathmandu.
Proceed for a full day visit of PATAN & BHAKTAPUR after breakfast.
Patan, the second-largest city in the valley, lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it`s a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handiwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square - choc-a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.
Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes` walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metal smiths and Brassware shops. Patan`s other attractions are flung further. Among them is a collection of four stupas, thought to have been built over 2500 years ago, and Nepal`s only zoo, which features a reasonable assortment of rhinos, tigers, leopards and bird life. Palm readers gather in the park outside - they may be able to point out which animal you`ll be reincarnated as.
Situated at an altitude of 1,401m, Bhaktapur covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or the city of Devotees still retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. The past glory of the Malla rulers continues to be reflected at the Durbar Square. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving, the Bhadgaolen topi (cap) and curd. The city lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu.
Overnight will be at Kathmandu.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Later as per the flight timing proceed to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Reach and enjoy last minute shopping.
As per the flight timings you will be transferred to the International airport for your onward flight taking back HAPPY memories.
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We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas. I have finally downloaded my photos and I`m am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India. If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more. My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people. India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open.
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip. The guides in each town were very knowledgeable and unique in different ways. Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless, it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide.
We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh. As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India. We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible. I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!
I cannot wait to return to India. I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life. I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India. I liked the smallness and openness of these cities. (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!) I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again. It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial. My husband`s favorites were the Oberoi`s in Udaipur and Agra. The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.
Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip. I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south!
Question : Health advice for UK citizens
Vaccinations are not required when you travel in India; however anti malaria medication is strongly recommended. If you have visited or transited a yellow fever area ten days prior to your scheduled trip to India a yellow fever inoculation certificate will be mandatory. Like all tropical countries, there are precautions that need to be followed while travelling. Indian medical professionals have reputably high standards. Should you need to consult a doctor; most hotels have doctors on call. We would be happy to assist you in visiting the specialist, although appointments are likely to be limited to a certain time of the day. Should you be using prescription medicines, please carry adequate supply - what you use may not be locally available and substitutes may not be suitable. In the unlikely event of hospitalisation, primary and secondary metros offer very high standards of health care. As a primary precaution, always drink bottled water. Ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day. We always recommend that you consult your personal physician prior to any travel. We advise you to consult your doctor or the British Airways Travel Clinics, allowing at least 4 weeks before the date of travel for all medical advice. Some areas including Bhutan and Nepal may be at high altitudes so please check with our staff before confirming your itinerary. You can also check health advice for UK citizens at below link: Http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx
OUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Accommodation at mentioned hotels,
Buffet breakfasts at the hotels,
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,
Ac vehicle for all transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary,
Local english speaking guides at all applicable places,
Assistance at the airports on arrival / departure,
Assistance at stations on departure and arrival,
Nepali dinner with cultural dance in kathmandu,
Monument entrance charges,
Airfare in economy class for the sector varanasi/delhi - kathmandu - delhi,
All applicable taxes and service charges,
All road taxes, government taxes and driver allowances.