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Impressions of Nepal

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 822

An in-depth tour showing the many facets of Kathmandu and surrounding area including visits to temples, palaces, local markets, handicraft centres and several important Buddhist sites.


Nepal is a land locked country sandwiched between India and China and divided into three geographic areas – the Himalayas (above 4000 feet/1230 metres), the Hill Region (between 1000/ and 4000 feet/300 and 1230 metres) and the Central Plains. Capturing the attractions of Nepal is not simple as, although the first impression may be a kingdom dominated by the Himalayan Mountains, it offers glimpses of Buddhist and Hindu cultures through architecture, customs and the people. In brief, it is a deeply religious and cultural country with spectacular scenery.

The capital, Kathmandu will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Divided into three areas in the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu itself has as its centerpiece, Durbar Square with its medieval atmosphere, the former residence of the Nepali royal family with the Royal Palace in the heart of the square surrounded by many interesting temples. Nearby Patan, across the river, has a wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples where one can view wonderful carvings.

The first day on arrival in Kathmandu is at leisure. The next day, sightseeing in Kathmandu is to Swayambunath in the nearby Kathmandu Valley., It is the most sacred Buddhist site in the country and an important pilgrimage centre with a mixture of shrines and temples plus an interesting museum. In Durbar Square, see the house of the Living Goddess, the Kal Bhairav Temple with its fierce looking reliefs, the red monkey god and the many erotic carvings which can be found here. The Square is teeming with colourful life, vendors selling vegetables, curios, flutes, and other crafts. Next is nearby Patan, across the river which has a rich cultural heritage and a wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples where one can view wonderful carvings. It is also the perfect place to purchase local arts and handicrafts especially at the Tibetan Handicraft Centre.

The following day brings a visit to Pashupatinath, a sacred and most significant HinduTemple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu and is colourful architecturally. Also visit Bouddhanath, the holiest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu with its stupa which dominates the skyline. Afterwards head to Nagarkot, a village some 32 kilometres/20 miles from Kathmandu and an idyllic hill station situated at 2000 motres/7000 feet above sea level. The village and the area are very scenic.  It is from here that one can view Mount Everest and other Himalayan snow-clad peaks at sunrise. Also the views of the KathmanduValley are spectacular. Overnight in the resort town of Nagarkot.

The next morning, drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur known for its woodcarvings, pottery and cloth weaving. It is considered a living museum where traditions are carried out today as they were centuries ago. After overnight in Kathmandu, it is unfortunately the end of your stay in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 822

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Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Situated between India and Tibet, is the Kingdom of Nepal, home to Mount Everest and known as the Shangri La of the East. Upon arrival into the airport, you will be met by Goway's representative and transferred to your hotel. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal and is rich with temples. The valley has seven World Heritage Sites and the city uniquely blends culture with the modern world. This evening you may wish to explore the popular Thamel area.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hyatt Regency

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    Hyatt Regency



    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds: in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. This beautiful hotel and resort is located in the metropolitan city of Kathmandu at Taragaon, Boudha on the road to …

    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds: in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. This beautiful hotel and resort is located in the metropolitan city of Kathmandu at Taragaon, Boudha on the road to the Boudhanath Stupa - the most holy of Tibetan Buddhist shrines outside Tibet and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hotel is 4 kilometres from the Tribhuvan International Airport and 6 kilometres from the city centre of Kathmandu. The hotel's 280 rooms and suites enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the lush gardens and the surrounding mountain.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis Court

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Day 2

Exploring Kathmandu

This morning visit Swayambhunath, the 2000 year old, world famous Buddhist Stupa also known as the "monkey temple". Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles from all sides of the valley. Painted onthe four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Above each pair of eyes is the 'third eye' signifying the wisdom of looking within. Continue on to Durbar Square, or "meeting place", very much the centre of old Kathmandu. Here you will find a gathering of temples and shrines with intricate carvings, the temple of Kasthamandap, which is believed to be made from the timber of a single tree; the three storied Akash Bhairav (God of the sky) Temple and Hanuman Dhoka, the old royal palace, named after the monkey god. From the entrance gate of the Hanuman Dhoka you will enter the Nasal Chowk. Although the courtyard was constructed in the Malla period, many of the buildings around the square are later Rana constructions. During that time Nasal Chowk was used for coronations, a practice that continues to this day on the coronation platform in the centre of the courtyard. Just by the entrance there is a surprisingly small but beautifully carved doorway, which once led to the Malla King's private quarters. There is a tradition of worshiping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or "Devi" in Hindu religious traditions and your tour also includes a visit to the Kumari House (Temple). This afternoon visit Patan City, also known as Lalitpur and one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is best known for its fine arts and crafts and rich cultural heritage. Here you will see the Durbar Square and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your tour ends with a visit to the Tibetan Handicraft Centre where you can witness the hand- weaving techniques used to make Tibetan carpets and the moulding of metal statues. Its main objective is to help the Tibetan refugees by providing them job opportunities.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Kathmandu to Nagarkot

Today you will visit one of the World Heritage Sites of Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple. This is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbols, of Lord Shiva. It stands as a symbol of unity bringing the different sects of Hinduism under a single fold and is situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter, so for these guests, you will only be able to view the temple from a special vantage point. From here devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river banks. Bagmati is also important because Hindus are cremated on the banks of this holy river. According to the Nepalese Hindu tradition, the dead body must be dipped three times into the Bagmati River before cremation. Continue to Boudhnath, one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directionsy. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. This afternoon, visit Nagarkot, which is one of the most scenic places in Bhaktapur and is renowned for the spectacular view of the sun rising over the mighty Himalayan ranges. Situated at a height of 2,195 meters Nagarkot offers panoramic view of the valley and is one of the best places to view Mount Everest and others snowcapped peaks of the Himalayan ranges. Overnight in Nagarkot.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Club Himalaya Resort

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    Club Himalaya Resort


    Sitting 7200 feet above sea level on Windy Hill, Club Himalaya Nagarkot enjoys amazing views of the Himalayas. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Bhaktapur, a 45-minute drive from Tribhuvan International Airport and an hour's drive from Kathmandu. Taking a helicopter, it is just …

    Sitting 7200 feet above sea level on Windy Hill, Club Himalaya Nagarkot enjoys amazing views of the Himalayas. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Bhaktapur, a 45-minute drive from Tribhuvan International Airport and an hour's drive from Kathmandu. Taking a helicopter, it is just a 7-minute ride from Tribuhavan International Airport. Away from the busy city, the hotel offers 68 rooms which the highlight are the spacious private balcony where you can enjoy the most breath-taking views from the comforts of your own room.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 4

Nagarkot to Kathmandu

Today, return back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival proceed to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this bustling city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hyatt Regency

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    Hyatt Regency



    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds: in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. This beautiful hotel and resort is located in the metropolitan city of Kathmandu at Taragaon, Boudha on the road to …

    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds: in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. This beautiful hotel and resort is located in the metropolitan city of Kathmandu at Taragaon, Boudha on the road to the Boudhanath Stupa - the most holy of Tibetan Buddhist shrines outside Tibet and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hotel is 4 kilometres from the Tribhuvan International Airport and 6 kilometres from the city centre of Kathmandu. The hotel's 280 rooms and suites enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the lush gardens and the surrounding mountain.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis Court

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Day 5

Depart Kathmandu

Today you will be met and transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights accommodation (in your choice of first class or deluxe hotels)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transport services using air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meet and greet services
  • English speaking local guides at all places as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All currently applicable local taxes

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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