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Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural meeting point in the region. The valley’s profound mystic culture and lifestyle is based on a unique amalgamation of Hinduism and Buddhism as well as many other faiths and belief systems. Kathmandu Valley, the cultural and commercial hub of Nepal, contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Multi roofed temples, exquisite monasteries, stone carvings and wooden carvings, and the age-old traditions and religious festivals have kept Kathmandu valley with immense vivacity till today. The Kathmandu valley holds a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. We take you to some of the World Heritage Sites in this trip.
The 3-day Kathmandu Transit Tour has been designed for those visiting Kathmandu for a very short time period, especially for business people and professionals or the travelers in transit. If you wish to make an extended tour of the valley we suggest you to try our Extended Kathmandu Valley Tour 7 Days, or make a tour of all World Heritage Sites of Nepal including Lumbini & Mt. Everest Mountain flight with our tour itinerary Nepal Heritage Tour with Mt. Everest 10 Days.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. We will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Two of the landmarks that we visit today are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Kathmandu Durbar Square and the famous Buddhist Swayambhunath also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ among the foreigners. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to three other UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley, Pashupati Nath, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The two-storied pagoda of Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The AryaGhat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. The city of Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments.
Today, after breakfast, we make a tour of the magnificent stupa of the Boudhnath. The Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries built by the ancient Tibetan merchants as well as recent Tibetan refugees from China. After visiting Boudhnath, we take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure that you ‘ll be back to make another trip in the Himalaya Region again.
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