Glimpses of Kathmandu Valley – 5 Days

Trip Overview

By taking this trip you will discover the cultural gems of Kathmandu valley and surroundings. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and walk under the shadows of pagoda temples and palaces at the durbar squares (Royal Palaces). The view of the city unfolds from atop Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple. Drive to the peaceful hillside resort of Nagarkot. Filled with verdant hills and panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks, Nagarkot is famous for its magical sunrises and sunsets. Wind up your tour with a heritage walk through the quaint Newari villages of Khokana and Bungamati.

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
  • Nagarkot – Panoramic view of the Himalayas, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset.
  • Explore the local market Thamel, a tourist hub.
  • Heritage village walk – Khokana & Bungamati.

Additional Information

If the suggested itineraries are not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour – Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square & Kopan Monastery

Day 03: Sightseeing Tour – Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square –Afternoon drive to Nagarkot(2195m/7202ft.)

Day 04: Nagarkot Sunrise View – Heritage Tour (Changu Narayan Temple and Newari Heritage Villages of Khokana & Bungmati). 

Day 05: Final Departure.

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Day 01- Arrive in Kathmandu 
A company representative will be on standby to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be transferred to your hotel and after resting for a while, you will be briefed about the trip. You will be offered by welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurant in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 - Sightseeing Tour – Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square & Kopan Monastery
After an early breakfast, our guide will take you to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Later in the afternoon, we visit Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The white domed stupa, decorated with colorful prayer flags stands on a giant mandala. Built during the 5th century, Boudhanath is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism.  Legend has it that the bones of Kasyapa Buddha (one of Buddha’s incarnations) lies at the base of this stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple lies on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. The richly-ornamented pagoda temple houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Hiranya Varna Mahavihar(Golden Temple), Kumbeshwor Temple and Patan Palace Museum are some of the jewels of Patan Durbar Square.

Kopan Monastery

Surrounded by lush forest, Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated a few minutes drive from  Boudhanath. Its name comes from the name of the hill on which it was built. The monastery serves as a spiritual retreat as well as meditation and Buddhist learning centre for devout Buddhists. Many western visitors take the annual month-long meditation courses offered by the monastery. These courses generally combine traditional Lam Rim teachings with informal discussion, several periods of guided meditation, and a vegetarian diet.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 03 - Sightseeing Tour – Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square –Afternoon drive to Nagarkot(2195m/7202ft.)
After having breakfast we continue our tour by visiting the following places:

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple 
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living on the premises.

Kathmandu Durbar Square 
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, a famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style, Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Dattatreya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

Late noon we drive to Nagarkot. On the way, you can enjoy the serene beauty of the mountains with a magnificent view of the sunset.
Overnight in Hotel at Nagarkot. 

Day 04 - Early morning panoramic mountain view from the Nagarkot and then drive to Changunarayan and other places for the sightseeing tour. 
We wake up early today to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise from Nagarkot over the panoramic mountains. Weather permitting, the seemly endless chain of mountains appear glossy, while the entire Kathmandu valley can be clearly seen towards the west.

We continue our tour visiting the following places and drive back to Kathmandu.

Changu Narayan (World Heritage Site)

The temple of Changu Narayan is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Situated in the small village of Changu in Bhaktapur district, Changu Narayan was built by a  Lichhavi King during the 4th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, houses several ancient statues and stone inscriptions.

Khokana and Bungmati
Khokana and Bungmati are beautiful traditional Newari villages in Lalitpur district. These villages are famous for rich culture, wood carvings and sculptures. Rato Machhindranath Temple and Karya Binayak Temple are the must-visit sites in Bungmati.

Evening, enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Thamel. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 05: Final Departure.
Our representative will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule. We certainly hope that you enjoyed the Tour and look forward to seeing you for another holiday soon.

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Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up upon arrival
  • Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program
  • 3 Nights Deluxe Boutique Hotel accommodation (twin sharing basis) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 Night Tourist standard twin sharing accommodation in Nagarkot with breakfast
  • Tour guide during the sightseeing per the Itinerary
  • All the Sightseeing program as per itinerary by private car
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurant located in Thamel
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • Final departure transfer

Cost not Includes:

  • Nepal Visa
  • International flight to Kathmandu and return ticket to your Home country
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nagarkot, except welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • The entire cost of beverages, mineral water, and beer etc. while on tour
  • Monument entry fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping to the guide and driver
  • Anything not mentioned on trip includes list are your personal expenses

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Reading or writing material
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.
  • Daypack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene is best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf
  • Sewing Kit

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