Kathmandu Dhulikhel Tour provides us with both natural and cultural aspects of nature along with people living there in a respective manner. Visit nearby world heritage sites, and embarking for short hikes around the outskirts of the city are major highlights of this tour. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get insights into the lifestyle, festivals, and traditions of local Newar communities. In short, this tour comprises the overall experience of visiting major attractions around three cities, Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur; as a whole is also known as the Kathmandu valley tour.
We initiate our Kathmandu Dhulikhel Tour after your arrival; transfer to your hotel and being introduced to our professional tour guides. The next day it will be all set up for sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites of Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Kathmandu durbar square. Visiting these sites lets us acknowledge both Hinduism and Buddhism religion from a close distance. Further, we visit Swayambhunath stupa which is also unofficially called a monkey temple(a large number of monkeys are also spotted around Pashupatinath temple area), Patan durbar square with short exploration at nearby Newar villages of Khokana and Bungmati. Then leaving behind Patan, we drive towards Bhaktapur, where still we can feel the medieval lifestyle among local people. Another 30 mins drive takes us to Dhulikhel, a perfect destination for relaxing and having great sunset, sunrise views over the Himalayas. On our way back, we also visit the world’s tallest Shiva statue located at the hilltop of Sanga. And with all these delightful nature and cultural tour memories, we conclude our Kathmandu Dhulikhel Tour.
This short and easy Kathmandu tour can be joined by any travel lover during any time of the year without any restrictions of age and fitness level. In just a week, you will be able to discover the natural and cultural aspects of Kathmandu valley. Join this Tour with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Contact us for booking and further inquiries.
If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time-frame and budget limits.
Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu::
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and completion of formalities at the immigration, you shall be welcomed by a representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers. After then you shall be escorted to the hotel for your stay. Stroll around the streets of Kathmandu later in the day. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing (Boudhhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu durbar square)::
We shall begin this tour from the sightseeing of some of the prominent heritage of Kathmandu. From the grandeur of Kathmandu Durbar Square to the majestic Boudhanath stupa and Hindu masterpiece of Pashupatinath Temple, we have diverse sites today. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world and the largest spherical stupa in Nepal with a large mandala. In the premise you shall have at least 29 monasteries and nunneries, all preserving the ancient heritage of Tibetan Buddhism. Chants of Buddhist mantras, whitewashed domes, and colorful prayer flags, pleasant smells of incense, and celebration of rituals with great faith make this a wonderful and revered destination. Pashupatinath Temple, on the other hand, is a sacred Hindu temple with a large complex full of temples, ashrams, statues of deities as well as inscriptions and carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a grand complex of historical importance with a Royal palace, unique temples, statues, and monuments, and a museum preserving the glorious history. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Visit Kathmandu and Patan and go to Bhaktapur Hotel (Swyambhunath, Patan Dubare square, Khokana, Bungmati)::
We shall visit the Swayambhunath Stupa or the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu and the Patan Durbar Square in the neighboring city of Patan before moving on to Bhaktapur. Swayambhunath is one of the oldest religious heritages in Nepal with a whitewashed dome and eyes of Buddha painted on the main stupa. Populated by several monkeys and decorated with big and small prayer wheels, prayer flags, nearby Hindu temples, Swayambhunath Stupa also provides a good view of Kathmandu valley. Patan Durbar Square, a royal complex dating back to the 3rd century, is highlighted by the historical royal palace and unique Krishna Temple. With stone taps, pagoda-styled temples, wooden, stone, and bronze carvings, and surrounding ancient monuments, Patan Durbar Square is a treat to explore. Further on, we shall explore two of the most beautiful rural settlements of Khokana and Bungmati. While Khokana is a shy Newari settlement in the outskirts of Patan famous for keeping its tradition, culture, and lifestyle as well as medieval settlement pattern intact, Bungmati is the hometown of the deity Machhindranath (the patron of Kathmandu valley) and the first Lichhavi King Amshuverma. Both of these settlements have excellent sceneries. We shall then leave for Bhaktapur. Stay overnight in Bhaktpur.
Day 4 : Bhaktapur Durbar Square and late afternoon drive to Dhulikhel and see Sunset View::
We shall today explore the Bhaktapur Durbar Square before heading to Dhulikhel later in the afternoon. Founded in the 12th century, this complex has a historical royal palace known as 55 Window Palace surrounded by the colossal pagoda and Shikhar styled temples, artistic Golden Gate and Lion’s Gate, Nyatapola Temple among other ancient heritages. After exploring these monuments we shall then head for the scenic town of Dhulikhel. Later in the evening, we shall watch the beautiful sunset over the Himalayas including Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Peak, Gaurishanker, Lhotse, and many others. Stay overnight in Dhulikhel.
Day 5 : Early morning see sunrise Himalayas View and sightseeing::
Our day shall begin with the beautiful view of sunrise over the Himalayas. For this, we shall wake up before the day breaks and reach the viewpoint. As you witness the golden rays of the sun painting the snows of peaks in their own color and the Himalayas glittering with the light, you shall feel blessed and mesmerized. Afterward, we shall explore this beautiful town. One of the major places of the ancient trade route, Dhulikhel has well preserved the medieval-styled settlement in the Old Town at the southern end. The ancient settlement of the Newar community called Shreekhandpur, 2 km west of the core city and believed to be protected by Swet Bhairav and Narayan deities, is an interesting destination. Narayan Temple at the center of the old town, Harisiddhi Temple, and Buddhist stupas decorate this city. Stay overnight in Dhulikhel.
Day 6 : Dulikhel –Banepa- Sanga (World’s tallest Lord Shiva statue 143 ft) and back to Kathmandu::
From Dhulikhel, today we shall be heading initially to Banepa. The first major town outside Kathmandu valley, Banepa is full of ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, amongst which the temple of Chandeswari built in Newari style is a major attraction. After visiting this important stop on the trade route to Tibet, we shall head to a small settlement of Sanga. Sanga is popular these days due to the statue of Lord Shiva, which is the world’s tallest with a height of 143 feet. The surrounding area around Sanga is equally mesmerizing and beautiful. After that, we shall be driving back to Kathmandu in around one and a half hours. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 7 : Farewell Dinner::
Today your tour to the cities of Kathmandu and Dhulikhel has come to an end. Our representative shall escort you to the international airport as per your flight schedule on the day you shall be leaving for the onward destination. Today we shall greet you with a farewell dinner which shall include delicious cuisines. We hope you have your back for other adventures.
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