Day 1 –
Rendezvous for Kathmandu tours, which for 1,000 years, was the principal stop on caravan routes crossing the Himalayas from Tibet to India. During the 13thC, the Malla Kings took control of the Kathmandu Valley and ushered in a golden age of art and architecture. Since then, imprints of modernity have overlaid remnants of this Golden Age with the outcome being Kathmandu – a center of spiritual and temporal power, offering a unique balance between present and past. A special Nepalese welcome awaits you and time permitting, a visit to Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local people. Join with the Nepalese as they perform the daily ritual of walking around the stupa 3 or more times and chant ancient mantras, praying for good luck and long life.
Later, tonight dinner will be at Krishnarpan, one of Kathmandu’s most exclusive restaurants. To dine here is to take a culinary journey through the fascinating terrains and cuisines of Nepal. Serving the finest Nepali of Nepali flavors, Krishnarpan is a slow dining experience reminiscent of the ritual feasts enjoyed by the Kathmandu Valley’s Newari community. Meals range from six to twenty two courses and are prepared using the freshest vegetables from the Dwarika’s own farms. The courses are offered on traditional brass and earthenware, and served by hostesses representing Nepal’s diverse ethnic communities.
Day 2 –
This morning you will visit Bhaktaupr and Patan Darbar Square with a local history and culture expert. Patan is the house of distinguished artists who have been finessing their skills on wood, stone, metal and canvas for centuries and you will have a unique opportunity for a private visit with a local artist. At the Tibetan refugee camp, meet with the skilled weavers & learn how they weave their colorful carpets.
Day 3 –
After breakfast, we’ll take a drive to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu’s most definitive & UNESCO World Heritage Site, just west of the city. The ‘Monkey Temple’ as its nicknamed, is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. Even the 2015 earthquake failed to topple Kathmandu’s best loved temple, though outlying buildings crumbled in the tremor. Local people are the highlight too…the most interesting spot to see culture and religion mish-mashed together, from centuries of diverse influences and spirituality. Here you will also be entertained with legendary myths by a local expert & quite possibly blessed by the holy monkeys that rule the hilltops! We will experience Kathmandu’s best momos at a unpretentious Tibet restaurant run by a local family. Try the traditional Nepali hot noodle soup and rich Tibetan butter tea. Dinner tonight will be a fabulous Indian restaurant where you can see your special meals being prepared before your eyes. (Ghar-e-Kebab)
Day 4 –
Departure from Nepal. thank you very much for joining Kathmandu tours with us.
Nepal visa is easily available on arrival in Kathmandu airport, please bring 2 passport size photos and USD cash handy, for more info please visit this link