Kathmandu Inside Out In a Week
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Kathmandu Inside Out In a Week
This trip gives a very good feel of Kathmandu Valley and includes all the highlights during a week-long trip. Cultural highlights, local food, and hikes ensure that you will get a taste for all the great things Kathmandu has to offer. It also highlights some of the events that happen in the city, giving a feel for the modern side of the valley. Not only you love the culture, history, and hospitality but also true heaven on Earth which is the capital of the Beautiful landlocked Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
Upon arrival, you get picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel of your choosing. Time permitting, we do what is traditionally the first place you visit - the Soyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) on our sunset walk - understanding the relevance of this structure to the history of the valley, and mingling with locals as they go about their daily rituals of devotion. This magical place gives a great feel of the valley, as you are above it and see below. It's a great place to be during sunset. Thereafter, you will be going to a traditional welcome dinner to make the first day complete.
Today is the day to prepare you for the following days of your trip using detailed briefings, and then also give you optional orientation tours of the valley. Options include: HINDUISM & BUDDHISM - A deeper look at how the two major religions function in Nepal through tours of two World heritage sites - Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. TEMPLES & LAKES - A walking tour on the southern side of the valley to the first town that was taken over when Nepal was united. We hike from here for about two hours to a lake where Siberian birds come on their way south every winter. A deep look into culture and a nice way to open up your feet muscles. THE WORKING NEPALI - A Culture Walk in the villages of Bungamati and Khokana looking at how suburban Kathmandu and its lifestyles are changing. We also go deeper into a project that helps home-based workers uplift themselves through skills on our WEAVE your OWN SOUVENIR concept tour. You can try your hand at these skills. LUNCH with NUNS - A hike in the northern national park of Shivapuri to the Nagi Gompa, a nunnery in the middle of the forest, where the nuns will have prepared a lunch for us, and we'll give a small donation via a service payment to the nunnery. SPLICE of KATHMANDU & KUMARI TRAIL WALK - A Walk into the bustling markets of Ason and Indrachowk, combined with a visit to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the temple of the living Goddess, and a walk through inner lanes of the inner city. RIDING the MAGICAL MARIJUANA LOOP - If you are interested in seeing Kathmandu valley on 2 wheels - this is a cycling opportunity you do not want to miss. A two - three hour, around 25-kilometer loop on the southern side that starts with a coffee at Karma Coffee - a coffee boutique and then ends with a pizza and a beer. A wonderful way to see the city suburbs!
Post breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan Temple, which is one of the oldest in the valley. This drive will take about one hour, or a little more depending on traffic. From here, we will start our hike to Nagarkot which should take about three to four hours including a local lunch along the way! The trail is mostly uphill as we meander through local settlements and communities. Overnight at a Resort in Nagarkot, which is famous for its views of the Himalayas.
The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel follows a ridgeline for about 3 - 4 hours and we reach Dhulikhel around lunchtime. After a local lunch, we then drive for about half-hour to Bhaktapur, the ancient town that was restored to its former glory and is now one of the must-visits. There we settled into the Guest House, which is nestled in a square and is quaint and ancient. The afternoon is free to wander around in Bhaktapur.
Today we start the day really early with either walking or on wheels (bicycles of course). Post-breakfast, we can continue with another tour to meet the Yogurt Makers of Bhaktapur in our HUMANS of BHAKTAPUR tour. Later we brave the traffic to Patan to visit the Coffee Boutique to have a delicious cuppa organic Nepali coffee, plus understand how fair trade and market linkages work using coffee and everything around it. After all this, we head back into town.
We keep today free for optional tours like the Tour of Kirtipur where you can see enjoy our favorite Newari dishes at Sha Sha Newari restaurant and wander the streets of Thamel searching for souvenirs, or just appreciating the local music scene in the evening, or visiting some real nice restaurants or a great massage.
- Airport pick up & drop by comfortable private air-conditional vehicle.
- All tours & transfer as per the given itinerary by comfortable private air-conditional vehicle
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with an English speaking trained, professional guide
- Pokhara city tour and Sarangkot Sunrise tour with an English speaking local guide
- All applicable monument entrance fees
- All government and local taxes
- Daily buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All accommodation Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner.
- Nepal Visa fees & International airfare
- Tips for driver & guide [It is not compulsory but recommended]
- Entrance fees for children in case of need in any sightseeing place
- Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor, etc
- Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/emergency evacuation and reasons beyond our control