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Kathmandu Day Tour - 01 Day

Boudanath, a revered Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kathmandu valley is blessed with unique geographical, natural, and cultural wonders. It is emerging as a popular travel destination for trades and travelers from South Asia and beyond. The coherent harmonization of various culture and lifestyles has cherished the aura of the valley.  The three medieval cities – Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal), Patan and Bhaktapur are encircled by mountains. Significant numbers of World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO belong to this valley. Besides the cultural magnificence, the valley is renowned for a number of equally enticing natural sites like temples, forts, monasteries, gardens, and also a National Park.  Each city inside the valley has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. In this trip, we cruise around the valley, visiting all those landmarks which have popularized the histo-cultural significance of Nepal in the international arena.

This tour package goes well as an extension to your existing trip. It has been designed in a way that enables you to visit all the major tourist landmarks of Kathmandu valley in meager 1 day. Isn't that great, especially when you are longing to explore this magnificent valley, but just badly running short of time!

Marron Treks has furnished three viable options of the day tour as jotted below:


Option #1

A guided excursion tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.

Option#2
A guided excursion tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

Option#3
A guided excursion Tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.


If you have some other places of interest and want them to integrated in this day tour, please hit the "Contact us for Inquiry" button below and submit your request. We shall endeavor our level best to customize the tour as per your preferences.

 

  Important  Snippets 

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


The Kathmandu tour is possible with three different options elucidated below. You can choose the most suitable option for you and let us know. The tour will be organized in a way that it suits your preference.

 

Option #1
A guided excursion tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.

Option #2
A guided excursion tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

Option #3
A guided excursion Tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley


Kathmandu Durbar Square, the enticing conglomeration of ancient arts and craftsmanship in Nepal.I. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Centered in Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Durbar Square encapsulates Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Mandir, Nasal Chowk, Nine storey Basantapur Tower, Panch Mukhi Hanuman Temple, Mul Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Tribhuvan Museum, King Mahendra Memorial Museum and Kal Bhairab temple. Hindu mythology claims that if a person interprets 17th century stone inscriptions written in 15 different languages on the palatial walls of Hanuman Dhoka, the milk begins to instantly ooze out from its walls. Hanuman Dhoka initially happened to be the residence of the former "Malla" kings and was later inherited to the Kings of the "Shah" dynasty. The Royal family lived in the Hanuman Dhoka palace untill 1886 and thereafter shifted to the Narayanhiti palace. However, the palace is still used on the ritual and ceremonial occasions of the Royals. Before the monarchy toppled down, the coronation ceremony of a new King used to be convened inside the Hanuman Dhoka palace. The palace has 17th century statue of Hindu deity "Hanuman" and an amazing sculpture of another Hindu God,  "Narsimha". The palace not only bears the historical reminiscence of the Royal family but also exhibits the culture and religion of Nepal. Museums inside the palace reflect the culture, religion, custom, tradition, architecture and history of the former Royals.


II. Bhaktapur Durbar SquareBhaktapur Durbar Square, an ancient palatial culture in the historic city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, reflecting some incredible master pieces of ancient Newari arts and craftsmanship.

Bhaktapur, another medieval town in Kathmandu valley, is located to the east of Kathmandu city. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, Bhaktapur reveals ancient Nepali culture, custom, alluring artworks and excellent craftsmanship. Each historical monument represents the medieval culture, religion and custom of Nepal. Largely dominated by the "Newari" populace, Bhaktapur still retains its originality in terms of culture. The Durbar Square encapsulates The Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapole Temple and Fifty-Five Windowed Palace. There are also a handful  of sophisticated hotels and restuarants.


Patan Durbar Square. Owing to a unique display of some of the finest ancient arts and architecture.III. Patan Durbar Square

Located 5 kms south-east of Kathmandu valley, along side the Bagmati River, the Patan Durbar Square is bounded by 4 stupas. These stupas were built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C. Patan is also Known as Lalitpur. There are several legends associated with the origin of the term, Lalitpur. One such legend depicts that in the ancient time, Kathmandu was hit by a severe drought. To tackle this oddity, three people were nominated to summon the deity "Red Machhendranath" from Kamaru Kamachhya ( a place in Assam, India) and plead for rainfall. Among the three people, one was a farmer named Lalit who believed to have contributed more. When the rain finally poured into the parched valley, people as a sign of gratitude named the valley after his name. The term ‘pur’ means township and that is how the place got its name as Lalitpur. Another tale claims that the valley was named after king Yalamber. History has it that Patan was founded in the 3rd century by the kings of Kirat dynasty and later was modeled into perfection by the "Lichhavis" in the sixth century followed by Malla dynasty. At present, the Lalitpur sub metropolitan city has been categorized into 22 wards. This city presents a potpourri of finest traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple or Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Mulchowk, Jagat Narayan Temple, Big Bell, Pillar of Yognarendra Malla, Hari Shanker Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Bhimsen temple, Marga Hiti, Mani Mandap, Cafe Pagoda, Rato Machhendra Temple, Minnath, Rudra Varna Mahavihar etc. are the major attractions of Patan.


IV. SwayambhunathSwayambhunath, one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Lying 3 kms west of Kathmandu city and boisterously perched atop a hill, Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex. According to a legend, thousands of years ago, Swayambhunath was an island. Later, a stupa was built. King Manadeva contributed in the making of the stupa in 460 BC. After the Mughal invasion, the stupa devastated and had to undergo renovation in the 14th century. Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both, Buddhist and Hindus. Numerous Hindu monarchs are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including the Late King Pratap Malla, who further enhanced the architecture and also added a stairway to get to the stupa. At present, the stupa is a solid hemisphere of brick and clay, supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. A replica of Lord Buddha's eyes is inscribed on all the four sides of the spiral base. Owing to its high elevation, Swayambhunath offers majestic views of the Kathmandu valley. People of Nepal cling to a belief that the eyes imprinted on the spiral base of Swayambhunath, treat everybody indiscriminately.


Pashupatinath Temple, the most revered Hindu shrine located in Kathmandu, Nepal.V. Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath is one of the most pious Hindu temples of "Lord Shiva", the supreme Hindu deity. Located on the banks of the Bagmati river, the temple of Pashupatinath is regarded as the most revered Hindu pilgrimage site in the world. The temple was rebuilt in the 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla after the previous building was devastated by the termites. It has two-tiered gold plated roof and four silver doors. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complex in South Asia with many “Shiva Lingams”, statues of various Hindu god and goddess. This temple premises occupies an area of 281 hectares in total. In the middle of the spring (Feb.-March) every year, the Hindus observe one of their biggest festivals, "Shivaratri", which literally means "the holy night of Lord Shiva". On this great day, the temple complex is swarmed  with thousands of Hindu devotees who stay overnight chanting prayers and bhajans (spiritual songs). Stone sculptures found in the vicinity reveal the antiquity of this place. This holy site is situated 6 kms east of Kathmandu. Regular bus and taxi services are easily available from city points.


VI. BoudhanathBoudhanath Stupa, the gigantic stupa in Kathmandu Nepal, regarded as the one of the most revered sites for Buddhist pilgrims in Nepal.

Boudhanath epitomizes Tibetan Buddhism. Built by the king of Lichchavi dynasty, "Man Dev" in the 5th century BC, this giant colossal stupa lies 8 kms east of Kathmandu. Also regarded as the biggest stupa in the world, Boudhanath is built on a stepped octagonal base and inset with alcoves representing Buddha and his teachings. After Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans, in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and re-energized the stupa. It is  surrounded by various monastries or 'gompas'. Once we enter the premises, we can smell the fragrance of specially made incense drifting through the air. One can clearly hear the monks humming and chanting mantras, while they spin the artistic prayer wheels.Boudhanath is one of the revered pilgrimage sites of the Buddhists.


Changunarayan, a famous temple located 15 kilometers east of Kathmandu, Nepal.VII. Changunarayan

The two-tiered Changunarayan temple is located 15 kilometers east of Kathmandu city. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity, "Lord Vishnu", who is regarded as the creator and destroyer of all existence in Hindu mythology. Owing to the temple being situated in the village of Changu, it has been named as Changunarayan, which means "the Lord of Changu".

Stone inscription of 464 A.D and other architectural master pieces in the temple depict ancient history of Nepal. The temple also bears the sculptures of Vishnu’s ten incarnations; some of which are "Vishwaroop", "Vishnu Vikranta", "Vishnu riding Garuda", "Nar-Singha Vishnu" etc. Temples of Kileswar Shiva, Chinnamasta Devi and other gods and goddesses are also present in the vicinity of Changunarayan temple. The temple provides an awesome view of Manohara River, cascading through the lush vegetation of the village.
 

Note:

You can also try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc., this will be your last day in Nepal. 

 

  Important  Snippets 

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Accommodation

During Kathmandu Day Tour we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star),  Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star)  or similar in Kathmandu City.

 

Our Guides

All of our Tour Guides have fluent English and all possess a valid License from Government of Nepal Tourism with related Field Training, They also have knowledge of Full First Aid at Spot. Moreover, we can provide other International language Speaking Guides as well as per your requirement.

 
Self designing Package

While you chose your trip from Marron Treks, we never force you to follow our fixed package. Please kindly advice us- what you would like to include in our Package. If you wish to do sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara all by yourself and make your own hotel reservations, we will be happy to take out those services which you require.

 

Geography, flora & fauna of Nepal

Stretched across diverse picturesque landscape, Nepal lies geographically sandwiched between China and India. Nepal encompasses total surface area of 147,181 sq. km from the Himalayan range in the North to the Indo-Gangetic lowlands in the South at the latitude 26°12' to 30°27' North and the longitude 80°4' to 88°12'. Topographically, Nepal has lowland Terai Region in the south, central lower mountains and hills in the middle and Mountain Region in the north. On the basis of diverse ecological settings, regions have been divided into Terai, Siwalik, Middle Mountain, High Mountain and High Himalaya. Terai lies in the northern part of Indo-Gangetic plain extending nearly 800 km from east to west and about 30-40 km from north to south occupying 17% of the total land area with average elevation below 750 m including Terai region, Bhavar Terai and Inner Terai. Siwalik is also called Churia Hills and has elevation ranging from 700 to 1,500 m. Middle Mountain is also referred as Mahabharat range which stretched on 65% of the total land area with elevation ranging from 1,500 to 2,700 m. Kosi, Gandaki, Karnali and Mahakali river meet the middle mountain at many junctions. High Mountains range from 2,200 to 4,000 m and are naturally resourced with phyllite, schists and quartzite. The soil found here being shallow resist weathering. Whereas High Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 to above 8,000 m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest [(8848m], Kanchanjunga [8586m], Lhotse [8516m], Cho Oyu [8201m], Dhaulagiri [8167m], Mt. Makalu [8463m], Manaslu [8163m] and Annapurna I [8091m].

 

People and custom of Nepal

Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 23 millions includes more than 60 ethnic groups speaking 70 different languages and dialects. Northern Himalayan People, Middle Hills and Valley People and Terai People make up the total populations of the nation. Sherpas, Dolpas, Lopas, Baragaonlis and Manangis come under Northern Himalayan People. Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Sunuwars, Newars, Thakalis, Chepangs and majority of Brahmans and Chhetris are regarded as Middle Hills and Valley People. The Terai People are Tharus, Darai, Kumhal, Majhi and migrants from India. Nepali society is culturally influenced by caste hierarchy. Caste system comprises of Brahmin, Chettri, Vaisya and Shudra. Nepali is the official language. Nepal is a secular country. Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions. Official statistics shows that 89.5% of the population is Hindu, 5.3% Buddhist, 2.7% Muslim, 2.4% Shamanist and Animist, 0.1%Jain and 0.04% Christian. Regardless of ethnic background or religion, Nepali people are the most hospitable and friendly people you could ever wish to meet. Nepalese revere their guests as gods. Visit to Nepal can surely be an experience of a lifetime.

 

Interesting Places to see in Nepal

 

BUDHANILKANTHA

From 8 kms north of Kathmandu at the base of Shivapuri hill lies Budhanilkantha. It is mostly popular for Lord Vishnu’s temple and Shivapuri hill. The Lord Vishnu temple has a magnificent statue of Lord Vishnu in lying position in the middle of a small pond rested on a bed of snakes. It is a world renowned site of Hindu pilgrimage. Shivapuri hill is famous for trekking, camping and holidaying.

 

NAGARKOT

Situated at an altitude of 2175 m. to the east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot stands proud as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It offers incredible panoramic Himalayan views like Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and many others. It also promises the most magnificent unparalled sunrise view. Its favorable climatic condition makes it the very ideal getaway for holidaying and honeymooning. It has best resorts, cafeteria and restaurants.

 

DHULIKHEL

Dhulikhel is bound to Kathmandu from the East by a distance of 30 kms. Traditional heritage, unique cultural setting and breathtaking views of the snowy Himalaya makes Dhulikhel one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nepal. Nothing can be more fun and adventurous than taking short treks on its routes.

 

JAWLAKHEL

It is a fascinating place where one can see traditional Tibetan crafts of spinning, dying and weaving carpets. There are several handicrafts shops featuring Nepali traditional items in Jawalakhel. Most of the international non-government organizations are situated in Jawlakhel. Residential areas around the location give a picture of Nepali urban society. It has high quality restaurants and hotels.

 

PATAN

Lying connected to the 5 kms south-east of Kathmandu Valley by Bagmati River, 459 hectares of Patan is bounded by 4 stupas built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC as recorded in the history. Patan is also called Lalitpur. There are several legend attached to the origin of the term, Lalitpur. One such legend says that in the ancient time Kathmandu was engulfed with severe drought and three people were assigned to summon God Red Machhendranath from Kamaru Kamachhya, a place in Assam, India, into the valley for rainfalls. Among the three people one was a farmer named Lalit who believed to have contributed more.

When rain finally poured into the valley, people as a sign of gratitude sanskritized the valley after his name and the term ‘pur’ meaning township and was finally named as Lalitpur. Another tale boasts that the valley was named after king Yalamber. Patan people refer to Patan as Yala. History has it that Patan was founded in the 3rd century by the Kirat dynasty and later was modeled into perfection by Lichhavis in the sixth century followed by Malla dynasty. At present Lalitpur sub metropolitan city has been categorized into 22 wards. This city presents a potpourri of finest traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple or Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Mulchowk, Jagat Narayan Temple, Big Bell, Pillar of Yognarendra Malla, Hari Shanker temple, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Marga Hiti, Mani Mandap, Café Pagoda, Rato Machhendra Temple, Minnath, Rudra Varna Mahavihar etc are the major attractions of Patan.

 

BHAKTAPUR

Bhaktapur lies on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, Bhaktapur is regarded as the abode of ancient Nepali culture, custom and alluring arts pieces of excellent craftsmanship. Each historical monument represents medieval culture, religious and custom of Nepal. Newari populace has largely dominated Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal which has remained untouched by western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur. The place houses finest restaurants and hotel to cater to the needs and requirements of tourists. For entering into Bhaktapur Durbar Square, foreign tourists have to formost pay $10 as an entry fee and only Rs 50 for nationals from SAARC-countries and China.

 

KIRTIPUR

Kirtipur is situated 10 kms. southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient Newar township is a natural fortress and has a proud and courageous history. The Chilmahu Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairab are major sights here. Kirtipur offers quaint streets lined with artistic houses and temple squares. The people are known for their skill in building and weaving.

 

 World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley

 

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Centered in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square has Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Mandir, Nasal Chowk, Nine storey Basantapur Tower, Panch Mukhi Hanuman Temple, Mul Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Tribhuvan Museum, King Mahendra Memorial Museum and Kal Bhairab temple in its vicinity. Hindu Mythology boasts that if a person interprets 17th century stone inscriptions written in 15 different languages on the walls of the palace of Hanuman Dhoka, there would be instant flooding of milk from the wall. Hanuman Dhoka was the former Royal Palace of the Malla kings and later was passed onto the Shah dynasty. Royal family lived in the Hanuman Dhoka palace till 1886 and thereafter shifted to Narayanhiti palace. However, the palace is still used for ritual and ceremonial occasions. A new King is crowned inside the palace. The palace has 17th century statue of Hanuman to the left of the palace entrance and amazing sculpture of Lord Narasimha. The palace bears the historical reminisce of Royal family, culture and religion of Nepal. Museums inside the palace lets one explore the culture, religion, custom, tradition, architecture, history of Royal palaces etc. An entrance fee has been set for entering into the museums. International tourists are charged Rs. 250 for the entrance. Museums remain open for 7 days in a week with the exception of Tuesday from 10.30 am to 3 pm in the winter and from 10.30 am to 4 pm in the summer. On Friday one must visit the museums from 10.30 am to 2 pm.

 

2. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur lies on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, Bhaktapur is regarded as the abode of ancient Nepali culture, custom and alluring arts pieces of excellent craftsmanship. Each historical monument represents medieval culture, religious and custom of Nepal. Newari populace has largely dominated Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal which has remained untouched by western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur. The place houses finest restaurants and hotel to cater to the needs and requirements of tourists. For entering into Bhaktapur Durbar Square, foreign tourists have to formost pay $10 as an entry fee and only Rs 50 for nationals from SAARC-countries and China.

 

3. Patan Durbar Square

Lying connected to the 5 kms South-East of Kathmandu Valley by Bagmati River, 459 hectares of Patan is bounded by 4 stupas. It is built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC as recorded in the history. Patan is also called Lalitpur. There are several legend attached to the origin of the term, Lalitpur. One such legend says that in the ancient time Kathmandu was engulfed with severe drought and three people were assigned to summon God Red Machhendranath from Kamaru Kamachhya, a place in Assam, India, into the valley for rainfalls. Among the three people one was a farmer named Lalit who believed to have contributed more. When rain finally poured into the valley, people as a sign of gratitude sanskritized the valley after his name and the term ‘pur’ meaning township and was finally named as Lalitpur. Another tale boasts that the valley was named after king Yalamber. History has it that Patan was founded in the 3rd century by the Kirat dynasty and later was modeled into perfection by Lichhavis in the sixth century followed by Malla dynasty. At present Lalitpur sub metropolitan city has been categorized into 22 wards. This city presents a potpourri of finest traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple or Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Mulchowk, Jagat Narayan Temple, Big Bell, Pillar of Yognarendra Malla, Hari Shanker temple, Vishwanath temple, Bhimsen temple, Marga Hiti, Mani Mandap, Café Pagoda, Rato Machhendra Temple, Minnath, Rudra Varna Mahavihar etc are the major attractions of Patan.

 

4. Swayambhunath

It is 3 kms away from the West of Kathmandu. Ancient tale has it that thousands of years ago Swayambhunath was an island. Later a stupa was built. King Manadeva contributed in the making of the stupa in 460. After the invasions from Mughal, it was distorted and had to undergo renovation in the 14th century. King Pratap Malla in 17th century further enhanced the architecture and also added a stairway to get to the stupa. At present, the stupa is a solid hemisphere of brick and clay, supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and has Lord Buddha’s eyes adorned on all the four sides of the spire base. Buddhists regard it as the holiest place. Swayambhunath also offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu valley.

 

5. Pashupatinath

As the name indicates, Pashupatinath temple is a temple of Lord Shiva and is the holiest place for Hindus. The sacred temple lies on the banks of sacred Bagmati River 5 kms east of Kathmandu city. Non-Hindus are strictly prohibited from entering the temple. It has two-tiered roof and four silver doors. Devotees from all over the world come here to pay their homage to lord Shiva.

 

6. Boudhanath

Boudhanath epitomizes Tibetan Buddhism. It lies 8 kms East of Kathmandu and was built by Licchavis King Man Dev in the 5th century A. D. Its colossal and ancient stupa is regarded as one of the world’s biggest stupa and has been built on a stepped octagonal base and inset with alcoves representing Buddha and his teachings. After Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energized the stupa. The stupa is surrounded by various temples or 'gompas'. The atmosphere of the whole place lightens up with zest as fragrance of incense drifts through the air. Chanting of monks and creaking of prayer wheels can be heard while strolling around the base. It is one of the prime sites for pilgrims and tourists in the country.

 

7. Changunarayan

Two-tiered Changunarayan temple is 15 kilometers away from Kathmandu city. Since this is the temple of Lord Vishnu, also called Narayan and is situated near Changu, the temple has been named so. Stone inscription of 464 A.D and other architectural master piece featured in the temple showcase ancient history of Nepal. The temple also bores the sculptures of Vishnu’s ten incarnations; Vishwaroop, Vishnu Vikranta, Vishnu riding Garuda, Nar-Singha Vishnu etc. Temples of Kileswar Shiva, Chinnamasta Devi and other gods and goddesses are also present in the vicinity of Changunarayan temple. The temple provides an awesome view of Manohara River cascading through lush vegetation.

 

Festivals in Nepal

Nepal's identity is not confined to mountains alone. It is equally famous for its different festivals too. Nepalese celebrate more than 50 festivals around the year. National holidays have the fix date but religious festivals are celebrated according to the lunar calendar and it doesn't coincide with the solar calendar. All the people take part in the festivals and they celebrate it with full enjoyment. some of the important festivals are Sweta Machhendranath Snan, Maghe Sankranti, Basanta Panchami, Maha Shivaratri, Losar, Holi, Ghode Jatra, New Year's Day, Gunla, Buddha Jayanti, Krishnashtami, Janai Purnima (Raksha Bandhan), Gai Jatra, Teej, Dasain and Tihar.

 

Dasain Festival

Dasain is the longest and most favorite festival of Nepal . This festival is celebrated in the month of October in Nepal . On this day, everyone stays at the home with their families, offices are closed. The skies are filled with kites and the marketplaces are filled with farmers bringing their buffaloes, goats and chicken to sell. These animals are then sacrificed on the night of Kal Ratri to please the goddess Durga. On the day of Dashami, everyone puts on new clothes and goes to honor their family elders, where they receive large red tikas of vermilion paste on their foreheads. In the following days of Dasain, families and friends unite, take part in the feasts, impart the blessings and exchange the gifts.

 

Tihar Festival

Tihar is regarded as the festival of light among Hindus. It is celebrated in the month of November. This festival is a time of candlelight, tinsel decorations and festive colored sweets. This festival is celebrated for five days and on different days; there are offerings and small celebrations for crows, dogs, cows and oxen. On the night of Lakshmi Puja, garlands are hung and lamps are lighted to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into the home. Maha Puja, the New Year's Day according to the Nepal Era is celebrated as the day of the self, when people give themselves blessings to remain healthy and happy for the rest of the year. On Bhai Tika, the last day, the sisters make offerings to their brothers and the rituals include breaking of walnut, putting on garlands of Makhamali flowers and encircling brothers in rings of mustard oil to protect them from Yama, lord of the Netherworld.

 

Teej Festival

The festival of Teej is celebrated in the month of August. On this day, the women dressed up in their fine red wedding saris visit the Pashupatinath temple of Shiva . The women celebrate the festival by fasting, folk songs, and dances and recall the goddess Parvati's devotion to her husband Shiva. The married women visit their father's homes and all daughters and sisters receive gifts from their male kin, and an elaborate feast is prepared for them. It is a loud and cheerful celebration until late night, when strict fasting discontinues. On this day women observe a fast and pray to Lord Shiva for the long, healthy and prosperous life of their husbands and their families.

The unmarried women also observe this festival with the hope that they will get to marry good husbands. The blessings of Shiva and Parbati ensure that family life will be joyous for all.

 

Indra Jatra Festival

The festival of Indra Jatra is named after the Lord Indra, King of Heaven. This festival is celebrated by both the Buddhists and Hindus in the month of September in Nepal . On this day, the people worship the Lord Indra, to be grateful to him, who has blessed the valley. This festival is celebrated for eight days in the Durbar Square in Kathmandu with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. On the first day, the Indra's dhwaj or flag is erected. It is said that many centuries ago, Indra's mother needed specially scented flowers but could not find them in heaven's gardens. Indra discovered parijat flowers in the Kathmandu Valley and tried to steal them for his mother. He was caught and imprisoned by the people of the valley. When Indra's mother came searching for him, the people were punished for what they had done. As a result, they released Indra and dedicated one of the most colorful festivals of Nepal to him to appease his anger. On this day, the masks and statues representing Vishnu, Bhairab, and Shiva are shown to the public and the Goddess Kumari witnesses the special occasion from her chariot. The chariot of the Living Goddess Kumari is taken through the main streets of Kathmandu . On the first day, the head of the state (It was king before, now it's president) also pays homage to Goddess Kumari. The people gather at the streets of Kathmandu valley to enjoy the festival.

 

Gai Jatra Festival

The gai or cow is holy animal to Hindus. She represents Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and guides the departed souls to the gates of the world. The Gai Jatra or Cow festival is celebrated in the month of August. Satire, jokes, fancy costumes, and colorful processions are the part of the festival as the people recall how an eighteenth century king rallied his people to cheer his queen upon the death of their son. Those who have experienced the death of close ones during the past year share their sorrow and comfort so that the gai can safely transport the departed souls on their afterlife journey. The young men wear the women's saris, children dressed up as cows, and whimsical characters of all sorts fill the streets. The special issues of local magazines shower its fun on everyone and everything.

 

Janai Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) Festival

The Janai Purnima or Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated in the month of August. On this day, the high-caste Hindus chant the powerful Gayatri mantra (hymns) and change their Sacred Thread (janai). The people tie a red or yellow protection cord around the wrists of other Hindus and Buddhists. The pilgrims make a journey to the mountains north of Kathmandu . Here they please the Lord Shiva by bathing in the sacred lake of Gosaikund . Those unable lo make the trek celebrate at Shiva's Kumbheswar Mahadev temple. Here, a pool with an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water which is believed to have come from Gosaikund.

 

Buddha Jayanti

The Buddha Jayanti is observed as the birth of Lord Buddha on the full moon day in the month of May. The Lord Buddha was born in Nepal , and he preached Buddhism, which is the second most popular religion in Nepal . On this day, the people celebrate the Lord's birth, enlightenment, and salvation throughout the valley with celebrations. Before the coming of the festival, the Swayambhunath and Boudhnath Stupas are prepared for the festival several days in advance. The people clean the monasteries, polish the statues and monks prepare for the dance. On the Buddha Jayanti, people reach the stupas before dawn, go around them and give offerings to the various Buddha images.

 

Holi Festival

Holi or Fagu Purnima is one of the most colorful and playful festivals of Nepal . The Holi festival is celebrated in the month of March.. The chit pole are decorated with colorful flags and erected on the first day of Fagu at Katmandu 's Durbar Square . On this day, a formal announcement is made to all the people to hide their good clothes or you would be splashed with colored powder and water balloons. On the last day, the youths cover their body with red vermillion powder and roam the streets.

 

Losar Festival

Losar Festival, the Nepal New Year is celebrated in the month of February. The Sherpas and Tibetans welcome the New Year with feasts, family visits and dances. The people wear their finest clothes and jewelers and exchange gifts. The Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity, and perform dances at the monasteries. The colorful prayer flags are decorated at the streets and rooftops and they seem as brilliant at the Buddha and Swayambhu stupas. In the Buddha stupas, the people celebrate the New Year by throwing tsampa (roasted barley flour) into the air.

 

New Year Day

The Bikram Era is the official calendar of Nepal . This solar calendar was started by king Bikramditya and starts from the first day of the first month of Baisakh. The New Year 2057 of the Bikram Era corresponds to 2000-2001 of the Christan Era. The New Year's Day is an official holiday. The first day of the month of Baisakh is observed as the Nepali New Year and falls in the second week of April. It is also known as Navavarsha in Nepal . On this day, the devotees visit the Pashupati temple to take a dip in the holy Bagmati River and visit other religious spots. The people go for picnics have get-togethers and celebrate the day by socializing in various ways. It is a day to seek blessings from family priest and one's elders as well.

 

Maghe Sankranti Festival

The Maghe Sankranti Festival is celebrated on the occasion of the sun entering the southern hemisphere. The Maghe Sankranti is celebrated in the month of January. On this day, the people take an early morning bath in a holy river, worship the Lord Vishnu and present flowers, incense and food to him. They read the Bhagwad Gita, the Holy Scripture, rub mustard oil over their bodies, and enjoy feasts of rice cooked with lentils, yams or Taruls, Laddu, sweets made of sesame and a sugarcane paste.

 

Communication in Nepal

Communication system improved impressively after the advent of modern technology in Nepal. Since the past few decades, Nepal Government has been providing reliable postal services. Many private courier service companies have opened up to provide high quality services. Besides hotels, communication centers in many places of the country provide telephone service for making local and international telephone conversation. They also have fax machines and other latest machines to help you communicate globally. Cell phones in today’s time have made communication very easy in Nepal. You can visit local cyber cafes for internet access. While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas, you can easily have access to telephone facility but sometimes bad weather may disturb telephone connection. As well as you can enjoy with Internet in Everest region. For your easy conversation with your family and friends Marron has started to provide you Cell phone in minimum cost.

 

Safety Update in Nepal

With the restoration of democracy, Nepal is reliving the bygone peaceful days. State of Emergency in the nation has been lifted. Days of strikes and BANDHA have come to a halt. The Maoists who were claimed as terrorist by the contemporary government, has come in the mainstream of politics. As well as which has come as a pleasant relief for those innocent rural people who were heart wrenchingly displaced by the insurgency. Reforming the past political impasse, all political parties including the Maoists are abiding by their road map to reach to a consensus for nation building. During people’s war, many regions of Nepal which used to be the major tourist destination remained restricted areas for security reason. Now travelers can just let go of their fear and insecurity and reignite their adventure spirit.

 

Electricity in Nepal

Normally, domestic consumption of electricity in Nepal comes to 220 Volts/50 cycles. Climatic conditions in Nepal may bring in fluctuation in electric supply leading to load shedding. However, Nepal hotels have UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to deal with this electric crisis. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adapters with you while travelling in Nepal for using electric goods. Voltage converters and plug adapters are easily accessible at shopping malls in the cities of Nepal.

 

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Chitwan, Dharan etc, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Newroad and Kingsways are the most popular places for shopping.

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Drinking water in Nepal

Drinking water from the tap can be risky. Hotels and lodges usually furnish safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms. Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel and shops. If you are travelling in rural areas, carry iodine tablets with you. Drinking water containing iodine tablet will give you absolute protection from viruses, bacteria and parasites. At reasonable price, you can also purchase iodine crystals from local shops. Iodine can produce negative reaction on your body if taken in excess. Please refer to food section of Marron’s website for more detail on drinking water during trekking.

 

Currency & Exchange Rates in Nepal

Nepali currency is termed as Rupee. Rupees come in the form of bank paper note with Rs.1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 inscribed on the notes. Nepali coins also come in 25 paisa, 50 paisa, 1 rupee, 5 rupee and 10 rupee coins. You can have your money exchanged at banks and hotels. Prior to any transaction, foremost inquire about the commission and charges that will be deducted for the money exchange at Nepal currency exchange rate. Banks are usually open from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are weekend holiday.

 

Credit Cards

all major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 5% mark-up on top of the price.

 


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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on “BB” basis as per itinerary.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental and local permit fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • All ground transportation (private vehicle) costs as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Salary to an experienced city guide throughout sightseeing period.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack (provided as complimentary gears).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan. International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Lunch & dinner where ever not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips to the guide, driver and hotel staffs (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

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Departure Date

Generally, the private tours do not have fixed departures. Please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred date for the trip. We will endeavor our best to ensure that your trip commences on the set date.

 





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