Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and the largest city in Nepal. The city is situated in Kathmandu Valley that also contains two other cities – Patan and Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is lying at 12 KM east of capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is “the city of Devotees”.
Dhulikhel is situated at 30 Kms east of Kathmandu on the Kodari Highway. It takes more then 1 hour to drive from kathmandu. It is a magnificent place to spend the night and awaken to the sun rising across the wide Himalayan range.
|Day 01:||Arrival KATHMANDU International Airport, welcome transfer to hotel and rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at hotel. Q/N.|
|Day 02:||After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square en route. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views from either Nagarkot or Dhuklikhel with the added bonus of a spectacular sunset over the Himalayas.
Patan: Once a fiercely independent city state, Patan is now almost a suburb of Kathmandu, separated only by the river Bagmati. Many locals still call the city by its original name, Yala. Almost anyone who comes to Kathmandu also visits Patanâ€™s spectacular Durbar Square- arguably the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole of Nepal. Patan has a long Buddist history, which has even had an influence on the towns hindu temples. The four corners of the city are marked by stupas said to have been erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka in around 250 B.C.
|Day 03:||After breakfast, leave for Nagarkot or Dhulikhel with the added bonus of a spectacular sunset over the Himalayas.
NagarkoteÂ is located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, and one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is reknowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkote from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise. Nagarkote has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkote also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The flowers are beautiful against the serene backdrop of the snow-covered mountains. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much effort, a hike around Nagarkot’s surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close to nature’s wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows and unusual rock formations.
DhulikhelÂ has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. The spectacular snow-fed mountains seen from Dhuklikhel must be one of the finest panoramic views in the world. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air. With the snowy mountains on the backdrop, Dhulikhel is a stage of immense beauty and a paradise for nature lovers.There are numerous temples in the town depicting an example of traditional and old Newari craftsmanship of Dhulikhel. These are important places of worship for local people. The core area of Dhulikhel has interesting narrow cobbled streets and lanes embedded with number of Hindu Shrines and a few Buddhist Stupa.
|Day 04:||After a beautiful sunrise and more mountain views, leave for Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.|
|Day 05:||Departure transfer to the airport for onward flight.|