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Cultural, Sunrise and Sunset Tours

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Cultural, Sunrise and Sunset Tours

NAGARKOT: One of the possible resort destinations, Nagarkot (altitude 2,175 m) is by far the most popular. Located 30 Km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot has developed into a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the ...See more

NAGARKOT: One of the possible resort destinations, Nagarkot (altitude 2,175 m) is by far the most popular. Located 30 Km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot has developed into a favorite weekend getaway among those seeking mountain views in comfort and quiet. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with it's awe-inspiring majesty and beauty.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Visit around Stupas, Temples and Palaces for spiritual insights at Kathmandu Heritage Sites and nearby pilgrimage monasteries
  • Get Buddhism and Hindu religious insights in Nepal
  • Explore hilly birds at Nagarkot, relax at resort for fine views
  • Sightseeing around ancient medieval town of Bhaktapur

Trip Itinerary

Cultural Ssnrise & sunset tour itinerary:

Day 01: Arrvial in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot en-route sightseeing of Bhaktapur. Overnigh at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Kathmandu en-route sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Free till departure. Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to international airport for onward journey.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met by our airport representative -- look out for your name on a sign in the arrivals area. They bring you to the hotel where your room is already booked. If you're feeling up to it, take some time to explore Kathmandu's medieval Backstreets. Discover buildings dating back to the 16th century. Make your way down to Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu and a great place to dine. Choose one of the many Nepalese or international restaurants -- the food is excellent at places like New Orleans Cafe, Rum Doodle and Beer Garden. Enjoy your evening and take plenty of rest to recover from that Jetlag. The adventure begins tomorrow!

Day 02: The Magical Kathmandu

Kathmandu Darbar Square - Swayambhunath - Patan

Your local tour leader will meet you at the hotel and introduce you to the cities of Katmandu Valley. We begin our morning visiting Kathmandu’s main sites, including Durbar Square, Taleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess. Durbar Square (UNESCO Heritage site), one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Kathmandu’s Durbar (palace) the heart of the capital was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimized, and from where they ruled. Next, we climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (UNESCO Heritage site) known by the name ‘the monkey temple’ with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. From here we can see the mighty Himalaya rising above the valley. Journey to nearby Patan (UNESCO Heritage site), the city of arts and architecture founded in AD 250 and known for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Many of these treasures can be seen in the new Patan Museum.  Time permits also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp to watch a demonstration in carpet weaving.

Day 03: Drive to Nagarkot en-route sightseeing of Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is the third largest city of Kathmandu valley; its name means the “city of devotees” and is renowned for its elegant art, culture and colorful festivals. The local name of this city is ‘ Khwopa’. It is 15 KM outside Kathmandu and lies on the eastern side of the Tibetan trade route. Bhaktapur is situated at an altitude of 1401 meters. King Anand Dev Malla founded the in AD 889. The city is shaped like a conch shell, one of the emblems of the God Bishnu. Bhaktapur was the capital of greater Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th Century. Bhaktapur developmnet project has done much to improve the city’s infrastruture, economy and played a major role to preserve Bhaktapur’s historical character. Till the time of Yaksha Malla (1492) it was the capital of Malla Kingdom. This is the more preserved and restored city compared to Patan and Kathmandu. The old name of the city is Bhadgaon that means, “Rice City”. Overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 04: Drive to Kathmandu en-route sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath

Visit Hindu Pashupatinath (UNESCO Heritage site) and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burntorange and saffron sit serenely meditating –when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Next, the striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa (UNESCO Heritage site) watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gumpas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Bouddhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa. For lunch we will drive to Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur (UNESCO Heritage site) is a home of medieval art and architecture and it is like a living museum. As we walk along its cobblestone streets, notice the many ornately carved windows for which the town is famous. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 05: Final departure

Free till departure. Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to international airport for onward journey.

Services

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 night’s comfort hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night’s comfort hotel in Nagarkot with breakfast
  • Service of tour guide
  • Accident and evacuation insurance for tour guide
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees, necessary permits
  • Local guide and representative throughout the tour
  • Cell phone during tour/trek with free calls to emergency hot line
  • All meals marked as included in the itinerary

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa fee $ 35 (obtained at the airport immigration upon arrival – bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
  • Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
  • Extra night in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any unforeseen reason)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nagarkot (and also in the case of early return from Mountain)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

 

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What makes this trip different?

Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

Financial support to direct beneficiaries:  In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.

Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.

Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.

For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org