From temples and pagodas, to monasteries and museums, you couldn’t ask for a better place to celebrate culture and history than Nepal. As we squire you around cities and the countryside to visit all of the holiest sites, most remote villages and most colour festivals you can imagine, you may be so entranced with the authentic Nepal that you forget to take a photo! So come and get your culture on with one of these activities!
Sagrangkot Sunrise Tour
Early in the morning you will headed to Sarangkot, a village situated on the top of a hilljust north of Phewa Lake with beautiful sunrise views. On a clear day, the panoramic ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal can be observed. In the other direction, the wonderful vista of Phewa Lake opens up before you.
Being in such two marvelous shrine now you head towards Nagarkot, a hill station at 2000m east of Kathmandu. The 1.5 hours winding road will lead you to the most spectacular sunset, sunrise and chains of Himalayas viewing point. Indulge with nature this evening and get early nap because you will be waking up early in the morning.
Early morning sunrise from Nagarkot is such magnificent, if weather permits you could see Mount Everest range. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal,Gourishankar and Langtang range are the most spectacular views not to be missed.
Patan Durbar Square and its surroundings is good specimen of ancient Newari architecture thanks to the Malla reign. The famous Krishna Temple with 21 pinnacles built in Shikhar style is the major highlight. Once, a city of Bihars and Bahils; Mahaboudha is the terra cota masterpiece of 14th century. Other Buddhist must visit places of interest includes Hiryana Verna Mahabihar, RudraVerna Mahabihar and Ashokan stupas.
Boudhnath is the largest stupa in the valley and largest stupa in the world. It lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images ofBuddha all around.
Pashupatinath temple is one of the famous Hindu temple in the world and is also listed as a world heritage site. It is a pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roofing and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The cremation process of the Hindus body is the sight full of emotions but also a interesting way of looking at the life cycle.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is also known as city of temples and a historical center. The history of Kathmandu is based on Newar community, the main ethnic inhabitants of Kathmandu valley. It was originally named as Kantipur, the city flourished during the Malla reign between 12th to 18th century with cluster of Ancient Temples, Palaces and Courtyard. The nine storied pagoda style palace is the central of attraction for the panoramic view of Kathmandu city.
Until 19th century the Durbar Square was house of the royalties and still a site of significance importance in republic of Nepal.
This cultural tour offers you about the rich architectural monuments, ancient history and civilization with other major attractions like House of Living Goddess Kumari, Kasthamandup, Jagannath Temple (Hippies temple) and many more.
Swayambhunath meaning self incarnated and also known as Monkey temple as there are lots of holy monkeys. The history of Swyambhunath starts before the settlement began in the valley. According to the legend, the Bodhisattva Maha Manjushree had the vision of the lotus at Swyambhunath and traveled there for a prayer from great China. Later he realized Kathmandu had the possibilities of human settlement so he then cut the hill of chovar with his mighty sword to create a gorge, from where all the water from the valley drained. Once a lake, now the valley became accessible for Human settlement.
Swayambhunath now a UNESCO world heritage site consist of various shrines and temples dated back to the ancient period. You can see the Valley from the top of a hillock. It lies just three kilometers west of the city center. The Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal & often visited by Hindus with huge respect. Thus, Swayambhunath has been melting pot between Hinduism and Buddhism.
UNESCO listed world heritage site Bhaktapur is also known as a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. The main attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 55 window place, lions gate, mini Pashupatinath temple, vastala temple, nyatapola temple, Bhairavanath temple. Located in the Sanga the statue of Kailashnath Mahadev 143 ft is possibly the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, mesmerized by his grandness and get blessed.
Bungmati and Khokana date back to the 16th century or earlier, and both villages boast some very impressive monuments and ancient temples. Bungmati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, the patron of the valley, and the large shikhara?style temple in the village square is his home for half of the year. He spends the rest of his time in Patan. The process of moving him from Patan to Bungmati and back is central to one of the valley’s most important annual festivals. In the evening during this tour, join us for an authentic Nepali meal, paired with an engaging cultural dance.
Built by Japanese Buddhist monks atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, this stupa offers a great place to see the sun set over Pokhara. You can choose from a hired boat to get you there, or hiking up an alternative road that passes Devi’s Falls. There are several tasty cafes to put your feet up and enjoy the spectacular view once you arrive.
Lumbini is most well known as being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha. Though she was married to King Suddhodana, Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, is said to have given birth on her way to her parent’s house while taking rest in Lumbini under a sakhua tree. A great stone pillar, with an inscription of the history of Buddha on the side, marks the general spot of his birth. One main attraction is the Lumbini Garden, which is spread over eight square kilometers, and is home to numerous ancient stupas, temples, ruins and antiquities dating back more than 2,500 years. The other main point of interest is the Maya Devi Temple, devoted to the mother of Buddha.
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal next to Kathmandu, but it provides visitors with a wildly different feeling – that of quite tranquility. Famous for its natural beauty, Pokhara is home to the serene Phewa Lake, as well as magnificent panoramas of the Annapurna range, and you can also find a number of temples and stupas in and around the area. Sit by the lake side for a snack or drink, or explore one of the area’s many natural wonders, including Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Devi’s Falls, or the Seti River gorge.