From the ancient periods, Kathmandu valley has been the centre of cultures and civilizations. The Valley consists of three main towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Archaelogical evidences have proved that the city, rich in cultures, existed as early as 2nd century BC. Specific cultural festivals, celebrations, and religious rituals have guided the daily lifestyle of the people of Kathmandu Valley. There are seven tangible cultural heritage UNESCO sites including Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Square, Changu Narayan Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Monastery and Swayambhunath temple. Intangible heritages have existed and remains as the main driving force for people and in general and the Royalty. Majority number of Kathmandu residents are Hindu believers and a comparable number of people believe in Buddhism. Hindu and Buddhist communities perform various cultural and religious rituals. Tantrik rituals have united both the Hindu and the Buddhist communities together. From the very ancient periods, both of the communities have lived a very harmonious life.
Hindu and Buddhist cultural and religious legends are assiciated with the early human settlements in Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley Cultural Tours gives an insight into the cultural phenomena and a sightseeing of 5 UNESCO cultural sites. This is a guided private tour with an expert and friendly Thamel Travels cultural tour guide. Private car transfers and heritage sites entrance fees are included in the tour price. To live with the spirit of the cultural tours, 3 overnights will be in Kathmandu, 1 night at Nagarkot and 1 night at the heart of Bhaktapur Durbar square. Kathmandu valley cultural tours also includes 2 hours of hiking from Changu temple to Telkot through Tamang villages, an ethnic community in Kathmandu Valley suburb areas.
Day 01:Arrive Tribhuwan International Airport.
Day 02:Optional Everest sightseeing flight and Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03:Changu - Telkot Hiking, 2 hours. Overnight at Club Himalaya Nagarkot.
Day 04:Sunrise Views, Breakfast and Bhaktapur Sightseeing. Overnight at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Day 05:After Breakfasts, Pashupati temple and Bouddhanath monastery sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06:Morning Breakfast. Departure.
Day 1Arrive Tribhuwan International Airport. We meet you at the airport with your name on board/paper and transfer to hotel, 20 min drive. Overnight at Hotel in Thamel.
Day 2Optional Everest sightseeing flight and Kathmandu sightseeingOptionally you could take Everest sightseeing flight early morning. This is an hour long flight which takes you along the Himalayas including Mt Everest. It costs USD 195 per person extra. Morning Breakfast at Hotel, and guided sightseeing of Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason old Market, and Thamel tourist bazaar. The day will be about 4-5 hours long after the breakfasts.
Day 3Changu - Telkot Hiking, 2 hours. Overnight at Club Himalaya Nagarkot. Morning Breakfast at H otel, and drive to Changu temple, 45min drive. Guided hike through Tamang ethnic villages and smal pine forests, 2 hours. From Telkot, drive up to Club Himalaya Nagarkot, 30min. Free and easy late afternoon. Nagarkot offers magnificent Views of the Himalayas and valley landscape. Overnight at the Club Himalaya Nagarkot or similar.
Day 4Sunrise Views, Breakfast and Bhaktapur Sightseeing. Overnight at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Early morning sunrise views and views of the Himalayas from your hotel room. Breakfast and at 10am drive down to Bhaktapur, 45min. Check in at Peacock Guest House or similar. Afternoon, Guided sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar square. Bhaktapur Durbar square is a perfect place for cultural photography. Free and easy evening.
Day 5After Breakfasts, Pashupati temple and Bouddhanath monastery sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel. Morning Breakfast at Peacock Guest House.At 9am drive to Pashupatinath temple, 30min. Guided sightseeing of Pashupatinath Hindu temple and Bouddhanath Monastery, 4-5 hours activity. Overnight at Hotel Arts or similar in Thamel. Free and easy late afternoon and evening.
Day 6Morning Breakfast. Departure. Morning Breakfast at Hotel Arts. Transfer to Tribhuwan International airport 3 hours before your flight time.