Best Time to Visit :
All year round
Location :
Kathmandu and Nagarkot
Group Size :

5 Days

Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot Experience

The Kathmandu valley boasts of a considerably high number of cultural sites recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage Sites. All these sites in the Kathmandu Valley are related to the spiritual traditions practiced in the region. The valley blends different culture and lifestyle practiced in the region in its own way. The thousands of temples, stupas, pagodas and monuments inside the valley have made Kathmandu famous in the world as the City of Temples. The mountains encircling the valley surround three medieval cities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each city inside the valley has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. Besides the three cities, there are also a number of other important sites in the periphery of the mountains. In this trip, we make a tour of some of the most important as well as interesting cultural and natural landscapes of Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu Valley, the valley of temples has been the most significant places in Nepalese history ever since it was habited. It is believed to a huge pond which was later formed into this beautiful valley after Manjushree had drenched the water through Chovar. It has been the focal point for the Hindus and Buddhist. It is the main part of the ancient Tibet trade route. Previously a single state, now it has been divided into three different parts namely, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. All of them were the ancient capital of the Malla rulers. Kathmandu Valley is blessed with natural as well as cultural antiques which can be observed at every streets and gullies of the city. The valley has the highest densities of natural heritages as compared to anywhere else from the world. Kathmandu valley alone has 7 UNESCO world heritages sites within the circumference of 20 km. Some of the sites we will be visiting are Boudhanath- one of the world’s largest stupa, Pashupatinath-the most important and biggest Hindu pilgrimage site in the world, Swyambhunath- one of the oldest temple ever existed and most important Buddhist pilgrimage site, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square- awesome palaces remains of the infamous Malla kings. This makes the valley more special in its cultural and architectural aspects. Valley also is beautiful naturally, the beautiful hill side on the valley adds up on its beauty and serenity. One of the most popular one is the Nagarkot, which is roughly about 32 km from the valley near another beautiful city known as Bhaktapur. It is a small hill station at an altitude of 2195m offering magnificent 360 degree views of the giant Himalayas. Another of its highlights is the sunrise and the sunset that will surely blow out anyone’s mind. It is a perfect spot for those whose want true peace and serenity with the nature.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival & Overnight in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: KTM Sightseeing Tour: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath
  • Day 03: Sightseeing Tour: Patan, Khokana, Bungmati, Sunset at Nagarkot
  • Day 04: Sightseeing: Nagarkot Sunrise, Changu Narayan & Bhaktapur
  • Day 05: Fly Home, Transfer to Airport

Trip Itinerary

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    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)

    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Random Adventures Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Random Adventures Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your Hotel. After check in, you can take a rest or visit our office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Random Adventures at The a traditional Nepalese restuarant. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
    Included meals:Dinner

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    Day 02: KTM Sightseeing Tour: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhnath.
    Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world. The stupa is also famous for being on the hilltop and is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. The Pashupatinath along with the Aryaghat or Funeral Site near the Bagmati River is one of the world's most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Bouddha Nath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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    Day 03: Sightseeing Tour: Patan, Khokana, Bungmati, Sunset at Nagarkot

    We start our tour of some cultural and natural spots today after taking our breakfast. Patan, also nicknamed as "The City of Fine Arts" is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. Khokana village dates back from the medieval age, and the village has been nominated to be listed as a World Heritage Site, with its mustard-oil seed industrial heritage. Bungmati is another medieval sleepy little village with a beautiful temple in the village square and medieval houses hanging onions and red chilies from their windows. Then we head toward Nagarkot lying 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,175m (7,136ft) above sea level. We stay overnight at Nagarkot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt Everest. Overnight Nagarkot.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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    Day 04: Sightseeing: Nagarkot Sunrise, Changu Narayan & Bhaktapur

    After enjoying the golden sunrise views over the Himalayas from Nagarkot and taking our breakfast, we head toward Changu Narayan, the oldest pagoda temple in the Kathmandu valley, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route to Changu Narayan passes through small villages and farmlands with farmers working in their fields. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best preserved one of the Valley's three Durbar Squares. The Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument Listed in 1979. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Kathmandu.
    Note: If you want to do a short hike (3-4 hours) from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan, it is also possible to organize on this day along with sightseeing in Bhaktapur thereafter.
    Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

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    Day 05: Fly Home, Transfer to Airport

    The 5-day Nepal Temples & Pagodas Tour comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or walking around in the streets of your hotel. A representative from Random Adventures Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you 'll be back making another trip somewhere in the Himalaya again.
    Included meals:Breakfast

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Private car with driver
  • 3 nights in 3-star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night hotel in Nagarkot
  • An experienced English-speaking tour guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • T-shirt, City map
  • Heritage sites entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All meals except breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation if needed
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water etc.)


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