Short Escape to Nepal
On this tour you shall be taken to the cultural heart of Nepal as you travel through ancient towns, temples and palaces, to the quaint villages where you shall discover and meet the most welcoming and cheerful people of Nepal.
3 N/4 D
All around the year
Sightseeing, Early morning sunrise view, Observe Mountain ranges
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu: 1400m altitude: 30 minutes drive to Hotel
Day 2 Drive to Nagarkot (2175 m altitude): 1 & ½ hr, en-route visit the medieval town Bhaktapur: 2-3 hrs (B)
Day 3 Early morning sunrise view: Kathmandu full day UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour, sightseeing at Patan, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath: 1 & ½ hrs drive & 6-7 hrs exploration (B)
Day 4 Final Departure (B)
1. Transport in Private car with A/C
• Arrival & Departure transfer
• One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
• Nagarkot transfer via Bhaktapur
• Kathmandu (2N)
• Nagarkot (1 N)
• All breakfasts
• Representative from Aarya Village Travel for arrival & departure assistance
• An English speaking guide throughout the trip.
5. Taxes and Service Charges:
• All the applicable services charges, government taxes
1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($30 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
2. Mountain flight/ Helicopter tour
3. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
4. All entrance fees during sightseeing
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
7. Payment Transfer Charge
8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you will be met by one of our representatives and then transferred to your hotel. As you enjoy your welcome drinks you will be briefed about your program. The rest of your day shall be at your leisure.
After breakfast drive to Nagarkot that takes around 1 and ½ hours.
Bhaktapur, a living museum of medieval art and architecture, is a unique old town famously known as the "city of devotees" as this landmark has a great influence over religion, culture and tantrism. It is a collection of pagoda and Shikhara-style temples assembled around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The durbar square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces.
Pottery: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk at the Pottery square, where handicrafts are still made in a traditional way. Clay pots are spun and fired in ancient ways preserving Bhaktapur's thriving trade-craft. You can indulge and fashion a clay pot and learn about this fascinating process.
We then drive to Nagarkot, a beautiful hill station.
Overnight at Nagarkot
Early in the morning, enjoy the sunrise view over the major Himalayan Mountains (Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang, Jugal Range, Rolwaling Range, Everest Range and Numbur Range) of Nepal from your hotel, weather permitting.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy a full day sightseeing at UNESCO Heritage Sites. Sightseeing at
Pashupatinath Temple, a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dating back to the 5th century. While the main temple interior is off limits to non-Hindus there is a lot to experience in the surrounding area. Legend says that whoever comes here to worship Shiva will be reborn as an animal. Pashupatinath is a considerable complex of temples, ashrams, with images and inscriptions dating back centuries.
From there, the tour is directed towards Boudhanath. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. It is the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area, it is one of the largest unique structures in the world. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. From above, Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, more of a diagram of the Buddhist cosmos and as in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas' mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined at the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa).
Patan Durbar Square can be a very unique experience for visitors as they witness a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between the 16th to 18th centuries.
We will explore its unique Durbar Squares. In every corner & alley of Patan you can see Thangka painters, filling color to ancient Gods and Goddess on canvases, fine metal shops that offer Buddha's exotic, handmade brass sculpture at very reasonable prices.
A representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before their scheduled flight. We wish you the very best on your onward journey.