Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks. It is a place of soul soothing ancient beauty, where burning incense spices the air. This fabled capital of convivial pilgrims is kept authentic with its restless hustle, where cycle rickshaws, pedestrians and motorbikes swarm through the narrow alleyways. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites and several other attractions, such a carved rose-brick temples that attract sacred pilgrims, artistic workshops tucked behind tiny doors, and courtyards brimming with local families going about their daily lives. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake that caused great tragedy across the city, Kathmandu is open and grateful to receive discerning guests.
Early morning transfer to domestic airport for Mt. Everest view flight. This is an enchanting 50-minute flight over the world’s highest mountain range where you can enjoy close-up views of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants.
City Highlights of Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is the largest urban township. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form the `Kathmandu Valley’- historic, artistic and cultural. Explore Durbar Square, a durbar of royalty, history and arts; see the house of the living Goddess; learn about Kal Bhairam temple, home to the red monkey god and hundreds of erotic wood carvings. Visit Pashupatinath, one of the worlds’ holiest Hindu shrines; see the pagoda with a gold-plated roof, silver doors, woodcarvings and Lord Shiva’s ‘linga’. In Swayambhunath (Swayambhu meaning ‘the self-existent’), marvel at the silhouette of one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaitya; admire the stupa and monastery complex having huge prayer wheels, fine Buddhist paintings, special butter lamps. Visit Patan, the city of fine arts; see Hindu temples and Buddhist architecture. In Boudhanath, see one of the world’s most colossal and ancient stupas shaped like a conch. Time permitting, visit Bhaktapur – the ‘City of Devotees’, ‘City of Culture’, ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. Dotted with pagodas and religious shrines, Bhaktapur lies on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, engulfed by mountains and amazing Himalayan views, and filled with monuments, palaces, and temples.