A one-day tour in the Nepal Proper, widely known as the Kathmandu valley, with the team of the Gangajamuna Treks allows a direct link to the culture, tradition and the people of the towns of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kirtipur and Bhaktapur. The tour unveils the typical, western influenced, lifestyle of the Nepali people. This trip shows you all the glory of the architectural progress of the Kathmandu Valley. Four major places to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath. These places hold high cultural and religious importance to the people of various religions. All those places we visit are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
We start our visit after a hearty breakfast to all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll start our trip with a stopover in the Kathmandu Durbar Square then spend time in the monkey temple of Swoyambhunath, the Pashupatinath temple and at last in the stupa of Boudhanath.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the royal palaces of the Kathmandu Valley. The Square is surrounded by artistic architectural showcases and engravings of the predeceasing Newar artists and craftsmen. The style is typical to the Malla dynasty who ruled the country between 12th – 18th centuries. The Durbar is being used as a museum and is open for all. At the other end of the Durbar, there is a house that contains Kumari, the living goddess.
Popularly known as the Monkey Temple, Swoyambhu is the collection of stupas and variety of shrines and temples. The temple also consists of a library and a Tibetan museum. As this temple is towering above a hill, a fresh view of the Kathmandu Valley can be seen from the top. A climb of 365 steps will take us to the temple where a huge bajra is placed along with the Buddha's eyes.
On the banks of the holy Bagmati River is the sacred temple of the Pashupatinath, one of the holiest temples of the Hindus. The temple is a seating for the deity of Lord Shiva. The temple has a collection of small temples, ashrams and inscriptions raised over the centuries. Pagoda style architecture with beautifully carved wooden windows and copper with gold roofs can be seen in the temple.
Also known as the Khasa Chaitya is the largest spherical stupa of Nepal, the Bouddhanath. Around the area are some fifty Tibetan monasteries and a massive mandala. The area is filled with unique and traditional Buddhist art.
The tour starts at 10 in the morning and ends at 4 in the evening. The total trip duration is 6 hours.