Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Day Tour is a short journey that allows you to discover antique temples and religious shrines of the three medieval kingdoms, namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur (Patan). This day trip takes you into a kind of mystical history where the past still remains alive in the present, tradition tirelessly repeats itself into a culture that remains seeped into an ancient history created by the Kings of past generations and religious doctrines are strictly stayed till this day.
In Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will be taken for a visit to the holiest Hindus temple The Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian deities of the Hindus. As you approach cremation areas of the temple, you will witness Hindu’s ritual of cremating a corpse. Although, the new electric cremation machine is started working due to environmental causes. Tour to Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath is another highlight that will be serviced to you. The other attractive prospect of this tour is to explore cultural and heritage sites and temples in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan.
Day Tour/Excursion in Detail
We begin today’s sightseeing tour with a visit to Swoyambhunath also called Monkey Temple; a 2500-year-old site, it is said to be the Radiant Lotus of the valley-mythology settled when the water was drained by Manjushri, the god wisdom. The Five Dhyani Buddha attended by their consorts are enshrined at the base of the stupa, then continue to tour into Boudhanath.
The Boudhanath Stupa is the world’s largest Stupa and of Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Nepal. Antique shops where you can buy things of your preference relating to Buddhists religion such as Thankas and etc.
After the Boudhanath, you will proceed to Pashupatinath Temple stands along the side of the Bagmati River. It is the sacred temple for Hindus. Thousands of people including foreigners visit this temple every day; this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is also a site for Hindu cremation. During the festival of Shiva Ratri, the temple is crowed by hundreds of thousands of devotees.
In the afternoon, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square; also known as Basantapur Durbar Square including Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple, Machhender Bahl – a holy place for the Buddhists and Hindus, Temple House of Kumari, the vestal virgin or the Living Goddess. Due to the devastating earthquake happened in April 2015, some of the temples are destroyed and impacted but still worth to visit. After completing a day tour excursion, you will be dropped off to your reserved hotel.
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