Nepal is home to 10 such UNESCO World Heritage sites that are spread across the country. Our 10-days Heritage tour will take you across 8 of these 10 sites. Experience the rich culture and lifestyle of Nepalese community as you take this heritage tour showcasing a mix of architectural and spiritual beauty as you visit several durbar squares, shrines and the famed birth land of Buddha. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour elegantly encompasses the cultural and natural aspects of the country to offer you a different taste than the one available in Himalayan ventures yet unfazed to provide supremely of Nepal.
The 10-day itinerary begins with our arrival in Kathmandu, a bustling city in a valley surrounded by hills. Kathmandu is accompanied by Bhaktapur and Lalitpur; two cities with their own historical significance. Starting our tour at Basantapur Durbar Square, an ancient royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom showcasing the Newari art and craft, we bask in the striking beauty of these 3rd-century structures constructed and further developed by the Lichhavi, Malla, and Shah dynasties. We continue on to Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, shrines sacred to the Buddhist community, and move on to Pashupatinath, a shrine of Lord Shiva sacred to Hindus. Continuing our tour, we visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square before moving on to Lalitpur. Changunarayan Temple in Bhaktapur, which is located 12km east of Kathmandu, is one of the additional sites in our itinerary. The tour then takes us out of Kathmandu Valley as we venture to Lumbini, in the mid-west of Nepal, which is popular as the birthplace of Buddha. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage for their founder was born here making Mayadevi temple the holiest of sites among other temples and monasteries. Moving on to Lumbini International Research Institute, which is a museum in Lumbini that shares Buddha’s wisdom to promote a humane and compassionate society. Finally, we travel to the tourist city of Pokhara and spend a day visiting attractions including Phewa Lake, Peace Gompa,and David falls among others. Our 10-day circuit is complete as we return to Kathmandu. This trip can be taken throughout the year.
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Welcome to the capital city of Nepal. Arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport and post-immigration procedures, you will be received by the tour rep. at the exit gates. Transferred to your hotel you will check in and spend the evening over a cultural program at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. A private vehicle will transport you to all these sites.
Boudhanath: Start the day with a visit to a famous Buddhist shrine in Boudha. The stupa is located 11km from the center of Kathmandu and said to lie on the ancient trade route from Tibet. Participate in the morning circumambulations while also visiting nearby shops selling Tibetan Buddhist handmade arts(Thangkha).
Pashupatinath: Moving on to Pashupatinath which is just 2.4km away from Boudha, we transition to Hindu ideology with this famous shrine of Shiva. Located on the banks of Bagmati River, this temple is a collection of ashrams and other temples including the main shrine.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Next stop is the palace square at Basantapur, aka. Basantapur Durbar Square. It used to housepalace of Kings from Malla and Shah Dynasties. Located in the heart of Kathmandu valley, you can visit various attractions within the square and try local delicacies at some of the most famous restaurants in the country.
Swayambhunath: Final stop of the day, we head west to Swayambhunath, which is the most sacred pilgrimage amongst Buddhist Newar and Tibetan Buddhists. Immerse in the spiritual atmosphere as you circumambulate around the shrine and offer prayers while visiting the Karma raja Mahavihara (where Buddha is said to meditate before hundreds of light). Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Start the day with a visit to Bhaktapur, a quaint old Newari town located 13km east of Kathmandu. The entire square comprises the main palace square, Taumadhi square, Dattatraya square, and Pottery square.Visit the 55 window palace, Vatsala temple, Naytapola temple, and Bhairava Nath temple among other countless shrines spread across the square. Make sure you try freshly made yogurt which is the most famous staple of this city.
Changunarayan: Second of two stops for the day, Changunarayan temple is to the north and 4km from to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. While hilltop temples are not uncommon, this is another shrine named after the village, Changu, surrounding it and after the daughter, Champak, of Kashmiri King when she married the prince of Bhaktapur. This famous shrine of Lord Vishnu is considered the oldest temple in Nepal. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Patan Durbar Square: Located in the heart of Lalitpur city and 5.4km from Kathmandu, this durbar square is another of the royal palace squares famed as a residence for Malla Kings and Thakuri Dynasty during 16th Century. With the square divided over three courtyards namely Keshav Narayan, Mul, and Sundari we visit the Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Mandir and Vishwanath temple among 55 other temples and Bahal spread across this area. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
With visits in Kathmandu complete, we catch a bus to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We start our journey as we take the Prithvi Highway to Lumbini around 300km from Kathmandu. While the bus ride can drain you, the tranquil beauty of the landscape coupled with occasional meetings with local folks along the way will be a welcome change. After 7 hours on the road, we arrive at Lumbini, a region in the southern plains of Nepal. Overnight stay at a hotel in Lumbini.
Starting the day early, we begin exploring Lumbini with a visit to the Mayadevi Temple. It is the birthplace of Buddha as the affidavit is inscribed on the Ashoka pillar by the temple. This divine temple and pilgrimage for Buddhists are accompanied by the Bodhi tree and Mayadevi Pond within its premises. We shall also visit Myanmar golden temple, China temple, Korean temple, Cambodian monastery and Royal Thai Monastery. Later, we will visit the World Peace Pagoda, aka. Japan Peace Stupa which is a perfect symbol of this land of Peace. Overnight stay at a hotel in Lumbini.
Early in the morning, we set out for Pokhara as we catch a luxury bus from Lumbini. A 6-hour bus ride along the Siddhartha highway will be the trip as we head 170km to the northeast. As we take the road, we pass Butwal and Tansen before arriving in Pokhara. The roads are one of the most spectacular in the country with a serpentine track along enormous gorges. In Pokhara, we can explore the city and the Lakeside area in the latter part of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara
Pokhara is a tourist city famous for glorious views of the Himalayas and a melting pot for most tourists who plan to explore the city or venture into the Himalayas. It has tourist attractions like David Falls, Phewa Lake, Peace Gompa, numerous caves and shrines spread across the city. Thrill seekers go for paragliding or skydiving. Spend the evening exploring nightlife around the lakeside. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara
We catch a tourist bus early in the morning as we complete our circuit and head back to Kathmandu. Passing through lush green forests and pockets of settlements, we cross Muglin, which was our crossroads earlier. Then, we head onto Kurintar, Malekhu, and Gajuri before arriving in Kathmandu. Enjoy the ride upstream along Trishuli River. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
The final day of this trip, venture out into the Thamel market for the last minute souvenir shopping before you are seen off at the airport by the tour representative. Make sure you inquire about future trips and make plans as you depart.