Kathmandu, is the largest city in the Himalayan Range and the capital of Nepal. At the heart of the city is Durbar Square, around which are Hanuman Dhoka Durbars, the Royal Palace complex of the Malla and Shah kings, who ruled over the city. Lalitpur city, or Patan in the central-south of Kathmandu Valley is known for its fine ancient art, of making metallic and stone carving statues. East of the city, Bhaktapur, is an ancient Newar city, known for it rich culture, temples and crafts.
Standing on a hill is Swayambhu, an ancient stupa on top of which two giant Buddha eyes look out over the Kathmandu valley. In the northeast, along the ancient trade route from Tibet, Boudhanath stupa, the largest in the world, dominates the skyline. Pashupatinath Temple, sacred to Hindus, serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. Changu Narayan, the ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Visnu is considered as the oldest temple in the history of Nepal.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 5-DAY KATHMANDU TOUR…
And, experience its historic, spiritual and scenic splendour.
This tour is ideal for travellers interested in sampling the unique mix of historic, spiritual and scenic splendour offered by the Nepalese capital and the surrounding Kathmandu Valley. This tour combines well with our private tours in Bhutan and India. All touring is private, with your own private guides and drivers. Accommodation is at the best luxury hotels.
Arrive Kathmandu, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. With your expert private guide and driver, explore the best of Kathmandu as well as the most interesting towns in the surrounding valley – Patan and Bhaktapur.
Explore the city’s atmospheric streets, lined with boutiques selling jewellery, prayer wheels, Buddhist thangkas and more. See spectacular squares featuring traditional architecture. Visit Hindu temples, with its erotic carvings and assortment of marigold sellers, and Shiva Parvati, where a likeness of the god and his consort peer down over the square.
Also enjoy excursions to the much-photographed Buddhist temples at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, with their massive white stupas and fluttering prayer flags. One day, if desired, take a private fixed-wing scenic flight to view Mount Everest.
Kathmandu & Surrounds Designed for travellers short of time in Nepal and interested in brief cultural experience.
(5 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu, Nepal Meet and greet on arrival.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring with guide and driver.
Day 3 – Tour
Kathmandu Continue private touring in the valley.
Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks.
Day 4 – Tour
Kathmandu Full-day private touring or hiking excursion with guide and driver.
Evening cultural performance.
Day 5 – Depart
Kathmandu Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.
The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.
But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.
Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
Passport/Visa A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.