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The Monasteries and Villages Tour

This trip to Kathmandu valley will allow you to discover various important religious places of Hinduism and Buddhism of different origins while discovering the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu valley and important tourist places.

 

We specialize in organizing treks in Nepal, which are unique and off the beaten touristic track!

 

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrival in Nepal, welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel. Start by visiting Durbar Square, the heart of the old town and the most spectacular architectural heritage of the capital. The set includes the former royal palace, the house of the living goddess Kumari Bahal, pagodas, temples and old neighborhoods with local houses.

 

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today, you will visit one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal - Pashupatinath Temple is located on both banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to God Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism. They arrive here to find shelter for the last several weeks of their lives, to meet death, be cremated on the banks of the river and travel their last journey with the waters of the sacred river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river Ganges. Only followers of Hinduism can enter the main temple, but all the other buildings are available for foreigners to visit. 

Drive to your next visit of the day: Patan, the ancient royal capital. Confusingly, it is also known as Lalitpur, both names deriving from the Sanskrit "Lalitapattan". Like its larger neighbor, Patan also boasts a Durbar Square full of temples, statues, and palaces and, in addition, has the must-see attraction of Patan Museum. As a traditional center of handicrafts, Patan is a great place to purchase jewelry, Buddha statues and masks. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3: Kathmandu

Morning time, visit Swayambhunath Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, it is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. Also known as the "Monkey Temple" among visitors from abroad, Swayambhunath sits atop its hill, overlooking most parts of the valley. This is a good place to catch panoramic views of the city. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.

In the afternoon, you will visit two small Newari towns. Bungamati and Khokana date back to the 16th century or earlier and both villages boast some very impressive monuments and ancient temples.

 

Bungamati. Bis the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, The ckowk around the temple is one of the most beautiful in the valley - here one can see the heart of a functioning Newari town. There are many chortens and a huge prayer wheel, clearly pointing to the syncretic nature of the Newari religion.

 

Khokana, another medieval Newari town, Khokana is smaller and sleepier than Bungamati, but it’s still worth a quick look, despite much damage to older buildings in the 2015 earthquake. The main road leads through the village, which offers a window back in time, with mattress-makers stuffing cases with cotton, farmers baling straw, tailors stitching and women spinning wool and winnowing rice. In the main village square is the triple-tiered Shekala Mai Temple (also known as Rudrayani), damaged but still standing after the disaster, and with carved balconies covered by fretwork screens. The five-day Khokana Jatra festival, with its masked dancers, is usually held in October and is a good time to visit. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 4: Kathmandu - Ichangu

Drive to the hill of Ichangu, a half hour's walk before arriving at the monastery of Nhiden Hoseling. Visit of the monastery and meet the monks. Overnight in the monastery.

 

Day 5: Ichangu

Visit of the village and the temple of Narayana. Ichangu Narayan is one of several important temples dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan, the ‘eternal man’. Built in the two-tiered pagoda style, the temple was founded in around AD 1200 and its courtyard is dotted with ancient Garuda statues and other Vaishnavite symbols. The complex was shaken by the 2015 earthquake, but most structures have been stabilized and repaired. Overnight in the monastery.
 

Day 6: Ichangu - Shivapuri

Drive to the Budhanilkantha Temple. The Kathmandu Valley is awash with ancient temples and sacred sites, but Budhanilkantha is a little bit special. For one thing, it lies off the main traveller circuit, so most visitors are local devotees. This gives Budhanilkantha a uniquely mystical air – come on a busier day and you'll discover butter lamps flickering in the breeze, incense curling through the air, and devotees tossing around tika powder like confetti. Continuation on the Shivapuri National Park .This is the Government protected forest where over 500 species are found.. Night in the monastery of Nagi Gompa that is the only Monastery for the Nuns practice Buddhism and foreigners often come there for meditation.

 

Day 7: Shivapuri 

Walk to the summit of Shivapuri to see the monastery of Bagh Dwar and return to the monastery of Nagi Gompa. Overnight at the monastery.

 

Day 8: Shivapuri - Kopan

Trekking from Shivapuri to Kopan, Kopan Monastery was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who died in 1984, leading to a worldwide search for his reincarnation. A young Spanish boy, Osel Torres, was declared to be the reincarnated lama, providing the inspiration for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Little Buddha. Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche no longer resides at Kopan, but visitors are welcome to explore the monastery and many people come here to study Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Overnight stay at the monastery.

 

Day 9: Kopan - Boudhanath

Today, you will have a pleasant walk from Kopan to Boudhanath, the biggest stupa of Nepal. Visit, as well, of the monastery of Brechen. Overnight at the monastery.

 

Day 10: Boudhanath - Kathmandu

One of many world heritage sights which can be found in Nepal, the Boudhanath Stupa, is not only impressive but also interesting. It is notable as a place of worship and pilgrimage and the dome is said to contain the remains of a Kasyap sage, which is important to both Buddhists and Hindus.

The Boudhanath Stupa is very similar to the Swayambhunath Stupa, only it is bigger and enjoys better symmetry. The great white dome on which it is situated is almost perfectly spherical when compared to the somewhat irregular shape of the one at Swayambhunath although the actual four-sided dome-topped golden tower at the top is almost completely identical. The Boudhanath Temple is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and the stupa measures an impressive 36 meters in height. Part of the reason why the Boudhanath Stupa has become so popular is that it is situated on a trade route between Tibet and Nepal and merchants often chose to rest here and offer prayers during their travels

Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 11: Kathmandu - Nagarkot

Drive to the small village of Nagarkot .  It is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas.  You can pick Mount Everest out with its snow-topped peaks on a clear day as there is an observation tower at the very top of the village’s hills.

Nagarkot, historically, used to serve as the summer retreat for the royal family and many other aristocrats from Kathmandu. While the town offers great views of the mountains, there are few monasteries or temples.Overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 12: Nagarkot - Bhaktapur -Kathmandu

Drive to Bhaktapur and visit of the former royal capital. Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem’. It is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.

Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Return to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 13: Kathmandu

Last shopping in town. According to your flight timing, transfer to the airport and end of our services.

 

From 550 euros per person

 

Included in the price :

Welcome and assistance at the airport,

Transfers / surface transportation by private car (car and jeep)

Accommodation in hotels or lodges, double room basis & breakfast in Nepal

Taxes and hotel services,

All trekking permits.

The insurance

 

Not included in the price:

Visa Fees in Nepal

Other meals

Tours and excursions are all optional,

Tips for guides and drivers

The insurance cancellation and assistance repatriation.

Personal expenses.

International flights