Pashupatinath is regarded as the patron deity of Nepal. Revered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages, the temple boasts of images of Shiva lingas along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva existed at this site since 879 AD.
2. Bouddhanath Stupa:
Bouddhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal. The stupa, built in the 5th century A.D, is surrounded by one hundred and eight small niches accommodating the icons of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other female deities along with conjoint figures in erotic poses. However, regarding the erection of the stupa, varied and conflicting claims have been made. The stupa has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Many of the Tibetan refugees entering Nepal in the 1950s, decided to live around Bouddhanath. So the place is the best place in the valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle.
Swoyambhunath stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base located on a lovely little hillock. There are 360 steps leading all the way to the stupa from where catching the picturesque view of the Kathmandu valley and splendid panorama of the Himalayan range becomes possible. The stupa is laden with 13 gold plated spires symbolizing 13 stages to salvation in Buddhism. According to the legends, Kathmandu valley was a lake a long time ago. Maha Manjushree, a saint from Tibet, cut the hill of the valley and drained the water making the valley ready for habitation. Men settled on the bed of the lake and called it the Kathmandu Valley. From then on, the hilltop has been revered as a holy place.
4. Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square, known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace, is the ancient seat of the Nepalese royalty and lies in the heart of Kathmandu city. Hanuman is the god of the monkeys in Hinduism. Hanuman statue flanked by a pair of lions symbolizes strength and protection against all possible threats. One can easily be overwhelmed by the sights of seemingly uncountable monuments at the square. Kumari Ghar, the house of the Living Goddess, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings represent the square’s richness in artistic monuments. Wandering around the Square, visitors can observe around the temple in the pagoda architectural style, the temple of Goddess Taleju, which is opened to the public only once in a year during Dashain festival.
The third day will start from visiting some other UNESCO world heritage sites, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, afternoon you can enjoy at shopping and dinner will serve at Garden of Dreams.
5. Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a cluster of pagodas, shikhara-style monuments, courtyards, and Buddhist shrines and monasteries. The city of devotees founded by King Ananda Dev in the 12th century has the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of the valley highlighting the ancient arts of Nepal. The Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Four Pilgrimage Sites, Stone Column, 55 Windows Palace, Vastala Temple, Yakcheswor Mahadev, Nyatpola temple at Taumadi Square are the attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
6. Patan Durbar Square:
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of fine arts. The city was founded in 3rd century AD by King Veera Dev has earned a distinction of being the home of finest crafts. Most of the monuments in the Durbar Square were built by Malla kings from the 16th to 18th century. There are many shrines, sculptures, stupas scattered in and around the square. Main Chowks (courtyards), Bhimsen Temple, Vishwa Nath Temple, Krishna Mandir, Stone Column, Jagannath Temple, Harishankar Temple, Golden Temple, and Mahaboudha are some of the main attractions to roam around the square.
The fourth day will be the final departure to Kathmandu airport according to your flight time. If your flight is late afternoon we can provide you some additional optional program. We charge some extra for additional services.