Nepal Culture Tour - 6 Days

Overview

Nepal culture tour is a six day itinerary package, in which you get to visit and see places of historical, traditional, religious and traditional value to civilization not only to Nepal but the world over. Besides, the mountains to climb and the trails to trek, Nepal as a deep and intrinsic culture which has evolved throughout the years, which cannot only be taken as a model, but can give back to the world from which one can learn and appreciate.

Nepal is a homogenous country which is divided among the ethnic lines who have lived in harmony throughout the time that it has been. Each sharing with the other to evolve, what is good for most. People from elsewhere are assimilated into its folds from which it takes and then to give. In the Nepal culture tour, you are taken to such places which unfold this mystery of the Nepali culture, day by day and hour by hour when you interact with it. Thought, you are taken by private vehicle and tourist buses to places such as UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur being in the Kathmandu Valley, you taste the evolution of making of the social order of society and how it was in the past and why did the denizens of the valley become such profound artisans which brings a smile to the face with the creativity in skills. Then further flung out to Namaboudha, Panauti, Ghangu Narayan, Dakshinkali, Chobar and Khokana that culture slowly spread its wings outward to finally engulf the Nepalese nation, bring in and taking out which it in the bargain that makes taking the Nepal Culture tour a vital ingredient of understanding Nepal even if you head for other activities such as trekking in Nepal or Peak Climbing.

I need not mention but nevertheless will do, that such a tour of Nepal culture gives much for what it seems. In the tour, you are taken on the first day to those place of not only value to the people here but also listed in UNESCO as World Heritage sites just like the others. Kathmandu Durbar Square, like the other Square of Patan and Bhaktapur where three cities in the Kathmandu valley of closely knitted kingship, each trying to outdo the other in what it could give in artistic splendour of palaces, temples and spaces to do business and enjoy when time calls for it. The temples of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and the stupa of Boudhanath, shows the closeness of religious harmony while displaying culture of it as one thought. So much so they are visited for reverence from the world over. Khokana, Chobar and Kirtipur all have cultural values of how villages and towns were influenced by the cities yet evolved to retain a unique identity of their own. Further up, Panauti, Dhulikhel, Namaboudha and Dakshinkali, show either town-man-ship, land management, or religious fortitude to those whom take towards the stewardship. Each being unique in the sense, besides them being visited for the architectural marvels, they also allow adherence to what they signify. Thus, there is much which can be written about them, but only taking Nepal Culture Tour, will make you understand what it gives you to the fullest.

How do we visit so many places in a short time?
Visits to all these places are not that far apart from each place, you are taken to them in either a private vehicle or by tourist bus, with a guide to tell you of the importance of the place visited and answer any question which you might have on mind regarding what you see and hear. While not on the tour you will be lodged in hotels of three to five star all depending on your predilections.

Outline Itinerary for Nepal Culture Tour
Day 01 : Destination Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03 : Patan, Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel
Day 04 : Namobuddha, Panauti , Changu Narayan and Kathmandu
Day 05 : Visit Dakshinkali, Kirtipur, Chobar and Khokana
Day 06 : Final Departure

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Explore Culture, Tradition and monuments of ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur
  • Visit religious Pilgrimage site of Buddhist and Hindu
  • Explore local culture and tradition
  • Explore Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha and Panauti

Itinerary

Day 1
Destination Kathmandu

Today is the day you arrive in Kathmandu. There will be a representative from the company to welcome you at the airport. He will then take you by private vehicle to your hotel for lodging. If you have any time left of the day, you could use it to check the city out yourself.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today you will spend the time visiting four UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu. First in the day, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square where you see the old place of the past kings, the yards and temple and the houses around. After which you will be taken to the highly revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath which was built in the fifth century by the then king of Kathmandu for Lord Shiva, locally known as Pashupati. You see here the other temple, the surroundings and the place where people wish to be burned after death. Later, we head to the Monkey temple, known as Swayambhunath that is atop a hills. This is a Buddhist temple who roots lie not only in Buddhism but also with the creation of the valley from lake. Finally, it is to Boudhanath which is a stupa on the eastern side of Kathmandu that is one of the largest in the world and is said to house the single hair of Lord Buddha and believed walking around its circumference, turning the prayer wheels and striking the bells, helps to relieve anxiety, stress and mental problems. Then we return to the hotel for your nightly stay.

Day 3
Patan, Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel

Today, we first head to Patan to see the Patan Durbar Square with its magnificent places, yards and temples and then head to Bhaktapur another Durbar Square to see and learn of the fifty five window place and the different temples in it. From there we get to Dhulikhel to visit this ancient town atop a hills that not only gives you a vantage point to see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas but visit the old town with its house of the past and temple shrines in them. We stay the night here for a glorious sun rise the following morning over the Himalayas at a three star hotel.

Day 4
Namaboudha, Panauti, Changu Narayan and Kathmandu

A massive structure of various kinds which houses monks, Buddhist temples and shrines perched on top of hills where it is said and still has the cave where a Buddha sacrificed his life to feed a hungry tigress’ cubs his flesh for them to survive. The best part is the architecture of the buildings in remote and isolated part. Then it is onto Panauti, where, we check out the town and visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples in it. Then we get to Changu Narayan to visit the Chungu temple said to be the oldest in Nepal. From there we return to Kathmandu to our hotel for the night’s stay.

Day 5
Dakshinkali, Kirtipur, Chobar and Khokana

Today, we go to Dakshinkali, where sacrifices as made to the Goddess Kali to take away sufferings in one’s life. Then we head to the old town of Kirtipur to see the temples and the craftsmanship of how people made things in the past. Then it Chobar, which lets the rivers out of the Valley through its gorge there and finally the ancient village of Khokana to learn of their living conditions and the housing and life style. Finally, we head home to Kathmandu, where we stay the night at a hotel.

Day 6
Departure

Since now your Nepal Culture Tour is over, you will be taken to the airport three hours ahead of your flight out for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that we had given you the best experience of a cultural tour of Nepal.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Four night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Guided city tour of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Bhaktapur, Patan & Changu Narayan plus Dhulikhel, Namaboudha, Panauti, Dakshinkali, Kirtipur, Chobar and Khokana with private vehicle and guide.
  • All transfers by a private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • One night accommodation in Dhulikhel including breakfast.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant at the tour’s completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu or Dhulikhel.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing wherever applicable.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips & Gratuities.
Where is Nepal at?

Nepal is a country tucked high up in the Himalayas and in between India and China. It’s a small country in South Asia. World tallest mountain Mount Everest is inside Nepal and the country is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

Visa for Nepal for required which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. Visa cost is US$30 per person for a tourist visa for 15 days. You will also require passport-sized photos for Nepal visa.

What is the best time for Nepal cultural tour?

The best time for Nepal cultural tour is autumn (Oct-Dec) and spring (March-April). Jun-Aug is the monsoon and will be wet to travel. Winter (Dec-Feb) will be cold but people do visit and it’s also the offseason with less tourist crowd.

What can I expect from a cultural tour of Nepal?

The cultural tour of Nepal is to experience the culture, traditions, religion, natural and historical aspects of Nepal. The tour will take you to many cultural and world heritage sites giving you full insight into Nepal where the religion is primarily Hindus and Buddhist.

What is included on cultural tour packages Nepal?

Cultural tour packages Nepal includes all sightseeing, guide, transfers, hotels. For meals, only breakfast is included so you need to take care of lunch and dinners which you are free to choose from many restaurants and pubs located inside Kathmandu City.

Will I visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites on cultural and historical tours in Nepal?

Yes, you will visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites on cultural and historical tours in Nepal namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swyambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Changunarayan temple.

What are sightseeing places in Kathmandu?

Sightseeing places in Kathmandu are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’, Pashupatinath and Boudhanth which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside the Kathmandu Valley.

What are Patan tourist attractions?

Patan tourist attractions include Patan Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which contains age-old king’s palaces, beautiful courtyards, temples, shrines, museum.

How is Bhaktapur sightseeing tour?

Bhaktapur sightseeing tour is a journey back into time since the city of Bhaktpur has still retained its age-old environment with old house, streets, alleyways and with king’s palaces, temples, shrines, ponds, pottery square etc.

Where is Dhulikhel Nepal?

Dhulikhel is located to the eastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 1550 meters. It’s one of the popular Himalayan viewpoint inside the Kathmandu Valley. You will stay overnight in Dhulikhel and witness majestic sunrise view over the Himalayas the next morning.

Will I do Dhulikhel to Namo buddha hike?

No, you won’t go for Dhulikhel to Namo buddha hike but instead drive from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha, explore around the big Namobuddha monastery and temple then further drive to Panauti, Changunarayan and back to Kathmandu.

Where is Panauti Nepal?

Panauti Nepal is located southeast of Kathmandu at a distance of 32 kilometers. It’s a small farming town just below Namobuddha where you will visit after Namobuddha.

Is Changu narayan UNESCO world heritage site?

Yes, the ancient temple of Changu narayan is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites among seven world heritage sites inside the Kathmandu Valley.

Where Dakshinkali located?

Dakshinkali is located west of Kathmandu at about 22-kilometer distance from Kathmandu City. Dakshinkali has the temple of goddess Kali where animal sacrifices are made by pilgrimages. Trip to Dakshinkali is a beautiful experience with travel into the countryside just outside Kathmandu city.

What’s in for Kirtipur sightseeing?

Kirtipur is a small city southwest of Kathmandu at 5 km distance. The city is located on slopes of a hill and one of the important cities inside the Kathmandu Valley. Kirtipur sightseeing takes you to many age-old temples, shrines and not much has changed of the city since it’s ancient times.

What is Khokana village tour?

Khokana village tour takes you to the medieval Newari town of Khokana where time has stood still for centuries. The tour gives you peek into the past walking along it’s age-old streets and alleyways, house and shops and visiting temples and shrines that too just closer to Kathmandu city.

Trip Information

 

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Nepal Culture Tour privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the transfers. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group of 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The total tour duration is 5 nights/6 days. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur. Other locations inside the Kathmandu Valley like Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, Panauti, Dakshinkali, Khokana, Kirtipur.

Clothing
Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. The stupa is towards the western side of the Kathmandu valley atop a hillock commanding great view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines located 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD. The holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple is also the cremation ground for Hindus.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
The Bouddhanath Stups is the largest stupa in the valley located about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating
specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Patan City
Patan is an old Newar city where the historic Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha are located. The old city has narrow streets, curios shop and Bazaars.

Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patans religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. Krishna Mandir Temple built during 17th-century is dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone is inside the durbar square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Kirtipur
It is situated on a ridge 8 km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient Newar township – with its brick-paved streets lined with typical red brick houses and tiled roofs, and temple squares – is a natural fortress. The Chilamchu Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav are major attractions including Tribhuvan University, Nepals premier seat of education.

Dakshinkali
Four kilometers further south of Pharping on the valley rim is the temple of Dakshinkali dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. The shrine is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays when animal sacrifices are offered to the deity. On the way lies Chobhar gorge. The Bodhisatva Manjushree is said to have cut an incision here to drain out the lake which once covered the valley.

Khokana
Khokana is located about 6/7 kilometers from Kathmandu city to the south. The village represents the richness of the early Malla era (13th century). The 13th century old Newar settlement of Khokana is famous for producing mustard oil. The main temple is a two tiered construction dedicated to Shekali Mai – a mother goddess. The temple of Rudrayani is the major religious site but ponds have also equally religious importance. Locals also are also involved in making wooden handicrafts.

Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel is an another Himalayan viewpoint 30 km southeast of Kathmandu city. Its located in the Arniko highway, the highway that connects Kathmandu with Tibet border Khasa from where Tibet overland tour starts up till Lhasa. Dhulikhel is inhabitated by comuunities like newars, Brahmin, Chettris, Tamangs and Dalits.

Namobuddha
Located about 40 km from Kathmandu city is Namobuddha where a beautiful monastery and shrine is located. It is one of the important site for Buddhists and believed to be the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs.

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Nepal Culture Tour

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 05 Nights/06 Days
  • All year around
  • Minimum 2 people
  • Private vehicles
  • Easy
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Cultural Sight Seeing Tour
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Monastery, Dakshinkali temple, Kirtipur City
  • Hotels

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