6 Days Kathmandu Valley with Nagarkot Dhulikhel TourKathmandu valley with its ridges Bungmati/Khokana, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel || Popular ||
There are three cities in Kathmandu Valley; Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. And very beautiful Himalayan views, natural scenery, religious and cultural architects of the three other great valley ridges Bungmati/Khokana, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. So if you have around 6 days or maybe more days in Kathmandu and learn in depth, this itinerary will help you to get the most out of this magical yet hectic place including aside of valley with Historical, Cultural, Newari People local lifestyle, Farming activities.
Kathmandu Valley with Nagarkot and Dhulikhel tour by Everest Vacation is a complete wrap-up of the magnificent cultural, natural, and traditional delights that makes the valley alive. It is a well round tour of the UNESCO world heritage sites with an added bonus of authentic village tours.
Commencing at the heart of Kathmandu, witness the change of the cultural shades accompanying you with warm hospitality. From the religious mix of the heritage sites, plunge into the traditional designs of the Durbar squares here. Trying some local cuisine and knowing the people better, one can prepare for everything and still get surprised in this tour. Moving from the hustle of the city, we will swiftly shift the gear to the calm villages surrounding the valley. Slide through the locals and experience their everyday lifestyle here.
Starting every day with a breathtaking sunrise, take a ride of the views that surrounds you. Hear the soft whisper of the birds and blend into nature here. Even after leaving a destination, we can experience the connection of the people living there and the unity that they emit through their smile. A perfect vacation waits for you in the center of this beautiful Himalayan nation. Buckle up and prepare to witness the shades of these gems in Kathmandu with Everest vacation.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and Tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Day 02: Tour of Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum and Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple).
Day 03: Tour of Kirtipur, Khokana, Bungmati, Pharping & Dakshinkali.
Day 04: Tour of Bhaktapur, Changu-Narayan & Nagarkot hilltop.
Day 05: Tour of Dhulikhel with Namobuddha and Panuti village.
Day 06: Return back to Kathmandu for your final departure. Drop to the airport for your next destination/home.
Day to Day Journey
2 – 3 hours
After you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, Our representative from Everest vacations will approach you. After the formal introduction, you will get an authentic Nepali welcome with garlands. Our Kathmandu tour focuses upon the UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley. We will start our tour of Kathmandu from the temple of Pashupatinath within a short drive from the airport.
Pashupatinath, devoted to the Hindu god of destruction 'Shiva' is one of the supreme Hindu shrines in Nepal. The temple complex consists of over 500 small and big shrines, Shiva Lingam, and Chaityas. The main pagoda is two stroyed with a golden Gajur in it enclosed within four big doors. In the banks of holy river Bagmati, this temple is an ideal place to learn about Hindu culture and tradition in the valley. Numerous legends give us the origin of the Temple and its constituent shrines. The temple gets most devotees in the festival of Shiva Ratri from all around the world.
You can spend some time in the banks of Bagmati witnessing the Hindu form of cremation. A heartwarming scene, teaching you the meaning of life and what comes after.
We will head towards Boudhanath next. The biggest stupa in Nepal and the center of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudhanath is a peaceful place to spend the evening. You can join the hundreds of devotees circumambulating the premises. From one of the roof-top restaurants enjoy the view with a warm Tibetan tea. Your guide will transfer you straight to your hotel after the tour completes today. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
5 – 6 hours
We will head towards Patan, also known as Lalitpur or 'The city of arts' after our breakfast today. A short drive will take us to the Patan Durbar Square. The Durbar (Palace) squares are three pristine palace complexes in the valley situated at each major city, i.e., Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The old palace here is a perfect showcase of architecture and history of Medival Nepal. The Garuda pillar, Taleju temple, and the Krishna temple are the major attractions not to miss in this palace square. We will visit the Patan museum located within the palace square and explore the lifestyle and art of Malla era from close.
From Patan, we will take a short ride to the foot of Swoyambhunath temple. This temple complex is one of the oldest heritage sites of the nation. 'The monkey temple' is the secondary name of Swoyambhunath for the abundance of the monkeys inhabiting the hill. Both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the Swoyambhunath temple. The view of the Kathmandu valley is breathtaking with the background of green hills surrounding it. After the tour, we will return to our hotel and rest for the day. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
We will head out for an engaging drive around some of the culturally preserved village and settlements in the edges of Kathmandu valley. Our tour of today will take us closer to Newa art, culture, and lifestyle. We will start the tour with Pharping. Pharping is a small town with majestic Buddhist monastery and caves holding the legends of Guru Rinpoche. Padmasambhava stayed in these caves while returning to Tibet from India in the late 6th century. After a short visit here we will head towards the Dakshinkali temple near Pharpaing. Dakshinkali is one of the most significant Hindu shrines in the valley devoted to the goddess Kali. It is also one of the major 'Shakti Pith' meaning the source of power in Kathmandu valley. Offerings of animals are done specific days to please the guarding deity of southern Kathmandu.
We will then head to Kritipur visiting the Chobar park in the way. We can have a view of a beautiful gorge made by the Bagmati river. Kritipur is one of the culturally rich and vibrant city of Nepal carrying a great history. The setting of the town is picturesque with houses stacking on top of another. Here, we can try some Newari snacks and head for a short tour. The major attractions of Kritipur are: -
*Bagh Bhairab: - A temple dedicated to God Bhairab in tiger form. The idol here is considered as the guardian of this city with the local name Ajudeu.
*Chilancho Stupa: a Buddhist shrine of the medieval period. In the premises of this Chaitya, inscriptions from Nepal Samvat 635 was unearthed. It is one of the most prominent historical stupas of the region.
*Uma Maheshwar: Uma Maheshwar temple (Kwacho Dega) is an important heritage of Kirtipur. This three-storied pagoda is situated at the highest point in Kritipur at 1,414 m. This temple provides us with fascinating views of Kathmandu valley and snow-capped range towards the north.
*Shri Kirti Bihar: a Theravada Buddhist monastery built in traditional Thai architectural style. This Bihar is situated near the entrance of the city.
We will then drive towards the villages of Khokana and Bungmati. These beautiful settlements have preserved their architecture, culture, and lifestyle for hundreds of years despite being near to the capital. In your village tours, you can witness the simple life, local farming techniques, traditional houses, and heartwarming smiles of hospitality here. Similarly, you can visit the temples and street markets here, which is famous for local handicrafts and organic mustard oil. We will return to our hotel in Kathmandu from here and rest for the day. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we will head towards the city of Bhaktapur in the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley. This city is the best preserved one in the valley with many locals following the traditional way of living. Bhaktapur Durbar square will be our first site to visit here. The fifty-five windows palace, Golden Gate (Lun Dhwākhā), Bhairabnath temple, and Vatshala temple are the must-see attraction of the square. We will also visit the Nyatapola temple square and pottery square to round off the trip here. While we are here, we can also try delicious Newari cuisine and the special Juju Dhau (King's curd).
Next, we will visit one of the oldest heritage sites of Nepal, the Changunarayan Temple about 15 km east of Bhaktapur city. The inscriptions found in the premises of Changunarayan ages back to the 6th century while the wood and stone carvings are of top quality here. The main temple is dedicated to Hindu god Bishnu the protector. After the art-rich session here we will head towards the hilltop village of Nagarkot. Nagarkot is one of the most popular gateway destinations near the valley. It is a perfect combination of local culture and beautiful nature. Overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot.
We will start our day early with a beautiful sunrise view over the Mountains from Nagarkot. An observatory tower here at an altitude of 2,175 meters gives us the perfect view of the Himalayas. Starting from Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west we can have a great view of Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m) in a clear sky from here. After the sunrise, we will return to the hotel for breakfast.
From Nagarkot, we will drive for a couple of hours out from the valley and visit the Nambuddha monastery. The monastery is one of the most beautiful ones in Nepal with many legends linked to it. We can take a short nature walk in the premises and enjoy the landscape from Namobuddha. If you are here from March to May, you can get a fantastic view of blooming Rhododendron forests surrounding the area. Next, we will head for the ancient town of Panauti. Also, one of the most preserved cultural areas near Kathmandu, Panauti showcases you the traditional farming lifestyle of the locals. We will visit some of the old temples here and head towards Dhulikhel. In the evening, you can take a short hike and enjoy nature's bliss here. Overnight at a hotel in Dhulikhel.
We will start the final day of this tour with a clear view of mountain ranges from Langtang-Jugal Himal to Gaurishankar. After breakfast, we will return back to Kathmandu and to airport for your departure. With wonderful memories and moments to cherish for a long time to come, this tour ends with some unique experiences. Our team will stay connected with you for your valuable suggestion and feedback. With a bliss of nature and Himalayas and a mild punch of adventure explore and enjoy with Everest Vacation.
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
- Driver Allowance, food, fuel, vehicle tax.
- English speaking cultural city tour guide.
- Drinking Water.
Optional / Extended / Alternate Activities
- Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp - 4-5 hours
- Mountain Flight over Mt. Everest Area - 1 hour
- Short 1 Day Hiking around Kathmandu - 4-6 hours
- Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan Tour - 2 days
- Kathmandu Valley with Nagarkot Sunrise/Sunset Tour - 4 days
Travelling in 2019
Diaz Vergara, Mexico
Wonderful Time in Nepal
My first time in Nepal and I was amazed to see the raw beauty of this country with Everest Vacation. They planned a fantastic tour for me. Even for a solo traveler, they arranged a local guide and a private vehicle which was impressive. My favorite moment was the hike to Chisapani from Sundarijal and the sunrise view from Nagarkot. The local food as suggested by Umesh was good and I will recommend you to try it as well. I will be coming again and this time I will visit Tibet and Bhutan too with Everest Vacation. I rate this company very highly and would recommend it for solo travelers like me.
FAQs for Kathmandu Tour with Dhulikhel Nagarkot
1. What types of people are suitable for this trip?
This trip is prepared professionally to include individuals of all age group and fitness condition. With the help of our trained guides, you don't require any prior experience to involve in this trip.
2. What are the types of food should we expect in these destinations?
Your trip includes the breakfast provision from the company, and you can select from standard menus/buffet for breakfast. You have the freedom to cruise from a wide range of topnotch restaurants for the other meals. Most of these places serve you from continental, Indian, Mexican, and other major regional based cuisine. Similarly, you can always try some authentic Nepali and local cuisine during your visit.
3. What about the transportation facilities you provide?
Everest Vacation deals with all of your transportation necessities from airport pickup to departure throughout the trip. Depending upon the size of your traveling group, we have private cars, minibus, vans and land cruisers for transportation. Similarly, we have experienced drivers in our group as your safety is our utmost concern.
4. What is the best season for this trip?
You can witness a different shade of Nepal, in each season you visit here. However, the best times to do the trip will be from March to May (spring) and Sept to Dec (autumn). These are the festive season with calm and pleasant weather.
5. Are ATM services accessible in these destinations?
Yes, ATMs and banks are available in convenient places throughout the trip. We recommend you to withdraw more as a certain charge is applicable each time you take out the cash.
6. Do I need to Tip my Guide/driver? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, but we do upvote this culture for the motivation of the individuals (guide/drivers). You can tip them at the end of the tour and as much as your heart wishes.
7. How are the drinking water facilities and quality?
You can find bottled water in the stores and restaurants here, which is generally safe.
8. What essential documents should I bring in the tour?
The documents which are compulsory are: -
- Valid passport:- your passport must be valid for at least six months after the completion of this tour
- Travel insurance:- You must carry a separate photocopy with you throughout the trip
- Cash and Traveler’s cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
- Flight tickets
- Emergency contact numbers and info and family contacts
9. Can I add extra days to my trip? And do you organize Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar or surroundings countries tour?
If you want to add more days for further exploration or some additional days in a destination, we are very flexible with these modifications. You can simply contact us with your desired additions, and we will provide you with the detail additional charge covering guide, accommodation, and transportation.
We also organize neighborhood countries tour:
Tibet Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/tibet/
Bhutan Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/bhutan/
Myanmar Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/myanmar/
Bangladesh Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/bangladesh/
Sri-lanka Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/srilanka/
India Tour: https://www.asiaexperiences.com/india/
10. What immunization should I get before the trip?
Specific vaccines are not compulsory for the trip. However, you can have some covering *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus (just in case).
11. What are the charges for my child?
We have a standard condition depending solely on the age of your child which is
- Below 5 years of age:- completely free
- Below 10 years of age:- 50% of the total trip cost is applicable
- Above 10 years:- full charge or the same as of an adult
12. What is the driving time for reaching our destinations in the trip?
The driving period for typical situations to reach different destinations in the trip are maximum 1-1.5 hours from one city to another.
13. Is traveling by road safe in Nepal?
Traveling by road provides us more experiences and local culture in Nepal. With our private and well-facilitated vehicles operated by experienced drivers, we assure you a safe transport to the destinations of your visit.
14. Can I book the tour in advance? If yes, how?
It is best to book the trip at least a month prior to your visit in prime tourist seasons in Nepal. It is not absolutely mandatory to make the reservations, but booking in advance assures you the best available infrastructure and experiences throughout the trip. You can book the tour with Everest vacation by paying a certain percentage of the overall trip cost. You can also visit our booking terms and conditions for more information and complete process.
15. Who will be our travel guides on this trip? Is he/she reliable enough?
The guides who will accompany you throughout the trip will be licensed with proper training and years of experience in this field. Similarly, they are fluent speakers of English, Nepali, and some of the local language, further helping you to understand the locals. Everest Vacation also provide multilingual guides fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and other different languages around the world. He/she are given the complete detail of the trip and is trained to respond quickly to any unforeseen events. Additionally, she/he also has fundamental medical and first aid training for your extra assurance. Yes, you can completely rely on them for the trip.
16. Is this tour a private or a group one? Is the itinerary customizable?
We always run a private trip for you or your group with an experienced English speaking guide. We do not work for group joining basis. Yes, the itinerary is customizable up to some extent. You can add or remove some of the destinations discussing with us prior to the trip. During the trip, you can skip or add a day to the place discussing it with the guide and us. As long as it doesn't affect the overall tour, you can do several alterations to our standard tour itinerary.
17. How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?
It depends upon how you are willing to spend it on this tour. There are plenty of places where you can try to spend exquisitely. It is better to have some cash with you as much of the transaction is carried out in cash. You can make up your mind accordingly and bring it for your personal expenses. It is also wise to add some 100$ extra in case you need it. If you want to try some extra activities, you can look for those activities and their prices online beforehand.