According to legend, the Kathmandu valley formed when the Buddhist deity Manjushree drained a sacred lake with his flaming sword has its roots in reality. The uprising of the Himalaya trapped rivers draining south from Tibet, creating a vast lake that eventually burst its banks & drained away around 10,000 years ago.
As people settled from the north and south, the valley became the biggest clearinghouse on the trade route from India to Tibet. Himalayan missionaries and saints transferred Buddhism across the Himalaya into Tibet and centuries later migrating Tibeto-Burman tribes carried Buddhism back in Nepal, fusing Tantric Indian beliefs with the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. This has resulted in a fascinating hybrid culture, where Hindu and Buddhist beliefs jointly infuse Nepal’s life.
The unification of Nepal in 1768-69 by Prithvi Narayan Shah signaled the end of this three-way scramble for supremacy. Nepali, an Indo-European language spoken by the Khas of western Nepal, replaced Newari as the country’s language of administration and Kathmandu became the undisputed capital of the nation.
Tragically, many of the historic towns in the Kathmandu valley were devastated by the 2015 earthquake, with a huge loss of life. Reconstruction is underway and local people are rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, but the scars of the earthquake will be visible on the landscape for many years to come.
DAY 01: MEET AND GREET IN KATHMANDU|HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF KATHMANDU VALLEY|PASHUPATINATH, BOUDHANATH, BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
DAY 03: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PATAN DURBAR SQUARE|OPTIONAL TOUR FOR MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
DAY 04: KATHMANDU DEPARTURE FOR ONWARD FLIGHT
Meet and Greet upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu. Soon after checking into the hotel you will be given a briefing on your tour itinerary. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa for 3-4 hours. Come back to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning Breakfast and proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the afternoon for 7-8 hours. Come back to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning breakfast and drive to the Airport for 1 hour long enchanting flight over the northern Himalayan including Mount Everest (Optional Tour). Afternoon half days sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Evening dinner with Nepalese Cultural Show in a typical luxury restaurant in Kathmandu with pick up and drop from Hotel.
Morning breakfast and stay leisure until transfer to the airport for your onward flight destination.
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