ITINERARY FOR VISIT SOME OF THE BEST SPIRITUAL PLACES IN KATHMANDU VALLEY
Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel with our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.
Day 2-4: Visit Spiritual places in Kathmandu Valley (B)
Nepal is a holy place for many Sadhus and Sants from the beginning and still the influence of spirituality found. Kathmandu valley has an exotic setting. It contains three fabled cities of great historic, religious and cultural interest: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Every town has Durbar Square (old palace) with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. The valley has often been described as an open air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal and wood scattered throughout it.
Visit some of the best spiritual places in Kathmandu valley in 3 days:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an important spiritual site in the center of Kathmandu city. While browse around Katmandu Durbar Square you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old and historic palace of Kathmandu named after monkey God, Hanuman.. There is a statue of King Pratap Malla sitting on the stone pillar in the front and temple of Jagannath from mediaeval period .Within the walking distance you will find the tall temple of Taleju from 1549 AD, the large stone statue of Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, the Big Bell and Big Drum and Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati peeping from window. Visit the temple of Kumari, the residence of Living Goddess within the vicinity (Get blessing from living goddess). The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screen. Next a very interesting temple is Kasthamandap (reconstructing after damaged by earthquake 2015) which is believed to be built from a single tree trunk and the name Kathmandu is derived from this temple.
The hill lock towards the northwest of Kathmandu, Swyambhunath is the spiritual place well known as monkey temple. This is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level and over looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides represent the all seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching all the time wrong doers and good doers. This is a very religious shrine of Buddhists. There are two Buddhist monasteries within the complex and a temple of Haratima where both Buddhists and Hindus worship this temple.
This is a remarkable colossal stone statue of Hindu Lord Vishnu reclining on the bed of snakes is from 5th century AD situated about 8 km to the north of Katmandu at the base of Shivapuri hill
The 5th century stupa is one of the biggest in the world and is ringed by Buddhist lamas and monasteries. This is a very holy stupa for Tibetan Buddhists who come here in thousands in winter festival to pay their tribute
This is a temple of Lord Shiva – Pasupatinath with two tiered golden roof and four silver doors situated at the bank of Bagmati River. This is being a holy place of pilgrimage attracts tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year in spring. At the bank of Bagmati River one can also observe the cremation taking place
It lies about 8 km to the south-west of Katmandu on the top of a hill. This is an old Newar village town and people are farmers and living in old traditional culture. The town offers to see many old temples and Buddhist shrines. One can find people weaving in old traditional looms.
It is about 21 km drive through the country to the south of Katmandu. Dakshinkali , the supreme Hindu powerful Goddess is worshiped and animals like male-goats and roosters are also sacrificed. This type of rituals takes place twice a week Saturday and Tuesday. On our way back visit Chovar gorge through where the water of the valley is drained out
- Patan Durbar Square:
The ancient city Patan city of fine arts to the south of Katmandu consists of different sections of ancient palace like Sundari Chowk (beautiful court yard) where exquisite windows and door carving are seen and the Tushahity (Royal Bath) a master piece of stone carvings and others are Mul Chowk (main court yard), Keshav Narayan Chowk. In front of the palace in the main square there is a statue of King Narendra Malla sitting on the stone pillar. Next to the pillar there is a famous Krishna Mandir temple with 21 pinnacles built all in stone. Rest you will see several pagoda style temples like temple of Bhimsen, and the public bath, dragon headed spout and the water runs 24 hours. There are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousands Buddha’s images. There are many fine craftsmen in Patan who produce bronze/brass art work in different images/statues of Hindu/Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, silver jewelleries, wood carvings
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
City of devotees lies little aloof from Katmandu and Patan to the east 12 km away. As soon as you enter the gate of Durbar Square of Bhaktapur the whole complex is impressive, wider, clean and beautiful with beautiful Lion Gate,Golden Gate, palace of 55 windows, Batsala temple, barking Bell, the statue of King Bhupatendra Malla on a stone pillar, public bath and temple of Pasupatinath. After strolling down to corner lane you come another big square. On the left you will find the tallest temple of Nyatapola which means 5 tiers representing symbols of 5 basic elements of nature such as water,wind,fire, earth and sky. This ia a highest pagoda temple of Nepal ever built with architectural perfection and artistic beauty in 1702 AD by the King Bhupatendra Malla. Next to Nyatapola is another giant temple of Bhairavnath, the God of Terror in three story built in 1718 AD. If you walk ahead for about 20 minutes you will come to another square of a Dattatraya temple built in 1427 AD from a trunk of single tree. Behind the temple there is a monastery where you will notice exquisitely carved door frame and windows and also a famous peacock window back wall of the monastery
Day 5: Day Trip to 4 Ganesha Temple
Ganesh is one of the most important Hindu god and one of the major gods for people of Kathmandu. He is remover of obstacles and gives good luck. The day trip to four Ganesh tamples includes visit to following Ganesh places
- Chandra Binayak of chabahil
- Suryabinayak of Bhaktapur
- Karyabinayak of Bugmati
- Jal Binayak of Chovar
Day 6: Day Trip to 4 Vishnu Temple
Vishnu is the protector deity of Hindu. Kathamndu valley is protected by placing four Vishun temples in four corners of Kathmandu. The day trip to four Vishnu Temples includes visit to following Vishnu places
- Changu Narayan Temple
- Bisankhunarayan temple
- Ichangunarayan and
Day 7: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.