Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the most significant and sacred temple of Lord Shiva (Pashupati). Built in the 5th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique example of the Nepalese style of architecture. The main attraction is an impressive statue of a large bull or Nandi covered in gold.
Later, stroll through the old Durbar Square, an excellent example of ancient Newari architecture. This iconic landmark contains a series of palaces, courtyards and temples built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy exploring the markets, pubs and casinos. Overnight in Kathmandu (B)
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
It’s the main square of the city dotted with architectural showpieces, pagoda style temples with elaborate carvings, palaces and courtyards.The Golden Gate (Lu Dhowka) is a dainty piece of art embellished with the figures of Hindu goddess Kali, Garuda and other deities that dates back to 1756 AD and is considered one of the most beautiful molded specimens in the world. Right in front of it is the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla placed on the top of a stone monolith facing the palace. The Palace of 55 windows, build in 1427 AD is a fascinating structure made up of brick wall with a balcony having intricately carved 55 windows. The Lion Gate has two lion statues as guards with stone images of Bhairab and Ugrachandi (aspects of Shiva). The Golden Gate is the entry to Taleju Temple Complex and the royal bath pond. However, only Hindus are allowed to enter the Taleju Temple. The National Art Gallery houses the ancient Hindu and Buddhist paintings and scrolls from different periods and is closed on Tuesdays. The Vatsala Temple is a marvelous stone temple of goddess Vatsala Devi. It is famous for its bronze bell or The Big Bell built by last Malla King also known as ‘the bell of barking dogs’ because the dogs bark to its ring. It is rung twice a day everyday so as to pay homage to the goddess Taleju. There is also a replica of Pashupati Temple (of Kathmandu) known as Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple with erotic carvings on its wooden struts.
Visit to the temple of Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple of Lord Shiva is truly amazing. Especially visit of early morning to see Hindu rituals on the river bank is worth. Only Hindus are allowed to go inside the Temple complex, but to others also there are plenty of areas to explore around. Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors, is famous for its superb architecture and is the holiest of Hindu shrines in Nepal. Cremation ghats located at the Bagmati river showcase the funeral rituals of Hindu followers, which is very unique.
Everest Base Camp Trekking
The trek begins from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla or the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Flight to Lukla itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, by virtue of the location, altitude and topography. The real Everest Base Camp Trek commences from Lukla, when you start your trek to Namche and the Base Camp crossing many Sherpa villages and settlement areas on the way. Another feature of the Everest Base Camp Trek is the opportunity to visit Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo-Ri or the peak and the beautiful Gokyo Lake. Gokyo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Khumbhu region of Everest. Also, the popular Cho-La Pass lies along the Everest Base Camp Trek which offers great views of the mountains including the all famous Everest. The total cost for the trip or the tour depends on several factors as per your convenience. The preferred type of accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara makes a difference in the totality of the cost (budget to 5 star accommodations). The chosen mode of transport also affects the cost of your package, for example the prices may vary widely from flight compared to private car / van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and porters too affect the total cost of your trip. For these reasons the same route / tour price may vary considerably. If you want any further information regarding price then you can also visit our official site.
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
After crossing that dusty road, we entered to the Shivapuri National Park through the Army Check Point (luckily we were not stopped for any park formalities), from there the road was paved one for some time. We got out from the city chaos, the air cleared up and beautiful nature was ruling the area. We followed nice uphill road till some unknown point inside the National Park from where we had the awesome view of 'Ganesh Himal Range'. We started descending on the bumpy and winding way up to Chhahare, Nuwakot. We stopped there and had black-eyed peas with black-tea. We still had to travel for at least an hour to meet the Trishuli Highway in Battar that leads to Dhunche through Bidur, district headquarter of Nuwakot.
Taumadhi Square showcases the brilliant architecture of multi roofed temples and craftsmanship of stone sculptures. The five-storied Nyatapola Temple dating back to 1702 AD is the tallest pagoda temple of Nepal. The colossal edifice dedicated to Hindu Goddess Laxmi has intricate carvings and embellishments on its doors, struts and windows with five terraces each having a pair of two meters tall stone statues of – the most famous wrestlers (Jaya Malla and Phatta Malla), elephants, lions, griffons and tantric goddess (Baghini and Singhini) on either side. Next to Nyatapola Temple is the Bhairavnath Temple dedicated to Lord Bhairav (the dreadful aspect of Lord Shiva). The three storied temple (now renovated) was severely destroyed by the 1934-earthquake.
Each year in November, around 200 students from around the world travel to Kopan monastery for one month of meditation and insight into the Dharma. Once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal, Kopan is a now a thriving monastery of over 300 monks, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. A great place to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, there's classes on Buddhism everyday at 10am besides Saturday. Opening once every week, on the top of the hills(Kathmandu outskirts) this is a great shrine to visit.