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Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolis.
Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.
By some measures, Hinduism is practiced by a larger majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. Buddhism, though a minority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal. Many Nepali do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions. There are 3 different Buddhist traditions: Himalayan Buddhism, Buddhism of Kathmandu Valley (mostly Mahayana and Vajrayana), and also Theravada Buddhism.
Meet, and assist upon arrival in Katmandu airport by our representative and escort to hotel in Kathmandu.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu (No Meals)
Breakfast at the hotel
AM: Visit Dakshinkali Temple
Dakshinkali Temple is one of the most famous and popular Hindu shrines dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is an extremely powerful goddess and therefore it is believed that if one worships, he or she is emancipated from any possible danger. It is located 22km outside Kathmandu Valley and 1 km outside the village of Pharping. It is an important place for pilgrimage, drawing over 400,000 pilgrims a year. Devotees visit this temple to offer prayers and animal sacrifices to the Goddess Kali. Apart from the religious aspects, the site has also been developed as a popular picnic spot and sightseeing tour in the green jungle and boulder.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Patan city
Patan City: Nowhere else can be seen such a compression of marvelous monuments within a limited space like in Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace, which dominates all others in grace and grandeur, here is the 17th-century Krishna Mandir. Entirely made of stone, this shikhara-style structure with 21 pinnacles is dedicated to Lord Krishna, a savior deity in the Hindu pantheon, and is equally noted for rare stone carvings on its walls, which depict various episodes of the epic wars of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Other landmarks within the Square are Tusha-hity (water spout), Sundari Chowk, Taleju Temple, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden temple), Rudravarna Mahavihar, and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha are other highlights in the vicinity.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu (B)
EM: Optional Mt. Everest Flight (If weather permitted)
Breakfast at the hotel
AM: Proceed for sightseeing tour to Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath
The seat of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards, and streets. Kumari, the living Goddess, the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the artworks in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju, and image of Shiva and Parvati peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the area. One can’t help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues, and buildings that are clustered in the area.
A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu Valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.
PM: Visit Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa
One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies on the bank of river Bagmati. The two-storied pagoda houses a sacred lingam, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors. Sadhus and sages, who follow the lifestyle of Lord Shiva, are seen covered with ashes and loincloths. The banks of the river Bagmati, are also considered one of the holiest places in which to get cremated and cremations can be witnessed here. All tourists are requested that certain respect be shown for the grieving.
Continue to Boudhanath, possibly the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration for Buddhists. Around the stupa have sprung up a number of monasteries of the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism including one (on the west side of the stupa) that houses an enormous seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.
Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with a cultural program
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu (B & D)
Breakfast at hotel
Free till departure and later on transfer to International airport to connect onward flight
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