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The Kathmandu Valley

4 days from £825 per person

With a shared border and common heritage, a short visit to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu can easily be incorporated into any tour of northern India. One of the great cities of the subcontinent, Kathmandu is the gateway to the valley of the same name which is home to the historic capitals of Bhaktapur and Patan and the UNESCO protected temple of Changu Narayan. With the remainder of time spent within Kathmandu, highlights include 2,500 year old Swayambhunath Stupa, the Lamaist shrine of Bodhnath, old Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the Shiva shrine of Pashupatinath.

Route: Delhi – Kathmandu – Delhi

Itinerary Highlights

Located to the east of Kathmandu, the ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is known for its detailed carvings and sculptures.

The sacred Shiva shrine of Pashupatinath lines the banks of the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a major pilgrimage centre and the site of the Royal Cremation Ghats.

Bhaktapur was once the capital of the Kathmandu Valley and this charming Newari town is a fascinating place to explore. Highlights include Durbar Square and the Nayatpola Temple.

Itinerary: The Kathmandu Valley

Depart Delhi on a flight to Kathmandu. This afternoon take a walking tour of the old city and explore the temples and palaces of Durbar Square – an astonishing area of regal and religious architecture which is the cultural heart of Kathmandu. End the day at the 2500 year old Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most important sites of worship in the city, and where the all-seeing eyes of Buddha stare down on the valley below. (N)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
This morning leave the city and visit the historic Changu Narayan temple. Standing upon a hilltop at the eastern end of the Kathmandu valley, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is over 1,500 years old and a fine example of Nepalese pagoda architecture. From here return towards Kathmandu stopping to visit charming Bhaktapur. Capital of the valley between the 14th and 16th centuries, the highlight is Durbar Square and the Nayatpola Temple, the tallest pagoda-temple in Nepal, built by Newari artists and craftsmen. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
Start the morning at the Pashupatinath temple complex, Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrimage site and location of the Royal Cremation Ghats. Continuing, visit the nearby stupa of Bodhnath, one of the world’s oldest Lamaist shrines and a focus for Tibetan pilgrimage, before driving outside of Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan, capital of the Malla Kings. Patan is the artistic and architectural centre of the valley and the central square houses an astonishing 55 temples and 136 monasteries. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)

Today transfer back to Kathmandu Airport and return by air to Delhi. (B)

**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Any International flights
  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan Holiday Review

I was lucky enough to be given a three month career break and wanted to do some extensive travelling in Asia. I emailed a number of travel companies with a request to prepare a tailor made tour across certain specific dates. Pettitts were the first to reply and from that moment on provided a superb service. Initially there were a number of changes requested to the itinerary, but they were able to accommodate all changes and flex the programme according to our needs. The countries visited were China, Mongolia, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Pettitts have clearly identified high quality international partners given that we were impressed with all travel guides in each country.

Pettitts assisted with all questions we had during the planning of the trip and were very quick to get in touch with us on the one occasion they needed to during the trip. Pettitts were excellent and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their service was first class and I would be more than happy to use their services again.

SG - China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan - July 2018

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