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Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the three palatial squares of the medieval Newari cities in the valley, the other two being Kathmandu and Patan. Bhaktapur is among the most intact ancient cities in Nepal. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bhaktapur’s antique history dates back to the 15th century. Its metalwork, woodcarving, and stone art are renowned amongst locals and tourists. It exhibits the royal era of the Kathmandu valley through its amazing art and architecture.

The narrow streets and old brick buildings give visitors a taste of ancient Nepal. The ancient city center is car-free, making it easy to walk around and admire the beauty at one’s own pace. The whole town is like a living museum, with temples on every corner, bustling street markets, and beautiful crafts on display.

 

Boudhanath Day Tour

Boudhanath Stupa, the heritage site, is a central spiritual hub for Buddhist devotees. Boudhanath signifies peace and tranquility and the stupa is surrounded by pilgrims offering their prayers or meditating. The UNESCO world heritage site is always bustling with visitors. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest architectural tributes to Buddhism. It is a celebrated religious site in Nepal, rich in its culture and spirituality.

The structural formation of the Boudhanath stupa represents five elements of nature. (Earth, fire, water, wind, and space). The eyes of the Boudhanath stupa are said to be Lord Buddha watching over the world. From a bird’s eye view, the Boudhanath stupa is designed in a mandala style. The base of the temple represents the earth. The whitewashed dome is water that sustains life. On top of that, the 13 steps of a spire represent the rites of passage to attain enlightenment. Above, the spire and the gilded canopy represent air. The Boudhanath stupa is built with the utmost precision and has a meaningful aesthetic structure. Its significance is emphasized in Buddhist philosophy. At night, when the place comes alive with lights streaming down from the spire, Boudhanath Stupa looks magical. Flying pigeons, prayer flags, Buddhist meditation music in the background, and cafes to sit back and soak in the view of Boudha; it is a perfect way to spend one’s day.

 

Everest Helicopter tour

The Everest Helicopter Tour is one of the most enthralling ways to experience Mt. Everest. The Everest Helicopter tour comes with paramount views of the Everest region and the best views of the Himalayan peaks.

The Flight takes you from airport towards the east flying parallel to the Himalayan range maintaining the elevation of 6000/8000 ft as per the hills and the passes. This is an interesting flight because one could see Mountains as well as the various villages with little country houses and the terrace fields with blooming mustard fields or the stretched green paddy fields in the lower parts of the country where as the mountain areas has green forest. You overfly Dolalghat, Charikot, Jiri, Lamjura and Junbesi to Lukla

After a stopover at Lukla for 5-10 minutes for refueling, you will then continue on your journey into the higher Himalayan region. You will first fly over Namche village, Gokyo valley and emerald Gokyo Lake to Lobuche. Eventually Cho Yu, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest rise up before you. You will then overfly Everest Base Camp and land for a brief moment in Kalapattar (5643m/subject to weather and weight of the passengers) which is situated just above Everest Base Camp. Then you will either land at Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde [4250m or 14000 ft] OR Everest View Hotel, Shyangboche [3880 m or 13000 ft] from where there are superb views of Everest and the surrounding peaks (Please go through below details for more information on the Landing Sites). Enjoy your breakfast enjoying the breath-taking views. You then return to Lukla and stop for 5-10 minutes to refuel before flying back to Kathmandu or Dhulikhel.

The Everest flight ride is short and yet the closest way to experience the majestic Himalayas. Take a helicopter ride to this rugged Himalayan world and witness the true beauty of nature.

 

Kathmandu Durbar Square 

At the heart of Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) is a vibrant city square that was once the residence of the royal family of kathmandu. It has one of the world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings, making for a stunning open-air museum.

Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called “Basantapur Durbar” and “Hanuman Dhoka” is an old palatial square at the center of Kathmandu city, built during the Malla era. Possibly the most interesting part of Kathmandu city is Kathmandu Durbar Square, which contains a number of the finest sculptures, temples, and monuments in the valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is home to palaces, courtyards, and temples of the city. It is also honored as “the museum of temples”, and has innumerable temples, making it the largest concentration of old buildings. Visitors to this area are welcome to visit the stunning structures with detailed stone-carved monuments, and wood carved panels and windows. All those stone and wood carvings, building structures, temples, palaces, are historically significant and carry the stories of the bygone era. It makes for a charming walk around the square and fascinating discoveries. .

 

Patan Durbar Square

A historically engulfed beautiful Patan Durbar Square lies amid the alley filled with thanka art, painting, and the buzz of the vehicles.The Durbar Square has a pleasant old-day charm where you can find the locals dressed in Nepail traditional attire and vendors selling authentic Nepali delicacies. Patan has remarkably beautiful architecture as it is one of the unique representations of Newari art. The antique architecture dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a tiled floor of terracotta bricks. Patan is considered as the oldest of the three cities of Kathmandu valley. Surrounded by many temples, shrines, statues, and monuments to admire, the beauty of this place, keeps you in awe.

Patan has 55 major temples, and one can observe a perfect symbiosis of Buddhist’s Hindu tradition. One of the temples that holds great significance in Hinduism is the Krishna Mandir. Krishna Mandir is the oldest three-storied temple in Patan, built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1667. Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has major attractions with the old royal palaces and artistically designed temples.

 

Swayambhunath- Monkey Temple

Located atop a forest hillside overlooking the Kathmandu valley is one of the most ancient and revered religious sites in Kathmandu- the Swayambhunath stupa. Swayambhunath Stupa stands about 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu City. The renowned stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is over 2000 years old and a pilgrimage site for many devout Hindus and Buddhists. Swayambhu, overlooks most parts of the valley, giving visitors a panoramic view of the city. The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries, with Hindu temples and deities incorporated into this site. Situated on the west side of the valley, the stupa has 360 steps to reach the top. However, there is also a motorway going up almost to the top, from where it is a short walk. A large number of devotees visit Swayambhunath for good fortune and new beginnings in their work. This shrine is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The largest crowds of people are seen here on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, which usually falls in May each year. Swayambhunath became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.