At a Glance
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Yeti Holidays will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Check In and Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, commence the pilgrimage tour of Pashupatinath, Changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva- the superior god as per Hindu mythology. Situated 5 km. east of Kathmandu amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is built in a two storey Pagoda design with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. It houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of ‘Maha Shivaratri’ that falls in the month of February/March. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. You will also be able to see the cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.
The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the Kathmandu valley, about 6 kilometres north of Bhaktapur and 22 kilometres from Kathmandu. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (the protector) and held in especial reverence by the Hindus. This temple is considered as the oldest temple in Nepal. According to legends Changu Narayan temple existed as early as 325 A.D. in the time of King Licchavi King Hari Datta Verma and it is one of Nepal's richest structures historically as well as artistically. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century A.D. It is the earliest inscription known in Nepal.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bkhaktapur is located 12 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon literally meaning ‘the City of Devotees’ is the smallest city in the Kathmandu valley. Its Main Square or ‘Layaku’ is famous for the 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows with the Golden Gate as a royal entrance. In front of the palace building are innumerable temples and architectural showpieces including the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar and the stone temple of Vatsala Devi; another beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple, which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This was erected in 1737 by King Ranjit Malla; its sounding announced the beginning and end of a daily curfew.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit to Dakshinkali temple later in the afternoon explore Kathmnadu durbar square and Patan durbar square.
The road from Pharping continues a few kilometres south to the blood-soaked temple of Dakshinkali, a favourite Hindu pilgrimage destination. Set at the confluence of two sacred streams in a rocky cleft in the forest, the temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali, the most bloodthirsty incarnation of Parvati. To satisfy the blood-lust of the goddess, pilgrims drag a menagerie of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs and even the occasional buffalo up the path to the temple to be beheaded and transformed into cuts of meat by the temple priests, who are also skilled butchers.Once the sacrifice is made, the meat goes in the pot – pilgrims bring all the ingredients for a forest barbecue and spend the rest of the day feasting in the shade of the trees. Saturday is the big sacrificial day, and the blood also flows freely on Tuesday. For the rest of the week Dakshinkali is very quiet. During the annual celebrations of Dasain in October the temple is washed by a crimson tide and the image of Kali is bathed in the gore.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, the Patan city popularly known as ‘the city of artisans’ accommodates a magnificent square housing the palace buildings of the then royals, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples – a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. It is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.
The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum in one of the courtyards namely Keshav Narayan Chowk.
Other attractions include Krishna Temple; built entirely of stone, is said to be the first specimen of Shikhara-style architecture in Nepal and the Manga Hiti, a sunken stone water spout, found in the palace complex. Time permitting visit to the golden temple; a 12th century old, three-storeyed shrine, will add up to the tour’s significance. It houses an image of the Buddha inside the courtyard or Kwa Bahal. The monastery is known for its exceptionally fine wood-carvings and repousse work.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast at the hotel, if time permits visit to Budhanilkantha temple and later transfer to airport.
We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative from Outdoorsy will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.
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