Tours in Kathmandu
Tours in Kathmandu
After the earthquake on April 25th (magnitude 7.9) with its epicenter Barpak near Kathmandu valley, some of the tourist attraction places has suffered huge loss. There has been a tragic loss of life (with the toll near 9000) especially in the capital along with damage to a limited number of buildings all over Nepal. But eventually Kathmandu has began to stabilize with no damage in both domestic and international airport, communication is perfect, hotels are in operation and no viral disease whatsoever so Come and visit Kathmandu for the restoration of the valuable assets and help us to reinstate the tourist aspect of the economy. This Tours in Kathmandu is safe tour packages after earthquake in Nepal.
Kathmandu is the largest and capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu valley is part of Lalitpur, Kritipur, Bhaktapur and a number of smaller communities surrounded by four major hills; Shivapuri, Phulchowki, nagarjun, and Chandagiri. Kathmandu is now hub of independent traveler and flourishing holiday destination serving to all budget tourists. Thamel is the primary traveler’s ghetto packed with hotels, restaurant, bars and pubs. You can roam around the bazaar, shopping malls and enjoy the night life in Thamel, its really exciting time around Thamel during night. Among the several tours in Nepal tours in Kathmandu is mainly focusing the world heritage sites such as Kathmandu durbar square, Patan durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. On this tours packages also include early morning mountain flight; exploring the Himalayas of Nepal in bird’s eye view. Nagarkot is known for sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest and panoramic of Kathmandu valley. Other places you can visit during this tour are Bungmati, Khokana and Chobar where you can explore delightful natural scenery of mountains and wonderful village.
Trekking planner offers Kathmandu tour package with very reasonable price and excellent service. We provide all possible help and guidelines to make your trip delightful and struggle free. We also make tailor-made itinerary and packages so that you can do whatever u wish to do during your holiday. Hope you will be enjoying this tours in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu for Kathmandu Tours
As your aircraft lands at Kathmandu airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In case of your time adequacy, our guide will take you around the local old market where you will get an opportunity to feel lifestyle of diverse range of Kathmandu. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner.
Day 02: Kathmandu Durbar Square – Swayambhunath and Patan Tours
On the first day of full day tour in Kathmandu, you will be busy at three of the seven UNESCO cultural sites. This tour does not offer only informative monumental sight and pleasure but also the blessings from Kumari, the living goddess. In the first spot, you will be surrounded by a number of temples and old royal palace as the heart of the town. Artistic courtyards with sculptured structures, awesome architecture and living goddess Kumari are the main highlights of this site. A museum inside the Durbar presents memorials of the monarchs from Shah Dynasty.
Monuments to visit in Kathmandu Darbar Square:
Kumari Bahal– In Local language we call Kumari for Living goddess. Some books mentioned princes for her. Bahal is a local monastery design in quadrangle design; this is a official house of Living goddess. Kumari cult is a living harmony of Hinduism and Buddhism. Selection process is similar like Dalai Lama. She is reincarnation of Goddess Taleju. We select young girls at the early age, normally they are chosen when they are 3- 5 years old. They get retired after first menstruation.
Kalabhairab– The god of justice, in 17th centuary it was used to store the truth as a lie detector. now people still pray for good luck. Kasthamadap- 12th centuary wooden temple constructed by using one huge tree. Name of Kathamndu also derived from this temple. kathmandu means Wooden temple, this is the wooden temple. Freak Street- in 1960 many hippies came and enjoyed here.
Shiva Parvati Temple– Shiva and his wife watching from window so we need to do good karma.
Big bell- still active every day at 9 AM we ring it. it is about 1000 kg so the person who is employed to ring it gets one liter of milk every day.
Taleju Temple- 16th centuary Pagoda temple, was tallest building till 1950, other people were not allowed to have higher houses than this temple. Living goddess-kumari is reincarnation from this Taleju goddess.
Nasal Chock- the main ceremonial courtyard of royal palace. it was last used in 2001 AD
Mohan kali chock- Richest art work on stone, metal and wood we can observe here.
Sundari chock- Royal bath with snake carving on single piece stone,
King’s column- Pratap Malla’s statue on the top of pillar, was destroyed by earth quake in 1934 and re-erected again
Swayambhunath, ‘The Self Existent’ stupa, is often referred to as ‘the Monkey Temple’ due to large troops of tricky monkeys found in its premises. It’s almost 2600 years old Buddhist shrine. This is also a place to have bird eye view on Kathmandu tour since the hillock presents picture of entire town. Being the second largest town in the valley, Patan proffers huge number of monuments with Newari and Buddhist monuments in general. Here, we will visit historical Patan Durbar Square surrounded by pagoda and octagonal temples. Five storied Kumbheswar temple, Golden temple, Rudravarna monastery and so forth are the places to visit there. In addition, while being at Tibetan Refugee Camp, you will witness how the Tibetans weave carpets manually. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Pashupatinath – Bouddhanath and Nagarkot Tours
Morning Everest Mountain flight – This flight goes around Himalaya’s up to Everest and return to Kathmandu airport.
After mountain flight transfer back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast the tour goes as below;
This day blends city and countryside trip. We start from Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu shrine on the subcontinent. This trip offers an approach to understand cremation system in Nepalsince you will see open public crematorium on the bank of holy river Bagmati. While visiting this temple of destroyerand re-creator lord Shiva, you will get chance to move toward dreadlocked holy men as well. Now, our journey of Kathmandu tour heads to Bouddhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world. Bouddhanath pretends as mini Tibet due to the presence of various Tibetan monasteries and Tibetan exiles. The shrine dates back to 4th century and is regarded as must visit site for the Tibetans. Apart from these, there are a number of Thanka painting schools producing best souvenirs from Nepal. Leaving the crowd and noise of city, tour takes turn to countryside. It’s the distant point of your tour around Kathmandu in this package. Observing farmland, lifestyle of locals and passing dozens of turnings, we will reach Nagarkot, ‘The Fort of the Town’. This place is ever praised for gigantic Mountain View along with sunrise and sunset. Enjoy the stunning act of the sun when it gets ready to disappear at the horizon. Overnight at resort.
Day 04: Bhaktapur Durbar Square Tours
This morning, you will capture picturesque scene of sunrise from the resort at Nagarkot. After breakfast, we will drive to Bhaktapur, the medieval city. Infinite number of cultural and historic courtyards, enormous temples with mostly appreciated design (e.g. Nyatapola) and indeed, arty Durbar are the awesome features of this town. After exploring Bhaktapur, we will drive back to Kathmandu where you will have free afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Final departure
Today we will take you to the airport according to your flight time.
- International airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis during the tours
- Daily breakfast in the hotel before the tour
- Professional local Tour Guide of Kathmandu city.
- All transfer and sightseeing tour by private deluxe Car / Coach with Air condition
- Tour Entrances fees of the monuments
- Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos
- Travel insurance
- Air fare and airport tax
- Special Drinks
- Cost of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, Tips etc.
- Cost not mentioned in above list
Any day in the early morning Mountain flight tour of Mount Everest and Himalayan range Extra cost- USD 194- per person
Safe drinking water
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles. we suggest you to drink boiled water found in hotels and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone etc. Hotels or lodges provide these facilities. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities
All the hotels houses offers hot showers. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities according to the standard of hotel. The star hotel category facilities will be there.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is the government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-refundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.
Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
- Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
- Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
- Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
- Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
- Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4360935 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
Equipment for this trip
- Bag pack.
- Day bag.( Small handbag)
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- 2/3 pairs of trousers
- 3/4 pairs of shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Camera .
- Sun cream.
To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
- Total Duration05 days
- ActivityCultural & Historical excursion,Mountain flight & Sunrise & Sunrise trip to Nagarkot
- StartsFrom Kathmandu
- EndsAt Kathmandu
- Per Day WalkingEasy
- Max. Altitude1910 M
- Trek/tour styleHotel/Lodge
- MealsBreakfast basis
- AccommodationDouble/twin shearing accommodation
- TransportationPrivate Vehicle/tourist bus/flight
- Best SeasonSept to May
- Group Size01-15+ pax
- CostUSD 390