AM: Swayambhunath, “the self existent”, Is a gigantic stupa located on a hilltop and houses images of important deities of both Buddhists and Hindus. Swayambhu, is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. In the shadows of the imposing structure and beside the integrate architecture can be found the daily surge of devotees faithfully offering their prayers to the gods. Swayambhu is a major landmark of the Kathmandu valley and looks like a beacon attracting hundreds of people towards it.
Kathmandu Darbar Square
Kathmandu Darbar Square, Popular legend has it that Goddess Manjushree, an incarnate of Lord Buddha, was responsible for carving out the Kathmandu valley with one swipe of her sword. Be it true or a legend the result was a spectacular setting which has brought forth endless praises from the pens of the great poets of Nepal. Surrounded by mountains and hills, Kathmandu today is a hustle and bustle of a city which Manjushree would hardly recognize as her own handiwork. Situated at an altitude of 4’423 ft. above the sea level and covering an area 218 sq. miles, it is a place that has been a source of fascination to visitors over the years.The marriage of Buddhism and Hinduism in the valley has given the city a rich cultural mix of traditions and beliefs. it is a place filled with prayers, gods and legends which has given rise to monuments which have became world heritage sights. Kathmandu Durbar Square is an overwhelming house of monuments. within it are The Kumari Ghar or the house of the living goddess. Kashtamandap a huge resthouse that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of which Kathmandu valley got its name. Other sites around the Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab - the red monkey God- Hanuman, Hundreds of erotic carvings, temples and statues dedicated to different deities.
PM: Patan Darbar Square
PM: Patan Darbar Square, also known as Lalitpur, city of fine Art, Patan has the most impressive Durbar - square on the valley. Beautiful stone baths, repose images of river sprites, great golden audience windows, 14th century terra-cotta temples and 17th century stone ones. A terra-cotta shikara temple, each brick bearing an image of the Buddha. A sober blackstone entrance to a temples of gold and an exquisite 5-story pagoda from the 14 century, earliest of the standing temples. Spring legend tells us rise in the holy lakes of Gosainhund to the north of Kathmandu. And walks through the sides streets of the city, still busy today with the tap-tap of hammers and chisels and bronze and wood, as the descendants of the creators of this ancient splendor carry on the trade ancestors.
Cost in US$:
1 pax: US$ 90.00, 2-4 pax: US$ 55.00, 5-7 pax: US$ 50.00, 8-10 pax: US$ 40.00
The cost includes private transfers, guide and packed/hot lunch