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Kathmandu temple

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by your driver and whisked away to your accommodation. We have three different hotel options in Kathmandu, giving you the chance to travel in your own personal style. Stay in an authentic and welcoming hotel decorated in traditional Nepalese style just outside the chaos of the city centre or a budget hotel in the heart of bohemian Thamel, right in the thick of the backpacker action. The rooms are small and cosy with traditional Tibetan touches. For an extra splash of style, try our beautifully restored heritage hotel on the edge of the centre, with several atmospheric courtyards, fountains and a tempting swimming pool.

holy temple kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu - City tour

Today, you’ll explore Kathmandu with a local guide, first stopping Swayambunath, the oldest Buddhist temple in the Kathmandu Valley. At the foot of a long stairway into the valley, you’ll the famous stupa painted with the eyes of Buddha, covered in rainbow prayer flags and curious monkeys. Next, you’ll continue to Bouddhanath temple, one of the largest stupas in the world, perched in the heart of ‘Little Tibet’. After lunch, you’ll head for Pashupatinath, the most sacred site in the city. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple complex, however if you cross the Bagmati River and take a seat on the stairs, you’ll have an extraordinary view of the ghats, as well as the ritual bathing and cremation pyres. The final stop is Durbar Square. Nestled in the thick of downtown Kathmandu, it’s crammed with temples and ancient palaces just waiting to be explored.

Woman at Durbar Square in Patan

Days 3-4

Bhaktapur, Patan and Departure

Today, you’ll visit the Kathmandu Valley with your guide and driver. First, you’ll set off for Bhaktapur, a medieval city that feels like one large open air museum. As large parts of Bhaktapur are pedestrian only, you’ll can wander between the temples in peace. By late morning you’ll arrive in Patan, where you’ll grab some lunch. Patan is known for its many ancient squares, where rice is laid out to dry and children run around with rustling paper kites. Seemingly untouched by time, it’s like stepping into a medieval time-warp. The following day you’ll check out of your hotel and continue your journey through Nepal.

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“My memories of Nepal will stay with me forever; from making tasty momos with Tibetan refugees, to attending 5am prayers in a monastery. I haven’t tackled Everest (yet!), but it’s a favourite with my customers so I could be persuaded!"”

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