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Short breaks - Kathmandu

If you do not have a lot of time or would just like to discover something extra in conjunction with other travels in Nepal we can offer a number of options to explore the highlights of the city and its immediate surrounds.
These are also an excellent choice for those in Kathmandu for a few days before a Tibet trip, whilst awaiting visa processing.

Temples & Stupas - 1 day

From the early known history of Nepal, the foundation of this country is based on faith and devotion of people and their kings to various Gods and Goddess living in the sky and heaven.

Though Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, Buddhism saw its golden syncretism with Hindu societies of the Kathmandu Valley during Malla Era, around the late 13th century. In the Malla Era, the valley witnessed the flourishing construction of Hindu and Buddhist temples co-existing next to each other. In many cases, inside Hindu temples, there are statues of Buddhist guardians, and inside the Buddhist temples, a devotee will be praying to Buddha and worships Hindu God or Goddess at the same time.

This tour will take you to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.
Consider discovering more with a night at the Patan hoestay.

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing - 1 or 2 days

A 2-day sightseeing program that includes the major historic, cultural and religious sights of the three Newari cities of the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur as well as a glimpse of Newari village life.
Each of the three cites (Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur) is centered around its Durbar Square where museums, temples, courtyards and plazas reveal the best of traditional art, crafts and architecture.

Day 1: Kathmandu Durbar Square, old Royal Palace, Kumari Bahal, Swayambunath, Pashupatinath
Day 2: Patan, Bhaktapur

Newari Villages - 1 day

A classic Newari village, Bungmati has rows of brick houses lining streets paved with flagstones. The village is the winter residence of the Rain God, and is famous for the many skilled woodcarvers who live here.

Near Bungamati is another ancient Newari village, Khokana, which has a well-earned reputation for its mustard oil and traditional oil pressing methods. If you come across somebody with a weathered face carrying two tin drums hanging at the two ends of a pole across his shoulders in the old marketplaces of Kathmandu, it is likely that he is from Khokana and in town to sell mustard oil.

A day exploring these two villages will allow you to witness traditional life in the Kathmandu Valley.

Bhaktapur & Panauti - 1 or 2 days

Bhaktapur is an interesting and historical Newari town. Among three major capitals of the ancient Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur; Bhaktapur Durbar Square has more wide and open squares to entertain wrestling bouts for kings, officials, and the local population. Throughout the city beefy carved wrestlers are the city’s trademark and are also worshipped as the guardians of holy temples.

After Bhaktapur, we will visit Panauti; a small, but a beautiful Newari town. Local folklore mentions Panauti was an offering from a King of Bhaktapur to his sister as a dowry gift. Surrounded by green hills and holy rivers, this spiritual town is full of both Hindu and Buddhist temples.

In Panauti, we will have a lunch in Panauti Community Homestay. It is a great opportunity to experience Nepalese local lifestyle, experience its authentic hospitality, taste the local food, and in the end, we are supporting and motivating local women-entrepreneurs just by appreciating their local culture and tradition.

Consider adding to your experience overnighting here in the Panauti Community homestay.

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