1. BOUDHANATH STUPA
Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO heritage site which lies approximately 6 km north east from central Kathmandu, which was probably built in the 14th century. Located at the valley floor, Boudhanath Stupa is considered a jewel point in the center of a natural mandala, a store of sacred energy. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site. The site was damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Thanks to the united efforts of the community, it has been restored to its full glory. We will have lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the scenic stupa site.
2. PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE
Pashupatinath Temple, also a UNESCO Heritage site, is a famous and sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Non Hindus are restricted from entering the main temple and so will be going around the cremation spot. You can see the richly ornamented pagoda house with the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva. One of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the evening Aarati. The priests perform the aarati by taking oil lamps and moving them in circular motion and dedicating their act to the Divine. Religious songs are sung by devotees during the evening arati.
3. BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, 13 km east of Kathmandu. It comprises of four distinct squares namely Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square.
The Durbar Square houses the 55-window Palace which was constructed by King Jitamitra Malla and was home to royalty until 1769. It is now a national gallery and close by is the Golden Gate which leads into Mulchok Court which is home to the Taleju Temple.
Bhaktapur home of traditional Newari culture, custom and tradition hosts spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The main attractive monuments are Nyatapola Temple, statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Peacock Window, Golden Gate and fifty-five windowed palace of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Nagarkot 2,175m / 7,136 ft is one of the nearest holiday hill destination 32 km north-east from Kathmandu in Bhaktapur district. The place is famous to get the spectacular sunrise and sunset and one can get a panoramic view of Mt. Everest on a clear day. Nagarkot is also connected with Shivapuri National Park and a great destination for hiking. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
Namo Buddha (meaning Greetings to the Lord Buddha in Buddhist language) is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site located in southeast of Kathmandu valley in Kavre district. The main stupa at the hill top is a world heritage monument of UNESCO from where visitors can enjoy the great views of mountains and green fields. Buddhist mythology contains an interesting story of how Buddha in his previous life sacrificed his life to a famished tiger to feed her hungry cubs.
Namo Buddha tour is a beautiful, quiet and pure place. The environment is clean with fresh, cool and healthy natural air, which makes it the right place for meditation and practice. You can view beautiful sunrise and sunset from the hill. You can also visit famous Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery where more than 250 monks reside today. In spite of being close to the capital, this area still has typical Nepali rural and lifestyle.