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1. Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip
On this full day trip from Kathmandu, explore the city of Bhaktapur and the village of Panauti. The tour begins with sightseeing at Panauti village, a historical Newari town which is around 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit the Indreshwar Temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal dating back to 13 century. Next, visit Brahmayani Temple, another important monument constructed in the 17th century to honor Brahmayani, the goddess of th...
2. From Kathmandu: Durbar Squares Full-Day Tour
Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and head straight to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Explore this incredibly diverse and historic city with your expert guide and take some time to marvel at the breathtaking Newari architecture of the Kumari Temple and Taleju Bhawani Temple. Then travel 13 kilometers east to the city of Bhaktapur where you can see the world-famous Golden Gate of Bhaktapur for yourself. Wander through massive royal courtyards and admire some fine displays of craftsmanship in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Finally, visit Patan, also known as the City of Beauty, and experience its unique Durbar Square where you can visit the museum famous for its traditional sacred Nepalese art pieces. Sample some traditional cuisine here and experience the hospitable nature of the locals. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel just in time for dinner.
3. Nepal Nagarkot Hiking
Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel. Start your tour at 4:30 in the morning to catch the sunrise. Afterwards, hike to Changunarayan Temple takes about 3 hours and then drive back to Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a village development committee located at 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is an international tourist destination with spectacular views of the whole Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset views. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Located approximately 7000 feet (2000 meters) above sea level and 28 kilometers from Kathmandu International Airport, Nagarkot is a world-famous hills station commanding breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quaint rural atmosphere. Considered as the best viewpoint spot to ...
4. Scenic Ranikot Day Hike from Kathmandu or Bhaktapur
This hike can be organised from either Bhaktapur or Kathmandu. If you choose to go from Kathmandu we wil pick you up by private vehicle at your hotel. If you start in Bhaktapur our guide will meet you at your hotel and from there we will walk down hill to the Arniko Highway. After crossing the Highway we will walk uphill through Suryabinayak till we reach the Ganesh Temple. Here we will take a look and observe the local devotees. From the Ganesh temple we take the stone steps up into the green forests. After a while the stone steps turn into an earthern path and after some more climbing, we reach a nice viewpoint where we will take a short brake to regain our breath and observe Bhaktapur from above. In the surroundings you can also see some brick factories. From here on we go mainly uphill though the forest and sometimes pass thorugh small villages where you can see the locals working ...
5. Nepalese Cooking 4-Hour Workshop in Bhaktapur
Nepal has a distinguished cuisine that is full of flavor. Many tourists fall in love with the Nepali food, but this 4-hour workshop will teach you how to make it. During the inspiring workshop, conducted by an expert chef, you will learn how to make a traditional dish using methods that you can replicate at home. At the start of the workshop you will be introduced to the several dishes that you can learn to make. Depending on your choice, you will the visit the local market to buy the fresh ingredients for the meal. After visiting the market your expert cook will assist you and explain the cooking process. You can choose to make a traditional Dal Bhat or Nepalese Momos. Try your hand at Samebaji, Chatamari, Bara or a Nepali curry. You will actively participate in the full preparation and cooking, and during the preparation you will learn more about authentic spice use in Nepali and Ne...
6. Kathmandu: 3-Day Chisapani-Nagarkot Trek
Experience stunning views of the northern mountains of the Himalayas on a 3-day trek through Kathmandu Valley. Hike through forests of pine and oak, see the oldest temple of the valley, visit a village of the Tamang ethnic people, and more. On the first day, depart from Kathmandu and drive to Sundarijal which is 1460 m above sea level. Take in the sights here then continue with a 1-hour drive and 5-6-hour hike to Chisapani which is 2215 m above sea level. Stay overnight here. The next day, begin with a 5-6-hour trek to Nagarkot (1932 m). Arrive in time to take in the sunset views over the Himalayas and take in the spectacular natural scenery. Stay overnight in Nagarkot. On the final day, wake up early to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, hop into the car/van and drive to Bhaktapur. Enjoy some time for sightseeing in Bhaktapur, then drive back to Kathmandu. After around a 1.5-hour dr...
7. 1 or 2-Day Historic Bhaktapur Woodcarving Workshop
Adorning an ordinary building or representing the visage of an important god, Bhaktapur's woodcarvings are unmissable as you trail the city's streets. The prevalence of this particular craft comes as no surprise when you learn that in the Bhaktapur district alone there are more than 500 active wood crafters. Today, get to know Bhaktapur's best-cultivated art at the side of a master woodcrafter! At the start of the workshop you will be given an introduction to woodcarving and learn the different techniques and instruments used. Following your introduction, the carving master will demonstrate the use of the different instruments and guide you in their correct use. Once you understand the basics you will start working on your own woodcraft! Depending on whether you choose the single or 2-day workshop you will either carve your own name or create the "om." During the day guests will enjoy ...
8. Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Day Tour
After being collected from your hotel, you will begin your day exploring the beautiful city of Patan, which lies in the Lalitpur district. The best point to start your sightseeing is Patan Durbar Square, which includes the Royal Palaces. These are temples which depict the amazing skills of the area's ancestors. Bhimsen Temple is dedicated to Bhimsen, the god of trade and business, and from there you will explore the Vishwanath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Krishna Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. You will then explore the Golden Temple, a unique monastery which is a few minutes’ walk from Durbar Square. Your next destination will be Bhaktapur, which is the third-most major town in the valley and the best place to start sightseeing in Bhaktapur. It covers a larger area than the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Lalitpur, and i...
9. From Kathmandu: Goorepani Poonhill 10-Day Trekking Trip
On this 10-day Ghorepani Poonhill trek, explore the tourist hubs of Kathmandu and Pokhara, beautiful mountains, local eateries, ethnic villages, and experience the real beauty of Nepal. Receive constant guidance from trek guides and vast knowledge regarding every corner of the trek. Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the most exciting and enjoyable treks in Nepal. It is a relatively easy trek that’s focused on enjoying the environment and ethnic villages. The trek combines the beautiful scenery of the rhododendron forest and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The trek starts with an optional transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to your accommodation in Kathmandu. After a brief stay in Kathmandu, the trip begins. During your stay in Kathmandu, visit several historical landmarks and cultural heritage sites. See UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar...
10. Kathmandu: 5-Day Trip to Nagarkot with Everest Sunrise Views
Visit the most important historical, cultural, and religious sites in the countryside around Kathmandu. Visit Nagarkot and capture its stunning views of the Himalayas and Mount Everest at sunrise and sunset. Day 1 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport and take a transfer to the hotel. Participate in an orientation program at 5:00 PM. In the evening, socialize at a welcome dinner and spend the night at the Himalayan Suite Hotel. Day 2 After breakfast, venture off on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle. See attractions such as Swaymbhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square. Spend your second night at the Himalayan Suite Hotel. Day 3 Have breakfast and drive to Bhaktapur, around an hour-long drive. Enjoy sightseeing in the oldest city in Nepal for around 2 hours. Then drive to Nagarkot to ...
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What people are saying about Bhaktapur
the guide was very nice and helpful. He took all the time for us and was nice company. The trip was very beautiful and corresponded to what was stated in the description. (difficulty average, with lunch). Worth repeating! Fri greeting Harmien Bonte
A great trip worth recommending. Takes you away from the noisiness and squalor of Kathmandu and even the landmarks are better than the ones currently available at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Both our guide and driver were amazing.
Good tour guide with great explanations of the areas. Very patient allowed us to take our time walking around.
Authentic home and very welcoming and friendly hosts. We had a brilliant experience.
Very nice experience through history and cultures. We had a great time.