Nepal Heritage Tour
Deposit $500 per person - paid at the time of signup; fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure
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This tour is suitable for short trips to Nepal, business trips or for a general overview of Kathmandu and Nepal. The tour allows you to explore the ancient temples and religious shrines of the three medieval kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. This tour takes you deep into the historical context of the land and its people, where the past still remains very much alive. During this tour, we will take you to the major sites in the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the center of the city, Durbar Square, and learn about the three ancient kingdoms that once ruled the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. You will visit a traditional Newari Village, Bhaktapur, as well as three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Syambunath – listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. “The Self Existing One’, this is the oldest Buddhist stupa of Nepal situated on a hill, from where you can see great views of the Kathmandu Valley. Historians believe this is the most ancient settlement of the Kathmandu Valley. As soon as you enter the periphery of Syambunath you will see and hear monks chanting religious prayers and monkeys chattering and climbing around the temple and in the trees. The temple is also known as the monkey temple, a name given by the tourists.
Boudanath Stupa was also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. This ancient stupa of Boudhnath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal, situated in the northern part of the Kathmandu Valley. In ancient times, Tibetan merchants used to take rests and offer prayers at the temple, which was along their trading route. Later when Tibetan refugees enter Nepal in the 1950s, most families decided to settle in this area. Even now most of the monks at Boudanath are from Tibet. Around the stupa, there are a few Buddhist painting schools where they teach traditional “Thanka” painting. Monasteries and Tibetan shops circle the area as well.
Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple, was also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 1979. Pashupatinath is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the world dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Shiva. This tall pagoda-style temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The word Pashupatinath is derived from three Sanskrit words: “pashu” meaning organism or animal, “pati” is protector and “nath” means Lord or temple. Hence in Hindu mythology, Pashupatinath is the protector and Lord of all living things. The bank of the Bagmati River is also the cremation center for the Hindu people of Nepal. Here you can watch the daily cremation ceremonies, an ancient Hindu practice. Also gathering at this temple are the colorful Hindu holy men, or Sadus - ‘the holy devotees of Lord Shiva’. An entrance inside this temple is restricted to Hindus only.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 3: Visit Bhaktapur, Darbur Square, and Chagunarayan Temple
Day 4: Departure
» Airport - hotel transfers
» Three nights accommodation in 4-star hotel with breakfast
» Welcome and farewell dinners
» Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, including temple/monuments entrance fees
» Nepal visa fee
» Extra night accommodations
» Lunch and dinner
» International flights
» Travel and rescue insurance
» Personal expenses
» Tips for guides and driver
Please contact us for more information.
218 S. Main Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Office: (734) 997-7229
Direct: (303) 834-5512