Tour Itineraries > The Ancient Valleys (5 days / 4 nights)

Kathmandu – Dhulikhel

The valley of Kathmandu consists of three medieval cities Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Patan, the city of fine arts is the oldest, old enough by some accounts to have received the Buddha and later his devout disciple, Asoka. Bhaktapur, a city of devotees is the most preserved and is a symphony in craved wood, embellished stone and russet bricks. Kathmandu, with its hub around the Kasthamandap consists of the unique temple of living goddess Kumari, magnificent temple of Taleju, Hanuman Dhoka palace where coronation and royal functions take place even today. Among the many treasures of Kathmandu are golden roofed temples of Pashupatinath and the great stupa of Boudhnath and Swayambhunath, where from the golden pinnacle the painted eyes of the all-seeing Buddha gaze across the valley. An enjoyable drive through the countryside from Bhaktapur leads to Dhulikhel on the Arniko Highway. Panoramic views of central Himalayas from Cho-Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west and sunset and sunrise views are spectacular from Dhulikhel.

Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet & greet with a flower garland and transfer to your hotel.
AM: tour of Kathmandu and Swayambhunath. PM: Tour of Patan and Tibetan Refugee Camp. (B)
AM: Tour of Bhaktapur. PM: Drive to Dhulikhel and check in at your hotel. (B)
Awesome sunrise views from the room. Drive back to Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath temple and Boudhnath stupa. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu. (B)
The morning is at leisure. Transfer to the airport for a flight to onward destination. (B)