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Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

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 the town. Stroll around the complex and admire the beauty of the historic architecture, and watch the locals paying respect to their idols. Finally, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Witness a unique culture here, and admire some of the finest displays of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. 

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From Kathmandu: Durbar Squares Full-Day Tour

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.

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From Kathmandu: 6-Hour Private Patan and Bhaktapur Tour

3. From Kathmandu: 6-Hour Private Patan and Bhaktapur Tour

Patan and Bhaktapur were separate kingdoms in early times and are filled with age-old palaces, temples, shrines, monasteries, and courtyards. These two medieval cities boast otherworldly views and extensive historical centers, and are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Patan Durbar Square, the main attraction, comes equipped with a museum, palaces, Hindu temples, and ancient courtyards, whereas Bhaktapur, about 12 km from Kathmandu city, has retained its medieval spirit.   Within the centuries-old atmosphere of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, find Nyathapole Temple, Golden Gate, 55 Window Palace, and a fascinating museum. Enjoy a pleasant drive back to your accommodation.

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From Kathmandu: Half-Day Guided Tour of Bhaktapur

4. From Kathmandu: Half-Day Guided Tour of Bhaktapur

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Bhaktapur, known for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Meet the local Newari community and learn about their culture and customs. Admire the incredible architecture of the palaces and temples around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Get picked up form your accommodation in Kathmandu and drive for about an hour to Bhaktapur. Discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square with your experienced guide, who will tell you the history of the 30 meter tall Naytpola Temple, the 55 Window Palace, and more of what you see in the old city. Admire the 55 Window Palace with its unique architectural design and beautiful details on the handcrafted wooden windows and doors. Meet the Newar community living here and learn about their culture and traditions.

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From Kathmandu: Goorepani Poonhill Trekking Trip

5. From Kathmandu: Goorepani Poonhill 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 Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Visit the monkey temple (Swayambhunath) and the famous Buddhist stupa (Boudhanath). Later, the flight to Pokhara is filled with amazing sceneries of high mountains. Enjoy the sunrise from Poonhill, walk through the forest, and witness the warm hospitality of locals. Along the trek, enjoy the exquisite views of giant snowcapped summits like Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Annapurna (8091 m) and get a chance to explore the local villages and be a part of the local culture. Full trek itinerary: Day 1: Arrival, pickup, and transfer to your hotel with orientation. Stay overnight. Day 2: Sightseeing and trek preparation day. Spend 4 hours sightseeing. Day 3: Drive to Charaudi and start a full day of rafting. Then, head to Pokhara. Day 4: Drive to Nayapul for approximately 1.5 hours. Start 6-hour trek at Ghandrung (1951 m). Day 5: Trek to Tadapani (2630 m) for 6 hours. After breakfast, trek up to Ghorepani. Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2926 m) for 6 hours. Day 7: Trek to Nayapul for 7 hours. Then, drive to Pokhara. Day 8: Full-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley. Day 9: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Day 10: Free time until final departure. Get transferred back to Tribhuvan International Airport or your accommodation in Kathmandu.

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What people are saying about Bhaktapur

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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.

Very nice experience through history and cultures. We had a great time.