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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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Kathmandu: 3-Day Chisapani-Nagarkot Trek

3. 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 drive, arrive in the city where your tour will end.

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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: 5-Day Chisapani to Nagarkot Trek

5. From Kathmandu: 5-Day Chisapani to Nagarkot Trek

Tackle the popular Chisapani to Nagarkot trek. Experience great views and peaceful mountain paths, as well as beautiful jungles, waterfalls and wild flowers. Day 1 Arrive at Kathmandu airport and be transferred to your hotel. If you are already in Kathmandu, the pickup can be arranged from anywhere in Kathmandu. In the evening, attend the orientation meeting and welcome dinner. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel.  Day 2 Drive to Sundarijal by car and trek for 3-4 hours to Chisapan. Chisapani offers you a broad view of the Himalayas. Overnight at trekking lodge.  Day 3 Hike for 6-7 hours from Chisapani to Nagarkot. Once in Nagarkot, admire the sunset and stunning views of the mountains of eastern Nepal, including Mt. Everest. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan Villa.  Day 4 You'll be transferred from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur via the Changu Narayan temple. Enjoy a sight-seeing tour in Bhaktapur and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Home. Day 5 After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your departure.

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Kathmandu: Full-Day Bhaktapur Tour with Breakfast at Sunrise

6. Kathmandu: Full-Day Bhaktapur Tour with Breakfast at Sunrise

Witness the best sunrise in Kathmandu and immerse yourself in Nepalese culture on this full-day tour. Start your excursion before dawn as you rise early to watch the spectacular Himalayan sunrise from Nagarkot. Have breakfast at a hilltop resort before heading to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. In Bhaktapur, where time stands still, enjoy a guided tour through its narrow brick-paved streets. Immerse yourself in the village's centuries-old beliefs and traditions that provide hidden treasures around every corner. Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of Bhaktapur. Admire the woodcarvings, pottery, and cloth weavings for which the village is renowned before heading for lunch. Afterwards, get dropped off back at your hotel in Kathmandu.

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What people are saying about Bhaktapur

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.