BHAKTAPUR AND NAGARKOT DAY TOUR FROM KATHMANDU:
‘an enjoyable tour a blend of age-old culture with scenic views of the Himalayas’
“An exciting tour experience of the medieval period visiting old Bhaktapur city. A living museum steeped with ancient temples and impressive royal courtyards. Fascinating tour of Bhaktapur in the harmony of immense native Newari cultures. Enjoy the stunning sunrise and sunset views from the high scenic Nagarkot Hill. Grand vista from Nagarkot of the Himalayan range with views as far as Everest.”
Tour Grade: Leisure to Moderate with short walks. Areas of tour: Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, and Nagarkot scenic hill. Tour duration: A day, of 5-6 hours fully guided tour with short drives. Age Limit: Minimum age of 3 years to a maximum age of 85 years. Best Seasons: Spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. Can enjoy it during winter times also.
Bhaktapur and Nagarkot Day Tour from Kathmandu takes you toward the east of the Kathmandu Valley rim. At Bhaktapur, a magnificent city, that has retained its old glory of ancient bygone days to present. Visitors will be delighted to experience the charm and beauty; surrounded by ancient and beautiful monuments.
On entering the city of Bhaktapur, one can feel the medieval time era with its age-old culture. Walk amidst magnificent carved pagoda’s roofed old buildings around beautiful Bhaktapur Durbar Square with a famous Golden Gate. The entrance to the ancient palace with 55 windows of the Malla Kingdom, was built in the 9th to 15th Centuries. The square is teemed with lively activities of the Newari people, the native and indigenous tribes of Bhaktapur city. As well as of Kathmandu Valley, the tour leads around its wonderful places, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most interesting about the Bhaktapur city tour is its immense and impressive age-old cultures and customs. It is the main highlight of the tour, visitors will be amazed at its ancient sites and beautiful monuments.
After an interesting tour of Bhaktapur, an exciting drive to Nagarkot Hill. Which is at 2, 175 m / 7,136 feet, famous for spectacular sunrise and sunsets. As well as for the wide panorama of the Himalayan Mountain range, as far as your eyes can reach towards Everest.
From 5: 30 a.m. / to 3 p.m. / 4 p.m. Includes breakfast and lunch break:
Day 01: TOUR OF BHAKTAPUR AND NAGARKOT DAY TOUR:
An early morning starts from Kathmandu to reach Nagarkot on time for the striking sunrise views. A drive of a few hours with a distance of approx. 30 km/19 miles, heading east beyond Kathmandu city outskirt. Then drive leads through the suburb of Bhaktapur City with winding uphill drives to Nagarkot Hill.
Enjoy the sunrise from the observation tower with an array of Himalayan peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, and Jugal Himal. The views extend as far as the Everest range towards the far eastern horizon. After a glorious morning enjoy a refreshing breakfast and drive to Bhaktapur for an exciting tour of old Durbar Square. It is one of the famous cities of Kathmandu Valley, due to its ancient monuments of the past glory days. At Bhaktapur visit most of its ancient places of great historical and artistic wonders. As well as observing the local cultures of great fascination, the tour includes a lunch break. One of its fancy tourist standard restaurants enjoys a long list of comprehensive food menus. After a most exciting day with enjoyable and exciting moments of great cultural and scenic experience.
The day tour completes with a short drive to Kathmandu and back to your hotels.
The itinerary above is just a glimpse of how it looks, the time and places of the itinerary can be revised. Either visit Bhaktapur city first or head to Nagarkot, The Himalaya Holiday Service will be glad and adjust the itinerary.
But it is best to enjoy the sunrise from Nagarkot, and then enjoy the tour of Bhaktapur city.
Places of great interest to expect in Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: One of the world’s best Nepal heritage sites reflecting the city’s rich culture, art, and architectural design, it is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts. Famous golden gate entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows; the gate is regarded as the world’s most beautiful and richly carved specimen of its kind.
Bhaktapur Nytapola Temple: Highlights of Bhaktapur and landmark Nytapola Temple, meaning 5-storied temple 30 meters high, the tallest temple of Kathmandu valley. Built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 AD. Each of its five terraces holds a pair of figures, starting from bottom wrestlers, elephants, lions, griffins, and goddesses.
The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery: Located within Bhaktapur Durbar Square treasures rare paintings and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations are found in this museum. The gallery contains brass, bronze, stone, and wooden images of the medieval art tradition of Nepal. The gallery is closed on Thursdays and public holidays.
Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur: Originally built as a one-story pagoda during King Jagat Jyoti Malla’s period, later changed into a three-story temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairab – the god of Terror.
Dattatraya Temple: Built in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree visit a monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows located near the temple area.
Pottery square and market: Around Bhaktapur, there are two main pottery areas, the first pottery square is at Suryamadhi east of Dattatraya temple square, it is the oldest pottery square, another pottery place leads south from the Nytapola square at Talako’s Potter’s Square walking along interesting markets side streets the pottery is in full blaze, the wide open brick courtyard with a mix of small grey and brownish red clay pots, where each pot is examined by hand before being turned to face the sun at a new angle or dipped into a bucket of colored water.
Observe the craftsman on wheels shaping the clay in a finely tuned system of human pottery rotation from past centuries of old tradition.