Valley & Lake Tour in Nepal is the perfect package for those who don’t have much time to spend in Nepal, but wish to have a taste of the main things to see in the country. You will be charmed by the medieval fragrance of Bhaktapur, the ancient temples and stupas of Patan and you will get the chance to have a close view of Langtang Himalayan range during this Unforgettable, Unique Tour with Time in Nepal.
Duration of the tour – 4 nights/5 days
Highlights – Helicopter Ride to one of the most famous religious and pilgrimage sites of Nepal: Gosaikunda Lake & the fascinating World Heritage Site: Bhaktapur
Day 01 – Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02 – Visit of Boudha Stupa, Pashupatinath and Swayembunath
Day 03 – Helicopter ride to Gosaikunda Lake (4380 m)
Day 04 – Visit of Patan and Bhaktapur
Day 05 – Drop off at the airport for departure
Brief information about the places we will visit during this tour:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world and is the religious and cultural center of the broad community of Tibetan Refugees in Nepal. It is a holy place rich in Buddhist symbolism.
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu Temple in Nepal and is set on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is not only a religious destination, but a mix of art, culture, peace and devotion. Hundreds of rituals are performed every day in its premises which are considered an open, living museum. In the age of mythology, Lord Shiva and his consort lived here by this tributary of the holy Ganges.
Swayambhunath Stupa overlooks most part of the Kathmandu valley, offering to the visitors a panoramic view of the city, particularly enchanting at sunset. According to the legend, the hill on top of which the stupa rises, originated when the valley was created out of a primordial lake It is said that the great Emperor Ashoka visited this site more than 2,000 years ago.
Patan- Once one of the independent kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is also the oldest existing Buddhist city in the Valley. Despite a close proximity to the capital Kathmandu, its ‘preserved’ ancestral culture distinguishes Patan as a unique place to experience. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, “City of Beauty”, and its unique Durbar Square is surrounded on all four sides by awe-inspiring temples and shrines.
Bhaktapur Bhaktapur is probably the most visited of the three historic cities of the Valley . It is a medieval town locked in centuries-old beliefs and traditions. The city is famous for its glorious architecture, sky-high temples, like the awesome Nyatapola Temple, Nepal’s tallest ancient structure, fine clay pottery and royal courtyards where devotees, still today celebrate their pre-historic festivals.
The helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. The land time of half hour is given at the bank of the lake for exploration. The tour lasts for 2 hours.
Gosaikunda Lake Gosaikunda Lake is an important religious site; Hindu mythology recognizes it as the abode of the gods Shiva and Gauri. Its sacred water is considered particularly important during the the Janai Purnima sacred festival, during which thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. According to legend, Lake Gosaikunda was formed after Shiva, tired and ill, planted his sacred trident in the rock, generating three streams. It is located at an altitude of 4360 meters and is considered the pearl of Langtang National Park. It is also said that the water of the lake is carried by a medium directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan in the Kathmandu Valley.