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In the past there were many small kingdoms in Nepal till 18th century before King Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered all small Kingdoms and united Nepal. Among various kingdoms the three Kingdoms within the Kathmandu Valley were very powerful and represent historically as well as artistically huge important and well preserved sites where the spirit of the past still is present. This one day trip is a must see to discover Nepal’s unique history that is reflected in buildings, temples and villages.
After breakfast our guide will transport you from your hotel to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, in the center of the city, has the largest area among the three palaces in the Kathmandu valley with numerous important monuments. The palace known previously as Gutaupo Palace in the middle ages, got its name as Hanumandhoka Palace in the 17th century. After then King Pratap Malla established an idol of ‘Hanuman (monkey god)’ in front of the main gate of the palace. Likewise the Palace is also known as Basantapur Palace after King Prithivi Narayan Shah added the nine storied ‘Basantapur’ Palace in 1769 AD. After unification by King Prithivi Narayan Shah development and expansion in other palaces stopped however, Kathmandu becaming the first choice of Shah and various new monuments were added later.
What to see?
Taleju Bhawani Temple – The most magnificent one with its own grandeur and charm.
Kal Bhairav – Huge Stone Statue of fearsome form of Shiva (Hindu God).
Stone Inscription – This is written in 15 languages within 7 lines and one of them is French.
Krishna Temple – A very rare Octagonal Temple.
Hanumandhoka Museum – To observe the glorious lifestyle of different Shah Kings at different time frame.
King Pratap Malla – Statue of famous Malla King on the stone pillar.
Kasthamandap – This temple is believed to constructed in the 12 th century from the wood of one huge Sal Tree.
Basantapur Durbar – There are nine stores in this palace and it is the tallest monument in Kathmandu Valley.
Kumari House – Where the living goddess Kumari lives.
Gaddi Baithak – Throne Hall.
We will continue our sightseeing and drive to the second King’s city: Patan.
The Patan Durbar Square has a very rich history of the Malla civilization with different beautifully carved monuments to make this courtyard rich in arts and crafts. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitors willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, the history and culture of Lalitpur. Most of the monuments in the Durbar Square were built by Malla Kings from 16th to 18th century.
What to see?
Krishna Mandir – The stone temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and also called 21 spires temple.
Bishwonath – Temple of Shiva.
Bhimsen Mandir – Temple of God of Trade and Business.
Stone Tap – Stone water Spout.
Patan Museum – One of the finest museums displaying a collection of work of arts collected since ancient times.
Taleju Bell – Huge historic bell.
Golden Gate and Golden Window – The main entrance to the Patan Museum.
Statue of Yog Narendra Malla – Statue of the Malla king on the top of stone pillar.
Golden Temple – A unique Buddhist Monastery.
We will stay for lunch in Patan and after we drive to the final and probably most preserved King’s city: Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is in Bhaktapur district of Nepal which is the smallest among the 75 districts of Nepal. Bhaktapur is also called ‘Khwopa’ or ‘Bhadgaon’ in the Newari dialect, which means the city of devotees. This city is rich in ancient arts, religious values, architectural masterpieces and ancient sculptures, and walking there is going back in time as it is one open museum although it is still inhabited. This spectacular square was the capital of the Malla Kingdom till 1769 A.D. Bhaktapur is renowned for the ‘Juju Dhau’(Royal Sweet Yohurt), potteries and the artistic wood carving.
What to see?
55 window Palace – Palace with 55 wooden carved windows.
Golden Gate – The biggest Golden Gate among all Durbar Squares.
Vatsala Mandir – Replica of Krishna Mandir of Patan.
Nyatapola Deval – A 5 floors high temple.
The Temple of Bhairavnath – A very authentic rectangular temple.
Dattatraya Temple – Temple from 15th century housing an idol of unified form of three major gods Brahma,Vishnu and Shiva.
The Peacock Window – The finest masterpiece window in the Kathmandu Valley.
Ugrachandi and Ugrabhairav – Stone idols garlanded with human heads.
National Art Museum – A museum displaying a collection of ancient handicrafts of historical and archaeological significance.
Pottery Square – We see people making various handcrafts from clay live.
After Bhaktapur and a lot of impressions we drive back to Kathmandu in 45 minutes and drop you off at your hotel.