This Nagarkot, Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur Day Tour offers a Himalayan sunrise; an easy trek through forest and terraced farmland; a visit to Nepal’s oldest pagoda-styled Hindu Temple; and after lunch, drive to the 9th C town of Bhaktapur to explore its ancient Durbar Square, before returning to your hotel.
We will fetch you, early, from your hotel for the hour’s drive through rural countryside to the hill village of Nagarkot NE of the city. From here you will enjoy a Himalayan sunrise showcasing a 200km panorama of, distant, snow giants from Manaslu in the NW, across the Ganesh and Langtang Himals to the Everest group in the NE. (Everest will be difficult to discern.) Follow this with a breakfast in the village.
We then begin a 3-4 hour easy trek, descending through terraced fields and friendly Tamang villages. Their homes are thatched and often three storeyed, with a courtyard surrounded by animal byres, vegetable beds and fruit trees. Part of the trail passes through shaded forest reserves before we reach the small village of Changu Narayan, for lunch. The village houses a Changu Museum and a Living Traditions Museum.
The Hindu temple complex sits astride a small hilltop above the village. The central two-tiered pagoda temple dates back to ~320BC in the Licchavi period; and is regarded as the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley – another of the Valley’s seven World Heritage Sites. The temple is surrounded by mythical beasts and is richly decorated with valuable carvings and sculptures. it is still well worth visiting.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur Durbar Square is wide open public square amidst exquisite temples, monumental structures with fabulous stone sculpture, woodcarving, metal craft, such as golden gate, Byasi Narayan temple, art gallery, stone pillar with king statue, fifty-five windows palace, Chya Mandap, Batsala temple, big bell, Shiva temple with erotic carving and public restaurants. The palace square lies 19 km east of Thamel, Kathmandu. It is living museum in art and architecture as well as less traffic and clean than other squares in Kathmandu Valley. An open public square is a feature of Newar town for the dry crop, oil massage, sun warm, wells, rest house, and temple. Hanging garlic and onion and other cropson a strut, black cap, yoghurt, local wine, Newari cuisine, pashmina, painting and ceramics, public lake and stone spouts are fascinating in and around the square.Bhaktapur Durbar Square is interesting to observe numerous monuments, including man-lion incarnation of Vishnu art gallery, Taleju bell and King Bhupatindra Malla’s Column,fifty-five window’s palace , Golden Gate . Taleju Templewith a masterpiece of woodcarving door, golden spouts, Shiva Temple with erotic carving are beautiful.
Taumadhi Square lies 2 minutes east of the Durbar Square. It has preserved the tallest (108 ft.) Nyatapola Temple built on a five-plinth,with five pairs guarding, such as wrestlers (earth), elephants (water), lions (fire), sardula (wind) and powerful Goddesses Siddhi Laxmi (cosmos) with a form of tigress and lioness. It has 108 struts with wood carving statues of Goddess Mahishasura Mardini. Mahabhairab Temple (1620) was built for the balance between Bhairab and Shakti.
Pottery Square is in the south-west. There are Ganesh Temple (1646) and ceramics shops. A wooden wheel and black clay are used by local to make ceramics. They dry in the sun then bake three days three nights for use.
Dattatraya Square lies 15 minutes east in Tachupal Tole. The Dattatraya Temple was built by Yaksha Malla in 1427. It represents Hindu Gods, such as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Bhimsen Tempe was built in 1605, which represents a God of business. Pujari Math (Hindu priest house now is a museum) was built in fifteen century. An excellent peacock window lives on a wall.
After your exploration drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
We offer comfortable transport and Guide during your Hike ( lunch are not included.)
NB: Dress codes are conservative throughout Asia (particularly in rural areas). Clothing should be modest and cover both shoulders and knees. When visiting religious sites, men should wear long trousers and women long skirts/sarongs. Leather may not be worn in Hindu temples as cows are sacred. Never bathe naked (when trekking).
5:00 AM - Meet at your hotel for early drive to Nagarkot
6:30 AM - Reach Nagarkot before sunrise and enjoy the majestic sunrise view (360 degree) over the Himalayas
7:00 AM - Breakfast time at hotel
8:00 AM - Starts our short hiking (3 hours) to Changu Narayan Temple, one of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bhaktapur. During the hiking trip, we will pass many local lvillages, terrace, beautiful landscapes and tiny forest.
11:00 AM - We reach our hiking destination to Changu Narayan Temple. We spend an hour wonderful time at the temple, take nice lunch at hotel there .
12:00 PM - Leave Changu Narayan and drive about half an hour to next destination, Bhaktapur Durbar Square
12:30 PM - Reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square, we spend at least 2 hours plenty of time there. Read details in overview section.
03:00 PM - Drive back to your hotel and see off.
My husband and I organized a day tour of Nagarkot, Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur with Prem Panta from Landmark Discovery Treks before travelling to Nepal. While organizing this tour, Prem responded quickly to all emails and inquiries and offered us a really great and detailed itinerary for the day at a very reasonable price. Prem and the driver picked us up from our hotel on time, very early in the morning. Prem is a very friendly, pleasant person and an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. He was able to answer all our questions during the tour and he always made sure we were comfortable.
Our tour started off with a drive to a lovely hotel and restaurant on a hill to watch the sunrise over the mountains. We really enjoyed this breath-taking view, drinking delicious coffee and having breakfast at the restaurant afterwards. After this we started our hike through small villages and farms and forests. It really gave us a feeling of how the local people live, going about their day, cooking food next to their homes and we even tasted some locally made wine. The views of the terraced farms and mountains along the way were spectacular. We also visited temples, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and witnessed an impressive local festival involving smoke, singing, drums and women dressed in beautiful red clothes. It is sad to see the earthquake damage in some places, but there are still so many beautiful buildings and other things to see and friendly, kindhearted people to meet in Nepal.
This is a great day tour to do if you are interested in culture, local people and nature. I would highly recommend Prem Panta and Landmark Discovery Treks! Thank you for a great and unforgettable experience!