Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms

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  • duration 7 hours
  • tour type Group
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get out of Kathmandu and into the fascinating Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore Patan, one of Nepal’s ancient kingdoms and the ‘City of Living Art’
  • Feel like you’ve been transported to another century in Bhaktapur
  • Enjoy a definitive experience of the epicenter of this Himalayan Kingdom
The Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. The Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 7 hours.

Want to know what it was like to live in medieval times? Then hitch a ride on this Kathmandu tour that reveals two, ancient satellite cities often overlooked by travellers. With shrines and temples aplenty, just follow the smell of incense to these old-world towns.
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Ms. Kayla's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Kayla
  • On May 11 2016
“I liked that the tour guide was so knowledgeable and really framed everything into context that was easy to remember and appreciate.”
Ms. Kelly's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4 - Very Good
  • Ms. Kelly
  • On Jan 06 2016
“Myo was a great guide, friendly and very knowledgeable about the history and customs of the country. The food recommendations were also really good. I found I learnt more then I would have if I had just travelled the circle line with just a lonely planet. There were a couple of times when he was hard to understand but that wasn't often.”
Mr. Stephen's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4 - Very Good
  • Mr. Stephen
  • On May 01 2016
“Kim, our guide was very friendly, easy to communicate with and extremely knowledgable. It was like a friend taking you to see things. Very casual and we all learned a great deal. A good guide always makes a big difference.”
ITINERARY

There are some who say travel is about going places and doing things. When it comes to Patan and Bhaktapur, it’s simply about ‘being there’.

It’s easy to just explore Kathmandu, but we want to encourage you to discover the Kathmandu Valley’s two other former kingdoms – Patan and Bhaktapur. Between the buzzing markets, the artistry of the age-old temples and palaces, and the medieval feel of both cities, you’ll be sure to leave Nepal with a much deeper understanding of this incredible place.

We’ll take you on a tour from Kathmandu into another world, first to Patan, about a half an hour’s drive away. As you enter the ancient city, you’ll be taken aback by the vivid contrast to Kathmandu. Although these days Patan is part of the sprawl of the Kathmandu conurbation, Patan has an identify of its own, including the Centre of Sanskrit Learning (hence why you may see and hear of Patan by its Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, meaning City of Living Art).

The influences in Patan have transcended centuries, perhaps culminating in the 12th to 16th Century era of the Mallas and their extraordinarily creative Newar civilization. Surrounding the city’s main square are noble royal and religious structures, which highlight the Hindu pantheon, mainly of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Patan’s excellent museum that features some superb artifacts from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions, leaving you well informed of the glories of the past and the span of civilizations that have flourished and competed here in the Himalayas.

Leaving Patan behind, we’ll head for the medieval city of Bhaktapur, which will take us about 45 minutes. As if held in a time warp, the little city of Bhaktapur amazes everyone. Upon entering this ‘City of Devotees’, you’ll quickly realise that you have entered a time of feudal ways and medieval street-scenes, with a uniquely magical ambiance that confidently eschews modernity for tradition.

Bhaktapur is also a place where your eyes naturally want to shift skyward towards the pagoda rooftops, but don’t forget to come back down to earth to peer down bustling ancient alleyways. Challenge yourself to keep still and absorb the activity around you. As we like to say - all one’s five senses are employed, and then add to that a sixth sense – one of idle exploration!

The definitive building in Bhaktapur is the 30m high Nyatapola Temple, with its five pagoda roof lines towering above the market square. That being said, Nyatapola Temple is centre point and iconic landmark amidst thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines, constantly employed - enticing or warding off deities and demons with offerings (typically floral and food or percussion or horn music). As such, it’s well known that in Bhaktapur, there’s an ever present incessant clanging and tinkling of big and little bells. You get used to it – it’s all part of the Bhaktapur charm.

Senses enriched and fascinated, we’ll head back to Kathmandu, which will take us about an hour. You’ll be glad you got out of the capital and explored the Kathmandu Valley with us.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Guide
  • English speaking local guide
Others
  • Entry fees to Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Lunch in Bhaktapur (local Newari cuisine options)
  • beverages
  • entry fee to Patan Museum
  • gratuities for guide and driver
  • items of a personal nature.
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CANCELLATION

Cancellation for this Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.

Payment

For any tour departures within 25 January 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 January 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

Meeting end point :

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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