This full day sightseeing tour from Kathmandu includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur and Panauti, a miniature village reflecting an ancient Nepali-Newari community.
Today will offer abundant illustration of traditional Newari architectural skills as well as an agriculture-based community where you will enjoy authentic Nepali-Newari hospitality and a home-cooked meal.
Sightseeing Bhaktapur and Panauti.
From Kathmandu head to Bhaktapur; an interesting and historical Newari town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bhaktapur is a lavish illustration of Newari architectural skills, a city of pagoda roofs and harmonious blend of wood, mudbrick and copper. Among the three major capitals of the ancient Kathmandu Valley Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is wider and more open in order to host the wrestling bouts of which the kings were so fond. Throughout the city beefy carved wrestlers remain the city’s trademark, also worshipped as the guardians of holy temples.
After Bhaktapur you will visit Panauti. This is a small, but beautiful traditional Newari agricultural town. Local folklore mentions that Panauti was an offering from a King of Bhaktapur to his sister as a dowry gift. Surrounded by green hills and holy rivers, this spiritual town is full of both Hindu and Buddhist temples. Thus, Panauti is considered a hidden gem of Nepal.
We will have lunch in Panauti Community Homestay, a project established by the local women of Panauti. This is a great opportunity to experience Nepalese local lifestyle, experience its authentic hospitality and taste the local food as well as supporting and motivating local women-entrepreneurs just by our appreciation of their local culture and tradition.
The best part of our stay-Both cities are worth exploring!! In our view, they were more interesting and authentic than Kathmandu. Both towns are much smaller, and life is much slower. We loved this trip!