Nagarkot and Changunarayan with Bhaktapur city tour lead you to full days tour with an overnight stop at scenic Nagarkot hilltop, famous for stunning sunrise and sunset over an array of Himalayan peaks in the comfort of nice hotels and resorts. Nagarkot and Changunarayan with Bhaktapur city tour truly delight visitors enjoying times around Nagarkot with fabulous mountain views within serene natural surroundings of alpine forest and then heading towards the ancient temple of Changunarayan one of the oldest Hindu Temple of Nepal. Visit Changunarayan temple premises of great interest along with views of the valley and snow-capped mountains then heading towards Bhaktapur a city of wonder with medial period architecture and culture of both Hindu and Buddhism where most of the monuments listed in World Heritage Sites.
Nagarkot, located distance of 28 k.m. from Kathmandu, where few hour rides take you to this scenic hill town of Nagarkot, at the height of 2,120 m offers marvelous views of mountains and rolling green hills covered in a serene alpine forest of rhododendron-oaks and pine tree lines. A famous and popular hill with many hotels and resorts of international standard where one can overlook striking sunrise over a chain of Himalayan peaks right in the comfort of nice deluxe hotels and resorts. Staying overnight with short walks around its interesting village and town witness local culture and in the morning enjoy spectacular views of sunrise and mountains before breakfast and then depart for the next tour to Changunarayan Temple.
After catching views of the sunrise over a chain of a Himalayan mountain range a short ride of less than an hour brings you at ancient Hindu Temple at Changunarayan where you will take back into the old medial time period. At Changunarayan a short walk up with time to witness the culture and traditional life of Newar people, the main tribe of Kathmandu valley and then enter into a beautiful temple complex of Changunarayan. The temple dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu, one of the oldest building in Nepal, magnificent pagoda style temple a masterpiece work of arts from past 5th to 12th century. As per history, the temple existed early as 325 A.D. in the time of King Lichhiva King Hari Datta Verma, it is one of the richest structures in Nepal with historically as well as artistically. At the ground a stone pillar inscription of great importance recording military exploits of King Man Deva who reigned from 496 A.D. to 524 A.D. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D. Proves that temple was already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century A.D. It is the earliest inscription known in Nepal.
With an interesting tour of Changunarayan temple and its old era type farm village facing views of lovely landscapes and mountains, then downhill to Bhaktapur wonderful city. While in Bhaktapur where you will be taken back into medial times overlooking great architecture of fine Nepalese arts on houses, where visit leads you to follow interesting places which are listed in World Heritage Sites.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
With most world top Heritage Sites which reflects its city rich culture of masterpiece work of art and architectural design, a city for architectural monuments and fine arts. Visit leads you to the famous golden gate right at the main courtyard of the Palace with 55 beautiful carved windows; the golden gate considered as world's most beautiful and richly carved of its kind.
Bhaktapur Nyatapol Temple:
One of the highlights of Bhaktapur as well a landmark of the city, it's old and beautiful towering Nyatapol Temple, means a five-storied temple stands high 30 meters, the tallest temple within Kathmandu valley, built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1,708 AD. Each of its five terraces holds a pair of figures, starting from the bottom with wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins, and goddesses.
The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery:
Located within Bhaktapur Durbar Square treasures rare paintings and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations are found in this museum. The gallery contains brass, bronze, stone and wooden images of medieval art tradition of Nepal. The gallery is closed on Thursday and public holidays.
Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur:
Originally built as one-story pagoda during King Jagat Jyoti Malla period, later changed into a three-story temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairab - the god of Terror.
Built-in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree visit a monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows located near the temple area.
Pottery square and market:
Around Bhaktapur there are two main pottery area, the first pottery square is at Samadhi east from Dattarya temple square, it is the oldest pottery square, another pottery place leads south from the Nyatapol square at Takako's Potter’s Square walking along interesting markets side streets the pottery is in full blaze, the wide open brick courtyard with a mix of small grey and brownish red clay pots, where each pot is examined by hand before being turned to face the sun at new angle or dipped into a bucket of colored water. Observe the craftsman on wheels shaping the clay in a finely tuned system of human pottery rotation from past centuries of old tradition. After a wonderful time around Nagarkot and Changunarayan with Bhaktapur city, our marvelous tour completes with a short drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.