DAY 05: DEPART TAIPEI (BREAKFAST)
Early morning sunrise view, breakfast, drive to Kathmandu.
Visit PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Pasupathinath is regarded as one of the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world and its existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’. Only the Hindus can go inside the temple.
Next visit BOUDHANATH STUPA lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. The stupa has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhists throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Next visit KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess),
TALEJU TEMPLE, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.
THE DURBAR SQUARE, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex. There are also museums inside the palace building. The rest of the evening is free for shopping in the Thamel area followed by typical Nepali dinner with cultural show at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DHULIKHEL is the administrative centre of Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 16,263 people in 3,291 households. Two major highway B.P. Highway and Arniko Highway passes through Dhulikhel.
ARANIKO HIGHWAY connects Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city with Tibet’s border town of Kodari. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1550m above sea level and is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu and 74 km southwest of Kodari. The people in the village are Newars, Brahmin, Chhettri, Tamang and Dalit.
DRINKING WATER IN DHULIKHEL is some of the best water in Nepal. It was made with the Help of the German NGO, German Technical Cooperation.