Today’s activities start with the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine – Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley. Then, visit the giant Buddhist stupa – Boudhanath. About 131ft (40km) high, Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley , and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha.
In the afternoon, go to Patan, 4km from Kathmandu city, once a glorious independent kingdom, but now almost a suburb of Kathmandu city. It is known for the crowding Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in the whole of Nepal. It also attracts tourists with the treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The square consists of three main chowks, or courtyards – the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Main Keshab Narayan Chowk.
After today’s sightseeing, drive to Dhulikhel, the ancient town which is situated 30-km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga.
Giant Boudhanath Stupa