Optional activity – early morning, you get to see the most admired Mount Everest. Soak in the incredible views of the majestic mountains as your helicopter soars over the impressive snowcapped peaks of Nepal. This sight of the majestic Mount Everest will remain with you for a long time.
After breakfast, we begin touring the amazing sites of Kathmandu, we will visit Boudhanath, Patan and attend the evening arati at Pashupatinath.
Boudhanath Stupa, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. Towering over Kathmandu is this 14th century whitewashed dome with its gilded central tower. Importantly, this UNESCO World Heritage listed stupa in Nepal is impressive when viewed from ground level. It’s an intoxicating mix of incense, chanting, prayers, pilgrims, monks and tourists.
Thangka Painting school at Boudha
Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. In addition to being visually beautiful, the process of making these Thangka paintings is equally significant. Thangka painting are used as teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha or describing other historical events.
Later, we proceed to Patan
Set on the banks of the Bagmati river lies Patan, the oldest of all the three important cities Nepal. Previously known as Lalitpur or the City of Beauty, this city showcases the classical Newari architecture found in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan is home to a Royal Palace, assorted Hindu and Buddhist temples and idols surrounded by public squares. It is probably one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world.
Singing Bowl Therapy at Patan
Bathe in the healing sounds of the ‘Dhwoni Patra’ or singing bowls that date back 2500 years. These were mostly used by monks and royal families for meditation and spiritual therapy. The harmonies created by striking the rim of the bowl with a wooden stick helps in meditation and spiritual healing. This therapy will leave you body and soul completely relaxed.
Visit to Pashupatinath Temple
Significantly, in existence since 400 A.D, Pashupatinath is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is one of the holiest sites and attracting thousands of visitors each year. The complex itself is a swirling mix of smoke, chanting, and pilgrims; it’s one of the few living cultural heritage sites in the world. It includes 518 temples and its main temple – a traditional pagoda structure, is considered a masterpiece in Hindu architecture.
Arati at Pashupatinath Temple
As dusk sets in, Pashupatinath Temple gears up for the evening ritual of arati which is one of the most important ceremonies in the Hindu faith. It always includes a flame or light, and generally involves the passing of an aarti plate or ornate lamp around a deity. Most importantly, the arati is accompanied by songs praising that deity. It is an elaborate offering of chanting, incense, lights and camphor to Lord Shiva and is a sight to behold. In addition, you will witness the cumulative hum of the devotees rise in unison and the energy is truly contagious.