Kathmandu Photography Expedition

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Meals

Trip Grade

Easy

Maximun Altitude

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeing & Cultural Photography Tour

Overview

Capturing life, culture and nature of Asia’s one of the most vibrant cities

Nepal is undoubtedly a photographer’s delight, a land of eternal fascination. Since its opening to foreign visitors in the fifties, it has been the epicenter of Himalayan photographic activities. Photographing in Nepal not only offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in Himalayan bliss but also a rare opportunity chance to take a step back in time. This photography tour lets you capture the lifestyle and nature of the historic Kathmandu city and beyond.

Itinerary

It is a panoramic feast for the eyes flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you begin a whole chain of memorable experiences that will stay with you forever. Welcome to Nepal for a memorable photographic journey! A Tour Officer and driver representing Explore Himalaya will cordially receive you at Kathmandu Airport and escort you to your hotel in the city. Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal. It has been a popular destination for photographers ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city is a melting pot of wonderful cultures; Hinduism, Buddhism and Western way of life. This Photography Tour of Kathmandu will offer you an opportunity to capture an incredible portfolio of images!

In Kathmandu, you visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three medieval palace squares all of which are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, an ancient courtyard is incredible with spectacular craftsmanship that reflects the local culture and tradition of yesteryear. The stone paved streets, pagoda style edifices and the religious monuments inclusive of many different deities are exquisitely displayed as far as the eye can see. In the evening you can stroll the streets of Asan and capture the daily activities of the locals. Small vendors selling a variety of trinkets, gregarious shops and busy streets are all full of life. After Kathmandu Durbar Square, a private vehicle will take you to Swayambhunath. Commonly known as The Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath is a hillock overlooking the Valley. Capturing the Buddhist monks chanting prayers throughout the long series of staircases leading to the main temple is quite an adventure in itself. The entire complex includes a white Stupa and other temples depicting Buddha and other Gods in their several mudras. Everything about this magnificent place can be interesting. Even a monkey minding his own business can be a nice pick!

Early morning after breakfast, you head towards Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the holiest place in Nepal to cremate the departed ones. The series of Shiva Lingas, temples strewn all over the place and the holy saints from India and Nepal signify spirituality. Within the temples there are magnificent shots you will definitely want to capture while you are at Pashupatinath. Thenafter, you will drive to Boudhanath, which is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world! Arriving at Boudhanath you will first settle down to lunch at a restaurant. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site you can observe Buddhist monks absorbed in prayer surrounding the stupa. The Buddhist culture is well observed in the backstreets of Boudhanath. The place offers a tremendous opportunity to capture the authentic Buddhist lifestyle. Later in the day, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the city.

After breakfast, you drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees. Along the way you stop at Thimi, one of the ancient cultural and historical places along the trade route joining Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. It is famous for its pottery and paper mache masks. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a cluster of architectural masterpieces of medieval Nepal. The square is full of temples, shrines, and sculptures namely the Golden Gate, 55 Windows Palace, Big Bell, Dog Barking Bell, Taleju Temple, Vatshala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla etc. Thimi and Bhaktapur offer an opportunity to capture traditional lifestyle of the valley and its historic heritages.

After the morning photography around Bhaktapur, you head to Changu Narayan temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Nepal. The temple offers authentic experience of ancient Nepali art of Nepal. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built in the 4th Century AD. Inside the temple precinct are some really exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu deities from the Licchhavi period (4th to 9th centuries). Thereafter you drive to the hill station at Nagarkot, which is a short 25km drive from Kathmandu. This area is famous for its views of the sunrise over the Himalayas.

You get up early today to witness and capture the stunning sunrise over the Himalayan Range, which includes Mount Everest. From here you will have panoramic views of the valley and the impressive and majestic mountain range. After breakfast in Nagarkot you drive back to Kathmandu and continue to Khokana: a traditional tiny and picturesque Newari village. It is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil. From Khokana you start to travel on foot to Bungmati. The village dates back to the 16th century and is situated on elevated land overlooking the Bagmati River. Traditional houses made out of mud and brick with tiled roofs, stone paved streets, old temples, people working and carving wood on the streets, provide a glimpse into medieval era. At the end of the day you will drive back to your hotel in the city. Later you drive to Patan. Patan Durbar Square is known for its cultural and historical richness. It offers a wide array of wooden arts in the form of monumental historic edifices that reflects the architectural influence in the city during ancient and medieval times. The creative wooden carvings depicting the sutras of Lord Kamadeva (God of Human love or desire) are scattered throughout the pagoda style temples in the backstreets. Patan, the city of Artists, offers many visual treats for your camera. The day ends with a well-deserved rest in the comfort of your cozy bedroom in your hotel in Patan.

You still have the morning time to explore around Patan for more photography. Later, you will be departing Nepal with many beautiful memories and a portfolio of sensational images. Three and a half hours prior to your flight schedule you will be picked up at your hotel reception by our representative and a driver.

General Information

TOUR GUIDE

We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language – major languages only). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed about nature, culture and history of each place in this itinerary.

 

TOUR AVAILABILITY

We operate Nepal tours for private team of any size. So you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan offer a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you high quality services. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation.

 

MEAL

Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. You will have breakfast at your hotel. In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.

 

MEETING/AIRPORT TRANSFERS

In all our packaged tours, airport pick-ups and drops are included. You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. On arrival you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you at the airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

 

VEHICLE

 

We have a fleet of latest model luxury vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 4WD Land cruisers are used in off-road destinations like Jiri and Manang. Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10 seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning them to your service.

 

TIPS

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.

 

CLOTHING

Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu, and warmer in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. From the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 5 nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast                            
    • 1 night Hotel accommodation in Nagarkot on twin sharing with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • Any other airfares and airport taxes
    • All Lunch and Dinner
    • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, extra meals etc.)
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
    • Personal Insurance and Medical Insurance
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: > 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) > 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost > 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost > Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

DISCLAIMER

The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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