Medieval streets of Kathmandu valley offer a great and varieties of opportunities to explore and capture the unique cultural, traditional and religious happenings of everyday life of the people. The streets of Kathmandu always remain vibrant with uncountable celebrations, colorful local markets and bazaars. Kathmandu Photo Tour – Culture and Lifestyle is meant for those who want to explore the medieval alleys of Kathmandu valley and capture the never ending celebrations of people of Kathmandu and cultural and architectural riches of the times long gone by. Besides, this tour also aims to take you to those core areas of the town where the day to day life of the people still seems to have been uninfluenced by modernity. Their lives and daily activities are highly influenced by their belief, religion and traditional practices.
The itinerary is specially designed including the tour in the morning and evening which aims to make it photography friendly. Besides this standard itinerary, we can customize it to suit your time and preference. You could simply write to us to get an itinerary personalized for your interest.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. Introductory briefing
Day 02: Photo Tour of Ason, Indrachok and Thahity local markets in the morning and Kathmandu Durbar square and Monkey in the late afternoon
Day 03: Tour of Khokana and Bungamati in the morning and Boudhanath in the late afternoon and evening.
Day 04: Photo tour of Pashupatinath followed by tour of Thimi in Bhaktapur. After Bhaktapur drive to Nagarkot.
Day 05: After sunrise shooting and drive back to Bhaktapur. Photo tour of Bhktapur Durbar square and along the alleys of the town.
Day 06: Photo tour of Dakshinkali temple followed by Pharping and Kirtipur.
Day 07: End of tour. Transfer to airport for final departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, one of our representatives will greet you at airport. The transfer to your hotel will take about half an hour. It’s going to be a free day if you arrive early. And introductory briefing about the trip will be arranged as per time permits.
Day 02: Photo tour of local markets and world heritage sites
You will start the day before your breakfast. It’s an ideal time to explore and shoot early in the morning when people come out to sell and buy daily necessities. The local markets of Ason and Indrachok become so vibrant as it seems all people of Kathmandu have thronged into this market. Besides, if you explore the small typical courtyards of Newars between the houses, you will come across the cultural and traditional activities which provide a great sight for photography.
In the afternoon visit sites like Kathmandu Durbar square and Monkey temple. At these sites, you will be seeing and not only the monuments but also the intricate architectural beauties of the medieval period. Besides, the people’s movements and activities will be the great attractions for photography.
Day 03: Tour of Khokana and Bungamati in the morning. In the later afternoon visit Boudhanath
The two ancient Newar towns of Khokana and Bungamati offer some unique photographic opportunities. Here we can observe the lifestyle of the people that truly has the feel of some medieval times. Despite their daily household chores, you will come across people involving in different traditional occupations like farming, wood carving, metal carving, weaving, knitting etc. The legendary mustard oil mill is also one of the attractions.
After the lunch and a short break, visit Boudhanath. It becomes a great site for photography in the evening with devotees circumambulating the Stupa, chanting prayers and offering butter lamps.
Day 04: Photo tour of Pashupatinath and Thimi in Bhaktapur. Drive to Nagarkot
Pashupatinath offers some great photo shooting opportunity. With ghats and Sadhus (Hindu saints), one can make unique photographs. After Pashupatinath, drive to Thimi and explore the alleys. The alleys of Thimi are numerous in number. The typical lifestyle of the people of this ancient town is full of street photographic sites. Alleys and courtyards will be occupied by the cultural, traditional and day to day happenings.
Drive to Nagarkot. It’s a nice place to immerse yourself in the nature. The beautiful sceneries of the nature will provide you with mountain and landscape photography too.
Day 05: Morning sunrise and Bhaktapur in the afternoon
You will enjoy a beautiful sunrise view. It’s not only about taking picture but also reveling in the grandeur of the nature. It’s time for some relaxation or some walk if preferred. In the afternoon, drive to Bhaktapur and shoot the cultural and architectural beauty of Bhaktapur Durbar square along with the exploration of the centuries old alleys. Drive to Kathmandu
Day 06: Spiritual tour of Dakshinkali and Pharping followed by the visit of Kirtipur
Dakshinkali is a spiritual site for Hindus where they worship the goddess Kali with animal sacrifices. The worship, celebration and offering look so colourful and lively. And the visit of caves and monastery of Pharping is another great attraction. On the way back, visit the historical city of Kirtipur and capture local lifestyle and culture.
Day 07: Departure day
End of the tour. Transfer to airport. Bid farewell and fly back home.
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