The Kathmandu Valley comprises three historic cities – Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by Malla kings, who ruled the cities from the 12th to the 18th centuries and competed with each other to glorify their reign by building monuments and temples that showcased the craftsmanship and architectural skills of newar artisans. It was a time when even the mighty Mongol Emporers like Kublai Khan hired exceptional craftsmen from the Kathmandu Valley to glorify their empire.
Watch how the people of the valley still use their temples to practice rituals that have been passed from generation to generation. Enjoy the colourful festivals of the valley that involve Gods and Goddesses including the Living Goddess Kumari on several occassions. Follow the chariot processions that negotiate the narrow streets of old Kathmandu. Visit the 7 monuments designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu in 48 hours.