Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu valley

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Trip at a Glance

Trip code
NNTR-1064
Duration
1 Day
Max. Altitude
1340m
Level
BEGINNER
Starts at
Your hotel in Kathmandu
Ends at
Your hotel in Kathmandu
Accomodation
Nil
Meals
Self
Transportation
private Tourist vehicle with AC
Trip Route
Swambhunath Stupa-Pashupatinath Temple-Boudhanath Stupa-Patan durbar square-Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Highlights

  • Explore Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple
  • Explore Pashupatinath Temple
  • Explore Boudhanath Stupa
  • Explore Patan durbar square
  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • walk through a narrow and oldest open street market of Asan

Overview

Kathmandu valley offers interesting sites of great historical wonders that fascinate every visitor around Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur cities.  
The three cities of Kathmandu valley, once different kingdoms with their magnificent artwork of age-old traditions. Besides temples and monasteries, one can visit the old palace and royal courtyard of past centuries. 

Namaste Nepal trekking and Research Hub's unique sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley for a day takes you around The old sites of Patan, Basantapur, Swambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. which will take you back to a golden era of medvial times, truly a living museum.

Tour of beautiful Buddhist Swayambhunath Stupa, with more than 2,500 years old history, stands atop west of Kathmandu valley. Visit holy Pashupatinath Temple the heart and soul for Hindu devotees and pilgrims, a great work of arts and craftsmanship. The tour extends to Bouddhanath a Buddhist pilgrimage site a large dome stupa considered as the world's largest of its kind. A lovely place not to be missed, where you can enjoy marveling at the huge stupa facing the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Around Kathmandu valley tour of adjoining cities of Patan and Basantapur, Patan is also known as Lalitpur and Patan Durbar Square. Means city of Fine arts/crafts and Basantapur as the city of Living Goodless and monuments, Also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square, an interesting places with ancient cultures to witness.

A whole day keeps visitors engrossed marveling at the wonderful, and unique arts and craftsmanship of magnificent old monuments.

Outline Itinerary 

8:30 am: Pick up from your Hotel and drive to Swayambhunath Stupa 
10: 00 am: Drive Pashupatinath Temple
11:45 am: Drive to Boudhanath Stupa
1:00 pm: Drive to Patan Durbar Square
3:45 pm: Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square
6:00 pm: Drive to your hotel 

Best Time for Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu valley

Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu valley can be done all time of the year. However Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. In the winter the cold can be bitter, The temperature is about 5 degrees in Kathmandu.
In Monsoon the Heritage sites and roads can be wet due to the monsoon rain and you may have to travel all day under the rain. But with care, traveling is possible and there are certainly fewer Travellers on the famous sites.

Entrance Fees of Durbar Square, Temples, and stupa.

Site Name                 Foreign NationalsSAARC NationalsRemarks
Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple
NPR 200NPR 50Free for below 10 Years
Pashupatinath Temple
NPR 1000NPR 1000Free for Indian and below 10 years
Boudhanath Stupa
NPR 400NPR 100Free for below 10 Years
Patan durbar square
NPR 1000NPR 250Free for below 10 Years
Kathmandu Durbar Square
NPR 1000NPR 250Free for below 10 years

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Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Namaste Nepal Trekking and Research hub’s cultural and city tour guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. You will have a private tourist vehicle with AC. In this sightseeing tour you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. According to the legend, Swambhunath evolved spontaneously when the Kathmandu Valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples.  Reconnect with your spiritual self while circumambulating the stupa in a clockwise direction and enjoy a magnificent 360-degree view of Kathmandu Valley.

Swayambhunath is additionally referred to as the Monkey Temple, and permanently reason. You’ll see many monkeys everywhere! Just stay alert and hold your belongings tightly because the monkeys will probably try to snatch them from your hands. Also, don't stare at them directly!

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals) is believed to be two thousand years old and is one of the oldest temples in the world. The temple premises comprise 559 Shiva shrines and idols. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath.

However Major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river. 

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, The Boudhanath stupa is another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built around the 5th century with pairs of eyes on all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

As you walk through many Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Nuns are usually seen walking around the stupa. As a daily ritual, many of us walk three or more times around the stupa while repeating the mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hum' either quietly or aloud.

The air is usually thick with incense & mantras sung by monks, & the amount of individuals visiting the Stupa increases significantly, alongside the intensity of their mantras & prayers. Boudha may be a fascinating & very spiritual area.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan.

Kathmandu Durbar square is the foremost destination of the day. 

In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

  • - Pagoda style temples which were made twelve to eighteen centuries
  • - An ancient royal palace with a museum
  • - Kashthamandap Temple (which named to the city as Kathmandu)
  • - Living Goddess Kumari and her palace/Kumari Temple
  • - Black Bhairava (God of death)

Inclusions

What is included?

  • Professional and Cultural City Tour guide
  • Private tourist vehicle (Car/Hiace) with AC

What isn't included?

  • All the entrance fees of Durbar Square, Temple, and stupa (see our blog about Entrance Fees of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal)
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver

Complimentary

    • Bottle of Water
    • hand sanitizer and face mask
    • If you are in a big group, we provide a wireless audio phone set. We offer a radio Phone system for large groups.

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