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Trip Code: NHT247
Trip Grade: Leisure Holidays
Total Duration: 5 hours
Group Size: Min 1 People
When you make your way to Nepal, Kathmandu will be the first land you’ll step on. Along with being the hustling administrative capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is packed with antique-inherited ethos from centuries ago. Although the rising skyscrapers have engulfed the valley floor, you’ll find brilliantly sculptured monuments in every nook and corner of the city. While some of these stand in an alley as an ordinary old fella to the locals, some covering wider zones have made themselves into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Day Tour covers an amble excursion to four out of seven world heritage sites that Kathmandu fosters: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
Beyond the hurly-burly streets of Thamel, a tourist centered neighborhood in Kathmandu, there are quaint temples and stupas speaking of the bygone royalties who once ruled the Kathmandu kingdoms. There are plenty old-world temples and stupas that have shaped the cultural stature of the livings. There fascinating structures are also the illustrations of religious harmony that prevails in Nepal. Kathmandu day tour is a total worth it during your Nepal trip. And with Nepal Hiking Team there shall be no room for the tour to get any better!
Highlights of Kathmandu Day Tour
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a centrally located heritage site which sums up in mystical architecture dating back to the medieval era. Locally, it is known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace which literally translates to the gateway of Hanuman- the monkey god in Hindu mythology. There is a big statue of Hanuman surmounted at the front gate of the palace. This makes all the sense to where the pet name came from!
The temples and buildings with fascinating craft works all over the doors and windows and pillars are the major attractions in this square. They date back to 14th century and were the crowning spots of ancient kings. In fact, the entire palace was a residency to the royals of Kathmandu.
Swyambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa situated at the hilltop in Nagarjun Hill range that surrounds the Kathmandu Valley from the north-western boundary. Its location is a perfect vantage point that offers a wide-angle view of the vibrant valley beneath. Besides, Swyambhunath is a perfect replication of Nepal’s religious harmony. There is a big-dome with tall golden pinnacle, dedicated to Lord Buddha. The miniature structures of temples and stupas give the place a vibe of the Lilliput.
Swyambhunath is often known as ‘the monkey temple because of the abundance of monkeys around the area. There is a widely believed myth that the stupa sits on the same place when legendary Manjushree has encountered a lotus when the valley used to be a lake.
Boudhanath Stupa is another Buddhist Stupa situated at the heart of Kathmandu. This is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and its Mandala structure is the largest of its kind in the entire world. The stupa is a holy pilgrimage to Buddhists and you’ll see monks draped in maroon robed doing the Kora while chanting prayers. (Kora is a sacred term for orbiting the Boudha Mandala)
Boudha used to be a trade route to Tibet during ancient times. So, there is an apparent influence of Tibetan culture. Here you can find many restaurants serving Nepali-Tibetian cuisines.
Situated at the bank of Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a holy pilgrimage site popular to Hindus all over Nepal and most part of South Asia. The temple is just 1 kilometers west of Tribhuwan International Airport and its premise covers a massive area. Tourists can check in to admire the religious values and aesthetics of the temple. Additionally, Bagmati riverbank in the temple’s premise hosts Hindu ritual of crematorium. This can be one rare site to tourists.
- Guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees,
- Tour guide and private vehicle
- Yours Meals
- Tip for tour guide/driver
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
Sam Haidar , Australia
I was in Nepal for a short while for work, and during that short time, I had wanted to look at the cultural sites the city had. For that, I had contacted Nepal Hiking Team to see if they had the option of arranging short trips like I wanted. And, sure enough, they did. Not only that, they made sure I got the most for my experience as well. We started off with cultural sites around the valley that were listed on the UNESCO list. First was the excursion to the temple of Pashupatinath. Looking at the temples and the people gathered there, it was very enjoyable. Visiting the Bouddhanath Stupa, I rotated the prayer circles and sat and observed the religious atmosphere of the stupa. It was serene and lovely. The guide who was assigned to me seems to know a whole lot about the destinations and told me stories and history of the places. For a short trip of the destinations, I sure did end up learning and knowing a whole lot. Because of this, I really appreciate the services of Nepal Hiking Team. They truly outdid themselves at a short trip around the valley. This excursion to destinations and cultural sites made my short trip at Nepal a lot more than what I was expecting from a short conference for my work. The country is really beautiful, and even though the city is loud and crowded at times, the historical sites and cultural destinations must be well-preserved. After all, the excursion to these sites should be done by all. Nepal Hiking Team is a good travel agency who delivered on their service. For this, I now have a good impression of them and would definitely choose NHT for further travel needs of mine.
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