Kathmandu Day Tour

Kathmandu Day Tour
Activity
Cultural Tours
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Relaxing 
  • Max Altitude
    No
  • Group Size
    Min 1 People 
  • Meals
    No 
  • Accommodation
    No 
  • Best Time
    All year around 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $120USD

Trip Overview

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 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, quaint temples and stupas are speaking of the bygone royalties who once ruled the Kathmandu kingdoms. Some plenty old-world temples and stupas have shaped the cultural stature of the livings. These fascinating structures also illustrate the religious harmony that prevails in Nepal. Kathmandu day tour is totally 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 specializing 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 palace’s front gate. This makes all the sense of where the pet name came from!

The temples and buildings with fascinating craft work all over the doors and windows and pillars are the major attractions in this square. They dated back to the 14th century and were the crowning spots of ancient kings. In fact, the entire palace was a residency to the royals of Kathmandu.

Swyambhunath Stupa

Swyambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa situated at the Nagarjun Hill hilltop surrounding 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. A big dome with a 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 sat in the same place when legendary Manjushree had encountered a lotus when the valley used to be a lake.

Boudhanath Stupa

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.

Pashupatinath Temple

Situated at the bank of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a holy pilgrimage site popular with Hindus all over Nepal and most of South Asia.  The temple is just 1 kilometer 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, the Bagmati riverbank in the temple’s premise hosts the Hindu ritual of the crematorium. This can be one rare site for tourists.

Cost Includes

  • Guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees,
  • Tour guide and private vehicle

Cost Excludes

  • Yours Meals
  • Accommodation
  • 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.

Reviews

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.

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.