Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is known as the city of god and goddesses. You will encounter a temple or stupa in every corner of the city. This chaotic city owns 7 out of 10 UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Our Kathmandu Day tour offers the art, culture, architecture and craftworks manifested in the walls, pillars, buildings and statues of the heritage sites is fascinating. The ancient palaces in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur reflects the royal taste of ancient Malla kings in Nepal. Similarly, the temples like Pashupatinath temple and Changu Narayan temple reflects the religious aspect of Hindu people in Nepal. Likewise, the Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha will give you some insights about the Buddhist religion.
Kathmandu Day Tour helps you learn about the unique cultural aspects of Nepal. The art and crafts manifested in the woods, metals and stones in temples and palaces reflects the artistic taste of people living here. Strolling around the streets of Kathmandu will get you acquainted with the people’s norms, values and lifestyle. Tasting the authentic Nepalese cuisine and other snacks in the restaurants will add to your journey of living and eating. So, explore Kathmandu in just few hours with Nepal Hiking Team.
Kathmandu Day Tour Highlights
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is an ancient artistic and grand palace built by Malla kings in the medieval period. It lies in the heart of Kathmandu and remains busy most of the time. The art, architecture, craftworks and designs manifested in the pillars, buildings and windows of the palace are magnificent. The palace is surrounding by many small temples which gives it an alluring look. The palace is also known as Hanuman Dhoka. A big statue of Hanuman is placed in front of a gate in the durbar which gives the place the name of Hanuman Dhoka. This amazing palace was built in 14th century and is a place where the kings were crowned during monarchy. It has been keeping its name in the charts of UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu since 1997.
Swayambhunath stupa – It is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley. It lies on a top of a hill and is a perfect vantage point to see the whole Kathmandu valley. As the stupa has many monkeys, the stupa is also popularly known as the Monkey Temple. You can find the large statues of Buddha, monasteries and gompas and influence of Buddhism in this stupa. As per the mythology, the stupa sits on the same place where the legendary Manjushree had encountered a lotus in the valley lake.
Pashupatinath stupa – An oldest temple of Lord Shiva that holds a high value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. You can find the buildings that are older than the life. Only Hindus are allowed to enter this temple. For others, you can enjoy the surrounding area that consists of crematorium where dead bodies are burnt into ashes. The unique features Sandhus – people who have rubbed their body with ashes and have dread locked is a unique feature to see here.
Boudhanath stupa – It is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. We can see the monks busy chanting their ritual going around this temple. It is the holiest stupa outside Tibet which holds high value amongst Buddhist pilgrimage. The white dome and the glittering golden coloured spire with an eye that symbolized peace is the unique feature of this stupa. The stupa lies on three layered stairs that gives a look of mandala.
- Guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees,
- Tour guide and private vehicle
- Yours Meals
- Tip for tour guide/driver
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.
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.