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Thamel Kathmandu
Kathmandu Valley
Min Age : 10
Max People : 15

Kathmandu Valley Tour

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  • Wi-Fi: Most Place
  • Maximum Altitude: 1400m
  • Drive/walk: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

The Kathmandu Valley Tour takes you on a discovery tour of some of the city’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spend a day in Kathmandu learning about the city’s rich cultural legacy. Visit a historic spiritual place as old as the city itself and a medieval palace square. Explore Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which served as the royal seat of the Malla dynasty that controlled Kathmandu during the medieval period. It is one of Kathmandu’s most well-known tourist attractions. It is one of Kathmandu’s most popular tourist preferences. The royal plaza is dotted with temples, royal quarters, courtyards, and the home of Kumari, the Living Goddess. Pagoda-roofed temples and regal palaces have detailly carved timber supports, windows, and brass structures. The magnificent art and architecture of Kathmandu may be seen in these historical monuments. Furthermore, durbar square is a significant socio-cultural landmark of the valley’s Newars.

The history of Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) is intertwined with that of Kathmandu Valley. From the pinnacle of the Stupa, the Buddha’s compassionate eyes look out over the city. The hilltop temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, offers panoramic views. Pashupatinath, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the most prominent Hindu sanctuaries. ‘Pashupatinath’ literally translates to ‘protector of all living beings.’ The Hindu cremation site of Arya Ghat is nearby, on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. Hindus believe that the souls of individuals who are cremated here ascend directly to paradise. As part of your Kathmandu Valley Tour, you’ll also get to do a kora (circumambulation) around Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal’s most prominent Buddhist Stupa.

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley.
  • Take a stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, home to an ancient royal palace.
  • In Old Kathmandu city, you’ll find exquisite masterpieces and designs.
  • Take a walk to Swayambhunath, a sacred site for Buddhists and Hindus, on the ridge.
  • Complete a kora around Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world’s most important Buddhist stupas.
  • Visit Nepal’s Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu shrine, and be blessed with dreadlocked sadhus.

Kathmandu Valley Tour Overview:

  • Departure time: 8:00 AM
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Starting and Ending point: Your Hotel
  • Destinations: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square
  • Group Size: 1-15 max
  • Season: All seasons

Outline itinerary

  • 08.00 AM: Drive from the hotel to Boudhanath Stupa
  • 08.30 AM: Visit Stupa and explore the places
  • 09.30 AM: Drive to Pashupatinath Temple and explore it
  • 10.30 AM: Drive to Swayambhunath
  • 11.45 AM: Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square and have lunch
  • 01.45 PM: Drive to Patan Durbar Square
  • 03.00 PM: Return to your hotel

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government tax & service charge.
  • All monument and tourism entrance costs.

Price Excludes

  • Tips to guide
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Tour Map
What to Expect
  • Explore the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley.
  • Take a stroll through Kathmandu's Durbar Square, home to an ancient royal palace.
  • In Old Kathmandu city, you'll find exquisite masterpieces and designs.
  • Take a walk to Swayambhunath, a sacred site for Buddhists and Hindus, on the ridge.
  • Complete a kora around Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's most important Buddhist stupas.
  • Visit Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu shrine, and be blessed by dreadlocked sadhus.
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Detail Itinerary

08.00 AM: Drive from hotel to Boudhanath Stupa

Your tour guide will get you up from your hotel and take you to Boudhanath Stupa, located in the Kathmandu Valley’s northeast corner. It is the world’s largest Stupa and reflects Tibetan culture, tradition, and religion. The Stupa is surrounded by tranquility, and you will love the gift shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafés lining the streets. You’ll have an hour to visit this lovely location.

09.30 AM: Drive to Pashupatinath Temple and explore it

Therefore, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is well known among Hindus and has historical and religious significance.

Hundreds of Hindu devotees come to this shrine to pray and receive blessings. You will be able to witness Shivaratri if you visit this temple in February. It is observed since it is Lord Shiva’s birth anniversary. On the other side of the temple, you can see the burial and cremation on the Bagmati river bank.

10.30 AM: Drive to Swayambhunath

Now you’ll be taken to Swayambhunath, also known as the “monkey temple,” by your tour guide.

 

It is situated on top of a hillock with a spectacular view of Kathmandu, overcrowded dwellings, and busy highways. UNESCO has designated this Stupa as a world heritage monument. It has old Buddhist holy monuments as well as the Gautam Buddha museum. In terms of sights and activities, this city has a lot to offer.

11.45 AM: Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square and have lunch

The next stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square. This location has preserved Kathmandu’s heritage and Nepali culture through arts and architecture.

You will have the chance to visit the “Kumari” temple dedicated to the living goddess. Lunch will be served in a decent Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepali food. You may also take a trip around the square’s weird street, where you might want to grab a bite to eat if it fits into your budget.

01.45 PM: Drive to Patan Durbar Square

Your tour guide will transport you to Patan Durbar Square. In the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is one of the country’s oldest cities, featuring many pagoda-style temples. You’ll see the rich architecture, culture, heritage, and landmarks.

03.00 PM: Return to your hotel

You’ll walk throughout Patan Durbar Square before getting driven back to your hotel by your tour guide.

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FAQ

What is the policy on sanitation and facemask?

In the UNESCO heritage sites, face masks are made compulsory. Amidst the covid pandemic, the visits to the heritage sites are open but with complete precautionary principles.

How should I prepare for the tour?

Kathmandu is a beautiful but crowded city. So, a good night’s sleep before the tour is a must. You’ll be greeted with many friendly native faces, yummy dishes, artistic monuments, local ethnicities, and lifestyles. So, be ready to experience a wholesome day in the city of temples.

What is the best season for this tour?

The capital, Kathmandu, is also known for its moderate climate. You can make a tour any time of the year and get greeted with summer, spring, winter, or autumn seasons accordingly.

 

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