Kathmandu City Tour
Overview The tour to Kathmandu city begins with a visit to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city. Here, travelers can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, offering panoramic views of the valley. The iconic Boudhanath Stupa, with its massive dome, is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that exudes tranquility. The Kathmandu city, nestled in the heart of Nepal, is a mesmerizing destination. It also offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. This enchanting valley surrounded by majestic mountains and is home to three major cities -…
The tour to Kathmandu city begins with a visit to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city. Here, travelers can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, offering panoramic views of the valley. The iconic Boudhanath Stupa, with its massive dome, is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that exudes tranquility.
The Kathmandu city, nestled in the heart of Nepal, is a mesmerizing destination. It also offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. This enchanting valley surrounded by majestic mountains and is home to three major cities – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan – each boasting its unique charm.
Next, travelers will be transported back in time as they venture into the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Cobblestone streets, intricate architecture, and well-preserved palaces and temples make this city a living museum. Durbar Square, with its 55-Window Palace and Nyatapola Temple, stands as a testament to Newari craftsmanship.
The journey continues to Patan, known as the City of Fine Arts. The Patan Durbar Square showcases remarkable pagodas and statues, reflecting the city’s rich cultural heritage. Strolling through the narrow alleys of Patan, visitors will discover hidden treasures of art and handicrafts.
Nature enthusiasts will delight it to explore the serene landscapes of the valley. A short drive to Nagarkot rewards travelers with stunning sunrise and sunset views over the snow-capped Himalayas. The nearby Shivapuri National Park offers hiking trails surrounded by lush forests and abundant wildlife.
Throughout the trip, travelers can savor the authentic flavors of Nepalese cuisine. From momos (dumplings) to dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), the gastronomic journey is a delight for the taste buds.
Immersing in the local culture, travelers can engage in traditional ceremonies, witness vibrant festivals, and interact with warm-hearted locals, known for their hospitality.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, a tour of the Kathmandu City is an enriching experience that leaves a lasting impression. With its ancient heritage, spiritual significance, and breathtaking landscapes, the valley captivates the senses and beckons travelers to explore its diverse treasures. Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment, historical wonders, or natural beauty, this extraordinary valley has something to offer to every traveler’s soul.
- Enjoy a mixture of history and culture of Kathmandu and Nepal
- Visit the Buddhist sites of Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa
- Learn about the lifestyle of the Newa people, natives of Nepal
- See the Hindu temple at Pashupatinath
Having been constructed between the 12th and the 18th centuries, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is the historic seat of royalty. Since 1979, the area has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which epitomizes the social, religious and cultural life of the Nepalese. It is the place where the kings of Nepal used to be crowned and their coronations solemnized.
The ferocious Kal Bhairav, Nautalle Durbar Square, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the big Drum and the Jagannath Temple are some of the major tourist attractions of the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Another attraction of this spot is the Kumari Ghar (house of the Living Goddess Kumari). The temple is situated in Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Visitors greet Kumari and she receives greetings from the wooden window, which is artistically carved. Kumari is a young girl child who is considered the living goddess. She is kept in her palace until about the age of thirteen when she is replaced by another Kumari.
The area is home to a large number of monuments. There is also the Numismatic Museum and Tribhuvan Museum inside the palace building. Photography is prohibited inside the museum. It is the place to observe the juxtaposition of past and present, old and new.
The Swayambhu Nath Stupa located atop a hillock just three kilometers west of the Kathmandu down town. This is one of the holiest Buddhist sites and the best places to observe religious harmony in Nepal. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit the stupa, which is said to be over 2,000-year-old. The stupa was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
A large image of Lord Buddha is in a monastery next to the stupa. This is often known as the Monkey temple, and the major landmark in the valley. One can have a panoramic view of the Kathmandu city from the western part of the hillock.
This is considered the holiest Hindu pilgrimage that lies just five kilometers east of the heart of Kathmandu. The world-famous pagoda-style temple of the Lord Shiva has the scared linga, or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. There are also small temples dedicated to other deities. The temple was also inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. Regarded as a very important part of the city from religious and cultural point of views, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the temple every year. Near the temple lies the “Arya Ghat” on the banks of the Bagmati River. As a major cremation area, dead bodies are cremated here.
The Bouddha Nath Stupa is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The artistic stupa lies about eight kilometers north-east of Kathmandu. The stupa is said to be the largest one in South Asia. Having been inscribed on the list of World Heritage in 1979, the stupa stands for the Lord of wisdom. The name ‘Boudhanath’ is made up of two words– Boudha and Nath. Boudha means wisdom and the suffix Nath symbolises Lord. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries located at the base of the stupa.
Both Hindus and Buddhists visit this pilgrimage site. They are found sacrificing animals in the name of goddess. Pilgrims mostly visit this site during on Tuesdays and Saturdays.Lying about 15 kilometres south of Kathmandu, the temple of Dakshinkali is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali or the goddess of power. She is regarded as one of the most important Hindu goddesses.
The most enigmatic statue of Hindu God Bishnu, Budhanilkantha statue is located at a distance of 10 km from the center of Kathmandu. It is located at the base of the Shivapuri Hill and is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. It is also the most enigmatic. Carves from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the statue of Budhanilkantha is 5 meters in length and it lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water also representing the cosmic sea which is 13 meters in length.
Also referred to as the Sleeping Bishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue, depicts the deity reclining on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shrestha, the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of the Lord Bishnu. With crossed legs and eleven heads of Shesh cradling his head, the statue of Bishnu’s four hands hold objects symbolizing his divine qualities: a chakra representing the mind, a conch-shell; the four elements, a lotus flower; the moving universe and the club; primeval knowledge. Budhanilkantha receives large numbers of pilgrims during Haribondhini Ekadashi, which takes place during the 11th day of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). It is the major festivals for the year in celebration of the awakening of the lord Bishnu from his long sleep.
- An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder City Tour Guide.
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing by private car.
- All Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour program as mentioned in the itinerary
- Overland transportation
- Lunch & Dinner during the tour Kathmandu.
- International flight ticket
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from the date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).
Kathmandu City Close up Tours !!
This tour program is combined with three main cities of Kathmandu Valley and the nearest view point from Capital which is called Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated 32 kilometers away east of Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 2175 m. above from sea level. Nagarkot is famous for view of panoramic Himalaya’s ranges and Sunrise & Sunset. The visitors go there easily an hour drive by road Nagarkot held on luxury star Hotel to lodge & restaurants available. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt. Everest 8848m., Langtang Himalaya, Dorgee Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himalayan ranges can be viewed from here. We tailored this program for those people who have a little rest time while stay in Kathmandu or who are restricted by the time frame.
Suggested itinerary: 3 Nights / 4 Days
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the tour after refreshment.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Early in the morning go for Mountain Flight, back to Hotel and Afternoon, Kathmandu city Sightseeing, including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swyambhunath stupa (Monkey’s temple) & Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktpur Durbar Square, evening sunset program
Day 04: After sunrise program drive back to Kathmandu. Afternoon leisure time in kathmandu.
Suggested Itinerary: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Day 01 : Meeting upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Refreshment drink and briefing about our tours program. Welcome dinner in the evening at typical Nepali restaurant, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : After having breakfast we will lead you to full day sightseeing at Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 : Full day sightseeing at Bhaktapur, Changunarayan and Budhanilkantha, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 : Drive to Daksinkali Temple, Chobhar and Kirtipur for the sightseeing, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 : Transfer to the airport. Departure on your own destination, Overnight at Hotel
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