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Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour

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Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Duration :   1 Day
The Price :   $65.00
Max People :    35
Start Location:   Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour begins at 09:00 AM in the morning from your hotel and will take you to a full 8 hours day tour in the capital city of Nepal. The tour takes you to explore the historical civilization of Kathmandu Valley, get an insight into UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Mahachaitya, the famous Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, a highly esteemed pilgrimage site for Hindus, and Boudhanath among others.

 

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The tour begins from Kathmandu Durbar Square / Basantapur Durbar Area. It is a historically and culturally significant site and is also one of the three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although the construction of the square began in the 3rd century, the major structures within it were added in later periods. The outer complex consists of a number of 16th-century temples built during the reign of Malla kings. These buildings are adorned with meticulously carved facades characteristic to Newar architecture.

 

The central square is surrounded by palace complexes built during the Malla and Shah periods. The most well-known among them is the Nautale Durbar, a nine-story palace built by Prithvi Narayan Shah to commemorate the Unification of Nepal. A three-story temple called Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal is located at the southern edge of the Durbar square. This Malla-era temple is used as the residence of the Kumari, a young girl worshiped as a living embodiment of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

 

Swayambhunath Stupa

The tour then moves towards Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple that features a large Stupa known as the Mahachaitya. The Tibetan name for the site means Sublime Trees, for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shingun may be of Nepal Bhasa name for the complex, Swayambhu, meaning self-sprung. For the Buddhist Newars, in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice Swayambhu occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha. Swayambhu is the Hindu name. The hilltop also offers you a 360 degree view of the valley.

 

Pashupatinath Temple

You will then board the private vehicle to move towards Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. The temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is located in Kathmandu, Nepal near the Bagmati River. This temple was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1979. This extensive Hindu temple precinct is a sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Moreover, it is one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO’s designation of Kathmandu Valley.

 

The temple is built on an area of 246 hectares and includes 518 mini-temples and a main pagoda house. It is also one of the Paadal Petra Sthalams on the continent. The exact date of the temple’s construction is uncertain, but the current form of the temple was constructed in 1692 CE. According to Gopalraj Aalok Bhatta, the temple was built by Prachanda Deva, a Licchavi king. However, the existence of the temple is recorded as early as 400 CE.

 

Boudhanath

The tour then moves towards Boudhanath, the Stupa with the largest mandala. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. It is located on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner and continues to the ancient and smaller stupa of Chabahil named Charumati Stupa (often called “Little Boudhanath”). Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers at Boudha Stupa for many centuries. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising, a large number of the Tibetan refugees migrated to Nepal and settled down around Boudhanath. The influx of the Tibetan refugees has seen the construction of over 50 gompas (Budhhist monasteries) around Boudha. As of 1979, Boudha Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. Moreover, it is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attractions is the medieval royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided.

 

The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newar architecture. The square floor is tiled with red bricks. Additionally, there are many temples and statues in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. Furthermore, there is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. A center of both Hinduism and Buddhism, Patan Durbar Square has 136 Bahals (courtyards) and 55 major temples.

 

Tour Video

 

Highlights of Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour:

 

1. Guided Tour to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

2. Experience live cremation in Pashupatinath Temple

3. Explore two of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites

4. Rediscover the historic importance of former royal palaces

5. Experience the historic and cultural richness of this enigmatic capital

6. Private Transfer with air conditioned vehicle

7. Chance to sight living goddess Kumari

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

09:00 AM: Tour begins from your hotel

The tour begins early in the morning with a Tour Guide picking you up from your hotel.

09:15 AM: Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom and is one of three Durbar (Royal Palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

11:00 AM: Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to c. 450–c. to 750 ce. The stupa has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on. The site has two access points: a long staircase leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the south-west entrance.

12:30 PM: Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. This “extensive Hindu temple precinct” is a “sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries built on an area of 246 hectares (2,460,000 m²) and includes 518 mini-temples and a main pagoda house.

01:30 PM: Boudhanath

Boudhanath, also known as Khasti Chaitya is a stupa with a massive mandala that makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner and continues to the ancient and smaller stupa of Chabahil named Charumati Stupa (often called “Little Boudhanath”).

03:00 PM: Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur has the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newar architecture. The square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and statues in the area including the most famous Krishna Mandir.

04:00 PM: Drop back to your hotel

You will be dropped back to your hotel at four in the afternoon.

F.A.Q

What are the places I will visit during the Kathmandu day tour?

The places you will visit include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square

 

Note: All of these places are listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

What should I bring along for this day tour?

You must bring along your Passport along with some cash (USD 45 or its equivalent NPR) with you for buying monuments entry tickets and lunch (excluded in your pay).

 

You may also consider tagging along your sunscreen and sunglasses with you.

What should I wear for the tour?

Kathmandu is a moderately hot place during summer but its winter is cold. You may likewise choose any outfit comfortable to you according to your season of visit. 

 

Note: There aren't any restrictions to your clothes whatsoever.

Is pick up and drop off service included?

Yes, we have pickup and drop off service included in your pay. A private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu and drop you off at the same hotel in the evening.

What's Included

  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • Private Vehicle
  • Tour Guide

What's Excluded

  • Gratitude for Guide / Driver
  • Monuments Entrance Fee

Activities

  • City Tours
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing

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