A Kathmandu Day tour is a couple of hours guided tour to the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is not just a capital but a glory of Nepal. Kathmandu- the city of temples is regarded as a living gallery of unique art, culture and history of Nepal is indeed a living cloister of the unique art, culture, paintings and sculptures that it still preserves. Being an ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Kathmandu possesses a unique blend of its own art and architecture with that of others. And, it can be found everywhere, in the monuments, temples, palaces and stupas of Nepal. One can easily notice the influence of both Hinduism and Buddhism at this place.
Out of the many UNESCO listed world heritage sites, seven lies in the capital city of Kathmandu. The cultural richness of this place can be predicted through this statistics itself.
Kathmandu Day tour takes you to some of the popular UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu in just few hours. We start our tour at 10 a.m. in the morning and visit the attractions of Kathmandu city like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa – the monkey temple, Boudhanath stupa – the largest stupa in the world and Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest of all others for Hindu pilgrims. After a six hours long exploration, we finally end our tour at around 4 p.m. in the evening.
Kathmandu Day Tour is not just a day tour; it is an excellent opportunity to explore the unique art, culture and history of Nepal. The magnificence that lies in the temples, monuments, palaces, paintings and sculptures; everything is just phenomenon.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a beautiful site located at the heart of the Kathmandu city. The marvellous old temple palaces, art images and other unique construction place make this site a spectacular place to be in. With a history of 14th century, this royal palace preserves its own significance. It is a historical seat of royalty where the kings are crowned and their coronations are solemnized. The importance of this place was recognized by UNESCO and listed it as one of the world heritage sites in 1997.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is also popularly known as Hanuman Dhoka Square. The name “Hanuman Dhoka” comes from the big statue of Hanuman (the legendary monkey god mentioned in the Hindu epic i.e. Ramayana) and dhoka means the big gate to the royal palace.
The legendary Buddhist shrine – Swayambhunath Stupa is another famous attraction of the Kathmandu valley. Lying at the hilltop of Kathmandu valley, this place is a perfect place to view the Kathmandu valley. As per a mythology, the stupa sits on a site where the legendary patriarch Manjushree had found a lotus on an ancient valley lake over 2500 years ago.
This sacred place is an important Buddhist learning centre which consists of stupa with a huge lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire. On the top of the dome are the famous painted eyes of the Buddha gazing in the four directions. Swayambhunath is also known as “The monkey temple” due to the numerous holy monkeys that roam around the temple grounds.
Boudhanath stupa is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu where one can observe traditional Tibetan lifestyle. It the largest stupa of Nepal located approximately four miles away from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is the holiest of all Buddhist temples outside of Tibet.
It has the usual feature of a stupa i.e. huge lofty white dome and glittering golden spire with the enchanting Buddha Eye at the top of it. What makes it unique is that it stands at a height of 36 meters. It is huge as it stands upon the three layered pedestal, having the shape of Mandala.
Pashupatinath temple is yet another UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Established in the 17th century, it is a sacred temple of deity, Lord Shiva. With a sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the bank of Bagmati River, Pashupatinath temple is a temple of magnificence.
Situated approximately 5 km north east of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It holds a very high value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. One of the restrictions of this place is that a non Hindu visitor is not allowed to enter inside the temple premises. The main interior of the temple are off the limits to non Hindus. But there is quite a bit to see and experience around this area. The ritual cremations that occur along the riverside on a daily basis can be a sight to behold to those who have not seen a Hindu cremation before. Also, a host of smaller stupas (chaityas), where the mystic Sandhus often gather is a wonderful sight to behold on the opposite side of the river.
Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.
- Airfare from your home country to Nepal (i.e. international flights)
- Nepal visa fees
- Your personal expenses for shopping, internet, telephone expenses, laundry and other recreational expenses
- Tips to guide and porter