Kathmandu City Day Tour: 1 Day

Kathmandu City Day Tour - 1 Day
Trip Information
  • Duration1 Day
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude1350m
  • ActivityHistorical and Cultural Excursion
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartFrom Hotel
  • Trip EndFrom Hotel
  • Best TimeSep to June
Highlights
  • An exciting sightseeing tour in the harmony of both Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
  • A city steeped with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and masterpiece works of art.
  • Explore beautiful temples and religious monuments of great historical interest.
  • Wonderful places to observe local traditions, and customs full of charm and beauty.

"An interesting city, Kathmandu, is a blend of modernity with ancient glory."

Introduction: Kathmandu City Day Tour

Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal! This enchanting destination is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, historical landmarks, and natural beauty. Welcome to the Kathmandu City Tour! Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through this ancient city, where you will have the opportunity to explore Nepal's rich history, experience its diverse culture, and marvel at its stunning architecture. Welcome to this exciting itinerary, where you can embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Nepal. 

Over the course of a day or more, you will have the opportunity to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, immerse yourself in the beauty of majestic temples and stupas, wander through bustling markets, and indulge in the delightful flavors of traditional Nepali cuisine. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with cultural treasures and culinary delights. Early morning, around 8 a.m., where our company representative will come to pick you up at your hotel lobby. 

This tour is a delightful prelude or postlude to your major adventures in Nepal, such as trekking in the Himalayas. It provides an insightful introduction to the local culture and way of life, preparing you for your explorations throughout Nepal. The tour commences in the morning after breakfast, with short drives to the designated sites of great interest. An expert guide will accompany you to unveil the wonders of Nepal, making your day tour an unforgettable experience.

How does the Kathmandu Day Tour Start and End?

Kathmandu City Day tour begins with a discovery of cultural and historical treasures in the city's center. The first stop is the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with pagoda-styled monuments depicting Nepal's history. Visitors will come across Kumari Ghar, the Living Goddess's abode, and Hanuman Dhoka, a medieval royal seat. The trek continues to the legendary Taleju Temple, the resounding Great Bell, the Big Drums, and the legendary Golden Gate guarded by Hanuman.

The exploration extends to the unique Kasthamandap Temple, constructed in 1596 A.D. from a single tree and a namesake for the city. Then, the tour leads them to Boudhanath Stupa, South Asia's largest Buddhist shrine, where visitors will meander through its three-tiered terraces and experience the vibrant local market, often referred to as "Little Tibet" due to its Tibetan origins and culture.

Visitors can even savor local Nepali cuisines at a restaurant within the Boudhanath complex, all while basking in the stunning presence of the stupa. The journey proceeds to the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, known for its splendid three-tiered golden pagoda rooftop dedicated to Lord Shiva. As non-Hindus are not permitted within the main temple premises, a guide offered by Holiday Planner Nepal will provide a suitable vantage point to observe the temple and its spiritual activities along the Bagmati River so that visitors don’t miss out on anything.

The tour concludes with a visit to Budhanilkantha, known as Narayanthan, which is home to an enthralling Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. Visitors will be able to see the magnificent figure of Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of serpents in a sacred pool.

Itinerary
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8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Short drive to Kathmandu Durba8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Short drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square for an hour tour Square for an hour tour

Morning approx. 8:30 a.m. not later than 9 a.m. departure from the hotel for a short drive in the heart of Kathmandu city, and then a short walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square or Palace Courtyard teemed with historical and religious ancient beautiful pagoda styled monuments. This exciting area listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where some of the building was destroyed during 2015 earthquake. However, renovation is taking place.

Tour takes you to the following interesting places, the Residence of Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), known as Temple of Kumari, and the beautiful quadrangle court with a Buddhist stupa in the center.

The residential quarters, located above from the courtyard where the Chaste Virgin Living Goddess called KUMARI resides, a magnificent carved wooden balconies and window screens on this traditional building.

The young Living Goddess or Kumari gives the audience and bless you from her beautifully decorated windows.

Tour of Hanuman Dhoka, historic seat of past royals, the old Royal Palace Complex dedicated to Malla and late Shah Monarch, designated as a World Heritage Site.

The ancient temples and palaces epitomize the religious and cultural life-style of the Nepalese. Enjoy view of Taleju Temple built by late King Mahindra Malla in 1549 A.D.,

Observe Great Bell and Big Drums. The main golden-gate guarded by Monkey-God called Hanuman, a faithful devotee of Lord Ram Chandra-the Hero of the Epic "Ramayana."

Tour takes you to a unique temple built from the wood of a single tree and thus known as Kasthamandap, where the name Kathmandu derived from also known as Maru Satal, and built-in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla.

9: 30 a.m. or 10 a.m. Drive to Bouddhanath Stupa for an hour tour

After a wonderful tour of old Durbar Square, walk to the car park and drive east from the city to reach a beautiful complex at Bouddhanath huge Stupa.

Listed in World Heritage Sites and as well the largest Buddhist shrine and a Stupa of South Asia.

For Buddhists, it is called a Chorten which was built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. Perched on three tiers terraces, when seen from above or with bird eye view takes a relevant shapes of a lotus flower.

A sacred monument for Buddhist followers this huge Stupa encircled by prayer wheels and colorful market, also known as small Tibet due to local who lives around the area of Tibetan origin and with similar culture.

The most interesting is Lord Buddha's eyes on four cardinal direction that gives a vivid flash around four cardinal directions, the area around with many Mahayana Buddhism faith monasteries.

12: 30 p.m. or 1 p.m. Lunch break at a nice restaurant around Bouddhanath

Enjoying, pleasant and interesting time, the guide will take you to a nice restaurant within the Bouddhanath complex. Where you can enjoy lunch with the backdrop of Bouddhanath Stupa.

01 p.m. or 1: 30 p.m. Short drive to Pashupatinath temple a less than hour tour

From Bouddhanath, a short drive to reach the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath a marvelous three-tier golden pagoda rooftop, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Non-Hindu is not allowed to enter the main temple premises, however guide will take to a nice spot. Where you can catch a view of the temple and religious activities of pilgrims and devotees, on the opposite of Bagmati River.

The temple, flooded with pilgrims on the day of ‘Shiva-Ratri’. (Birth anniversary of Lord Shiva).

1: 30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Drive to Buddhanilkantha and visit the temple

After an interesting moment at Pashupatinath temple area, drive takes you north at the end of Kathmandu valley rim to reach at Buddhanilkantha, also called Narayanthan.

A magnificent Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Narayan, where you can witness Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of serpents, in the middle of the pious pool seems like floating on a water.

The surrounding pond represents the sea, this beautiful sleeping statue of Lord Vishnu belief, it was built in the 5th century A.D. late and past king of Nepal was not allowed to visit this place for particular reasons and unknown.

Hence to please the kings and royals, a replica of a sleeping Vishnu been built in Balaju water garden for the monarch.

2: 30 p.m. or 3 p.m. End of the tour and drive back to hotel

Enjoying, a peaceful and tranquil environment with a great beautiful statue of Lord Vishnu, lying on a bed of serpent back to the car park, for a short drive to your hotel after a lovely, exciting experience on Kathmandu city day tour.

    Cost Details
    What's Included
    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local Tour Guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, transport, and insurance.
    • All transfers and sightseeing tours by private deluxe Car/Coach with Air conditionding (Entrance fees are extra).
    What's not Included
    • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments.
    • Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos.
    • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Airfare and airport tax.
    • Special Drinks.
    • Cost of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, Tips, etc.
    • Cost not mentioned in the above list.
    Availability
    • The trip departs every day of the year.
    • The trip and trek are fully customizable; we can customize the trip according to the needs and necessities of our clients.
    • The trip is available for solo travelers, group travelers, and private travelers.
    • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well.
    • If the given dates are not appropriate for the travelers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients.
    • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time.
    • Contact us at info@holidaytoursnepal.com, or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630. We are available 24/7 on WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for additional information.
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