Tour in Kathmandu - 5 Days

Tour in Kathmandu - 5 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration5 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude1910.00m
  • ActivityCultural And Historical Excursion, Mountain Flight
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeSeptember to June
Highlights
  • Enjoy a wonderful cultural supper that immerses you in Nepalese culture, music, and cuisine, capping off your Kathmandu adventure.
  • Discover Kathmandu's famous Durbar Square complex, with its ornate architecture, old temples, and vibrant local culture.
  • Visit this prominent Buddhist stupa (Swayambhunath), which offers panoramic views of Kathmandu as well as the opportunity to participate in Buddhist ceremonies.
  • Visit Pashupatinath, a revered Hindu temple, and its cremation ghats along the Bagmati River, which are rich in spiritual and cultural value.
  • Soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this gigantic Buddhist stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Tibetan culture that surrounds it.
  • Visit Nagarkot high station for stunning vistas of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest.
  • Discover the historical and architectural treasures of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cultural richness.

“Home of Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”

Trip Introduction: Kathmandu Tour 5 Days.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is a treasure chest for nature lovers and it is also considered a hub for historical, cultural, and religious sites. This valley is home to 8 of the World Heritage sites listed by UNESCO. The Three Durbar Squares Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur are home to the culturally rich Newar community. The festivals, celebrations, and religious events make this a highly worthwhile destination.

On the other hand, Kathmandu is surrounded by hilly terrains:  Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri where unexplored vegetation thrives. This package provided by Holiday Tours Nepal includes an early morning mountain flight that allows you to observe the Nepalese Himalayas from above. Aside from that, hiking on these high slopes provides the best views of the mountains, as well as dawn and sunset.

This Kathmandu Tour 5-day itinerary provides a detailed exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square. The visitors can witness famous monuments like Kumari Bahal, Kalabhairav, and Shiva Parvati Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Similarly, individuals can see the Lion’s Gate, The Golden Gate, The Palace of 55 Windows, and the Royal Bath in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Additionally, visitors can visit Krishna Mandir, and Patan Museum and explore Newari Food around Patan Durbar Square

This excursion is followed by another trip to Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu which displays a variety of temple artistry and culture. The main attraction around Pashupatinath includes Ghats, Bachhareswari Temple, Goraknath Temple, Ram Temple, and Sati’s Gate. Likewise, Soyambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath stupa both represent the rich Buddhist culture of Nepal.

The tour also includes adventurous hiking to Nagarkot (The Fort of the Town) which is especially famous for the sunrise view showing the Himalayas, featuring Mount Everest and other peaks in eastern Nepal's Himalayan range. Other places you might go on this holiday are Bungmati, Khokana, and Chobar, where individuals can explore the natural beauty of mountains and villages.

Kathmandu Tour 5 Days: What to Expect?

Kathmandu is quickly becoming a popular budget tourist destination as well as a center for independent travelers. Thamel is the primary tourist district, tightly packed with hotels, restaurants, pubs, and taverns. Tourists may explore the market, shopping centers, and Thamel's nightlife. Nighttime in Thamel is quite vibrant. 

Kathmandu City Tour can take you on a ride through impressive sites full of historic and religious importance. Firstly, visitors get to explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, Soyambhunath Stupa, and the City of Patan followed by a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and a short hike to Nagarkot. The tour then ends with an amazing excursion to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The main attractions in Kathmandu include:

  •  Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is located in the center of Kathmandu, near the old Malla kings' royal palace. It is readily accessible from numerous locations throughout the city. The main attractions include:
    • Hanuman Dhoka Palace: Hanuman, the monkey god, is portrayed as standing guard at the Hanuman Dhoka, the palace's main entrance gate. The palace is an excellent example of traditional Nepali architecture.
    • Kala Bhairab: The god of justice, Kalabhairab, was used as a lie detector in the 17th century. People continue to pray for good fortune. It currently stands as a prominent figure in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal. This statue illustrates the destructive force of Lord Shiva and is worshipped for protection. Devotees gather to offer prayers and seek blessings. The square's fascinating past, combined with the magical existence of Kal Bhairav, sums up the historical appeal of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Shiva Parvati Temple: The Shiva Parvati Temple, located in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, is a revered Hindu shrine recognized for its artistic splendor. It includes excellent woodcarvings and elaborate construction and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pilgrims and visitors come to seek blessings and to appreciate the cultural and historical value of the temple.
    • Nasal Chowk: Located within Kathmandu Durbar Square, it is a magnificent courtyard famed for its elaborate woodcarvings, medieval architecture, and King Pratap Malla's beloved monument. A fitting tribute to Nepal's rich past.
    • Mohan Kali Chowk: It houses a statue of the goddess Mohan Kali. It's a peaceful spot with artistic elements that add to the square's cultural attractiveness.
    • Sundari Chowk: Located within Kathmandu Durbar Square, it features excellent Newar architecture, particularly the Sunken Bath and elaborate windows. A tranquil courtyard of ageless beauty that reflects Nepal's architectural genius.
  • Swayambhunath Temple:  Also known as Monkey Temple, this is a sacred Buddhist Stupa which is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal. This 2500-year-old is one of the most important religious sites in Kathmandu. Visitors can access the stupa by ascending a long staircase to finally reach the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the valley.
  • Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square day tour takes tourists around spectacular Malla-era sites packed with historical and religious attractions. Holiday Tours Nepal offers an intriguing full-day tour that includes the opportunity to view artists at work. The major attractions include:
    • Krishna Temple: The Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square is a stunning representation of classical Newari architecture. It is devoted to Lord Krishna and was built in the 17th century. Its exquisite carvings, illustrate scenes from Krishna's life in particular, making it a significant spiritual and cultural attraction in the center of Patan.
    • Khumbeshwor: It is a small yet attractive Hindu temple recognized for its beautiful architecture and exquisite woodcarvings, which add to the square's cultural diversity.
    • Rudra Varna Mahavihar: It is also known as Uku Bahal, a Buddhist monastery in Patan Durbar Square. It was built in the 17th century and has a lovely courtyard and unique Newari woodcarvings that showcase Nepal's cultural heritage.
    • The Ashoka Stupas: Patan Durbar Square in Nepal includes Ashoka stupas, which are thought to have been built about the third century B.C. by Emperor Ashoka of India. These brick and stone stupas have historic and religious significance. They are significant remnants that demonstrate Nepal's old Buddhist and Mauryan Empire ties. While the stupas are not as visible as other monuments in the square, they represent an important part of the area's historical legacy. While exploring Patan Durbar Square, visitors will recognize their historical significance and architectural simplicity.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: Located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. The major attractions include:
    •  Mukhalinga: It is a sacred stone representation of Lord Shiva's face, a revered object of worship in Hinduism.
    •  Guhyeshwari Temple: It is a prominent Hindu shrine where the goddess Sati's "yoni" emblem, which represents divine feminine energy and spirituality, is worshipped.
    •  Gorakhnath Temple: It is devoted to Guru Gorakhnath, a respected figure in Hinduism's Nath lineage. It's a place of spiritual significance and meditation.
    •  Western Cremation Ghats: Hindu death procedures are performed at the Western Cremation Ghats in the Pashupatinath Temple complex. Along the holy Bagmati River, they provide a dark site for outdoor cremations, a highly important ritual in Hindu culture.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: The Boudhanath Stupa is a magnificent and respected Buddhist landmark in Kathmandu, Nepal. This massive white stupa, wrapped with prayer flags and Buddha's eyes, conveys peace. People stroll circling it, spinning prayer wheels, and singing chants. The location includes Tibetan monasteries, stores, and cafes, resulting in a bustling Tibetan cultural hub. Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, inspires reflection, meditation, and cultural exploration, providing an oasis of peace in the center of the busy city.
  • Nagarkot: It is a picturesque village in Nepal, that provides an exciting hiking experience. The Nagarkot climb is famous for providing stunning vistas of the Himalayan mountain range, encompassing notable peaks such as Mt. Everest and Langtang. The trek often begins in beautiful forests, wanders past charming villages, and then ascends to the viewpoint of Nagarkot. The scenery changes into an amazing pallet of colors as the sun rises, which makes it a popular site for sunrise and sunset watchers. Hikers may enjoy the peace and quiet of nature while also enjoying the warmth of the locals which makes it a great spot for a rejuvenating day or overnight trip.
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Also known as the Museum of Medieval Art and Architecture. It is well-known for its excellent architectural designs, woodcarvings, and archaeological finds. The major attractions include:
    • 55 Window Palace: It is a stunning architectural marvel with 55 beautifully carved windows that showcase Newar artistry and historical significance.
    • Golden Gate: The Golden Gate (Swarnamukhi) at Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a beautiful Newari architectural marvel. Its beautifully crafted wooden door is coated in gold and embellished with mythical and spiritual characters, resulting in an iconic representation of Bhaktapur's cultural diversity and legacy.
    • Lions Gate: It is a historic structure with a magnificently carved wooden gateway protected by stone lions, an emblem of Bhaktapur's rich history and creativity.
    • The Mini Pashupati Temple: It is a scaled-down replica of the renowned Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. This beautifully crafted Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
    • Nyatapola Temple: The distinctive five-tiered pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple is dedicated to the goddess Siddhi Lakshmi. It is a Newari architectural marvel famed for its height, strength, and elaborate woodcarvings, making it one of Nepal's tallest and most magnificent temples.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you'll receive a warm welcome and be transferred to your accommodation/hotel. If time allows, our knowledgeable guide will lead you through the bustling local old market, providing you with a taste of Kathmandu's unique way of life. Later in the evening, we'll pick you up from your hotel to participate in a delightful cultural dinner, immersing you in the rich traditions of Nepal. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    On the first day of your full-day tour in Kathmandu, you'll have the opportunity to explore three out of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites after a relaxing night's rest and a hearty breakfast at your hotel. This tour is not only educational but also delightful, offering a chance to receive blessings from Kumari, the living goddess. As you visit the heart of the city (Kathmandu Durbar Square), you'll be surrounded by numerous temples and a historic royal palace. The key highlights of this monument include intricately designed courtyards with sculpted buildings, impressive architectural wonders, and encounters with the living goddess Kumari. Additionally, a museum within Durbar Square houses significant artifacts related to the Shah Dynasty's monarchs, adding to the historical richness of the experience. Once you set towards Monkey Temple you'll encounter an impressive Buddhist stupa and sweeping views of the city which is about 2.5km/1.55 miles from Durbar Square. It usually takes 12-15 minutes to reach depending upon the traffic condition and mode of transportation. The day's adventures continue as you visit Patan, another ancient city boasting its own Durbar Square, renowned for its stunning art and architectural wonders. It takes about 8.9 km/5.53 miles via ring road to reach Patan from Swayambhunath Temple. This is about 21 minutes drive. As you visit the various cultural and historical sites, your guide provided by Holiday Planner Nepal will ensure you have opportunities to savor local cuisine at recommended restaurants during the day. After completion head back to the hotel, have dinner, and stay overnight.

      After the mountain flight, return to the hotel for breakfast, and then proceed with the trip as follows;

      You'll commence your journey with a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, one of Nepal's most revered Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Upon arrival, visitors can learn about the Hindu cremation system by visiting an open public crematorium on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. While visiting this temple of Lord Shiva, the destroyer and re-creator, individuals will have the opportunity to approach dreadlocked holy men. Guests will get busy exploring the major attractions of Pashupatinath which include: Mukhalinga, Guhyeshwari Temple, and Gorakhnath Temple.

      Our Kathmandu adventure continues with a visit to Boudhanath by road which takes about 8 min as the distance is only 2.1 km/1.304 miles. Boudhanath appears to be a miniature Tibet due to the numerous Tibetan monasteries and Tibetan exiles. Aside from these, there are a number of Thanka painting schools in Nepal that create the best Nepalese souvenirs. The excursion departs from the city's people and excitement and proceeds to the countryside. It’s a minimum of an hour ride with a distance covered 25.1 km/15.596 miles. It is the farthest point of your trip to Kathmandu in this package. We'll arrive in Nagarkot, 'The Fort of the Town,' after passing through farmland, local life, and dozens of twists and turns. This place is well-known for its breathtaking mountain vistas, as well as its sunrise and sunset. Enjoy the sun's magnificent performance as it prepares to set at the horizon. Stay at the resort for the night.

      Note: An option, Morning Everest Mountain flight - This aircraft circles the Himalayas, ascending to Everest and returning to Kathmandu.

        This morning, you will photograph a magnificent sunrise from the Nagarkot resort. Breakfast is served at the resort you stayed in last night. Afterward, we will go to Bhaktapur, a historic city that is around 12.5 km/7.76 miles from Nagarkot. This town has an infinite number of cultural and historic courtyards, gigantic temples with mostly acclaimed designs (e.g., Nyatapola), and an arty Durbar. After touring Bhaktapur, we'll drive back to Kathmandu, where you'll have the afternoon to yourself.  Stay overnight at a hotel.

          It’s the day of final departure when Holiday Planner Nepal will do all the preparations necessary to transfer our guests to the International Airport.

            Cost Details
            What's Included
            • International airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
            • Accommodation on twin sharing basis during the tours
            • Daily breakfast in the hotel before the tour
            • Professional local Tour Guide of Kathmandu city.
            • All transfer and sightseeing tour by private deluxe Car / Coach with Air condition
            • Holiday Planner Nepal’s T-shirt, cap and city maps
            • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
            • First add kid box
            • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
            What's not Included
            • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments
            • Nepal visa
            • Travel insurance
            • Lunch and Dinner
            • Air fare and airport tax
            • Special Drinks
            • Cost of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, Tips etc.
            • Any day in the early morning Mountain flight tour of Mount Everest and Himalayan range Extra cost- USD 253- per person
            Availability
            • The trip departs everyday if the year
            • The trip and trek is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity 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 date are not appropriate for the travllers and trekkers the trip can be conducted on the custom 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 specially sometimes in themountains the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

            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 wechat for additional informations.

            Tour in Kathmandu - 5 Days FAQs

            • Before travelling to Kathmandu you must have a valid visa depending upon the nationality. All vaccinations and health precautions should be followed. Having insurance is always a backup for any unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to get your currency exchanged for Nepalese rupees (NRs). Visitors can check the weather forecast which can help to pack accordingly. At last, visitors must be aware to respect local culture and tradition.

            • You can customize your tour for 5 days in Kathmandu in accordance with your personal preferences. The major attraction points for the tour are Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur Durbar Squares. Additionally, a visit to Pashupatinath temple, Soyambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa, and a short trek to Nagarkot is highly recommended.

              Holiday Planner Nepal can customize Kathmandu 5-day tour especially for you so that you can travel more readily and freely in preference with your chosen locations and time.

            • Yes, five days is a comfortable amount of time for your visit to Kathmandu. You can even make day trips to other places just outside Kathmandu. However, it really depends on what you want to see. If you want complete experience including cities like Chitwan, Pokhara, and Lumbini then you need at least 10-15 days.

            • Kathmandu is well-known for its rich cultural legacy and majestic temples and stupas, such as the legendary Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupa. It is also the home of Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest Hindu temple of Nepal. Thamel, the center of Nepalese tourism harbors vendors, shops and restaurants who sell traditional cuisines, trekking gears, authentic handicrafts and souveniers. The nightlife of Thamel is recognized all over the world.

              • Day 1: Kathmandu Tours Begin with Arrival in Kathmandu.
              • Day 2: Tours of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Patan.
              • Day 3: Pashupatinath – Boudhanath and Nagarkot Tours.
              • Day 4: Tours of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
              • Day 5: Final departure.

              You can get detailed explanation and further information of above mentioned itinerary from Holiday Planner Nepal.

            • No, it is not necessary to book a hotel if you are traveling with an organized company. Holiday Planner Nepal will take care of all the accommodation facilities before you reach Kathmandu. It will be our responsibility to accommodate you with good food and facilities and more so you can travel freely and have a wonderful experience.

            • The major attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square are:

              • Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square.
              • The Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
              • Kumari Ghar (Kumari's Living Goddess House).
              • Taleju Temple.
              • Basantapur Tower (Basantapur Durbar).
              • Kal Bhairav Temple.
              • Jagannath Temple.
              • Shiva-Parvati Temple.
              • Kasthamandap.
            • The major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are:

              • 55-Window Palace.
              • Nyatapola Temple.
              • Vatsala Temple.
              • Bhairava Nath Temple.
              • Golden Gate.
              • Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
              • The Lion's Gate.
              • Mini Pashupatinath Temple.
              • Siddhi Laxmi Temple.
              • Art and architecture showcasing Newar craftsmanship.
            • The major attractions of Patan Durbar squares are:

              • Patan Museum.
              • Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple).
              • Mul Chowk.
              • Sundari Chowk.
              • Krishna Mandir.
              • Mahabouddha Temple.
              • Vishwanath Temple.
              • Taleju Temple.
              • Bhimsen Temple.
              • Mahalaxmi Temple.
            • Visit to Kathmandu can be done all year round. However, the months of September through November are perfect for visiting Kathmandu because of the pleasant weather which supports outdoor activities like hiking and sightseeing.

              Springtime (March through May), is also an excellent time to visit Kathmandu. It's a great time to visit the city's gardens and parks because the weather is nice and the flowers are in bloom. However, keep in mind that during the biggest tourism season, Kathmandu may become rather busy, and accommodation and entertainment rates may rise.

            • Roadways are the mode of transportation in Kathmandu. You can hire a private vehicle or public bus which runs on various routes of the city help to link Kathmandu with other towns. Taxis, Buses, and three-wheeled Tempo are some common vehicles for covering small distances within the city. In contrast, travelers can lease bicycles and motorbikes for transportation.

            • Yes, Kathmandu is a safe place to travel. However, being cautious while roaming around the city is essential.

            • There are varieties of dishes that need to be tried at least once while traveling to Kathmandu. Such dishes include:

              • Momos.
              • Dal Bhat.
              • Newari Cuisine (e.g., Bara, Yomari, and various local curries).
              • Sel Roti.
              • Dhido.
              • Samay Baji.
              • Sukuti.
              • Gundruk.
              • Aloo Tama.
              • Kwati (mixed bean soup).
            • You can go to Kathmandu, Nepal by plane or by bus. Many large cities have direct flights to Kathmandu. Nepal Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air India, and many other airlines fly to Kathmandu.

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