Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Kathmandu city sightseeing tour provides an opportunity to explore the historically and culturally rich Kathmandu city as well as the surrounding cities like Patan and Bhaktapur. The capital city Kathmandu which is well known as city of temples is rich in religious aspect. The green hills which surround the valley is another highlights which offers sightseeing views and hiking options.
Hills near Kathmandu such as Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Phulchowki and Kakani are the major hill stations for sightseeing around Kathmandu and sunrise and mountain views.
The best places for sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley are as follows
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square comprise of numerous religious places like the old Royal Palace commonly known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, numerous interesting temples, the house where living god Kumari resides commonly known as Kumari Ghar and the beautiful Kasthamandap. An excellent architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reveals the ancient art of Nepal.
Pashupatinath temple situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple resides on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river is in pagoda style with golden roof and four silver doors. Only Hindu are permitted to enter the temple and the rest can view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River. Many worshipers visit Pashupatinath on the special occasion of Shivaratri to worship Lord Shiva which falls in the month of February/March.
Boudhanath Stupa situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. Boudhanath Stupa consists of four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction which resembles for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. This Buddhis Stupa was the creation of King Mandev of Lichivi Dynasty. It is built on an octagonal base with prayer wheels all around the stupa.
Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the opened eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is enriched with palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Patan Durbar Square is also listed as the World Heritage Site and consists of former royal palace, museum containing lots of statues and religious objects that reflects the religious and social life of ancient living. The temple of Krishna commonly known as Krishna Mandir is one of the remarkable monument of 17th-century entirely built with stone dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna.
The key attractions in Patan are the Golden Temple, Kumbheshwar Temple, artistic Krishna Mandir, Jagat Narayan Temple, Mahaboudha, Ashokan Stupa, Machchhendranath Temple and Tibetan Refugee Camp.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is the smallest district of Nepal that covers about 4 square miles and lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur which means the city of devotees still retains a medieval charm with cultural and artistic achievements. Pottery and waving are its traditional industries. Bhaktapur is famous for woodcarving and the traditional cap commonly known as bhadgaule topi. Bhaktapur comprise of many attractive places like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple and many more religious places.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the primary attraction of Bhaktapur which contains numerous temples and other architectural wonders like golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple and Bhaktapur Museum. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979. Palace of 55 Windows being built by King Yaksha Malla is a masterpiece of wood carving. Five storied Pagoda Style temple commonly called Nyatapola Temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla which is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your arrival in Kathmandu will be waiting by our representative to welcome you. After greeting you in the airport, your will be transfer to hotel by private car. After the hotel check in, you will be refresh and if time permits walking around the Thamel market. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
Today after having breakfast, you will be led by a professional city tour guide in a private car/jeep to explore the historical, heritage, and cultural places inside Kathmandu valley. You will visit the famous sites such as Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, Kapan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Dharahara. After sightseeing of these popular world heritage sites, you will transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: Patan and Kritipur City Sightseeing
After the morning breakfast, you will transfer to the famous and historical city Patan for sightseeing. This city is famous for metal crafting and the Durbar Square of historical palaces and temples built by Malla Dynasty king. You will explore the museum, temple and other different culture of locals. After having lunch you will transfer to Kirtipur for sightseeing. Kirtipur lies to the south west of Kathmandu in a hillock. This city was a independent kingdom in the past. The art and architecture with the beautiful views of Kathmandu and Patan city adds an aroma during this visit. You can observe the historical palaces, temples and museum here. On the way you will explore the Nepal’s top Tribhuvan University area. After sightseeing the famous cities, you will back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Bhaktapur City, Changunaryan Temple Tour and Nagarkot
After having breakfast you will transfer to Bhaktpur Durbar Square for sightseeing. Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaun is another famous kingdom in the past ruled by Malla King. This city is famous for architecture and arts of wood, mud and stone. Bhaktapur lies to the east of Kathmandu about 15 kilometers far. The city is rich is unique Newari culture, tradition and lifestyle. After visiting the famous places inside Bhaktapur Durbar Square area, you will drive to the north in order to visit the famous and old Changunaryan Temple. It is belived as the oldest Vishnu Temple (Lord of Hindu) in Nepal. It lies in the hilltop and famous for sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. The architecture of the temple and the story tells you the civilization of Nepal and Hindus. This temple is enlisted by UNESCO as the world heritage sites. After visiting this famous temple, you will drive to Nagarkot, the famous sunrise view point nearby Kathmandu. Nagarkot offer the excellent views of the Himalayas to the north and the panoramic views of landscape. You will stay overnight in a resort here.
Day 05: Sunrise View from Nagarkot and Shopping
Early in the morning about 5:00 AM, you will be ready for the sunrise view over the Himalayas. You will enjoy the beautiful landscape and the views. After sightseeing, you will take your breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu takes about 1 and half hour. You will have free time for shopping and walking through market. In the evening farewell dinner in a Typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 06: Final Departure
You will be ready for your final departure or extend your Nepal stay by joining other actives in Nepal. For departure we will drop you in the International airport to catch your international flight.