Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
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Facts About Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Grade

easy

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

1500

Transportation

Car/Bus/Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Hotel

Major Activity

city tour

Duration:

1 Day

Trip Overview

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.

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.

Kathmandu city sightseeing tour takes you to the 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

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

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 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.

Kathmandu city sightseeing tour’s 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 Kathmandu city sightseeing tour 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.

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 : After breakfast proceeds for city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambunath and Durbar Square.

After breakfast proceeds for city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambunath and Durbar Square.

Pashupatinath Temple is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva; Pathupatinath with two tired

After breakfast proceeds for city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambunath and Durbar Square.

Pashupatinath Temple is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva; Pathupatinath with two tired golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest shrines of Hindus.

The Stupa of Boudhanath lays 8kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Buddhism in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979.

Swoyambunath Stupa: Swoyambhunath Stupa, atop the hillock is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal enlisted in the World Heritage Site.

Later proceed for city tour of Kathmandu visiting Durbar Square, complex of palaces, courtyard and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, use to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu / Overnight in Kathmandu

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Four night accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis ( 3 star category hotel) on twin sharing as mentioned in itinerary
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder tour Guide.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour guide as mentioned in itinerary
  • All Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour program as mentioned in itinerary
  • Overland transportation

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).

Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the top attractions to visit in Kathmandu?

Some of the top attractions in Kathmandu include Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Durbar Square, and the Garden of Dreams.

How long does a typical Kathmandu sightseeing tour last?

A typical Kathmandu sightseeing tour can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the itinerary and the attractions covered.

How much does a Kathmandu sightseeing tour cost?

The cost of a Kathmandu sightseeing tour can vary depending on the duration, the number of attractions covered, and the type of tour. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $100 per person for a half-day or full-day tour.

What should I wear on a Kathmandu sightseeing tour?

Kathmandu is a conservative city, and visitors are expected to dress modestly when visiting temples and religious sites. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as the streets can be uneven and narrow. Additionally, it's recommended to wear sunscreen and a hat during the summer months.

What language is spoken in Kathmandu?

Nepali is the official language of Kathmandu, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas.

Do I need to bring cash for a Kathmandu sightseeing tour?

It's always a good idea to bring some cash, especially for buying souvenirs or for tipping your guide and driver. However, most shops and restaurants in Kathmandu accept credit cards.

Is it safe to travel to Kathmandu?

Kathmandu is a generally safe city for tourists, but like any big city, it's important to take precautions such as avoiding dark and quiet alleys at night and keeping an eye on your belongings in crowded areas. Additionally, it's recommended to check the latest travel advisories before your trip.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Kathmandu is from September to November or from February to April. The weather during these months is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for sightseeing.

Transportation:

The most common mode of transportation for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is a private car or a taxi. However, you can also hire a bike or a bicycle for a more adventurous experience.

Tour Guides:

It's recommended to hire a professional tour guide for your Kathmandu sightseeing tour. They can provide you with valuable information about the history and culture of the city and can also help you navigate through the crowded streets.

Food:

Kathmandu has a diverse range of cuisines, and it's a great place to sample traditional Nepalese dishes such as momos, dal bhat, and chow mein. There are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available.

Dress Code:

As mentioned earlier, it's important to dress modestly when visiting temples and religious sites in Kathmandu. It's also recommended to remove your shoes before entering a temple or a monastery.

Currency:

The currency used in Kathmandu is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). You can exchange your currency at the airport or at a local bank or exchange center.

Other Activities:

In addition to sightseeing, there are plenty of other activities you can do in Kathmandu such as hiking, mountain biking, and cultural tours. You can also explore the nearby towns of Patan and Bhaktapur, which are known for their beautiful architecture and rich history.

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