Kathmandu day tour

Welcome to Kathmandu (काठमाडौं)

“Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.”

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SarahTzSaipal and René C. Nielsen.

Kathmandu, one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley is probably the place where your time in Nepal begins. Narrow alleys, crowded bazars, devotees who are on their way to one of the many holy temples. But also rickshaws and cows in the streets … this is one of worlds’ most fascinating cities.

what to do in Kathmandu?

When you’re in this city for the first time, it might be an overwhelming experience. However, this place counts many places well worth visiting, including Unesco-listed places.

This endlessly fascinating city has enough sights to keep you busy up to a week. But make sure that you leave time for other places in Nepal as well so that you can explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out. 

Tour Schedule

This guided day tour starts at 9 am and ends at 2 pm. The departure and ending point of the tour is Thamel, Kathmandu. It is also possible that we pick you up at your hotel.

  • Shwoyambhunath Stupa - sightseeing for about 30 minutes.
  • Patan Durbar Square - visit the old royal palace, the golden temple, and the Mahabouddha Temple and sightseeing in Durbar Square area for about 45 minutes.
  • Pashupatinath Temple - sightseeing for about 45 minutes.
  • Bouddhanath Stupa - lunch break for 45 minutes and sightseeing for about 30 minutes.
  • Drive back to Thamel or your hotel.

Kathmandu in 1 day

This 1 day private tour in the Kathmandu Valley is the best tour to explore beautiful temples, stupas, monasteries, old royal palaces and the traditional city of the Kathmandu Valley for both individual and groups.

During this tour you will be taken to Swoyambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. All four locations are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.

Swoyambhunath Stupa

First we go to one of the most famous and beautiful Buddhist stupas, or Maha Chaityas. It is located on the top of a hill in Kathmandu Valley, and is surrounded by a small forest. From here you have wonderful views over Kathmandu city. It is 2 kilometer far from the main centre of Kathmandu city. Some people call this place 'monkey temple' because a huge number of monkeys live here.

Patan Durbar Square 

This square presents you the history of Nepal, including the temples, shrine, and beautiful carvings. The ancient royal palace is the main attraction of Durbar Square that consists of three main chowks (courtyards) known as Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Mani Keshab Narayan Chowk. 

The palace for royal bath called 'Tushhity' is a masterpiece of stone architecture. The three storied octagonal temple of Taleju Bhawani built in 1667 and a temple of Degu Taleju are within the Durbar Square premises.

Patan is the oldest of three cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the city of beauty which is famed for its wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples with an abundance of fine bronze gateway and wonderful carvings. There are more than 1200 Buddhists monuments.

Pashupatinath Temple 

This is the biggest temple of the Hindu supreme Lord Shiva at the bank of the holy river Bagmati, 5 kilometers far from the city. This is a pagoda style Hindu temple made by bronze that has four doors in four directions. On the top of the temple, there is golden pinnacle with gold-glided ruff. The temple is decorated with valuable ornaments. 

There is no record when the temple was first built. According to Hindu texts, the existence of this temple was also in second century which was renovated many times. The present temple was built in 17th century.

Behind the temple there are many cremation grounds called “Aryaghat”at the bank of Bagmati River. Most of the Hindu people want to be cremated in this place after their death.

Bouddhanath Stupa

This stupa was constructed in Mandala shape, it is the biggest stupa in South Asia. This Buddhist monument was built in 5th century but renovated time to time. It is about 130 feet height with about 1600 feet circumference surrounded by the brick wall. There are 147 inches with the prayer wheels on the wall. 'Om Mani Padme Hum' written in the prayer wheels is the Buddhist chanting to get the merit of worship in the name of god.

Bouddhanath looks like a small Tibetan village. As it is also a meditation instrument of Buddhist, a crowd of people walk around the stupa to worship the god and meditate.

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Govinda
Namaste! As a Nepali I proudly welcome you to my beautiful country. When I first started doing business, I runned a trekking gear shop in Thamel, Kathmandu. Since I have discovered the joy of traveling myself, I got the license for mountain trekking guide. And now, with by Mountain People, I am excited to show travelers from all over the world Nepal’s most beautiful places.