Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is a fascinating destination rich in culture and history. Its centuries old palaces, monuments, medieval temples, stupas and pagodas stand alongside narrow crowded cobblestone lanes packed with cars and tourists. Traditional workshops manufacturing all sorts of local crafts are accompanied by modern cafes and restaurants providing a wide range of local and western delights. Kathmandu city is an exhilarating scene that has captured the imagination of tourists for decades.
The Kathmandu City Day Tour gives the opportunity to visit four of Kathmandu’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Tour starts with a morning visit to the Pashupatinath the fascinating Hindu site renowned for its temples and funeral ghats which stretch along the banks of the Bagmati River. Here you will witness cremations on the river bank, explore temples and shrines and if you like, get a photograph with one of the many spiritual enlightened Sadhus (holymen) who forgo all modern day luxuries in their pursuit of enlightenment.
The second stop is at Boudhanath, the 2500 year old Buddhist stupa has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is often referred to as Little Tibet. The stupa has four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha facing the cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people.
Our next stop is Swayambhunath, or the “Monkey Temple” as it is commonly known, is another Buddhist shrine of high importance. It was first built 2000 years ago but the present stupa is said to be built after the 14th century. The site sits high on a hill on the western side of the city and offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square with its history that dates back to the 15th century is our next stop. A myriad of temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses surround a lavish royal palace that was the home of the royal family till the 19th century. Another major attraction of Durbar Square is the Kumari Ghar, home of the Kumari or Living Goddess. If you are lucky, you may get to see her as she acknowledges the greetings of visitors from her balcony window. The 2015 earthquake damaged some of the buildings in Durbar Square but they are slowly being restored and it is still a fascinating place to visit.
The final destination of our tour is Asan, the colourful, bustling and crowded local market. It is the oldest market in Kathmandu and is predominantly inhabited by Newari people. Asan is a short walk from the tourist district of Thamel and its maze of narrow streets and alleys make for a fascinating experience.
The Kathmandu City Day Tour is a must for those wanting to explore the unique culture and history of this amazing city.
Pick up from your Kathmandu hotel at 8.00am and head to Pashupatinath to explore the temples and witness the daily cremations. At 9.30am we take the short drive to Boudhanath, the first of the two Buddhist shrines that we visit today. After an hour or so we head to Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple arriving around 11.30am. At 12.30pm we depart and head to the iconic Kathmandu Durbar Square. We have a short lunch break on the way then spend an hour or so wandering through this magnificent site. The last activity of the day is a visit to colourful Asan Market before we return to your hotel arriving by 4.00 or 5.00pm.
Duration: 8-9 hrs
Transportation: Private car
Tour Grade: Easy
Tour Start: Kathmandu
Tour Finish: Kathmandu
Group Size: Min 2
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