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Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. You can explore thousands of years of culture here, while making your way through historic temples and monasteries that belong to Hindus and Buddhists alike.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal’s population.

Historically, the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining areas were known as Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, were established. During the Rana and Shah eras, British historians called the valley itself “Nepal Proper”. Today, Kathmandu is not only the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, but also the headquarters of the Central Development Region of Nepal. The Central Region comprises three zones: Bagmati, Narayani, and Janakpur. Kathmandu is located in the Bagmati Zone.

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel. At. 06:00 PM: In the evening, we will meet for a short briefing about your tour programm. If you are arriving late (after 4 p.m.), then we will have a briefing the next morning during breakfast. If any payment is due, then it will be collected during the briefing time.
At. 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your sightseeing tour. Your vehicle for the whole day of sightseeing will arrive at the hotel. During your tour today, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley, including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Firstly, you will start with Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. You will wander through the maze of the temple, surrounded by small shrines, each with its own religious significance. Then, stop by Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and the centre of Tibetan Buddhism, located just 2 km away from the Pashupatinath temple. As you witness the people circumambulating the stupa, you can feel its significance and serenity. There are various cosy cafes and restaurants around the area of Boudhanath that serve different continental cuisines. You can have your lunch there according to your timing. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, famously known as the Monkey Temple, a religious site with Hindu and Buddhist harmony. You must climb certain steps to reach the top of the hill, where the stupa is located. After that, your next exploration will be at Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar squares, where you will travel through the historical lane. At. 03:30 PM: Once your sightseeing is complete, you will drive towards Nagarkot, which is about 30 km east of Kathmandu and takes one and a half hours to drive. Get ready to escape the hustle and bustle of the city areas. As you reach the resort, take a rest and relax yourself. You can also visit the viewpoint to enjoy the sunset. Pashupatinath Temple is the largest and holiest shrine for Hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple, situated on the bank of the Bagmati River, was built in the 5th century. It is represented by a four faced shiva-lingam housed in the main temple. There are around 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva), and 12 Jyotirlingas (phallic shrines) to explore. Although only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed on the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river. A centre for Hindu pilgrimage, this temple hosts different major festivals such as Maha Shivaratri and pujas such as Rudra Abhishek and evening Aarti. Additionally, no entrance fee is charged for Indian nationals to enter the temple. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world, attracting visitors for its religious and spiritual significance. Around the base of the stupa, you’ll find 108 small niches housing statues of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha, representing the different stages of enlightenment. It is a sacred place for both Tibetan Buddhists and locals. Believed to be the oldest Buddhist shrine in Nepal, the history of the Swayambhunath Stupa dates back 2500 years. Also known as a Monkey Temple, it is a hilltop pilgrimage site surrounded by smaller temples, stupas, and monasteries. This site shows the perfect harmony of Hindu and Buddhist religions with the combination of Buddhist stupas and Hindu shrines. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient site that was once the royal palace of the Malla kings, showcases the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. It is surrounded by palaces, temples, courtyards, and statues, with the centerpiece, Hanuman Dhoka, displaying Newari architecture and craftsmanship. Besides that, other heritage sites such as Kumari Ghar (Living Goddess), Kasthamandap, Jagannath Temple, and Taleju Temple make the square attractive. It is also the centre for different festivals celebrated throughout the year, such as Indra Jatra, Ghode Jatra, and Dashain. Nagarkot is a scenic town located about 30 kilometres east of Kathmandu. It is famous for breathtaking sunrises and sunrise views over the panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest and other significant mountains such as Langtang, Ganesh, and Gaurishanker. It features a diverse range of luxurious accommodations, such as hotels and resorts, making it a major tourist hub.
At. 05:00 AM: Wake up early in the morning for a majestic sunrise over the mountains. You will be able to enjoy a magnificent sunrise view over the towering peaks from your hotel. After a delicious breakfast accompanied by the beautiful view, get ready for yet another amazing day. At. 10:00 AM: Today you will explore two of the three remaining Durbar Squares; Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Our transportation will pick you up from Nagarkot and drop you off in Bhaktapur, which is at a distance of about 12.3 km. First, you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where you will witness the most impressive examples of Newari architecture in the artistic palace and monuments. Next, you will move towards Patan Durbar Square, where you will wander through the former residence of the Malla Kings. At. 03:00 PM: After your sightseeing, our vehicle will escort you back to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will have a free evening today, during which you can use your time for shopping and self exploring around Thamel, a major tourist hub where you can find diverse local shops, restaurants, and cafes. You can enjoy a nice meal in the Thamel area based on your preferences and return to your hotel. Optional Activity: You can also participate in pottery activities in the pottery square of Bhaktapur. Here, local shops let you create your own pottery items and take them home at a cheap price. Involving yourself in this activity will be a unique experience for you. Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, is approximately 13 kilometres east of Kathmandu. The major highlights of Bhaktapur Durbar Square include Nyatapola Temple, 55-Window Palace, Golden Temple, and Dattatreya Temple, demonstrating the artistic and architectural talent of the Malla era. The Pokharis, such as Siddha Pokhari, Napukhu, and Kamalpokhari, add charm to this site. Moreover, it is famous for its pottery and handicrafts, and the surrounding area of the durbar soiree is dotted with local shops selling traditional pottery, wood carvings, and handicrafts. Patan Durbar Square, one of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley, is 6 km southeast of Kathmandu. The square is an important example of Newari architecture, surrounded by prominent temples, palaces, courtyards, and statues. The Keshav Narayan Temple, which was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, is a masterpiece of pagoda architecture. The temple is known for its nine roofed pagodas and its richly decorated interior. Other notable key attractions on the square are the Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, and Patan Museum. Wandering through the narrow alleys lined with traditional Newari houses, bustling markets selling handicrafts and souvenirs, and local shops showcasing local artisans' work is an interesting sight to see.
As you enjoy your last breakfast at the hotel, the time to go back is already here. You can have some time of your own or add some additional activities until your flight time. Our company representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before your flight. Have a safe journey back! It will be our pleasure to be part of your journey if you want to extend your stay in Nepal. Optional Activity: You can also take part in the thrilling Everest Mountain Flight. It is a sightseeing adventure flight that departs at 06:30 AM from Kathmandu airport to Kathmandu airport, a 1 hour flight that takes you to the stunning aerial view of Mt. Everest (8848 m) and several other mountains such as Lhotse (8516 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Shishapangma (8027 m), Nuptse (7881 m), Ganesh (7422 m), and Chamlang (7319 m).
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned transfers and sightseeings.
  • All hotel accommodation is based on twin/double sharing deluxe rooms.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel.
  • One local SIM card (returnable) for communication.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Driver’s salary, toll, parking and allowances.
  • Nature of personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees at the monuments.
  • Lunch and dinner aren’t included.
  • (optional but recommended)
  • Services that aren't mentioned above.

The aroma of freshly made “Chiya” Nepalese tea drifts from street vendors, mixing with the aromatic smell of incense burning in ancient temples, while the early echoes of bells serve as your morning alarm. This is Kathmandu, where the air is alive with the energetic chaos of the locals. Sound interesting? Our Kathmandu Tour Package is a four-day vacation to Nepal’s capital, which includes six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, allowing you to experience the essence of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur in one complete package. This journey includes an exploration of the natural jewel of Nagarkot, which offers a touch of nature and stunning Himalayan landscapes away from the metropolitan buzz. This is the ultimate opportunity to experience the best of the Kathmandu Valley. Here are some details regarding what is ahead on this amazing tour:

Temples in Kathmandu Valley

It’s not a bluff that Kathmandu is called the “City of Temples”. It is a cultural kaleidoscope where ancient structures stand as a testament to the region’s profound religious and artistic heritage. From the iconic Pashupatinath temple to the oldest temple, Changu Narayan Temple, the temples of Kathmandu Valley serve as living monuments to Nepal’s rich religious traditions and historical legacy. During your sightseeing, you will be exploring temples such as Pashupatinath Temple and Doleshwor Mahadev Temple, which are two of the most significant Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from that, you will also visit other prominent temples scattered around the Durbar Squares, such as Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple in Patan Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, and Dattatreya Temple in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The structures you will be visiting, along with other small temples you might encounter, demonstrate the valley’s architectural splendour and cultural vibrancy, inviting exploration amidst the bustling local life.

Stupas of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley is adorned with several stupas, creating a harmonious environment in between many Hindu temples. These stupas portray peace and enlightenment, showcasing the city’s rich Buddhist heritage. Among the most prominent are Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa, which you will visit during your sightseeing. Swayambhunath, located atop a hill, and Boudhanath, in between the chaos of the city, are white- washed domes decorated with colourful prayer flags, each carrying its own history. Pilgrims and devotees from all around the world come to circumambulate the stupa and seek solace and enlightenment in this sacred embrace while spinning the prayer wheels and chanting mantras. Beyond these two giants, if you explore around the city, it’s not a new thing that numerous smaller stupas can be found within the city, each adding to the unique cultural tapestry.

Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley

The Kathmandu Valley boasts three magnificent Durbar Squares, attracting visitors with their timeless allure and architectural beauty. You’ll be exploring Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which stand as living museums where ancient palaces, temples, monuments, and local markets create an atmosphere of unparalleled charm. You can explore the cobblestone streets, marvel at the exquisite artwork, and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Kathmandu Durbar Square. From the elegant Newari architecture of Patan to the towering pagodas of Bhaktapur, each square offers a glimpse into the architectural skills of the. In each Durbar Square, ancient tradition and local life seamlessly blend with the modern buildings, passing them from one generation to another.

Outskirt of Kathmandu Valley

The beauty of Kathmandu Valley does not end with cultural heritage, the natural landscapes on the outskirts of the valley add charm to this amazing destination. The locations on the outskirts offer a contrast to the bustling city life, with quieter surroundings and opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and exploration of traditional villages. While there are many destinations to explore, like Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Champadevi, and Chandragiri, you’ll visit one of the scenic villages, Nagarkot. It is a hill station renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, on a clear day. Enjoying the perfect sunset from your hotel and waking up early to catch the glorious sunrise view is what makes your tour worth it. You can embrace the serenity of Nagarkot by simply relaxing and soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

What to expect from this tour?

Our Kathmandu Tour Package is a whirlwind immersion into the cultural and historical richness of Nepal’s capital city and its surrounding valley. One can explore ancient temples, Durbar squares, stupas, and the cross-culture between Buddhism and Hinduism in Kathmandu. If you manage your time and schedule accordingly, you can also witness the major festivals celebrated in Kathmandu Valley, such as Shivaratri, Holi, Indra Jatra, Tihar, Bisket Jatra, and Gai Jatra, which show the diversity of communities coming from different parts of the country. Luckily, for nature lovers, a natural escape is also available.

As you transverse through the ancient alleys featuring temples, stupas, durbar squares, and the outskirts of the valley, you’ll be amazed by the warm smiles and genuine hospitality of the locals. What more can you expect from one city? If you want, you can also hire an experienced guide who will unravel the stories behind every monument, providing insightful perspectives and enriching your experience. Mark your spot now for personalised and unique experiences waiting for you. Moreover, our tours are primarily based on a customised basis. You can customise the tour itinerary as per your desired places to visit, flight arrival/departure time, and budget. We’ll be pleased to extend your stay if you want.

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3 thoughts on “Kathmandu”

  1. 3.6

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    It is a great place to shop not too far from New York. We took the bus from Port Authority and traveled through the countryside to get there.

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    This is the best tour on the east coast! It was amazing how many places we visited and what great memories we made!

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    We always stay at here when in town. The location is great, staff is wonderful and we love the overall feel. Beautiful view from the here.

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