(From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break in between).
Kathmandu Day tour starts after your hearty breakfast in the hotel. Our city / tour guide will pick you at the hotel for short drive or walks (depending upon walking distance).
Tour begins right from the heart of Kathmandu city around old Durbar Square (Palace and Courtyard). It is an amazing place within hub of metropolitan city. So, you will be in the midst of med-vial and ancient era of old temples and palaces of Malla times to late Shah period.
Visit uncountable historical sites and monuments around Kathmandu Durbar Square. At the same time, visit Kumari Ghar (Living Goddess), and vicious Kal Bhairab, red monkey god (Hanuman). This memorable visit includes intricate carvings sights around Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Buildings of Malla dynasty who ruled three palaces of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur cities within Kathmandu valley can be seen. In addition, visit temple of Goddess Taleju (legend story the goddess played dice with King Jaya Prakash Malla).
The Durbar Square is lively with colorful life of street vendors, selling curios, flutes, and other handicrafts within Kastamandap rest house. The rest house is constructed from the wood of a single tree where name Kathmandu derived from, built in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla.
Beside the things mentioned below there are many things to visit in Kathmandu. You can visit yourself also. Take time and explore those places.
What to visit around Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Akash Bhairab Temple:
Known as Blue Bhairab, thethree tier temple is located near main market of Indra Chowk. The divine image of Akash Bhairab is displayed outside for a week-long period, during great festival of Indra Jatra.
The celebration of Indra Jatra honors Indra- the King of Heaven and the God of Rain.
An ancestral historic seat of past royalty, mainly belongs to Malla dynasty. Durbar Square is dedicated to Malla royal sovereigns, today listed as World Heritage Site.
Temple of Kumari:
Temple of Kumari with holy quadrangle houses has a Buddhist Stupa in the center is a residential quarter of Chaste Virgin ‘Living Goddess’ called ‘Kumari’. The traditional building carved with wooden balconies and window screens.
Kumari the Living Goddess greets visitors from the middle window of the balcony. Taking photos are strictly prohibited.
After Durbar Square drive to famous old Syambhunath Stupa:
Completing an hour visit around Durbar Square, our guide and cheerful driver takes for short drive. Then you will reach at Swayambhunath which is also known as Monkey Temple due to many Rhesus monkeys around.
Swayambhunath Stupa, an ancient monument and famous landmark of Nepal is believed to be more than 2,600 years of history. As it stands as one of world’s oldest Buddhist Stupa / Chaitya.
The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath is a wonder and glory of Nepal. Moreover, It is an excellent view point of whole Kathamndu city which is covered by green hills all-around.
This famous ancient Stupa is listed in World Heritage Site. Similarly, the large Buddhist dome shaped Stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of terra – cotta bricks and soil supporting a cornice of copper and gilt with paints on four-sided of the spiral. Intrestingly, all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha keeps an eternal watch over the valley distinguishing between vice and virtue.
From Swayambhunath visit large Bouddhanath Stupa with lunch break:
After a grand time with views of Kathmandu city from Swayambhunath, the short drive leads to east of the city at Bouddhanath also called as ‘Little Tibet’. This is because of similar culture and custom with Tibetans origin people that resides around.
This large Stupa, stands as largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia, the ancient colossal Chorten built in 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb.
It rests on a series of three terraces looking from bird’s eye view. It has got a relevant shape of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all world-wide Buddhists devout.
The Stupa known as Chorten / Stupa is surrounded by a circular market with four pairs of Buddha’s eyes .This gives a stunning flash around four cardinal directions as a diligent watch over the people and their commitments.
The Stupa embraces authentic philosophy of Mahayana faith of Buddhism which is known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
With time here for lunch break, enjoy meals in a nice terraced restaurant with views of large Bouddhanath Stupa.
Tour of Pashupatinath Temple:
After enjoying morning and mid afternoon with exciting tour of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath Stupa. Take a lunch, and then take a short drive to holy temple of Pashupatinath.
Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu Temple of pagoda design with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. Moreover, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva closes to holy Bagmati River.
One of the most sacred sites of entire Hindu world, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage for millions of Hindu on auspicious day of Shiva-Ratri (birth anniversary of Lord Shiva) around mid February as per Hindu calendar.
Inside the main temple premises only Hindus are permitted to enter. Non Hindu and foreign visitors can observe the temple from the east side of the Bagmati River.
After visiting places which are historically, culturally and religiously important, get back to hotel and enjoy rest of the day. Our one day Kathdmandu city tour finally ends with visit of Pashupatinath temple. Get blessed with the visit of religious places.
Note: This trip we will operate privately and also able to operate everyday.