Kathmandu City Day Tour: 1 Day

"Cultural and Historical Exciting Sightseeing Around Places of Great Interest"
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 1350 m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season September to June


  •  An exciting sightseeing tour in the harmony of both Hindu and Buddhism cultures.
  •  A city steeped with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and masterpiece work of arts.
  •  Explore beautiful temples and religious monuments of great historical interest.
  •  Wonderful places to observe local traditions, custom full of charm and beauty.

Introduction: Kathmandu City Day Tour

Kathmandu day tour leads you to impressive and exciting places within Kathmandu city, although a metropolitan city but still retains its ancient glorious enriched with old artifacts of temples, monasteries, stupas, and the royal palace of old bygone days.

Where most of the temples-Stupas, the old royal palace, and the royal courtyard are listed in World Heritage Sites.

Kathmandu day tour starts in the morning after your hearty breakfast in the hotel, where our tour/city guide receives you for a short drive in the heart of the city and beyond for an interesting day tour.

Pashupatinath Temple Tour

Our Kathmandu day tour begins with a holy visit to the famous Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, located 5 k.m. distance from the main city towards the east on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, a golden roofed temple dedicated to lord Shiva, (one of the main Three Gods of Hindu religion) with intricate carving silver doors on four cardinal square.

A famous for its superb architecture, and is a center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shiva-Ratri (Birth Anniversary of Lord Shiva), which falls during the month of mid-February as the Hindu Luna Calendar.

Where non-Hindu are not allowed inside the main temple premises, however, can observe the religious rites and activities of worshippers from the other side of the river.

Bouddhanath Stupa (with a Lunch Break)

After an exciting time at the holy temple of Pashupatinath, a short drive leads towards north to an interesting site of Bouddhanath Stupa also known as ‘Little Tibet’ due to the environment which is similar to Tibetan tradition and customs of Mahayana Buddhism religion and colorful culture.

Bouddhanath Stupa area, located east of the city limit a big colossal ancient dome-shaped stupa, believed largest in the world with all Seeing Eyes of Lord Buddha, built by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th A.D. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.

Here you can witness many locals and pilgrims of Tibetan origin with the Buddhist religion and practice of Tibetan culture and traditions.

The Stupa or Chorten is surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. In this case, also the four pairs of the Buddha’s eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments all day and all night.

The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of the Mahayana faith known as Lamaism in Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan, and Tibet.

 After a short interesting tour around Bouddhanath Stupa and its lively market with a possible lunch stop in its nice restaurants with views of the Stupa and the seeing eyes of Buddha.

Swayambhunath Stupa also known as Monkey Temple

After a great time around Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath where the drive leads you to the outskirt of the city heading due west to reach a famous landmark of the country of Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as monkey temple due to the many monkeys that dwell around and close to a green patch of forest.

Nepal’s important heritage and landmark, as well as one of the world’s most glories Buddhist stupa, with a history of more than 2,600 years old, a main structure of a Stupa made of a solid hemisphere of bricks and clay supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt.

Painted four sides of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, perched on a hilltop about 7 meters above the level valley floor, a hill mosaic of small Stupas and pagodas temples, where one can observe grand views of Kathmandu city and the valley with snow-capped mountains towards north on a clear fine day.

After a pleasant and interesting tour head back to the heart of Kathmandu city for a last-day tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka

Kathmandu Durbar Square teems with colorful life and activities being located in the center of the city, once a royal palace and a courtyard from Malla to Shah Kings.

Kathmandu Durbar is a large square with historic seats of past Nepal Royals from former kings, the square with old temples and palaces, symbolizes the religious and cultural life of the Nepalese people.

This is where the King of Nepal was crowned interesting place to visit in the square includes:

  •  Taleju Temple was built by King Mahendra Malla in 1,549 A.D.
  •  The gigantic figure of Kaal Bhairav, the God of Destruction.
  •  Basantpur Durbar or Nautalle Durbar(9 stored), built by King Prithivi Narayan Shah with
  •  coronation platform (Nasal Chok ).Hall of Public audience (Gaddi Baithak)
  •  Statue of King Pratap Malla-Big Bell-big Drums and Jaganath Temple.

Visit old Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu's name is derived) means a temple built of the wood of a single tree.

Temple Of Kumari (The Living Goddess)

A temple and residence of the Living Goddess; Kumari, located in the hub of Hanuman Dhoka Palace square:

The building with carved wooden balconies and window screens was built by King Jaya Prakash Malla, the last Malla King of Kathmandu, Kumari Goddess also known as the virgin living Goddess. When she reaches puberty she is replaced by another next Kumari.

After a great interesting and exciting Kathmandu day tour reach back to your hotels with fond memories of Nepalese traditions of ancient heritage and vivid religious routines.

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      8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Short drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square for an hour tour Square for an hour tour

      Morning approx. 8:30 a.m. not later than 9 a.m. departure from the hotel for a short drive in the heart of Kathmandu city, and then a short walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

      The Kathmandu Durbar Square or Palace Courtyard teemed with historical and religious ancient beautiful pagoda styled monuments. This exciting area listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where some of the building was destroyed during 2015 earthquake. However, renovation is taking place.

      Tour takes you to the following interesting places, the Residence of Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), known as Temple of Kumari, and the beautiful quadrangle court with a Buddhist stupa in the center.

      The residential quarters, located above from the courtyard where the Chaste Virgin Living Goddess called KUMARI resides, a magnificent carved wooden balconies and window screens on this traditional building.

      The young Living Goddess or Kumari gives the audience and bless you from her beautifully decorated windows.

      Tour of Hanuman Dhoka, historic seat of past royals, the old Royal Palace Complex dedicated to Malla and late Shah Monarch, designated as a World Heritage Site.

      The ancient temples and palaces epitomize the religious and cultural life-style of the Nepalese. Enjoy view of Taleju Temple built by late King Mahindra Malla in 1549 A.D.,

      Observe Great Bell and Big Drums. The main golden-gate guarded by Monkey-God called Hanuman, a faithful devotee of Lord Ram Chandra-the Hero of the Epic "Ramayana."

      Tour takes you to a unique temple built from the wood of a single tree and thus known as Kasthamandap, where the name Kathmandu derived from also known as Maru Satal, and built-in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla.

      9: 30 a.m. or 10 a.m. drive to Pashupatinath temple a less than hour tour

      After a wonderful tour of old Durbar Square, walk to the car park and drive east from the city to reach the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath a marvelous three-tier golden pagoda rooftop, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

      Non-Hindu is not allowed to enter the main temple premises, however guide will take to a nice spot. Where you can catch a view of the temple and religious activities of pilgrims and devotees, on the opposite of Bagmati River.

      The temple, flooded with pilgrims on the day of ‘Shiva-Ratri’. (Birth anniversary of Lord Shiva).

      11: 00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Drive to Bouddhanath Stupa for an hour tour

      From Pashupatinath temple, a short drive to reach a beautiful complex at Bouddhanath huge Stupa.

      Listed in World Heritage Sites and as well the largest Buddhist shrine and a Stupa of South Asia.

      For Buddhists, it is called a Chorten which was built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb. Perched on three tiers terraces, when seen from above or with bird eye view takes a relevant shapes of a lotus flower.

      A sacred monument for Buddhist followers this huge Stupa encircled by prayer wheels and colorful market, also known as small Tibet due to local who lives around the area of Tibetan origin and with similar culture.

      The most interesting is Lord Buddha's eyes on four cardinal direction that gives a vivid flash around four cardinal directions, the area around with many Mahayana Buddhism faith monasteries.

      12: 30 p.m. or 1 p.m. Lunch break at a nice restaurant around Bouddhanath

      Enjoying, pleasant and interesting time, the guide will take you to a nice restaurant within the Bouddhanath complex. Where you can enjoy lunch with the backdrop of Bouddhanath Stupa.

      1: 30 p.m to 2 p.m: Drive to Swambhunath Stupa for an hour tour.

      Bouddhanath Stupa, drive takes you to wonderful site at Swambhunath Stupa perched on a hillock surround with green forest where many Rhesus monkey dwells, and thus the name Monkey Temple.

      2 p.m. to 3 p.m. At Swayambhunath Stupa for an hour visit.

      Swambhunath Stupa, dates back as far to 460 A.D. stands above Kathmandu west of the valley and city rim, a famous landmark of the country. Enjoy grand views of Kathmandu city and the valley with snow peaks in the north.

      Swayambhunath and the Stupa with fascinating mystical eyes of Lord Buddha on the four cardinals, visit the monastery with the largest image of Sakyamuni Buddha, behind the hill a small temple dedicated to Lord Manjushree the patron god of Kathmandu valley.

      Who drained the lake with a mighty sword and made the valley possible for people to settle on the fertile land.

      3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: End of the tour and back at the hotel.

      Enjoying marvelous and interesting time at ancient Swayambhunath a short walk down to the car park, and then drive back to your hotel after a glorious day tour with.

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      Kathmandu City Day Tour: 1 Day Map
      What's Included
      • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local Tour Guide . Price includes his salary, food, drinks, transport and insurance.
      • All transfer and sightseeing tour by private deluxe Car / Coach with Air condition (Entrance frees are extra).
      • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
      • Trekking Planner Nepal’s T-shirt, cap and city maps.
      What's Excluded
      • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments.
      • Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos.
      • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
      • Travel insurance.
      • Cost not mentioned in above list.
      Departure Dates
      • This trip departs every day of the year.
      • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
      • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis..
      • This trip can be booked privately if you’re travelling solo or privately or with family.
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      • Various eateries and cafes near these heritage sites offer local and international cuisine.

      • Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic palace in the heart of Kathmandu and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning architecture and cultural significance.

      • Kumari is the living goddess revered by Hindus and Buddhists. The Temple of Kumari houses the Kumari, and visitors might witness her during certain times.

      • Bouddhanath is considered one of Nepal's largest stupas and a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. It's known for its peaceful atmosphere and intricate architecture.

      • Swyambhunath is a revered Buddhist stupa with iconic eyes painted on its golden spire. Swyambhunath offers panoramic views of Kathmandu and is inhabited by playful monkeys.

      • Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's a significant pilgrimage site where cremation rituals are performed along the Bagmati River.

      • Kathmandu Durbar Square might take around 1-2 hours. The Temple of Kumari can vary based on the Kumari's appearance times. Bouddhanath and Swyambhunath might each take about 1-2 hours. Depending on the exploration and rituals you observe, Pashupatinath might take 1-2 hours.

      • Respectful attire is advised, covering shoulders and knees, especially in religious sites. Remove shoes and hats when entering temples or shrines.

      • Mornings are generally less crowded, providing a more serene experience. However, each site has its charm at different times of the day. The Kathmandu city tour can be conducted throughout the year at any time.

      • Trekking planner Nepal arranges local guides for Kathmandu city tour according to the needs and necessities of our clients and the clients have a choice to take the guide or go solo.

      • While you may observe and respectfully participate in some ceremonies, always follow local customs and seek guidance from locals or guides to avoid any cultural misunderstandings.

      • Trekking Planner Nepal provides transportation during the Kathmandu day tour to Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square and an option to visit Kumari, the living goddess.

      • Yes, respect ongoing religious rituals and ceremonies, especially in temples like Pashupatinath. Seek permission before taking pictures of people or religious artifacts.

      • Entry fees are required at Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and even at Kathmandu durbar square its compulsory to have permits for these places.

      • Generally, photography is allowed, but there might be certain areas or religious practices where photography is restricted. Always ask for permission before taking pictures of people.

      • Yes, English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. However, learning a few basic Nepali phrases might enhance your experience.

      • Accessibility varies. Some sites might be challenging for wheelchair users due to steps or uneven terrain. It's advisable to check beforehand or inquire about accessible routes.

      • Yes, markets or stalls are usually nearby, selling traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local items. Bargaining is common in these markets.

      • There are medical facilities and pharmacies around Kathmandu. It's advisable to carry necessary medications and travel insurance covering medical emergencies.

      • These sites generally have fixed opening and closing hours. However, restricted access or special ceremonies might occur during specific festivals or religious events.

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