This full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu includes several prominent religious monuments. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a World Heritage site located in front of the old royal palace, and learn about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your professional guide. Continue on to see the Tibetan Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath and visit Pashupatinath Temple — a shrine that honors Lord Shiva — both sacred sites designated by UNESCO. Finish at the imposing Bouddhanath stupa, the largest in Kathmandu Valley.
Kathmandu Day Tour
Adventure Great Himalaya presents Day Tour around Cultural World Heritage Sites within the valley and city of Kathmandu, a historical ancient place once a huge lake drained by the mighty sword of Guardian Angle and Goddess Manjushree, history and early geography proves it was lake one back before 3,000 years.
At present a rich valley with ancient cultural world heritage sites, although a modern metropolitan city, but still retains its age old traditions and treasuring its past culture to this day.
We provide interesting tour from “Half Day” to “Full Day” around Cultural World Heritage Sites in the company of expert city guides who show you the past and present of Kathmandu and Patan World Heritage Sites. All tours are in the comfort of nice spacious car or coach depending the group size.
The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu will take you to visit the attractions around World Heritage Sites include temples, monasteries, Stupas and of old royal palace courtyard. Kathmandu, steeped with ancient heritage sites and monuments of both Hindu and Buddhist. Our tour starts with a short drive to Swayambhunath, a popular and famous pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu as well.
1. Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple):
25 centuries old monument stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas. The Great Stupa of Swyambhu is the wonder of Nepal, the glory that was Nepal. It is indeed listed as World Heritage for Site to prove that it serves as the nerve center of faithful worship for all the devout philosophy of Bajrayan in particular and honors Lord Adi Buddha. The hill top where Swayambhunath Chaitiya is built listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers grand views of whole Kathmandu valley with distant snow capped peaks.
2. Kathmandu Durbar Square:
An interesting place full of impressive monuments and artifacts around Kathmandu Durbar Square, a visit of full interest and fascination where you will be guided by our expert city / cultural guide. The house of the Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the Square!
The buildings here are the greatest achievements of the Malla dynasty period, pagoda architectural style temple of Goddess Taleju (legend has it that She played dice with King Jaya Prakash Malla), and an image of Shiva and Parbati sitting together among the many monuments. The Square teems with colorful life, visit of Kastamandap rest house. This temple and rest house built with a wood of a single tree where Kathmandu derived from. Nearby are great drums which were beaten to announce royal decrees.
All woodcarvings, statues, and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine, and Kathmandu Durbar Square is among most important sights for travelers to witness. The complex also houses the Tribhuvan Museum that carries the mementos of different Shah Kings.
- Akash Bhairab Temple:
Also referred as Blue Bhairab sometimes, it is a three-storied temple in the main market called Indra Chowk. The divine image of the Akash Bhairab is displayed outside for a week-long period during the great festival of Indra Jatra. The celebration of Indra Jatra honors Indra- the King of Heaven and the God of Rain.
- Hanuman Dhoka:
A historic seat of past royalty, particularly belonging to the Malla dynasty. The Durbar Square, which is itself the old Royal Palace Complex dedicated to Malla monarchs, today classified as World Heritage Site. The age-old temples and palaces epitomize the religious and cultural life-style of the people.
- Temple of Kumari:
The temple and the holy quadrangle with a Buddhist Stupa at the center form the residential quarters of the Chaste Virgin Living Goddess called KUMARI.
- Kastha Mandap:
Located nearby the Temple of Kumari, a unique type of wooden temple also known as Maru Satal. It was built in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla. Construction was built from a wood out of a single tree. It is also believed that the capital of Kathmandu derived its new name from this very ‘Kastha Mandap.’ Today it housed the Hindu God namely Gorakh-Nath.
3. Pasupatinath Temple:
A pagoda style Hindu temple with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated at the bank of holy Bagmati River. One of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world, Pashupati Nath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri (Birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Only Hindus are permitted to enter the main courtyard of the temple. Tourists can view the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River.
4. Bouddhanath Stupa:
This is declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chhorten was built in the 6th century A.D. by King Man Deb.It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird’s eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world. The chhorten 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 all night. The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayan the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.
5. Tour of Patan or Lalitpur “city of arts”:
Patan or Lalitpur City, which is close to Kathmandu and an adjoining city, located south of Kathmandu on the other side of Bagmati River, an historical and cultural area with old palace buildings, artistic courtyard. Patan with old Palace area with courtyard (Durbar) and tall terracotta building, impressive intricate window carvings, and the huge stone Krishna Temple in front pillar of Garuda a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, after a great interesting time here drive to Kathmandu valley 3rd largest city, this medieval city at one time capital of Nepal during the regime of Malla period around 12th to 15th century.
The Main places of interest its Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, houses the residence of the former Patan Royal Family. Its square and surroundings are good example of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palaces: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk is the oldest one and is at the centre of Patan square. Several multi sized and a multi-styled temple houses the western part of the complex. Main among these is Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya.
- Krishna Temple:
This temple of red stone, dedicated to Hindu Lord Krishna, was erected in the 17th century. The temple is considered to be the first one to be constructed in Shikara architecture. Thanks to this attribute, it holds a commanding position in the Durbar Square. The elegant Shikhara-style temple is ranked as one of the gems of Durbar Square. The temple is compared with sacred Mount Meru, which is abode of the god Shiva according to Hindu scriptures.
Buddhist temple Mahaboudha, which is made of clay bricks, lies to the east of the Durbar Square. Hundreds of Buddha images are engraved in the bricks. The temple is known for its fine Terra-Cotta work.
The five-storied pagoda-style Lord Siva temple was constructed by King Jayasthiti Malla. Inside the temple is a natural spring whose source, is said to be the famous glacial lake of Gosainkunda. The golden work was added later in 1422 A.D. One the festival of Janai Purnima, ritual bathing takes place and a fair is also held.
- Jagat Narayan Temple: Jagatnarayan temple is a tall Shikhara style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. Red bricks are used for the construction of the temple. The temple also holds a fine metal statue of Garuda, Ganesh and Hanuman, all related to Hindu religion and mythology.
- Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
This Buddhist monastery holds amazing collection of images and idols in metal, stone and wood. Legend holds that the Kings in the ancient times were crowned in this monastery. Many of the treasures offered by the people can be seen here even today.
- The Ashoka Stupas:
Indian Emperor Ashoka visited Nepal in 250 B.C and constructed four ancient stupas at the four corners of Patan. The four stupas are located in Pulchowk, Lagankhel, Ebahi and in Teta (way to Sano Gaon) respectively