Community Trek has specially designed this Kathmandu day tour for those people who only have a very short time in Kathmandu to see its wonderful cultural world heritage sites. This is a guided sightseeing cultural day tour in Kathmandu where we have our experienced guide takes you around the world heritage sites to explore the sights and sounds of city’s wonders and to understand it in better way.
Our Kathmandu day tour includes the visit to all the cultural world heritages sites in the Kathmandu ex. Swayambunath, Bouddhnath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu is massive bustling bazaar with a great number or Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and monasteries. It is often known as an open museum of medieval arts and architecture.
Kathmandu Tour with Motor Bike
Observing Cremation Ceremony at Pashupatinath Temple.
Swyambunath Stupa also known as a Monkey Temple.
9 am – Get picked up from your hotel by the Nepalese tour guide and drive to Patan Durbar Square.
Patan Durbar Square: situated in the heart of the city it is the focal point for many tourists. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, also noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar Square consists of three main chowks or courtyards, the Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar Narayan Chowk. The Sundari Chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979.Patan Museum: This museum inside the Durbar Square specializes in bronze statues and religious objects. It is considered as one of the best museums in Asia. Opens daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
12 pm – Embark on an afternoon tour of the sacred Hindu temple: Pashupatinath.
From Patan Durbar Square, it will take around half an hour, and depending on traffic to get Pashupatinath Temple; it is the holiest Hindu site in Nepal where many Nepali Hindus come to die. On the banks of the holy Bagmati River, temples and cremation ghats (burning platforms) make for a somber but fascinating visit. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the temples themselves, but there are plenty of outdoor areas to explore. Cross the river to meet the colourful sadhus (holy men), who will let you take their pictures for a fee.
3 pm – Explore Boudhanath Stupa.
Once you’ve finished exploring Pashupatinath, walk or take a taxi to nearby Boudhanath. Note that the walk takes around 20 minutes or more depending on traffic, and sometime it may be faster than driving. Boudhanath (Boudha for short) is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu. Many Tibetan Buddhist refugees and their descendants live in the Boudha area, as well as foreigners who come to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. At the heart of Boudha is a huge stupa (a mound-like structure that’s used as a meditation space). It’s considered the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet. Aim to be at Boudha around dusk, or stay till the sun goes down as this is when the devout come to say their prayers and circumambulate the stupa. Note: even as a tourist, you should always walk clockwise around the stupa and all other Buddhist sites. Save some time for shopping as Boudha is an excellent place to pick up a few souvenirs. Popular items include prayer flags, incense, Tibetan-inspired jewellery, traditional paintings, and pashmina scarves.
5:30 pm – Enjoy dinner with a Stupa view.
There are lots of great dining options overlooking the enormous stupa. International cuisine is your best bet here although there are some places to try Tibetan food in Boudha. They don’t tend to come with stupa views.
7 pm – Experience the live music under the stars.
The colourful streets of Thamel at night. Kathmandu’s nightlife scene tends to centre around the tourist area, where there are many places to catch rock cover bands and a select few that host original local acts (try House of Music). For a quieter drink, Mezze by Roadhouse has a nice outdoor seating area with views of Narayanhiti Palace. Few places in Kathmandu stay open after midnight.
Get back to your hotel after an evening out is no problem; taxis travel all over town, and traffic is also practically nonexistent late at night.
1. Nepalese tour guide.
2. Transport (taxi or motor bike).
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