Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Tour
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

Highlights

  • Enjoy a blend of Kathmandu's and Nepal's history and culture
  • Visit the Buddhist stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath
  • Discover the way of life of the Nepalese Newa people
  • Visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple

Description

With a private guide, visit four of the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites while learning about the history and culture of the region.

Learn about the Pashupathinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, four separate Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Sites that have been designated by UNESCO. Embark on a sightseeing trip of Kathmandu Valley while learning about the past from an English-speaking guide.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

This square is home to a house decorated with woodcarvings of various gods and goddesses. The living Goddess Kumari can also be found in this three-story palace. Both Hindus and Buddhists revere her, and she represents the harmony that exists between Hindus and Buddhists. In the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu god Gorakhnath and in the 4 corners of the temple, one can see the statue of Ganesh. 

The most visited temple in Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu valley believe that the 4 Ganesh statues in the 4 corners of the Kathmandu valley protect the people of Kathmandu. Every day people come to visit this temple, and especially on Tuesdays you can see a long line of people waiting for hours to be worshiped. Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old Palace, Saraswoti Temple, Octagonal Krishna  Temple, Big Drum, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath  and Tal Temples.

Swoyambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple

Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2,500-year-old stupa that overlooks the Kathmandu Valley. Its name derives from the sacred monkey that lived in part of the complex. The eyes painted  on the four sides represent the seeing eye of the Buddha, and the site is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the holiest of the 275 Shiva temples in the world. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple and is the site not only of pilgrims bathing in the river, but also  a special area where members of the royal family are cremated.

Boudhanath Stupa

boudhanath stupa guided tour

Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the largest Stupas in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, thousands of whom come here  during the winter festival to pay their respects.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is home to the former Patan royal family. The most photographed of Kathmandu's 3 Durbar Squares, it has a remarkable display of Newari architecture. Its main attractions include the Krishna Temple, with its 21 golden spiers, the Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist monastery enshrining local treasures, and the central courtyard of Mul Chowk.

What to Expect

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Private car
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Food
  • Tips
  • Other cost not mentioned in cost includes

Useful Information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off service from Kathmandu hotels located within the city ring road is included
  • Entrance fees and tips are not included in the price
  • Meals and drinks are not provided