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Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Kathmandu Valley

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Nagarkot (2,175 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Kathmandu Valley is a culturally rich and historically significant region in Nepal, known for its ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and stunning natural beauty. A sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley allows you to explore the highlights of this fascinating area. Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is a popular tour package that takes visitors to various historical, cultural, and religious sites in and around Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. 

The tour typically starts with a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to ancient palaces, temples, and shrines. Here, visitors can witness the rich architecture and intricate woodwork of the Newari style.

Next, the tour takes visitors to Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. Located on a hilltop, this iconic stupa offers breathtaking views of the city. Visitors can also observe the religious rituals and practices performed by the Buddhist monks.

Pashupatinath Temple is another major highlight of the tour. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the holiest sites in Nepal. Visitors can observe the open-air cremation ceremonies along the Bagmati River, which is an integral part of Hindu funeral rituals.

Boudhanath Stupa is also included in the tour itinerary. This massive stupa is one of the largest in the world and is regarded as an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism. Visitors can join the locals in circumambulating the stupa and may explore the nearby monasteries and shops selling Tibetan artefacts.

Other sites visited during the tour include Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot, Bungmati, Khokana & Patan Durbar Square, Dakshinkali -Kirtipur-Pharping Monastery, Dhulikhel and  Namobuddha Temple, all of which hold immense historical and cultural significance.

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture, ancient history, and religious traditions of Nepal. Throughout the tour, professional guides provide valuable insights and information about each site, making the experience both educational and enjoyable. 

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Highlights

  • Explore 3 oldest Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Visit Nagarkot for panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Observe the culture and traditions.
  • Visit popular Hindu & Buddhist temples & stupas.
  • Kirtipur, the medieval town in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Nagarkot Sunrise & Bhaktapur tour
Day 4: Bungmati, Khokana & Patan Durbar square
Day 5: Dakshinkali -Kirtipur-Pharping Monastery
Day 6: Dhulikhel & Namobuddha
Day 7: Final Departure

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative who shall then transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Check in to your hotel and take some time to rest and freshen up. If you have free time you can use this time to relax and adjust to the new surroundings. 

In the afternoon or evening, venture out to explore Thamel, a vibrant neighborhood in Kathmandu popular among tourists. Thamel is known for its narrow streets, colorful shops, cafes, and restaurants. Take a stroll, browse through the shops, and soak in the lively atmosphere. You can also enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants, trying out traditional Nepali cuisine or international dishes.

Hotel

After breakfast, your city guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby. Start your day by visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient royal palace complex, admire the intricately carved temples, and marvel at the historical architecture. Don’t miss the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), and the Taleju Temple. 

After Kathmandu Durbar Square, head to Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. Located on a hilltop, Swayambhunath offers panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. Climb the stairs to reach the stupa, which is adorned with colorful prayer flags. Explore the surrounding monasteries, shrines, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.

Boudhanath Stupa: Next, make your way to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists is rich in symbolism and offers a serene atmosphere. Take a walk around the stupa, spin the prayer wheels, and observe the pilgrims and monks performing their rituals.

From Boudhanath, head to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, this temple complex is a spiritual center for devotees and sadhus (Hindu holy men). Explore the intricately carved temples, witness the cremation rituals on the ghats, and observe the religious ceremonies taking place.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Wake up early in the morning and depart from your hotel in Kathmandu to Nagarkot, a scenic hill station located approximately 32 kilometers east of the capital. The journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. 

Reach Nagarkot before sunrise to secure a good spot for witnessing the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. On clear days, you can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and many others. Capture the beautiful moments and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the mountains.

After Nagarkot drive to Bhaktapur, an ancient city renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which houses numerous temples, palaces, and courtyards. Admire the 55-Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, and other architectural wonders.

Take a stroll through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur and visit Pottery Square, where you can observe the age-old pottery-making tradition. Continue to Taumadhi Square, which features the iconic Nyatapola Temple. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, shop for souvenirs, and interact with the locals.

After exploring Bhaktapur, return to Kathmandu in the late afternoon or early evening. You can spend the rest of the time at leisure, exploring the city on your own or relaxing at your hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Drive towards the villages of Bungmati and Khokana. These villages are located in the southern part of the Kathmandu Valley, approximately 9 kilometers from the city.

Bungmati is a traditional Newari village known for its preserved cultural heritage. Take a walk through the narrow alleys lined with old Newari houses and observe the traditional way of life. Visit the famous Rato Machhindranath Temple, dedicated to the rain god. Explore the local shops to find handicrafts and local products. 

From Bungmati, proceed to Khokana, another charming Newari village nearby. Khokana is renowned for its traditional oil-pressing industry. Visit the Khokana Oil Mill, where you can see the age-old technique of extracting oil from mustard seeds using traditional wooden presses. Explore the village and its unique architecture.

Then head to Patan Durbar Square, located in the city of Lalitpur (also known as Patan). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its rich history and exquisite Newari architecture. Explore the Durbar Square complex, which consists of ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards. Visit the Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Golden Temple, and the Patan Museum, which houses a collection of art and artifacts.

After a fulfilling day of exploring Bungmati, Khokana, and Patan Durbar Square, return to Kathmandu. You can spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps indulging in some shopping or trying out local restaurants for dinner.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast drive towards Dakshinkali Temple. The temple is located approximately 22 kilometers south of Kathmandu and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali.

Dakshinkali Temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. The temple is known for its powerful deity and the frequent animal sacrifices that take place as offerings to the goddess. Take part in the spiritual atmosphere, observe the rituals, and explore the temple complex.

After visiting Dakshinkali Temple head towards Pharping, a small town located southwest of Kathmandu. Pharping is known for its Buddhist monasteries and sacred sites. Visit the Pharping Monastery, which is home to many monks and nuns practicing Buddhism. Explore the monastery complex, observe the religious rituals, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. 

Then proceed to the historic town of Kirtipur, located about 5 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Kirtipur is known for its ancient architecture, traditional lifestyle, and panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.

In Kirtipur, take a walk through the narrow streets and discover its rich cultural heritage. Visit Bagh Bhairav Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple, Chilancho Stupa, and other significant landmarks. Enjoy the traditional Newari architecture and soak in the authentic atmosphere of this old town.

Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant in Kirtipur. Indulge in some local Newari cuisine or try other traditional Nepali dishes.

After exploring Pharping, return to Kathmandu in the late afternoon or early evening. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing at your hotel or exploring the city further on your own.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Drive towards Dhulikhel, a beautiful hill station located approximately 30 kilometers east of the capital. The journey takes about an hour, and along the way, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of the countryside and the Himalayan ranges.

Upon arrival in Dhulikhel take some time to explore the town. Dhulikhel offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa. Take a leisurely walk through the town’s narrow streets, visit local temples, and soak in the serene atmosphere. Dhulikhel is also known for its traditional Newari houses and rich cultural heritage. 

Take a break for lunch at one of the local restaurants in Dhulikhel. Enjoy the panoramic views while savoring delicious Nepali cuisine or other options available.

After lunch, drive to Namobuddha, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site situated on a hilltop. According to legend, it is the place where Buddha, in a previous life, sacrificed himself to feed a hungry tigress and her cubs. Visit the Namobuddha Monastery and pay your respects at the stupa. Take in the peaceful ambiance and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Hike to Balthali Village (Optional): If you’re up for some light hiking, you can consider hiking from Namobuddha to Balthali Village. The trail takes you through terraced fields, forests, and traditional villages, offering glimpses of rural life in Nepal. Balthali Village is known for its tranquil environment and beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the natural beauty, interact with the locals, and experience the rural charm.

After exploring Namobuddha and Balthali Village (if you choose to hike), return to Kathmandu in the late afternoon or early evening. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps indulging in some shopping.

In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a Nepali Authentic restaurant with Cultural Show with our office team. Reflect on your day’s experiences and relax for a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

Take the morning to relax and enjoy your final moments in Nepal. You can use this time to pack your belongings, reflect on your experiences, or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Depending on your flight departure time, check out from your hotel and make sure all your belongings are in order. You need to check in at the airport previously three hours before your flight time. Our representatives will then drop you at the airport to catch your flight back home. Have a safe flight and we hope you enjoyed your stay in Nepal. 

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All ground transportation (private vehicle) as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental and local permit fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • Salary to an experienced city guide throughout the sightseeing period.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Any Lunch or dinner.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.).
  • Tips to the guide & driver. 

FAQ's

1. What is the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour?
The Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is a cultural and historical exploration of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan and others. It is a guided tour that allows travelers to discover the rich heritage, ancient architecture, and vibrant culture of these cities.

2. How long does the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour take?
The duration of the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is 6 nights and 7 days.

3. What are the major highlights of the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour?
The tour covers numerous cultural and historical landmarks, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and more. These sites showcase intricate architecture, ancient palaces, temples, and monasteries that hold immense religious and cultural significance.

4. Is the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour suitable for all travelers?
Yes, the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is suitable for all types of travelers, including families, individuals, and small groups. It involves easy walking, and most of the sites are accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities.

5. What is the best time to do the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour?
The Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour can be done throughout the year. However, the best time is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant, and skies are clear, providing better visibility and photographic opportunities.

6. Do I need a guide for the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour?
Yes, a knowledgeable local guide is highly recommended. A guide can provide historical and cultural insights, navigate through the narrow streets, and share stories about the sites, enhancing your overall experience.

7. What kind of transportation is used for the tour?
For the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, private transportation is usually arranged.

Equipment

Packing for tour in Nepal will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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