Kathmandu City Tour - 1 Day


Kathmandu City Tour is a daily tour package for guest to the Kathmandu city in which you are taken on a tour of the city, mainly to places of historical, religious and social importance and significance to not only the locals of the city but as to the evolution of the Nepalese social order, lifestyle over much of Nepal. The importance of them is not felt by the Nepalese population, but the world as a whole, so they were inducted in the hall of fame as being UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In this Kathmandu City Tour, you will namely get to visit and see the various parts associated with Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Each of them has their own architectural and historical value build in the past by Kings and people to draw others into their ambits of influence, hence slow integrating the people around as the Nepalese fabric.

Kathmandu Durbar Square was not only the centre of the city now known as Kathmandu, but it was also the area, from which the Kings of Nepal, starting from King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who began the process of unifying Nepal reigned till the time of King Mahendra who shifted to a more Victorian Palace, now a Museum. The Square and its palace is now a museum with artifacts, courtyards and temples in architecture pertaining to the style of the time.

Pashupatinath is a temple complex on the eastern side of Kathmandu Durbar Square, which houses the statue of Lord Shiva, a revered Hindu God and other deity associated with him. He was called Pashupati for the reason that he was most at home with the animal kingdom, whom he not only looked after but protected from the evil creed of the human lust for hunting. He is supposed to have lived in the area of the temple which was a huge jungle back in the ages. He eventually left the area for Kailash to become immortal, but left the legacy of the Lord who protect animals and, the lingra left by Lord Shiva was built around with a temple by a king in the fifth century. Succeeding kings and monarchs of different dynasties only added to the temple of the Supreme God and its refinement as pleasing him bought one in good books with the population and Lord Shiva. This temple is an annual pilgrim site, for the Hindus from as South India and far beyond. So much so, it is believed that being burnt on the banks of the river that runs through the temple complex and ashes of the remains thrown into it, brings merit for straight ascend to heaven.

Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Temple Stupa Complex that lies atop a hillock on the western side of Kathmandu city. This Buddhist temple stupa complex is thought to have been initiation in the early of the fifth century by the great grandfather of King Manadevi and is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal because of which it is revered and worshiped in by both Buddhist and Hindus alike. The mythological as of it goes like this. The Wise Buddhist Monk, Manjushree had a dream of a Lotus in a lake surrounded by hills. He travelled to the Valley and drained the vast lake believing it be a fertile dwelling place for humans. He cut a gorge in the eastern hills at Chobar and drained the valley. In memory of his effort, the lotus grew to the hillock and the lotus became the stupa with the eyes of Buddha watchful in the four cardinal directions. The hill and the forest is full of Monkeys believe to have sprung from the lice on the Monk’s hair. This is why the temple is also referred to as the Monkey temple by foreigners. To get to the top, there is a set of 365 steps to the main entrance to the main complex. It is an effort climbing them and is believed to clean the body and soul while making one’s way up. The other way in is via road to the western side of the hillock.

The final one to see on your Kathmandu tour is Boudhanath. It is a much revered stupa in the Northwest ends of Kathmandu, revered by the Buddhist from the world over. It is believed that buried in the centre of it, is a single strand of the Buddha’s hair. It is a massive stupa of many layers surrounded by prayer wheels of various sizes and prayers flags to all sides from the top. It glitters brightly with oil lit lamps at dusk and it is believed by the faithful that walking around the perimeters of the stupa while turning the prayer wheels and striking the bells and gongs brings mental and psychological relief from stress and anxiety.

There are many take away this city tour of the Kathmandu gives one. It is a one day city tour by a professional guide who gives in the intricate detail of the sites you visit, allowing you the details to be etched into memory along with the photographs that you will obviously take. You are taken to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historical known the world over. They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, the centre of Administration historically for Kathmandu and beyond, Pashupathinath Temple Complex started in the fifth century, Swayambhunath; a Buddhist Stupa Temple that is tied to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley and Boudhanath, the largest stupa of great religious value in Asia. All of these tours are done by private vehicles and you are allowed lunchtime at restaurants facing one of these iconic monuments. You are picked up and dropped off from your point of lodging.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Buddhist pilgrims of Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • The Kumari House (the home of living goddess)
  • Urban lifestyle of people living in Kathmandu
  • Traditional culture of local Newari people and other ethnic groups


Day 1
Sightseeing of Kathmandu City

Meet your guide at the hotel’s lobby then proceed with sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Boudhanath (Buddhist Stupa). Lunch (on own) will be around in noon. Afterward, drop back to your hotel.


What is Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private guide.
  • All transfers & city tours by a private vehicle.
  • Professional government licensed tour guide.
  • Mineral water during the tour.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold beverages/drinks etc.
  • Tips & Gratuities
What is Kathmandu City Sightseeing?

Kathmandu City Sightseeing is the cultural sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu city visiting various prime tourist locations which highlight cultural, religious and historical aspects of Nepal including observing the art and architecture, sights and sounds of the Kathmandu City.

Where is Kathmandu located?

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and located amid the center of Nepal. Nepal is a small country in South Asia located in between India and China. Kathmandu is connected with the rest of the world via air and land where one can fly directly or with connecting flights into Kathmandu from various cities like Delhi, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou etc.

What are Kathmandu city attractions?

Kathmandu is considered the ‘city of temples’ and Kathmandu city attractions includes many Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist monasteries and stupas, historical age-old palaces. Seven of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are inside the Kathmandu Valley. They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Changunaryan temple.

Where will I go during sightseeing in Kathmandu city?

Kathmandu Sightseeing tour includes tour of four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square – with many age-old palaces, temples and shrines. Then Swayambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’ – a Buddhist Stupa located amid a hilltop with many monkeys residing it’s surrounding forested area. Pashupatinath – Hindu temple on the banks of holy Bagmati River and finally Boudhanath – the biggest Buddhist Stupa inside the Kathmandu Valley.

What kind of vehicle is provided during Kathmandu sightseeing tour?

Comfortable private vehicle with air-conditioned will be provided with good and experienced driver during Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

Is city guide included on Kathmandu sightseeing package?

Yes, city guide is included on Kathmandu sightseeing package who is trained, friendly and experienced city guides who have a good knowledge of cultural, historical and religious aspects of Nepal, and shall assist you throughout the tour.

What about Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee?

Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee can be paid directly at the sites in Nepali rupees as well. The total comes to Rs. The total comes to Rs. 2600 per person or US$25 per person.

Where will I have my lunch?

You will have your lunch during the sightseeing tour at around mid-day of the tour. Usually, it will at Boudhanath Stupa where there are some good restaurants.

Is the tour worth it?

Very much! And you will get to witness the cultural, religious and historical aspects of Nepal with visits to many ancient temples, shrines, palaces, stupas and monasteries as well as experience the day to day lives of the people living in the busy Kathmandu City.

How much is Kathmandu sightseeing tour cost?

Kathmandu sightseeing tour cost depends upon the group size and you need to consult with your travel agent for the price.

Trip Information

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Kathmandu Sightseeing Day Tour privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

We use a comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The tour duration is about 6-7 hours. It can be shortened upon your request. The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

There will be one hour lunch break (excluded) during city sightseeing tour at one of the restaurants serving oriental and continental dishes.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. The stupa is towards the western side of the Kathmandu valley atop a hillock commanding great view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines located 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD. The holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple is also the cremation ground for Hindus.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
The Bouddhanath Stups is the largest stupa in the valley located about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating
specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Please contact us if you have any special requirements – we are always happy to fit in with your plans to ensure you have “the TIME of your life!”

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Trip Facts

  • 1 Day
  • All Year Around
  • Private vehicle
  • Easy
  • Your hotel in Kathmandu
  • Your hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing at temples, palaces, Buddhist Stupas
  • Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunat 'Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa (All UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

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