Kathmandu Day Tour
“a blending pot of Hindu and Buddhist culture and religion”
Medieval period Temples and old palaces of immense interest
A vivid city of cultural melting pot of Hinduism and Buddhism
Exploring Kathmandu old monuments of great historical and religious significant,
The city full of World Heritage Sites and views of green hills with snow capped peaks
Brief Trip Outlook:
Mode of the Trip: On Standard or Deluxe Hotels
Tour Grade: Leisure with short walks.
Tour duration: From a day to two days of more
Seasons: Nepal for all season for tours.
Kathmandu Day Tour the capital and commercial city of Nepal located within close range of central and Mid-West including Mid East Himalaya range of mountains, a fascinating city to visit once in your life time experience, as Kathmandu is full of world heritage sites of old monuments, temples and monasteries including ancient palaces of great interest.
Nepal Base Camp Treks provides you with excellent sightseeing within Kathmandu city and adjoining cities of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur of immense importance for your delights in our Tour of Kathmandu World Heritage Sites.
Although Kathmandu a semi-modern metropolitan city but still retains its old culture-religion and custom as it was past thousand of centuries trekking in nepal.
All Kathmandu Day Tour lead by expert city guides with excellent knowledge of the areas of visit with good conditions and spacious transportations as per group size.
A day tour to two days or more includes following places for your interest and delights.
Kathmandu Old Durbar Square:
A short drive your hotel where our guide leads you in the heart of Kathmandu city to marvel the world heritage sites and other important historical and religious sites.
As your enter uncountable monuments around Kathmandu Durbar Square, 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.
Visitors who wanders around the Square will witness round temple of pagoda architectural style, the 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. Vendors sell vegetables, curios, flutes, and other crafts around the Kastamandap rest house. This rest house is said to have been built with the wood of a single tree and is the source from which the Kathmandu Valley got its name. 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 the most important sights for travelers to see. The complex also houses the Tribhuvan Museum that carries the mementoes of different Shah Kings.
Akash Bhairab Temple:
Also referred to as the Blue Bhairab sometimes, it is a three-storied temple in the principal 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.
Historic seats of past kings and royalty, belonging to the Malla and Shah dynasty. The Durbar Square, which is itself the old Royal Palace Complex dedicated to the Malla monarchs, today listed as World Heritage Site.
The main golden-gate guarded by Monkey-God called Hanuman was the king of the Monkeys and faithful devotees of Lord Ram Chandra-the Hero of the Epic “Ramayan.” Being guarded by a sole protector, the gate itself has come to be known as Hanuman Gate.
With an umbrella suspended above his head and wrapped in a scarlet cloak, he squats on a stone plinth to be respected by hundreds of Nepalese Hindus plus Indian Hindus.
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. The traditional building has profusely carved wooden balconies and widow screens. The non-Buddhist ant the non-Hindu visitors may enter the courtyard called the ‘bahal’ but may not proceed beyond upstairs. The KUMARI acknowledges their greetings from the middle window of the balcony particularly saved for her alone and snapshot is strictly prohibited.
Located near the Temple of Kumari, a unique wooden temple known as Maru Satal, built in 1596 A.D. by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla. The belief and its relevant is that it was constructed with a wood of a single tree, this is where Kathmandu name derived from ‘Kastamandap.’ Today it housed the Hindu God namely Gorakh-Nath.
Situated two and a half kilometers west of Kathmandu City, the National Museum has a splendid collection of arms, artifacts, statues, etc. from ancient, medieval and modern Nepal. Its archaeological and historical displays are real worth-seeing. Unfortunately the museum remains closed on Tuesdays.
Natural History Museum:
Situated 3-kms west of Kathmandu City behind the famous Swayambhunath hillock. This museum has a unique collection of butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants and a variety of fossils collected within the country. Photography inside the museum is prohibited.
A pagoda style Hindu temple with golden 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, Pashupatinath Temple is the nerve center of pilgrimage on the day of Shivratri (Anniversary of Lord Shiva).
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple):
One of the oldest Buddhist monument and the landmark of Kathmandu and Nepal, believed to be more than 25 centuries old stands as one of world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath is a wonder and the glory that was Nepal.
The stupa, which forms the salient structure, painted on the four -sided based of the spiral are all seeing eyes of lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the Valley distinguishing between vice and virtue.
Bouddhanath Stupa also known as Little Tibet where you can see mostly locals of Tibetan origin people, declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chortens was built in 6th A.D. by King Man Deb.
It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird’s eye view with relevant shape of a lotus flower which indeed remains a a holy object for all Buddhists of the world.
The chortens surrounded by 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.
Situated around northern outskirt of the Kathmandu valley rim at the foot of Shivapuri hill, an enchanting Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Narayan.
The locality is also known as Narayanthan or Budhanilkantha, as the image lies on a bed of serpents within pious pool and seems to float on water. The reclining statue was built in 5th A.D.