Kathmandu highlights day tour
Duration: 1 days
Trip level: easy
Maximum altitude: 1200 m
Season: All year
The Kathmandu Valley has always been a melting pot for various cultures, religions, and arts and crafts.
The valley has enveloped three glorious cities; Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. They were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings, who ruled the cities from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The kings decorated their individual kingdom with exotic craftsmanship and palaces. Back then, the mighty Mongol rulers would import craftsmen from the Kathmandu Valley to decorate their empire.
You will visit four Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Pashupatinath is the most famous and the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal. The temple is situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. The two-story high temple annually attracts millions of pilgrims. They come to honor Lord Shiva. Shiva is the god of destruction and reconstruction. He is also the god of animals. In addition, the cremation is another important part of the Pashupatinath. In Hinduism people are burnt openly and cremated at the banks of the holy Bagmati river.
Boudhanath Boudhanath (Boudha) is the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. The great white stupa is the sacred heart of a thriving Buddhist community. There is nowhere quite like Boudhanath. Thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome. They do this beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.
Swayambhunath Swayambhunath is also a Buddhist stupa but Hindu devotees visit here as well. The stupa is located on the top of hill and from the hilltop you can enjoy a wide panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. This temple is also known as Monkey Temple.
Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu is one of the three ancient kingdoms of Nepal. The other two ancient kingdoms (Patan and Bhaktapur) can be found just outside of Kathmandu. The old kingdom in Kathmandu is the most famous one and in the past it was used as a palace. As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture. Many temples and monuments can be found on the grounds of the palace. You also will be able see the temple of the living goddess Kumari.
In April 2015 Nepal suffered a severe earthquake. The damage to the Durbar Squares in the valley was dramatically. Some temples were destroyed, others damaged. Still, most of its treasures survived the earthquake, or are being restored to its old glory. For some temples restoration work will take some years to complete.
Pashupatinath suffered little damage. Boudhanath stupa has been completely restored. The stupa of Swayambunath suffered no significant damage, however one small temple on the site was destroyed. Durbar square was severely damaged and some buildings collapsed.
09.00 AM Pick up hotel and start day tour
05.00 PM End day tour and drop off hotel
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Kathmandu highlights day tour is:
€ 100,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 155,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
-Private taxi from hotel
-Certificate of CO2- emission free drive-
-Licensed and certified city guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-All entrance fees
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Personal travel insurance
-Gratitude and tips for the guide