Kathmandu valley tour is a specially prepared trip that allows you to visit Kathmandu's rich artistic and ancient city. The Kathmandu valley is filled with many unique tourist attraction sites, a bustling commercial district, world heritage sites, and attractive sightseeing spots. Touring in the Kathmandu valley will let the tourists and hikers enjoy the valley's outstanding geological, ecological and cultural wonders. This tour is not only limited to the valley's three towns (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), but also major locations on the outskirts.
The beautiful architecture of the temples and monasteries is the one that attracts visitors to Kathmandu. The capital city, which has diverse castes, cultures, and faiths, including Hinduism and Buddhism, has several ancient stones and wooden sculptures that depict its religious traditions and festivals. The Kathmandu valley continues to be Nepal's culturally varied, historical, and political epicenter. For tourists and traders from Tibet and India, Kathmandu has long functioned as a significant commerce hub.
Mountain Delights Travel and Tours organizes this tour with a customizable itinerary. Please contact our office for bookings and more information.
Once you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will meet and greet you. They will drive you to your pre-booked hotel. After the check-in procedure is completed, you can relax at the hotel. Then after a short rest, we will take you to Thamel, which is the tourist hub of Kathmandu to show you some good restaurants, money exchangers, banks, ATMs, supermarkets, and gear shops. Following a quick exploration, you will be taken to our office for a travel briefing. Overnight in a hotel.
If you arrive late today, this tour and trip briefing will be postponed for the next day.
After breakfast, we'll take you on a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley. You will spend your full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu, visiting the wonderful heritage sites that include:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world that lies in the heart of a magnificent square. This massive Buddhist shrine is particularly important for Tibetan Buddhist people. It is believed that the stupa was built in the 4th/5th century and has some fascinating stories behind it. A stupa is a Buddhist relic monument that serves as a sacred shrine. However, stupas are not limited to relic stupas. A stupa represents a person's journey from the tangible to the spiritual realm.
Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu temple where visitors may witness unique cremation customs for Hindus who have died. The temple, which is regarded as Nepal's most prominent Shiva temple, is solely available to Hindus, therefore non-Hindus remain outside the temple grounds and observe Hindu funeral procedures and customs. On the temple premise, we may come across some Sadhus who have yellow paintings on their bodies. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural resource for learning about Nepali culture and customs.
Swyambhunath Stupa is a historic religious and cultural complex built atop a hill in Kathmandu Valley's western outskirts. It is an old holy monument with Chaityas, temples, painted deity representations, and religious sites. Since there are large tribes of monkeys, it is also known as the Monkey Temple. Each of the four sides of the Stupa has a large pair of eyes that symbolize knowledge and compassion. The term Swyambhu is derived from Swyambhu Purana which means "self-created" or "self-existent". It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about one and half hours to reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is listed in UNESCO's world heritage site, which is the most beautiful and richly carved. While we are in the square we will visit the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, and the palace of 55 windows. Similarly, we will also visit 108 feet tall Nyatapola Temple. We can also explore rich Newari culture, history, tradition, fiesta, and festivals in the Bhaktapur. After sightseeing in Bhaktapur, we will drive towards Nagarkot (2100 m). Overnight in a hotel.
This day, we wake up early to view the mesmerizing sunrise above the Himalayas. Along with the beautiful sunrise, panoramic views of majestic Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Jugal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, etc. can also be seen. We will have our breakfast and then drive towards the Changunarayan temple. The temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu is a very old and artistic temple that is richly carved. It is listed on the UNESCO world heritage site. After exploring around the temple, we will drive to Kathmandu.
Once you reach Kathmandu, check-in at the hotel and start our Love Kathmandu Tour. Today you will have multiple opportunities to capture the artistic and genuine life of Kathmandu, as well as its centuries-old landmarks that symbolize the country's true history. You will also visit local markets of Kathmandu including Ason, Indrachowk, and Kilagal and StupaShreegal. After exploring these areas we will continue our walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is well-known for its distinct historical, cultural, and religious traditions. One of the most amazing experiences in Kathmandu Durbar Square will be the visit to the living goddess "Kumari". We return to our hotel after touring around different places in Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel.