One day Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour includes with fascinating and lovely historical and monuments enlisted in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. This tour covers the history, culture, religion, Nepalese food, and lifestyles of Nepal.
A day Kathmandu sightseeing Tour
- Activities: City Tour
- Route: Within Kathmandu Valley
- Trip Length: 1 day
- Meal: Provided (Nepali Food)
- Accommodation: None
- Transportation: Private Vehicle
- Group Size: 2-5 persons
- Best Month: All year around
- Trip Cost: $200 USD (Approximate)
Place to Visit in One Day Kathmandu Tour :
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Boudha Nath Stupa
- Swaymbhunath Stupa
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Thamel Bazar
- Starts: Pashupatinath
- Ends: Kathmandu Durbar Square
The Pashupatinath Temple is a popular and sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of Bagmati river, approx 5 kms northeast of Kathmandu. The temple was inscribed the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s in the year 1979.
This temple is not only combination of religion, arts and culture but also significant destinations for art historians. It shows you variety styles of temples: Dome style, Pagoda Style, Shikhara style. There are statue made out of stone, metal, and wood.
There are many famous temples and monuments inside the Pashupatinath including the Dakshinmurti, KaalBhairav, Tamreshwar, Panchdewal, Bishwarupa, and others. Each temple has its own specific value rituals and importance.
Pashupatinath is also rich in cultural, forest, and water resources. In order to maintain these important resources, Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) was founded during the initiative and reign of Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 1996.
Boudha Nath Temple
Boudha Nath considered and one of the oldest and the largest stupa of Nepal and Asia continent. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most impeccable sites in Nepal. It is situated about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu. As of 1979, Boudha Stupa was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. As Swayambhu it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
The temple was built in the shape of mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, the stupa was renovated during the Licchavi period in the 8th century.
When you’ll inside the temple, make sure you clockwise or sun-wise as it is as it was originally referred to – around the Stupa. Spin the prayer wheels, as it is somewhat offensive to do the opposite.
Swaymbhunath Swaymbhu or Swoyombhu is the second most popular place of Kathmandu after Pashupatinath temple. Swayambhu literrally means ” self-existent one”. It is situated at the west of the Kathmandu City.
As it is also commonly refers as Monkey Temple by foreigners. This place cerainly make you feel like you’re in another world.
People believed it exists about 2000 years ago but the current stupa is built after the 14th century. The Panaromic view of Kathmandu valley from Stupa is simply outstanding. On the eastern side of the stupa, there is a long staircase which climb up you to the hill. It also has a beautiful pagoda style devoted to the Mother Goddess Harati.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Chhetra is one of the three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu city. As Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Bouddhanath it was also enlisted by the UNESCO.
This lies in the heart of the city. The locals of Kathmandu call it Hanuman Dhoka, named after the Monkey God, Hanuman. It is easy to spend hours wondering around Kathmandu durbar square. It includes the historic building of Kings, the ferocious Kal Bhairav, and the red monkey god. Majority of the monuments, buildings are built by the Malla ruler’s. Kasthamandap is the major attrcation of this site which is built by the single tree.
Around 7 km drive from Tribhuvan International Airport, Thamel is the centre of attraction of the Nepal’s tourism industry. It is the heaven for the tourists consists of several hotels, shops, intl. restaurants, souvenir shops, and hiking & trekking stores that cater especially to western tourists.
It is ultimate the best destination to chill out in the city. It is the place where tourist gets everything what they want. So if you are coming to Kathmandu, I suggest you better enroll yourself in the amazing Thamel.
Thamel is only 20 minutes walk away from Kathmandu Durbar Square and Ason Bazar. Wondering in the Thamel area keep you out of frustrations and tensions. More than that, young generations seek for freedom, music, food, entertainment and relaxation. So arguably no doubt Thamel will be the perfect destinations for you.
Photo Credit: Bipin Bishwokarma
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