Kathmandu City Tour

UNESCO World Heritage Sitesratingbased on 1 review
  • Duration1 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Activity Tour
  • Max. Altitude 1400 m.
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season September to May
Group Discount Prices
1 paxUS$90
2 - 6 paxUS$60
7 - 10 paxUS$50
11 - 15 paxUS$40
16 - 20 paxUS$30
Kathmandu City Tour Highlights
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath Temple
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa

To come to Nepal and not visit Kathmandu's many historical charms and UNESCO-listed sites is to leave without doing justice to all that the country has to offer. A Kathmandu City Tour is very important to know the history and presence of the entire city. A mid-morning departure by car or van, depending on group size, will take you on a full tour of the four significant points of interest in the city, with a professional tour guide at your disposal throughout.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is located at the center of the valley and is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, so-called in honor of the monkey god Hanuman, long held to be the powerful protector of the region. Though the unique Malla dynasty architecture was damaged by the 2015 earthquake that devastated so much of the country, the square still retains its mystique and sense of history and remains a popular destination for visitors.

Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)

Shwoyambhu Nath stupa Kathmandu

The famed Monkey Temple lies four kilometers to the west of Kathmandu, with a couple of options to explore the site. A long series of steps leads to the temple for the intrepid or the curious, while a road makes for an easier passage to the top. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, Swayambhunath and its magnificent and ancient stupa, reputed to be 2,500 years old, represents the perfect example of harmony between faiths.

Pashupatinath Temple

pashupatinath temple

Situated five kilometers to the east of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath serves as a temple to the Hindu god Shiva, and while entrance to the inner sanctum is forbidden to non-Hindus, the temple’s beautiful surrounds are well worth a visit, not least the riverside ghats where worshippers can be seen daily bathing in the holy waters of the Bagmati River. With appropriate deference and respect to the occasion, a visitor may also witness a pyre at the cremation ghat.


Boudhanath stupa

The extraordinary stupa at Boudhanath, to the east of Kathmandu, is one of the largest in Asia. Built-in the 5th century, it has long been a significant pilgrimage for the devout, many of whom flock to the area each year during the Losar festival when the area is bedecked with new prayer flags and blessings given with fresh juniper incense. Boudhanath is home to a large Tibetan community that fled to Nepal after the Chinese annexation of their homeland and, as such, has a very strong and unique cultural flavor that seems more Tibetan than modern Tibet itself.

You can also add on Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Chitwan, and Pokhara City Tours if you have time. It would be a perfect pilgrimage tour, along with the mesmerizing Chitwan Jungle Safari. 

Note: The above outline is just a guideline and can be customized to suit your requirements upon request.

Useful Information
  • Remember to respect local customs and traditions while visiting religious sites.
  • It's also advisable to hire a knowledgeable guide or join a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the city's history and culture.
  • Durbar Square: Start your tour by visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the historic heart of the city and showcases ancient palaces, temples, and intricate architecture.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and an important pilgrimage site. Explore the area, circumambulate the stupa, and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Swayambhunath Stupa: Also known as the "Monkey Temple," Swayambhunath is perched on a hilltop and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. It is a sacred site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: This Hindu temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the holiest sites in Nepal. Observe the religious rituals, cremation ghats, and intricate pagoda-style architecture.

    After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel at your convenience and drive you to Swyambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Bauddhanath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square or Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Private car for a full day of sightseeing
    • Professional and informative city tour guide and his salary, meals, etc.
    • The agency service charge and government tax or VAT
    Cost Excludes
    • Accommodations and meals
    • Entrance fee to the temple and stupa
    • Personal shopping
    • Tips for a guide and driver
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      Exceptional sightseeing and taxi service.

      Rajesh was amazing, welcomed us to the country and provided us with an exceptional service. We would recommend this company for anyone visiting Kathmandu. Very informative and helped us plan our sightseeing. Thank you !

      BeccaSep 30, 2023United Kingdom
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