Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Kathmandu with a private guide on a 6-hour tour of all the major attractions. See stupas and temples, Durbar Square and holy rivers. Immerse yourself in the daily life of the Himalayan city.
What to Expect
This 6-hour trip covers the most exciting attractions in Kathmandu, including visits to a Hindu temple, where you will see cremation activities and ritual bathing on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The tour also covers Buddhist palaces and the Boudhnath Stupa.
Said to be the biggest stupa in the world, Boudhnath Stupa boasts a huge whitewashed dome symbolizing a womb or creation. Follow the crowd in a clockwise direction as you admire the dome’s 108 small images and prayer wheels set around its base. Above lie the 13 golden steps to Nirvana.
Move on to the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the most popular Hindu God. Only Hindus are allowed in the main temple, but we will view the temple from a distance, allowing a good view of its golden roof and silver gate.
Take a moment to gather your thoughts on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, where you may see cremations and the bathing rituals of Hindus, who take deep baths on the banks to wash away their sins.
Next we will go to the island stupa of Swyambhunath, boasting breathtaking views of the city and a backdrop of snow-capped mountains on a clear day. Known as the Monkey Temple, due to its many resident monkeys, the stupa is dedicated to Lord Buddha.
Your final visit will be Kathmandu’s bustling Durbar Square, which literally translates as “Place of Palace. A riot of rickshaws and street vendors, explore some of the 50 temples that surround the square, including Shiva Parbati temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Hanuman Gate, and the wooden temple of Kasthamandap, built from a single tree.
At the end of your 6-hour excursion, touring this most mysterious and yet modern Himalayan city, you will be transferred back to your Kathmandu hotel.
- Private transportation
- Guide as per your choice of language
What's Not Included
- Monument entrance fees
- Meals and drinks
Know Before You Go
• We suggest that you not take photography of the cremation place and ritual bathing.
• At Pashupatinath Temple, only Hindus can gain entrance, but non Hindus can look from about 65 feet (20 meters) away, where you can see the main temple's golden roof and silver gate.
• You need to get special entrance tickets each and every place we cover on our tour.