Explore the sights of the Kathmandu Valley on a full-day tour of its sacred culture. Visit the famous Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, stroll around Kathmandu Durbar Square and discover the famous stupas.
What to Expect
To get a deeper understanding of the ancient cultures and traditions of Nepal, take this 1-day tour of the Kathmandu Valley. It starts with a short drive to Pashupatinath, the famous Hindu Temple of Nepal, before taking a stroll around Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will also visits the 2 famous stupas-- a mound-like sacred structure containing Buddhist relics--of Boudhanath and Swaymbhunath.
Pashupatinath is located east of Kathmandu City and is one of the holiest temples in Nepal. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it sits on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River and is built in a pagoda style with richly carved silver doors.
Discover the sacred lingum, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. The Arya Ghat, alongside Pashupati is a famous funeral site for Hindus. Visitors are only permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, but you will get a stupendous sighting before moving on to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Stroll around the square to sightsee the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom in ancient times. Swayambhu, meaning "the self-existent," is one of the most popular and is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the large number of monkeys that reside in the area.
Move on to the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest and holiest stupas in the world. Built by King Man Deva on the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini, it has 4 pairs of eyes that keep watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. The area is also famous for more than 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries.