About Kathmandu Valley Day Tour
Kathmandu Valley Day Tour takes you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the tour, you will explore palaces, holy temples, stupas, and the local market. Kathmandu Valley One Day Tour is designed to present you with the history, art, and architecture of Nepal. During the tour, you will visit many monuments that hold significant importance in Nepal. You will get to see the culture and tradition of Nepal.
You will be guided by our professional tour guide who will introduce all of the sites to you. We have designed our Kathmandu Valley Day Tour itinerary incorporating major sites. The tour begins after having a warm breakfast around 7 AM. Likewise, you will also get to visit the local market, museum, and souvenir shops. To know more about Kathmandu Valley Day Tour package or Kathmandu Valley Day Tour cost, feel free to contact us anytime. The best time to go on Kathmandu Valley Day Tour is spring, autumn, and winter however you can go on this tour throughout the year.
Swayambhunath Stupa is also popularly known as the Monkey Temple, which is believed to date back to 460 A.D. Built in the 13th century by King Manadeva, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the significant centers of Buddhism. Situated on a small hillock on the northwest of Kathmandu valley, this monument surrounds numerous legends around it.
One of the many legends says that this stupa evolved spontaneously out of primordial lake more than 2000 years ago. Another says that the Swayambhu was born out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of the lake. There are many sagas like this, which you will get to know while visiting this place. Here, you will get to see the largest image of Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal. To reach the premises, you have to walk on numerous steep stone steps.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the sacred and most important religious sites for Hindus. Pashupatinath Temple is the center of centuries-old art, architecture, and huge religious faith. Spread across 246 hectares, this temple is a national treasure, where you get to see different styles of temples from Dome, Shikhar to Pagoda and so on. Various statues and sculptures are around the premises.
The premises include the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where non-Hindus are not allowed to enter and many other small temples dedicated to different deities. Bhuwaneshwori, Tamreshwor, Dakshinamurti, Bishwarupa, Panchdewal, etc are some of the famous temples. Likewise, the backside of the temple has a holy Bagmati river. This temple has ancient temples, crematorium, river, and forest, which is managed by Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) established in 1996.
Boudhnath Stupa is Nepal's biggest stupa situated 8 km east of Kathmandu. The 36 meters high stupa can be seen as soon as you approach the Kathmandu airport. Boudha here is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. This stupa is built to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet in the shape of the mandala, which later got renovated by the Licchavi rulers in the 8th century.
The most interesting thing about Boudhnath Stupa is that it is set on the ancient trade route to Tibet. On each side of the stupa, there are seeing eyes that symbolize awareness. Around the stupa, there are many lovely rooftop hotels, cafes, and souvenir shops. You can see devotees circumambulating the stupa. There are also a number of monasteries around the premises.
Basantapur Durbar Square
Basantapur Durbar Square is also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square is the old royal palace of the former kings of Nepal. The durbar square premises house several buildings and courtyards. You get to see spectacular architecture and craftsmanship around the palace. After the 2015 earthquake, many buildings faced huge damage and now are in the process of re-building. Many major royal ceremonies and celebrations of Nepal have happened in this palace.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best way to travel back in time because of the old buildings and lifestyle of the locals. Inside the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you can see exquisite wood carvings and metal craft, unlike any other dynasty. Pottery Square, the main palace dates back to the 12th century. There are many ancient temples, shrines, and courtyards to look around this durbar square.
Patan Durbar Square is an old royal palace that houses centuries-old palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards. This durbar square is relatively smaller than the other two durbar squares. Here you get to see artistic craftsmanship, precise wood carvings, art, and architecture. Krishna Temple is the most famous part of the durbar square. You can visit the museum, cafes, and souvenir shops around the palace.
Narayanhiti Palace Museum
Narayanhiti Palace Museum once served as a residence for several prime ministers of Nepal for decades. In 2008, this Narayanhiti Palace was transformed into a museum with limited access to the public. This palace has served long as the principal workplace for the reigning monarch. Situated west of the famous Kaiser Mahal, this place houses impressive gardens, courtyards, and buildings. Over the decades, the palace was built and renovated numerous times and the current Narayanhiti Durbar was built in 1963 by king Mahendra.
This is the palace, where the Nepalese Royal Massacre took place in 2001. In the 2006 revolution, the monarchy got toppled and King Gyanendra was forced to vacate the palace. Today, the crown jewels are considered among the most precious objects that Nepal holds.