Explore the sacred sights of the Kathmandu Valley on a full day tour that combines natural wonders and immersive culture. With an outstanding mountain backdrop as your constant companion, you will get right to the heart of this mysterious location.
What to Expect
This full day tour of the Kathmandu Valley combines stupendous panoramic views and mountain scenery with a deeper understanding of the ancient cultures and traditions of a magical place.
You will travel to the Buddhist Stupa of Swaymbhunath and get close to the Hindu temple of Pasupatinath. You will visit a Tibetan refugee camp, and go to one of Lord Shiva’s holiest temples on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River.
Kathmandu is also known as Kantipur, or Kingdom of Nepal, and it is here that you will start your tour with a visit to the temple of the Living Goddess, Kumari Devi, who acknowledges the greetings of her devotees from the balcony of her temple residence.
You will then go to Kashtamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu and - according to legend - made from the timber of a single tree.
Walk round Durbar Square for a sensory overload of sights and smells. With its array of temples, overlooked by the ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty, the square is a riot of rickshaws and bicycles and tourists and tradesmen.
Continue your tour along the valley to Swaymbhunath. This Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2,000 years old and forms the main structure, composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire, capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
At Patan, known as Lalitpur, and the next stop on your tour, you will enjoy a city of fine arts, enclosed within four Stupas built in the 3rd-Century AD by Emperor Ashoka. Visit Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, and the Mahadouddha Temple.
You will also visit a Tibetan refugee camp and handicraft center to witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and the pounding of metal statues.
Moving on to Pasupatinath, east of Kathmandu City, you will come across one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Boasting a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built is built in a pagoda style, with richly carved silver doors.
Visitors are only permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance to the temple is strictly forbidden to non-Hindus. But you will catch the atmosphere in the air and sense why Pashupatinath is the center of an annual pilgrimage in February and March.
The last stop on your tour is Boudhanath, one of the largest 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.
- Professional Guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Tips for guide and driver
- Food and beverages
Know Before You Go
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