1. Nepal
  2. Kathmandu
  3. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Lonely Planet Experiences: Insider Tour of Kathmandu

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Turn yourself into a typical citizen of Kathmandu for a day! Join the Buddhist and Hindu devotees in Swoyambhunath and the temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Shop for fresh ingredients and prepare a traditional Nepalese lunch with a local family.
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Starting time 7:00 AM
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  • Turn yourself into a typical Kathmandu citizen for a day.
  • Join the stream of Buddhist and Hindu devotees in Swoyambhunath and temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Explore the local market and shop for fresh vegetables and necessary ingredients for a traditional Nepalese meal.
  • Prepare lunch with a local family.
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Learn the Kathmandu lifestyle and be one of them for a day!

Your trip starts with an early wake-up call. You will head straight to places of worship on foot, and first up is Swoyambhunath. Follow the path of Hindu and Buddhist devotees, circling the holy stupa and spinning the prayer wheels.

Mesmerizing wafts of incense, hypnotic chants of prayers, and surreal sound of ringing bells will give you a spiritual high. Spiritually awakened, stroll through the maze of backstreets to Kathmandu Durbar Square, its numerous temples, and its market. Purchase some fresh vegetables and aromatic spices and all the other necessary ingredients for your local lunch.

Well-stocked and well-prepared, you will head to your host family. Lead the way or lend a hand as your hosts unveil the ancient secrets of Nepalese cooking.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fees to Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Meal and meal preparation with local family
What’s Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
  • Purchase of vegetables and fruits
  • Tips or gratuities for guide

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Meeting point

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu.

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Maximum group size is 12.

Dress Standard
Dress standards in Asia are conservative. We recommend modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia, women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops, and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites, men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. It is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses.

Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age.

From US$ 66 per person

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Urban Adventures Asia & Russia

Product ID: 25426