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Day Tour of Monkey Temple & Kritipur, tasting local cuisines

1. Day Tour of Monkey Temple & Kritipur, tasting local cuisines

Embark on this mystical day tour to delve into the spiritual and cultural tapestry of Kathmandu, where ancient traditions and vibrant history come to life, exploring the cultural gems of Kathmandu, Nepal. This private journey takes you to the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), an ancient stupa with panoramic views, and the charming town of Kirtipur. Immerse yourself in the rich history and spirituality of these sacred sites with a knowledgeable guide, ensuring a personalized and enchanting experience. 1) Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath): Perched atop a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, Monkey Temple, officially known as Swayambhunath, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist stupas. Renowned for its ancient and serene ambiance, the stupa is adorned with the watchful eyes of Buddha, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and a playful community of monkeys that have earned it the endearing nickname "Monkey Temple." Pilgrims and visitors alike ascend its stone steps to bask in the spiritual aura, offering prayers while enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the valley below. 2) Kirtipur: Kirtipur, a hidden gem within the Kathmandu Valley, is a medieval town steeped in Newari culture and history. Its narrow winding streets and traditional brick houses showcase the town's authentic charm. Dominated by ancient temples and stupas, Kirtipur is known for landmarks such as Bagh Bhairab Temple, a pagoda-style marvel, and Chilancho Stupa, a serene monument reflecting the town's rich religious heritage. As you stroll through Kirtipur, the essence of a bygone era unfolds, providing a glimpse into the enduring cultural legacy of this quaint and picturesque town.

Historic South Kathmandu Valley Tour

2. Historic South Kathmandu Valley Tour

Dakshinkali Temple, one of the most popular Hindu temples, is located 23 km outside of the Kathmandu Valley. The Holy Temple is devoted to Goddess Kali, and a large number of pilgrims visit it each year, particularly during Dashain, Nepal's largest holiday. Kirtipur is known for an authentic experience of the Newari culture of Kathmandu Valley. Apart from its architecture, Kirtipur is a lively town that hosts a variety of traditional events known as Jatras in Nepali, which visitors can attend. Taudaha Lake, located in Kritipur, is a peaceful place favorable for relaxation. There are several huts made from bamboo made especially to serve culinary needs of visitor. Swimming and boating is strictly prohibited as the lake is considered sacred. Itinerary We start our tour early in the morning from Dakchinkali Temple. Then we transfer to Kritipur by private vehicle and sight see around there. After that we move to Taudaha Lake for relaxation and fish-feeding.

Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

3. Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

Kirtipur, located on a hill to the southwest of central Kathmandu is one of several ancient kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley that were once independent, but now make up part of greater Kathmandu. Kirtipur is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the valley. It’s a prime destination to learn about the Newar people, who are one of Nepal’s many distinct ethnic groups and the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Come to Kirtipur for exquisite architecture, hilltop temples, and sweeping city views. Wandering around its winding streets feels like walking through a traditional Nepali village, yet Kirtipur also offers some of the finest views of sprawling Kathmandu and the hills and mountains beyond. It’s full of cobblestone streets, old brick houses with elaborately carved door and window frames, and multitiered pagodas. During this tour, you will visit Bagh Bhairab temple, Chilancho Stupa shrine, Uma Maheshwar temple, and a Theravada Buddhist monastery. Enjoy a Newari lunch, before you return to your hotel.

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I picked this tour as it was more unique than other Monkey Temple tours, as it offered a trip to the quieter village of Kirtipur in addition to the busy tourist-filled Monkey Temple. Booked it at the last minute as my other plans fell through. They were very accommodating in allowing me to change my pickup location at the last minute also. Hemant was an extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide, I learned a lot about the temples in Kirtipur as well as Kathmandu. The lunch was delicious, had great Nepali cuisine thanks to Hemant’s helpful recommendations, and the restaurant had an amazing rooftop view of Kathmandu. Overall the trip was truly a highlight of my stay in Kathmandu, highly recommended!!