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Panauti with Bhaktapur Day trip

1. Panauti with Bhaktapur Day trip

On this full day trip from Kathmandu, explore the city of Bhaktapur and the village of Panauti. The tour begins with sightseeing at Panauti village, a historical Newari town which is around 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit the Indreshwar Temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal dating back to 13 century. Next, visit Brahmayani Temple, another important monument constructed in the 17th century to honor Brahmayani, the goddess of the town. Stroll around the complex and admire the beauty of the historic architecture, and watch the locals paying respect to their idols. Finally, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Witness a unique culture here, and admire some of the finest displays of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. 

Kathmandu Valley, Namobuddha and Panauti Tour

2. Kathmandu Valley, Namobuddha and Panauti Tour

On the first day of the tour, be picked up by your guide at 10:30 AM and begin your exploration of Kathmandu valley. First visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is one of the most sacred locations in Hinduism, and is the oldest of its kind within Kathmandu, dating back to the 5th century. Afterwards, travel to see Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the most spectacular monuments within the valley. See also Boudhanath Stupa, one of largest stupas in Nepal. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palaces, another World Heritage Site. This site is notable for being the cultural and historical hub of the valley. After exploring all of these landmarks, be returned to your hotel or residence to complete the first day of the tour. Start the second day with a pickup by your guide at 10:30 AM. Travel for one hour southeast to Panauti, one of the oldest towns in Nepal. Here there are many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit Brahmayani Temple as you cross the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. Continue then towards Indreshwor Temple and Unmatta Bhairav Temple. Observe the various idols of Hindu gods and goddesses and wood carvings within the temples. Travel onwards to Namobuddha where the site of the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is located. This is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Commemorating the famous story, there is a shrine and stone slab on the top of hill with great panoramic views of the Himalayas and surrounding villages. After exploring both towns, return to your hotel or residence.

Bhaktapur and Panauti Day Trip from Kathmandu

3. Bhaktapur and Panauti Day Trip from Kathmandu

Discover Bhaktapur, a well-preserved medieval city-state and UNESCO-World Heritage site, on a day trip from Kathmandu. Visit the Newari city, famous for its intricate pagodas and delicate handicrafts. Also, visit Panauti, where you’ll have a chance to meet with local entrepreneurs. Meet your guide at the meeting point and hop into an air-conditioned vehicle. Drive to Bhaktapur, a well-preserved medieval city-state and UNESCO-World Heritage site. Discover one of Nepal’s prettiest attractions during this behind-the-scenes peek at the Newari city, famous for its intricate pagodas and delicate handicrafts. Next, visit Panauti, where you’ll have a chance to meet with local entrepreneurs. Afterward, return to Kathmandu.

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(5 reviews)

I am a quiet but very demanding customer This tour was very good. Or not really very good, but excellent. My guide explained extensively about the places and paid attention to my interests the whole time. He waited patiently while I took photos. Showed well-described objects that I didn't understand myself. Told about the destinations extensively, but not too much. That's a skill too. Took me to a couple of shops, but the whole time I had the feeling that I didn't have to buy anything. And what's the most important. Treated the objects with the respect they deserve. He spoke quietly, told where it was appropriate to take photos, was kind to the guards and cashiers, etc. So you don't see this often. Many guides think they have the right to behave however they want. The driver was good. But still a couple of situations where I thought that it was really a good decision not to go anywhere further by car. Traffic in Nepal is terrible. I recommend this particular company.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!! Kathmandu Valley is breathtaking but our guide, Bharat, made it so much fun. He was full of information and just a joy to be around. We were completely comfortable from the moment we met him and we learned so much! Highly recommend. :)