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Kathmandu: Private 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites Day Tour

Kathmandu: Private 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites Day Tour

Kathmandu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains 7 monuments and historic sites that have been recognized by UNESCO. These monument zones are the Durbar squares of the three cities of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and the religious temples of Swayambhu, Bouddha, Pashupati, & Changu Narayan. Pashupatinath Temple As one of the must visit legendary Hindu temple, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair & ash-applied body. Swayambhunath Temple Swayambhunath is approx. 2600 years old Buddhist Stupa, looking over the entire Kathmandu valley. It is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the hundreds of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, ancient sculptures, temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Boudhanath Bouddhanath is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world, constructed back in the 4th century. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries. Besides this, there are a no. of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal. Patan Durbar Square Located about 5 km away from the capital city in the district of Lalitpur. It is a fusion of two influential religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. The town of patan perfectly showcased the genuine art, architecture, culture, religion and heritage. The classic architectural design displayed on the houses, fine handwork on the doors & windows represents the aesthetic ancient beauty. Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic site situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city. The durbar square is surrounded by palaces, courtyards and temples. It is a pleasant place to visit due to its historical significance, magnificent Newari architecture, & bustling bazaars. Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square located in Bhaktapur, a city in the Kathmandu Valley showcases the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. It is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, temples, palaces, & intricate artwork. It is filled with numerous other shrines, statues, and courtyards, each displaying remarkable architectural and artistic craftsmanship. Changunarayan Temple Changunarayan Temple, one of the oldest temples in Nepal, is located on a hilltop in the village of Changu Narayan, near Bhaktapur. It is believed to have been built in the 4th century during the Lichhavi dynasty, making it one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Nepal. Outline Itinerary: Our guide and driver will pick you up from your pick up point and your guided sightseeing tour starts. You will have a lunch break between the tour and you will be escorted to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO-Listed City Sites Private Day Trip

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO-Listed City Sites Private Day Trip

Embark on an exclusive journey through Kathmandu's cultural treasures with our private day tour, meticulously curated to unveil the city's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Picture yourself at the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, where spirituality merges with the timeless flow of the Bagmati River, creating a serene and captivating atmosphere. Our expert guide will lead you through the intricacies of Hindu rituals, offering you a firsthand experience of this spiritual sanctuary. Step into the living history of Kathmandu at Durbar Square, where ancient royal palaces and awe-inspiring temples beckon. Marvel at the craftsmanship that narrates tales of Nepal's glorious past, immersing you in a world where every stone has a story to tell. The journey then takes you to the Swayambhunath Stupa, an architectural marvel atop a hill, providing a panoramic vista of the Kathmandu Valley. Let the spiritual energy of this iconic site leave an indelible mark on your soul. Venture into the heart of Patan, a city celebrated for its well-preserved ancient architecture. The Patan Durbar Square unfolds before you, a harmonious blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences, showcasing the brilliance of Newari craftsmanship. Stroll through the square, where every step is a walk through centuries of cultural evolution. Boudhanath Stupa awaits, a colossal mandala that transcends time. The rhythmic chants and the sight of devotees circumambulating the stupa create an enchanting ambiance, inviting you to connect with the spiritual essence of Nepal. Capture the essence of the vibrant city of Bhaktapur as twilight sets in, wandering through its medieval streets and squares. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square preserves the charm of a bygone era, providing a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Newari culture. Culminate your day at the Changunarayan Temple, a hidden gem adorned with exquisite sculptures and ancient inscriptions. Our private tour ensures an intimate experience, allowing you to absorb the historical and cultural significance of each site without the rush of a crowded itinerary. Indulge in the allure of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, creating memories that resonate with the rich tapestry of Nepal's cultural heritage. With our personalized and enriching tour, you are not just a visitor but a privileged guest, unlocking the secrets of this ancient city. Book your private tour now and let the magic of Kathmandu unfold before you, leaving you with a lifetime of cherished memories.

Kathmandu: Chandragiri Cable Car and Monkey Temple Tour

Kathmandu: Chandragiri Cable Car and Monkey Temple Tour

This tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu, to the Chandragiri’s ‘Gondola Base Station’ located at Chandragiri Municipality. Opened in 2016, the 2.4 km ‘Cable Car’ ride takes you on a 10 minute thrilling trip to the Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple at the top of the hill. The viewpoint in the hill offers you a beautiful panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley along with the mesmerizing view of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu and Langtang range. The hill station also offers you with a wide range of intercontinental cuisines and accommodation on a five star hotel for those seeking an stay overnight. In addition to your tour to Chandragiri, you will now head towards Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, is a sacred religious site to both Hindus and Buddhists. Here you will be exploring the ancient complex consisting of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. Additionally, the travelers may even choose to stay for the night at Chandragiri Hills 5 Star Luxurious Resort for a refreshing and rejuvenating quality time. Here the travelers will be offered with lavish morning breakfast and two way cable car tickets and private transfers. But this option must be selected while booking. Furthermore, the travelers may also choose the addon activity for a thrilling Zip-Line ride at Chandragiri Hills as well. Note: During winter, Chandragiri’s high elevation gives it a better position in terms of altitude and temperature for a higher chance of snowfall. A dip in mercury for a couple of days, followed by a freezing rainfall guarantees snow covered hills around Kathmandu. And the best chance to experience it in Kathmandu with ease of access and in luxury is at the Chandragiri Hills.

Kathmandu: Private City Guided Tour

Kathmandu: Private City Guided Tour

See the sights of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on a 6-hour tour of an area that covers 218 square miles (350 kilometers). Kathmandu Valley contains 3 fabulous cities of great historic, religious, and cultural interest: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur), and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). The Kathmandu Valley has often been described as an open-air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal, and wood scattered throughout it. On your tour, you will not be able to see the entire valley, but you will be taken to some of the most important and monumental sites. Many of these are squares or temples that are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Swayambhunath/Monkey Temple Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2,500-year-old Stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most sacred of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple, and is the site not only of pilgrims who bathe in the river, but also contains a special area where members of the royal family are cremated. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the biggest in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect. Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square is home to the former Patan Royal Family. The most photographed of Kathmandu’s 3 Durbar Squares, it features a remarkable display of Newari architecture. Its main attractions include the Krishna Temple, with its 21 golden pinnacles, Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist Monastery that houses local treasures, and the central courtyard of Mul Chowk.

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Day Tour

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Day Tour

Explore the heart and soul of Nepal's historic splendor with Relax Getaways on this private day tour through Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This meticulously crafted itinerary is designed to unveil the rich tapestry of culture, religion, and history embedded in the city's ancient streets and monuments. From the spiritual heights of Swayambhunath to the architectural marvels of Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, each site offers a unique window into the past and present of this vibrant city. Tour Details Duration: Approximately 8-10 hours Start Time: Flexible (Early morning recommended) Pickup and Drop-off Location: Any location inside Kathmandu Transportation: Comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle Group Size: Ideal for individuals, families, or small groups seeking a personalized experience Tour Highlights Swayambhunath Temple: Start your journey with a visit to this ancient religious complex, also known as the Monkey Temple, perched atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square: Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and architectural wonders in the royal palace complex of the ancient city of Patan. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Step back in time in Bhaktapur, where traditional Nepalese culture and medieval heritage converge. Changunarayan Temple: Discover the oldest temple in Nepal, revered for its intricate carvings and historical significance. Pashupatinath Temple: Visit this sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River, a site of spiritual and cultural importance. Boudha Stupa: Behold the stunning stupa of Boudhanath, a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Conclude your tour in the historical heart of Kathmandu, a showcase of royal history, intricate artistry, and vibrant local life.

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO Sites Day Tour (Private & Shared)

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO Sites Day Tour (Private & Shared)

Embark on a journey through the heart of Nepal with the UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu, meticulously curated by Luxury Holidays Nepal. This tour is a deep dive into the essence of Nepalese culture, history, and spirituality, showcasing the ancient art, architecture, and traditions that have shaped this vibrant city. 1. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Start your exploration in the historical center of Kathmandu, where kings were once crowned and ruled. This living museum boasts a collection of temples, courtyards, and palaces, including the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex and the majestic Taleju Temple. Witness the architectural marvels and get a glimpse into the royal past of Nepal. 2. Patan Durbar Square: A short ride away is Patan, known for its artistic heritage. The square features an array of ancient palaces, temples, and statues, all adorned with exquisite carvings. The former royal palace now houses a museum showcasing rare artifacts, offering insight into the rich cultural and artistic history of the city. 3. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Known as the 'City of Devotees,' Bhaktapur is a treasure trove of medieval art and architecture. The square is lined with palaces, temples, and statues dating back to the Malla Dynasty. Don't miss the famous Peacock Window and the intricately carved 55 Window Palace. 4. Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Perched on a hilltop, this ancient stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. Known for its whitewashed dome, gilded spire, and the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, it offers panoramic views of Kathmandu. The site is also home to many monkeys, adding a unique aspect to your visit. 5. Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest stupas in the world, Boudhanath is a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa stands as a massive mandala, with a giant dome surrounded by the watchful eyes of the Buddha. The area around the stupa is filled with monasteries and is a center for meditation, prayer, and rituals. 6. Pashupatinath Temple: This sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies along the banks of the Bagmati River. It's known for its stunning architecture and the ghats where cremation ceremonies take place. The temple complex is a spiritual center for devotees, with sadhus (holy men) and pilgrims adding to the temple's mystique. 7. Changu Narayan Temple: The oldest temple in Nepal, Changu Narayan, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its rich decorations and sculptures. The temple's history dates back over a millennium and offers a serene atmosphere away from the city's hustle. This tour is not just a trip; it's an exploration of the soul of Kathmandu, offering a unique perspective on the city's ancient grandeur and living traditions. Join us to uncover the mysteries, marvel at the architectural wonders, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kathmandu City Sightseeing Bus tour (5 Sights)

Kathmandu City Sightseeing Bus tour (5 Sights)

Embark on a captivating journey through Kathmandu's rich cultural tapestry with our meticulously curated bus tour , showcasing five UNESCO World Heritage sites. This immersive experience promises a deep dive into the city's history, spirituality, and vibrant traditions, ensuring every moment leaves an indelible mark on your travel memories. Tour starts around 11:00 am Kathmandu local time, pick-up spot is on the opposite road of the Malla hotel . It is suggested individuals to reach the pick up spot 15 min early which is around 10:45 am local time. # Things to consider: 1. This is a budget tour , a tour operator is present to manager your tour around. 2. The tour operator is not a tour guide but can provide basic information. 3. Bus departure time may vary due to traffic. 1. Pashupatinath Temple: Our adventure begins at the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, an epitome of Hindu spirituality and architecture. Nestled on the banks of the revered Bagmati River, this ancient temple is a hub of religious fervor. Witness intricate rituals, observe the mesmerizing Aarti ceremony, and marvel at the intricate details of the sacred shrines. The serene surroundings and centuries-old traditions make Pashupatinath an essential stop for cultural enthusiasts. 2. Guheswori Temple: Adjacent to Pashupatinath, the Guheswori Temple beckons with its profound spiritual aura. Dedicated to the revered Goddess Guheswori, this sacred site invites you to partake in the age-old rituals and experience the divine connection that permeates the air. The temple's intricate architecture and serene ambiance provide a serene respite, offering a glimpse into Nepal's deep-rooted religious heritage. 3. Boudhanath Stupa: Venture into the heart of Tibetan culture at the iconic Boudhanath Stupa, a colossal mandala that captivates with its sheer grandeur. Surrounded by a bustling enclave of monasteries and shops, this UNESCO site serves as a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists worldwide. Absorb the spiritual energy as you circumambulate the stupa, turning prayer wheels and soaking in the vibrant tapestry of colors, incense, and prayer flags. 4. Swayambhunath Stupa: Ascend the ancient steps to the Swayambhunath Stupa, affectionately known as the Monkey Temple, for panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. This hilltop sanctuary embodies harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism, adorned with prayer flags and the watchful eyes of the Buddha. Engage in the rituals, spin the prayer wheels, and feel the spiritual resonance that has echoed through the ages. 5. Budhanilkantha: Our journey concludes at the sacred enclave of Budhanilkantha, home to the impressive reclining Vishnu statue. Carved from a single stone, this marvel of craftsmanship radiates serenity. The pond surrounding the deity adds to the tranquil ambiance, making it a perfect reflection of Nepal's artistic and spiritual heritage.

Kathmandu: Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Kathmandu: Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Discover the charm of Kathmandu on a private sightseeing tour that unveils four of the city's most renowned attractions. Begin your journey at Pashupati Nath Temple, a spiritual epicenter of Nepal where you'll witness ancient Hindu rituals and soak up the spiritual vibes. Next, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Boudha Nath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world, and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere while observing the vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture. From there, make your way to Kathmandu Durbar Square, an impressive complex of palaces, temples, and courtyards that showcase the city's rich history and architecture. Finally, ascend to Swyambhu Nath Stupa, famously known as the Monkey Temple, perched atop a hill that offers breathtaking views of the city. With an experienced guide accompanying you throughout the tour, you can delve into the captivating tales and traditions of each site. Moreover, you'll have the flexibility to personalize the itinerary as per your preference and pace. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to experience the best of Kathmandu on a private tour that guarantees a memorable and enriching experience.

Kathmandu: Private Full-Day Tour

Kathmandu: Private Full-Day Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, get picked up by your guide and head out on your guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. See some of the major historical, cultural and religious centers in the Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can admire temples dating back as far as the third century. Then, head to the Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest stupa in South Asia. Your next stop is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. From here, move to the Swayambhunath Stupa, and get the chance to play with the monkeys who gave this stupa the nickname of Monkey Temple. Your tour guide will explain to you the cultural, historical and religious significance of these places during this tour. Get dropped off at your hotel in the evening after a full day of sightseeing.

Kathmandu: City Highlights Bus Tour

Kathmandu: City Highlights Bus Tour

All participants need to come at one place at 11:00 am (opposite of Hotel Malla's main entrance gate - Thamel, Kathmandu), and bus will come and receive you without making long stop, just pickup you and will continue tour to explore beautiful places: You will join a group of other travelers and visit popular tourist sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar square and Budhanilkantha. After visiting all, bus driver will drop you back to the same place, next to thamel. Tour end.

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We had a fantastic day exploring the various sites with our guide, Dipendra. He communicated his knowledge and experience very well, always able to answer the many questions we had and he managed the whole day very well, telling us what to expect and managing our expectations. The transport was very good too. On an associated note, it may be helpful to give some idea of what the entrance fees to the sites will cost. They vary quite considerably and a rough total cost would prepare clients. Dipendra was very good in covering some fees until we found an ATM. A long day but well worth it and we saw and learnt so much.

This heritage sites tour was amazing. The transport was on time and comfortable and the staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Dipendra was our guide and he was wonderful. He showed us the most spectacular sites and helped us understand the deep and rich history of Nepal. He was very attentive to our interests and answered all of our questions. Dipendra even took us to the most fantastic place for lunch. I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to learn about Nepal's rich history and culture. Thanks, Dipendra for being such a great guide and thanks Himalayan Social Journey for organizing such a great tour.

Our guide Dipendra did such a good job! He told us a lot about Nepal people and their customs, he and our driver took us to all the sights with a lot of patience and readiness to adjust to our wishes. He took us to Mandala and healing bowl experts without obligation to buy something. And we had a nice stop at a rooftop restaurant close to Durbar Square. We know a lot more about this country than before, thanks to our gorgeous guide Dipendra.

The tour was very excellent, well arranged and organized. This tours covers all the 7 heritage sites of Kathmandu and lets you know about History and culture of Kathmandu. Highly recommended.

Very kind knowledgeable and accommodating guide. Lots of monkeys! Be sure to bring cash for all the entrance fees.