Kathmandu City Tour - 1 Day

Kathmandu Tour by Vehicle
Quick Informations
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Start Time: 7:00 AM
  • End Time: 6:00 PM
  • Transportation: Comfortable vehicle (car/van/bus)
  • Tour Type: Guided day tour (On Request)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (On Request)
  • Guide: Knowledgeable local guide (On Request)

Places That You Visit During This Tour

Day1: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudha Stupa, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), Chandragiri Hill, Kathmandu Durbar Square

Note: Day 2 is optional. If you wish to visit the remaining places within Kathmandu, you can do so the next day.

Day 2: Nagarkot Sunrise View, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, Patan Durbar Square

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Kathmandu Tour Package Details

Experience the rich cultural tapestry and historical grandeur of Kathmandu with our meticulously curated tour package. Our Kathmandu tour is designed to offer you an immersive journey through the heart of Nepal, exploring its revered temples, majestic stupas, and vibrant heritage sites. Join us for an unforgettable adventure that begins with the serenity of dawn and spans two days of exploration, spirituality, and scenic beauty.

Early Morning Start (7-8 AM) Our Kathmandu tour begins bright and early at 7-8 AM, allowing us to visit the revered Pashupatinath Temple without the usual crowds. Although the temple opens at 4 AM, our chosen time ensures a more tranquil experience.

Pashupatinath Temple We commence our journey at the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant Hindu religious landmark. Here, we will engage in traditional worship and spend 1-2 hours exploring the temple complex, absorbing its spiritual ambiance and intricate architecture.

Boudhanath Stupa Next, we visit the iconic Boudhanath Stupa, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site known for its massive, spherical shape. The stupa is a symbol of enlightenment, attracting visitors from Nepal and beyond. We will explore the area, take in the serene atmosphere, and marvel at the colossal Buddha statue that dominates the circular plaza.

Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) Our journey continues to the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple due to its resident primates. Situated atop a hill, this ancient religious complex offers panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. We will spend some time here, exploring the stupa and enjoying the breathtaking vistas.

Chandragiri Hills Afterwards, we head to Chandragiri Hills, located in the southern part of Kathmandu Valley. A 30-45 minute drive brings us to this popular destination, known for its scenic cable car ride. At the summit, we will spend 2-3 hours taking photos and exploring the area, reveling in the wide panoramic views of the valley below.

Kathmandu Durbar Square Our final stop for the day is Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic site teeming with ancient temples, palaces, and courtyards. As we explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will delve into the rich history and architectural splendor that defines Kathmandu. With the visit to Durbar Square, our day's tour concludes, and we return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Note: if you want to extend the tour then we have second day program too

Second Day Program

Early Morning in Nagarkot On the second day, we embark on an early morning journey to Nagarkot, renowned for its stunning sunrise views. Witness the dawn breaking over the Himalayas, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink. After soaking in the natural beauty, we will explore the area or opt for a short trek to further appreciate the landscape.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square Our next destination is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we will spend an hour exploring the ancient square, admiring its well-preserved courtyards, palaces, and temples that echo the grandeur of the Malla dynasty.

Kailashnath Mahadev Statue We then proceed to the eastern part of Kathmandu to visit the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, the tallest statue of the Hindu god Shiva. Perched on a hill, this impressive statue offers expansive views of the surrounding cityscape. We will spend some time here, exploring the site and appreciating its spiritual significance.

Final Stop at Patan Durbar Square Our tour concludes with a visit to Patan Durbar Square, one of the three major Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we explore the intricate architecture and historic landmarks, we will delve into the rich cultural heritage of Patan. After this, you will be transferred back to your hotel. If you wish to explore further or take a leisurely walk through the streets of Kathmandu, we will provide you with the time to do so.

Join us on this comprehensive tour of Kathmandu, where each destination offers a unique glimpse into the spiritual, cultural, and scenic splendors of Nepal's capital.

Major Tour Highlights

  • Early morning visit to Pashupatinath Temple
  • Exploration of Boudhanath Stupa
  • Visit to Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)
  • Scenic cable car ride at Chandragiri Hills
  • Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Sunrise view from Nagarkot
  • Exploration of Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Visit to Kailashnath Mahadev Statue
  • Tour of Patan Durbar Square
  • Opportunity for leisurely exploration of Kathmandu streets

Photos & Videos: Our Experience

Itinerary

Time: 8-10 Hours Accomodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 1: A Day of Spiritual and Natural Exploration

6:00 AM - Dawn: Spiritual Awakening at Pashupatinath Temple Begin your day with an early morning visit to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal. Participate in the morning rituals, observe the Aarti and witness the serene atmosphere as devotees perform their daily offerings.

8:00 AM - Morning: Serenity at Boudha Stupa Continue to Boudha Stupa, a massive and magnificent Buddhist stupa that stands as a beacon of Tibetan culture in Nepal. Join the locals in a kora, walking around the stupa, and immerse yourself in the peaceful chants and the rhythmic spinning of prayer wheels.

10:00 PM - Noon: Ascent to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) Ascend to the top of the hill where Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is located. Enjoy the panoramic views of Kathmandu below, and explore the ancient stupa surrounded by statues and shrines. Be entertained by the playful monkeys that are local inhabitants of the temple grounds.

12:00 PM - Afternoon: Scenic Cable Car Ride to Chandragiri Hill Head to Chandragiri Hill where you’ll take a cable car up to the hilltop. The ride offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the valley below. At the top, take time to enjoy the view, capture photos, and relax in the beauty of nature.

3:30 PM - Late Afternoon: Historical Walk through Kathmandu Durbar Square Your final stop is Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the courtyards and palaces, marvel at the architecture, and learn about the rich history and culture of the Malla and Shah kings who once ruled Nepal.

5:00 PM - Evening: Return to Hotel As the day winds down, you’ll be driven back to your hotel, giving you time to reflect on the spiritual and natural wonders you’ve experienced throughout the day.

Optional

Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration Continued

5:00 AM - Early Morning: Sunrise Spectacle at Nagarkot Start your day early with a breathtaking sunrise view from Nagarkot, offering panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. Watch as the first rays of sunlight paint the peaks in a golden hue, creating a truly mesmerizing scene.

8:00 AM - Morning: Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square Head to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exquisite architecture and vibrant culture. Wander through the ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards, immersing yourself in the rich history of the Newar kingdom.

11:00 AM - Mid-Morning: Visit Kailashnath Mahadev Statue Next, make your way to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, one of the tallest statues of Lord Shiva in the world. Marvel at the impressive craftsmanship and spiritual significance of this iconic landmark, situated amidst serene surroundings.

1:00 PM - Afternoon: Lunch Break Take a leisurely lunch break at a nearby restaurant, savoring delicious Nepali cuisine and replenishing your energy for the rest of the day's adventures.

3:00 PM - Late Afternoon: Explore Patan Durbar Square Conclude your Kathmandu exploration with a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a cultural hub adorned with intricately carved temples, palaces, and shrines. Delve into the artistic heritage of the Newar people as you stroll through the narrow alleys and admire the timeless beauty of the architecture.

6:00 PM - Evening: Return to Hotel As the day comes to a close, you'll be driven back to your hotel, reflecting on the enriching experiences and captivating sights you've encountered during your two-day journey through Kathmandu.

MEALS
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Kathmandu Tour Package Cost Information

The cost of the Kathmandu tour package varies depending on the number of people in the group. Different pricing tiers are provided to accommodate varying group sizes, ensuring a fair and cost-effective experience for all participants.

Number of People Cost per Person (USD)
1 $100
2 $75
3 to 4 $50
5 to 7 $45
8 to 10 $40
11 to 14 $30

Inclusions:

Transportation:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in a comfortable vehicle (car/van/bus).
  • Car, Jeep, Hiace, or Bus provided for the complete tour, depending on the group size.

Guided Tour:

  • Knowledgeable local guide accompanying you throughout the day to provide insights and information about the visited attractions.

Meals:

  • Authentic Nepali dinner at a local restaurant included in the package.

Note: Any expenses not explicitly mentioned in the above inclusions will be considered personal and are not covered by the provided provisions.

Additional Information About The Tour

Accommodation in Kathmandu

Kathmandu offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit various budgets and preferences. From luxurious five-star hotels to cozy guesthouses and budget-friendly hostels, you will find a place that meets your needs.

  • Luxury Hotels: Experience the best of hospitality in Kathmandu's top luxury hotels, such as Hotel Yak & Yeti, Dwarika's Hotel, and Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. These establishments offer world-class amenities, including spa services, fine dining, and spacious rooms with stunning views.

  • Mid-Range Hotels: For a comfortable stay without breaking the bank, consider mid-range options like Hotel Shanker, Hotel Malla, and Kathmandu Guest House. These hotels provide excellent service, clean and comfortable rooms, and convenient locations.

  • Budget Accommodation: Travelers on a budget can choose from a variety of guesthouses, hostels, and homestays. Popular budget accommodations include Alobar1000, Zostel Kathmandu, and Shangri-La Boutique Hotel, which offer basic amenities, friendly atmospheres, and great value for money.

Food in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a food lover's paradise, offering a diverse range of culinary delights that reflect its rich cultural heritage and international influences.

  • Traditional Nepali Cuisine: Savor authentic Nepali dishes such as dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), and Newari specialties like yomari (sweet rice flour dumplings). Popular restaurants for traditional food include Bhojan Griha, Thamel House Restaurant, and Bhanchha Ghar.

  • International Cuisine: The city's cosmopolitan vibe is reflected in its food scene, with numerous restaurants serving international cuisine. Enjoy Italian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Continental dishes at eateries like Fire and Ice Pizzeria, OR2K, and Yin Yang Restaurant.

  • Street Food: For an adventurous culinary experience, try Kathmandu's street food. Indulge in local favorites such as chatamari (Nepali pizza), sel roti (rice doughnut), and pani puri (crispy hollow spheres filled with spicy water). Street food vendors can be found throughout the city, particularly in areas like Asan and Thamel.

Currency Exchange in Kathmandu

Managing your finances is crucial when traveling, and Kathmandu offers various options for currency exchange.

  • Banks: Major banks such as Nepal Investment Bank, Nabil Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank provide currency exchange services. These banks have branches throughout the city, including in tourist areas like Thamel and Durbar Marg.

  • Exchange Counters: Numerous licensed money exchange counters are available in Kathmandu, particularly in tourist-heavy areas. These counters offer competitive rates and are generally open seven days a week. Make sure to compare rates and check for any additional fees before exchanging your money.

  • ATMs: ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu, and most accept international debit and credit cards. Look for ATMs affiliated with major banks for reliability. Be aware that withdrawal fees and limits may apply, so it's advisable to check with your bank before traveling.

  • Hotels: Some hotels also offer currency exchange services for the convenience of their guests. While this can be convenient, the exchange rates may not be as favorable as those offered by banks and exchange counters.

Traveller Reviews

4.9 Excellent Reviews form Google

Maria GarciaSpainOn 2024-02-09

5 Excellent

Unforgettable Experience!

My Trip To Kathmandu With Easy Transport And Tour Was Absolutely Incredible. The Itinerary Was Well-planned, And We Visited All The Major Religious And Historical Sites. Our Guide Was Knowledgeable And Friendly, Making The Experience Even More Enriching. Pashupatinath Temple And Swayambhunath Were The Highlights For Me. I Highly Recommend This Tour Company For An Unforgettable Experience!

John SmithUSAOn 2023-12-12

5 Excellent

Great Service, Great Tour

Easy Transport And Tour Exceeded My Expectations With Their Kathmandu Tour. From The Moment We Landed, Everything Was Taken Care Of. The Visit To Boudhanath Stupa Was A Deeply Spiritual Experience, And Our Guide Provided Fascinating Insights Into The Local Culture And Traditions. Great Service, Great Tour. I’ll Definitely Be Back!

PriyaOn 2024-03-18

5 Excellent

Highly Recommend!

A Fantastic Tour Of Kathmandu With Easy Transport And Tour! The Company Arranged Everything Perfectly, And Our Guide Was Both Informative And Engaging. Visiting The Temples And Stupas Was A Spiritual Journey, Especially Pashupatinath Temple. The Tour Was Well-organized, And I Felt Very Safe Throughout. Highly Recommend!

FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

QWhat is the best time of year to take this Kathmandu tour?

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The best time to visit Kathmandu is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is pleasant with clear skies, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The temperatures are moderate, and you can enjoy the natural beauty and cultural sites without the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.

QWhat should I wear while visiting the temples and heritage sites?

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It is recommended to dress modestly while visiting temples and heritage sites in Kathmandu. For both men and women, this means covering your shoulders and knees. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as you will be exploring various sites on foot. Additionally, it’s a good idea to carry a light jacket or sweater for early morning and evening visits.

QIs transportation provided during the tour?

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Yes, all transportation during the tour is included in the package. This includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, as well as transportation to and from all the sites mentioned in the itinerary. Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles are used to ensure a pleasant travel experience.

QCan dietary requirements be accommodated during the tour?

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Yes, we can accommodate dietary requirements and preferences. Kathmandu offers a wide range of dining options, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other special dietary meals. Please inform us of your dietary needs when booking the tour so that we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable culinary experience.

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