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    Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour


    • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
    • Professional Tour Guide and Private Transportation
    • Spectacular view of Kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
    • Dive into religious heritage like Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa
    • A glimpse of medieval Nepal’s history through its art and architectural structures in Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Destination
    • Durations
      8 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
    • Max. People

    Introduction - Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour

    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Most of the major offices and technology start from here, but it is also the city of temples with flourishing cultural, religious, and architectural heritages. Kathmandu is the center of Nepal's history, culture, art, ethnicity, religion, literature, customs, traditions, lifestyles, and economy because it is the oldest inhabited place in Nepal. The city of Kathmandu lies between many hills along with Lalitpur and Bhaktapur creating a valley. You can find royal palaces, mansions, and gardens in Kathmandu, and some of them are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

    In the Cultural heritage tour of Kathmandu City, you will visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are:

    • Swayambhunath Temple
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Pashupatinath Temple
    • Bouddhanath Stupa

    The trip will start at 9 a.m. We will pick you up from the hotel inside the ring. Then travel to our first destination: Swayambhunath Stupa. The Stupa is on top of a hill, so we will walk up the hill and can see the amalgamation of Buddhist Stupa and Hindu temples. After that, we will walk down to a park called Amideva Buddha Park. There are three statues of Shakyamuni Buddha. Then we will move towards the royal courtyard of Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring all the cultural heritage and historical places, we will move towards Pashupatinath Temple. The temple is a complex of many architectural and religious importance near the river bank of Holy River Bagmati. Finally, we will end our Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour in Bouddhanath Stupa. The stupa has a calm and touristy environment.

    So, if you want to explore the major attraction of Kathmandu city, join us for this wonderful experience at Himalayan Advisor.

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    Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour Itinerary

    Kathmandu Cultural Tour

    Outline Itinerary

    Stop At: Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu

    Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

    Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

    Stop At: Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

    Detail Itinerary

    Stop At: Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu

    We will pick you up from the hotel or your pick-up point and drive you to Swayambhunath Stupa. The stupa is located on top of a hill with many trees covering the land. Many monkeys are roaming around freely. So, be aware of the monkeys around you. After reaching the bottom of the hill, we will climb up to the stupa. You can see a large white dome with many Hindu deities surrounding the stupa at the center of the hills. There are places to sit and admire the city of Kathmandu from the top of the hill. You can see a thunderbolt scepter at the entrance gate on top of the hill. Along with the temples, and stupa, there is a monastery and water fountain on top of the hill. After we explore the area, we will descend to an amazing park at the next end of the Hill.

    The park is called Amideva Buddha Park. There are three statues of Shakyamuni Buddha in the park with a beautiful garden. The statues are above 60 feet tall posing different mudras and dhayan. After that, we will move towards the next location of this day's tour.

    • Distance: approx. 4km from Thamel
    • Highest Altitude: 1406m/4613ft
    • Duration: 15min


    Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

    The next location is a royal courtyard in Kathmandu City. The Basantapur Durbar Square or Kathmandu Durbar Square is the oldest royal palace courtyard with a royal palace that is renovated as a museum. There are many historical monuments like Kasthamandap, a statue of Hanuman at Hanuman Dhoka, and Kumari Ghar in the region. Along with many temples and statues of deities like Kal Bhairav, Sweta Bhairav, Vishnu Temple, Indrapur Temple, Ashok Vinayak Mandir, Taleju Temple, and Kotilingeshwara Mahadev Temple in the region. The living goddess of Nepal, Kumari is in Kathmandu Durbar Square. As we finish exploring all the sites in durbar square, we will ride our private vehicle 5 km northeast of Kathmandu.

    • Distance: approx. 3.3km
    • Highest Altitude: 1305m/4281ft
    • Duration: 15 min


    Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

    Pashupatinath temple is a temple complex that is a pilgrimage site for Hindu worshippers and especially Lord Shiva worshippers. After we leave Kathmandu Durbar Square, it will take us 45 minutes at the max to reach the temple. The temple complex is built on the banks of the Bagmati River, a holy river in Nepal, as many rites and rituals are conducted on the banks. You can see normal puja ceremonies and cremation ceremonies taking place in the region. You can also find many monkeys in the temple complex as in Swayambhunath. Many sadhus are roaming around the temple areas and vendors sell puja materials. Many pagoda-style structures can be seen around the temple housing different gods. The main temple of Pashupatinath has a large bronze bull at the front entrance. The temple is pagoda style with wood carvings and golden-painted roofs. There is a Shiva Lingam in the center of the temple with pujaris (Hindu priests) stationed inside the temple. After we explore the temple complex, we will move to our final destination.

    • Distance: 16.5km
    • Highest Altitude: 1317m/4321ft
    • Duration: 45 min


    Stop At: Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

    Our final destination for this UNESCO World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu City is Bouddhanath Stupa. As the Pashupatinath temple is a pilgrimage site for Hindus, similarly the Bouddhanath Stupa is a pilgrimage abode for the Buddhist religion. As we enter the premise of the stupa, we can observe a large dome-shaped white structure. The stupa is about 36 meters tall with large eyes painted on the four sides at the top. The stupa is covered with linings of prayer flags and it is surrounded by prayer wheels and Buddha images. It is believed to have the remains of Kassapa Buddha. The area of the stupa has many shops and restaurants as many local and foreign tourists visit the region. Finally, as we approach the end of the tour in Kathmandu, we will drop you at your original departure point.

    • Distance: 3km
    • Highest Altitude: 1331m/4367ft
    • Duration: 10min
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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Private transportation
    • Private professional tour guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Inside Ring road)
    • Entrance fees in all Heritage sites mentioned in the itinerary

    What's Excluded

    • Food and drinks
    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities (Recommended)

    Dates & Availability

    The list of group joining dates is available below. Select the date that matches your holiday schedule and join new people with similar interests. If any of the group joining dates do not match your schedule, CONTACT US and we will make one for you.

    For private trip, go to the "Private Trip" tab and give us the details. We will get in touch with you ASAP.

    No group joining date available! you can make a request for private date

    Kathmandu Cultural Heritage Tour FAQS

    Essential Information

    • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Returns to the original departure point
    • Traveler pickup is offered in any hotel inside the ring road.
    • The duration of the trip will not exceed 9 hours.
    • The trip starts at 9 in the morning.
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