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    Things to do in Kathmandu- Kathmandu Day Tour


    • Visit the Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple at the hilltop
    • Ride a Cable car with beautiful forest-covered hill views
    • Visit Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Find more about ancient and medieval Nepal in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Panoramic view of Himalayan Ranges and Kathmandu from Chandragiri Hills at 2551 meters
    • Destination
    • Durations
      8 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
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    Introduction - Things to do in Kathmandu- Kathmandu Day Tour

    Do you have a day off before a long journey? Are you looking for a worth it destination for a day in Kathmandu valley? Then don’t look around as we have got the right day trip planned for you. This Kathmandu Day Tour is the culmination of a cultural, religious, historic, and nature-oriented trip in a single day. The places that are worthy of your attention are included in this trip. The places you will be visiting are Chandragiri Hills, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    The Chandragiri Hills is the first destination you will travel to. The hill is at an altitude of 2551 meters which is accessible by cable car or a hike through the hilly forest. It is the most famous viewpoint around Kathmandu valley attracting both local and foreign tourists alike. The cable car that you will ride covers a 2.5 km distance in less than 15 minutes. The Chandragiri Hills that lie South-West of Kathmandu Valley is a natural treasure with views of the Himalayas and Kathmandu Valley. There is also a temple of Bhaleshwor Mahadev along with kid friendly playground and family/friends-oriented eateries and gift shops. Then we will ride towards Swayambhunath Stupa.

    The stupa is situated on top of a hill with monkeys freely roaming around the place. So, it is also called the "Monkey Temple." The stupa shows the harmonious relationship between the Hindu and Buddhist religions as Hindu gods and goddesses are surrounding the stupa at the center. It is a UNESCO-certified World Heritage Site in Nepal. You can find many smaller stupas and pagodas at the top along with many larger prayer wheels and Buddha statues scattered around the base of the hills. Then we will descend the hill and visit Amideva Buddha Park on the opposite side of the hill. There are three big statues of Shakyamuni Buddha performing different mudras. After spending some time in the park, we will visit one of the Durbar Square/ Royal Courtyard of Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    The Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historically, culturally, and religiously important heritage of Kathmandu valley. As one of the three durbar squares included in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the importance of this place is astronomical. It exhibits many temples and statues of deities like Bhairav, Hanuman, the living goddess Kumari, Taleju Bhawani, and Shiva. Also, there are historical structures of Kasthamandap and a museum inside the royal palace. Thus, this is the ideal day trip and a way to spend your day in Kathmandu valley.

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    Things to do in Kathmandu- Kathmandu Day Tour Itinerary

    Kathmandu Day Tour

    Stop At: Chandragiri Hills

    Our trip for the day begins after breakfast. As the hill station of Chandragiri opens at 8 in the morning, we will move accordingly. As you ride a private vehicle to Chandragiri, after reaching Thankot, we will ride the cable car to Chandragiri Hills. The view from the cable car is fascinating so the top of the hill will provide much better eye-catching scenery.  Let us immerse in the highlights of the hill station:

    • A statue of King Prithvi Narayan Shah
    • Many eateries, a children's playground, and gift shops
    • Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple: an old temple on the hilltop
    • Panoramic View of Kathmandu Valley and about 14 Himalayan Ranges on clear days

    After enjoying the scenery and backdrop there, we will ride a gondola back to Thankot and head to our next destination, Swayambhunath Stupa.

    • Distance: 16 km
    • Highest Altitude: 2551m/8369ft
    • Duration: 1 hrs


    Stop At: Swayambhunath Stupa

    The Swayambhunath Stupa is a Buddhist pilgrimage site for thousands of years. We will climb from the base of the hill to the top and explore the main stupa, the temples, pagodas and smaller stupas, and many places on the hilltop. You can see a gig thunderbolt scepter at the entrance of the stupa with a white and golden stupa with prayer flags and prayer wheels around the stupa. Then we will descend the back side of the stupa reaching Amideva Buddha Park. You can see the statues of three Buddhas over 60 feet in the park. After exploring the park, we will ride to our final destination for the day: Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    • Distance: 16 km
    • Highest Altitude: 1406m/4613ft
    • Duration: 1 hrs


    Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square

    Finally, we will explore the royal courtyard around Hanumandhoka. The Durbar square has one of the oldest royal palaces of the Malla and Shah dynasties. There are many temples and artistic structures with stone statues of ancient beasts at the entrance. You can also find "Kumari Ghar", a place where a living goddess resides in the area. So after circling the royal courtyard, we will drop you at your pick-up location at the end of our trip.

    • Distance: 3.3 km
    • Highest Altitude: 1305m/4281ft
    • Duration: 20 min
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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Professional English-speaking tour guide
    • Both ways cable car ticket in Chandragiri Hills
    • Entrance fees for Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square

    What's Excluded

    • Foods and Drinks
    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities (Recommended)
    • Extra Activities: Horse riding, Zipline in Chandragiri Hills

    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

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