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    UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu

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    • Private Transportation and Tour Guide
    • Culture, civilization, history, architecture, and heritage of ancient and medieval Nepal
    • All seven USECSO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley ( Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa)
    • Destination
    • Durations
      12 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
    • Max. People
    • Min. Group Size

    Introduction - UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu

    Nepal is a land of cultural and religious diversity with tremendous ancient architectural accomplishments. It is famous for the great Himalayas and also ethnic elements scattered all around its winding and uneven landscapes. Before Nepal welcomed various religions, Hinduism and Buddhism flourished. So the religious, artistic, and ethnic aspects of these religions can be seen in the Nepalese people and the structures around Nepal.

    On this tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Tour of Nepal, you will visit seven out of ten cultural heritage sites of Nepal. They are the Durbar Squares (the old royal castle areas), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Temples such as Pashupatinath and Changunarayan, and Stupas such as Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath.

    The tour starts at 7:00 am and will end at 7:00 pm. We will pick you up from your hotel, and then the first destination we will go to is Swayambhunath Stupa. In the stupa, there is also a park called Amideva Buddha Park. We will end our 1st heritage site tour there and move towards Kathmandu Durbar Square. After visiting various famous spots and the Kumari Ghar, we will visit Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The architectural beauty in both of these Durbar Squares is breathtaking, with museums of past and beyond Nepalese culture. Moving forward, we will climb through a hill to reach one of the oldest temples of Nepal, Changunarayan temple, and ride down to the temple complex of Pashupatinath. We will end the tour of the World Heritage Site in Bouddhanath with its serene and peaceful atmosphere. In the end, we will drop you at your pickup point.

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    UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu Itinerary

    One Full Day Guided Tour in Kathmandu

    Stop At: Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu

    Your first stop will be the Swayambhunath stupa on the top of a hill. The stupa is referred to as the "Monkey Temple," as you can see many Rhesus monkeys roaming around freely. They might even pose for you to take a photo. There are two ways through which you can enter the stupa. One is an easy way from the back of the Stupa, and the other is a steep staircase with 365 stairs. On the main entrance, you can see a massive thunderbolt scepter and a large white dome with a gold-plated shining top with eyes that see far and wide on all four sides. As it is a Buddhist religious pilgrimage site, many Hindus also come for prayer, as you can see many temples and idols around the central area. Swayambhunath is valued by Buddhist Newars too.

    After exploring the stupa, we will head to Amideva Buddha Park. The Buddha Park is at the opposite end of Swayambhunath hill. There are three monumental golden statues of Shakyamuni Buddha in different sizes. The middle one is 67 feet tall, whereas the left and right ones are 64 feet tall. After spending a few times there, we will head to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    • Distance: approx. 4km from Thamel
    • Highest Altitude: 1406m/4613ft
    • Duration: 1 hr

    Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

    Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur Durbar Square) is one of the three oldest royal courtyards. We can see many historical and religious sites. We can explore the area and observe many temples and statues of various kinds in the region. You will see a massive sculpture of Kal Bhairav and Sweta Bhairav, the monument of "Hanuman" at Hanuman Dhoka, Ashok Vinayak Mandir, Taleju Temple, Vishnu Temple, Indrapur Temple, and Kotilingeshwara Mahadev Temple. There is also a courtyard called Basantapur, where many local people sell various handicrafts and arts. We will also visit Kumari Ghar and Kumari Chowk. The living Goddesses reside in the place. Kumari is a girl selected to be the town's living goddess until she reaches puberty. After the current Kumari reaches puberty, a new Kumari is designated.

    • Distance: approx. 3.3km
    • Highest Altitude: 1305m/4281ft
    • Duration: 1 hr

    Stop At: Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur

    Patan Durbar Square lies in the center of Lalitpur, thus attaining the local cultures and touristy vibes. It has centered the essence of the whole city, as you can see historical cultures with modern attires and faces. You can find the marvels of Newari architecture and influences in every nook and corner, with old-style houses and temples all around the city. It consists of three primary courtyards. They are Sundari Chowk, Mul Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk, with prominent buildings such as Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani Temple. Keshav Narayan Chowk is also a museum to be the finest in South Asia. There are many facts about our tradition and history. And especially about historic Japanese civilization with Buddhist, Tantric, and Hindu artifacts.

    Hiranya Varna Mahavihar Temple is the golden temple created in the 12th century as a pagoda style with bronze statues and silver and gold decorations. There is a golden image of Lord Buddha and a large prayer wheel in the higher layer of the temple. After exploring the whole area of Patan Durbar Square, we will drive to Bhaktapur, another Newari city, for a traditional-modern city experience in Kathmandu valley.

    • Distance: 4.9 km
    • Highest Altitude: 1313m/4308ft
    • Duration: 1 hr

    Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

    The drive towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square will take you east of Kathmandu valley. It depicts the culture in Nepal in the medieval ages and shows indigenous Newari culture, art forms in wood and pottery, and customs passed through the times. Some major attractions of Durbar Square are 55 Window Palace, Lion's Gate, Golden Gate, and Nyatapola Temple. You can also find many other temples in the vicinity. Bhaktapur is also famous for its curds, so be sure to try some if you have a chance in clay bowls. The architecture of the buildings is simply pagoda and shikhara style, and with vast cultural attributes, it looks like a museum.

    The Nyatapola Temple is a five-story pagoda-style temple. It stands over 30 meters tall. The intriguing aspect of the temple is its exquisite architecture and cravings. The Dattatreya temple, located in Dattatreya square, is said to be made by a single tree. We can see three idols of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva on the left, middle, and right, with a massive tree at the back of those idols. The 55 Window Palace has 55 windows carved into the structure, thus called 55 Window Palace. Another feature of the palace is the Golden Gate at the entrance. And the Siddha Pokhari, a relaxed place to hang out, is a human-made pond at the gate of Bhaktapur. Siddha Pokhari is 171 meters long with a depth of 3 meters.

    • Distance: 12km
    • Highest Altitude: 1334m/4377ft
    • Duration: 3 hrs

    Stop At: Changunarayan, Bhaktapur

    Changunarayan is an artistic area where you will see the local inhabitants of Newars and their distinctive cultures and norms. The temple of Changunarayan is one of the oldest temples that date back to the Licchavi period of the records of Nepal. The Changunarayan temple is in a typical Nepali style of architecture that is only classic here and not found elsewhere in the world where any Hindu temple is situated. The temple is of Lord Vishnu. And many forms of lord Vishnu exist there in various monuments around there. After exploring the temple of Changunarayan and the village, we will head towards Pashupatinath Temple.

    • Distance: 4km
    • Highest Altitude: 1600m/5249ft
    • Duration: 1 hr

    Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

    Pashupatinath Temple is the Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. This temple is 5 km northeast of Kathmandu and covers a wide range of land. Stretching on both sides of the holy river Bagmati, this large temple complex has a main pagoda-style temple where there is Shiva lingam. The main temple of Pashupatinath is pagoda style with intricate wood carvings and golden roofs. There is a giant bronze statue of a bull facing the entrance of the temple. You can also see many Sadhus living there for liberation. We can also observe the cremation of the Hindu people occurring near river banks.

    • Distance: 16.5km
    • Highest Altitude: 1317m/4321ft
    • Duration: 1 hr

    Stop At: Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

    Boudhanath is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. It is one of the largest stupas and is very important to the Buddhist community. With a height of 36 meters, the Boudhanath periphery houses Tibetan refugees who have witnessed the construction of many gompas around the area. Identical to Swayambhunath, the location is peaceful and full of a relaxing atmosphere with the smell of scented incense and churning prayer wheels. It is one of the most visited sites locally and by tourists too.

    After your sightseeing, we will drive to your hotel.

    • Distance: 3km
    • Highest Altitude: 1331m/4367ft
    • Duration: 1 hr
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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Inside Ring road) and Bouddha area
    • Professional tour guide
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees in all 7 Heritage sites

    What's Excluded

    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities (Recommended)
    • Food and drinks (Can buy bought at each site)

    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

    Customer Reviews

    • Kathmandu Tour Nov 2023

      Thank you so much for a fantastic tour of the 7 UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu. I enjoyed every moment and place on the tour.

      My tour guide Shanti Karki was a start. She sent me a text message on the eve of the tour introducing herself and at what time she will come to pick me up from the hotel. She responded to my question about dressing code etc.  she was punctual and had a clear plan for the day.

      During the tour, she explained about key features of the different sites and the time it will take. She was clear and projected very well in the middle of a crowded place.  She made me feel comfortable talking and asking her questions.

      She knows the history of all the sites and shares with full confidence.

      I appreciate her and I would like to thank her for the best visit. Please pass my appreciation to her. 

      I would love to keep in touch for a visit outside Kathmandu in the near future.

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      - Excellent
      Ms. Melkam Alemu
      Ethiopia, Addis Ababa   |   23rd Jul 2024
    • Great one day Tour in Kathmandu

      “I was fortunate to have Shanti as my guide for the full-day UNESCO Seven World Heritage Site Tour. Shanti knew so much about each site, as well as points of interest along the drive to each location. Prior to the tour, she reached out to me to confirm the pickup location and time, as well as what to make sure to bring. Shanti arrived on time, and then we spent the next nine hours touring so many sites and seeing one-of-a-kind Temples and historical locations. One thing I did appreciate, as this is my first time in Nepal, was that she helped me know where it was appropriate to take photos, where it was not, what spaces I could enter, and which ones I could only look at from the door. The entire experience was great, and I have nothing but positive things to say about her, as well as our driver. Also, great suggestion on where we stopped for lunch.”

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      - Excellent
      Mr. Bruce Snicker
      United States of America (the), Los Angels   |   23rd Jul 2024

    UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu 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 ring road including the Bouddha area.
    • The duration of the trip will not exceed 12 hours.
    • The trip starts at 7 in the morning.
    • The trip can be canceled or altered due to unforeseen circumstances like weather or local politics. It is unlikely to alter the itinerary substantially. If the changes are needed, then the leader will decide the best alternative taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group.
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