Kathmandu valley Tour provides you a glimpse of Kathmandu’s, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All are famous tourist points, within the Kathmandu Valley. The 1 Day Kathmandu Tour not only shows the rich culture of the community, but also takes you back in time through the architectural marvels, dated centuries back. Kathmandu valley tour offers a variety of sightseeing destinations.
The harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism can be witnessed during the visit to the world heritage sights. Sightseeing in Kathmandu is a perfect way of getting in touch with the rich Nepalese history.
Important monuments in 1 Day Kathmandu Tour
There are many places to see in Kathmandu but following are the major sites we cover in 1 Day Kathmandu Tour.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, home of Living Goddess Kumari
Also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square or Kumari Temple; it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Also called Basantapur Durbar square of Kathmandu is one of the main attractions in the capital city of Nepal. The name Hanuman Dhoka Durbar originated from the statue of Hanuman set up by the King Pratap Malla. This statue of hanuman can still be sighted at the passage of the regal royal residence, constructed by pratap malla in 1672 A.D.
There are several temples, shrines, courtyards, and a palace inside the Durbar square that reflects the art and architecture of the medieval time.
Boudhanath Stupa, largest Stupa
Boudhanath is a perfect tourist spot among many attractions in Kathmandu, located 8 km toward the East of downtown Kathmandu.
The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in South Asia. Focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, Boudhanath has incalculable religious communities encompassing it.
Pashupatinath Temple, Hindu Cremation place in Kathmandu
Pashupatinath is one of the four most vital religious sites in Asia devoted to Lord Shiva for devotees of Shiva.
Built in the fifth century, and later redesigned/reconstructed by Malla rulers, Pashupatinath temple site itself is said to have existed from the earliest human civilization. Pashupati has the biggest temple complex in Nepal, it extends on the two sides of the Bagmati River which is visited as heaven by Hindus.
Among atheists, this Hindu temple can be an interesting place in Kathmandu, to see the complete (almost) process of cremation.
Swyambhunath Stupa, Monkey Temple
Tourists visiting Kathmandu called it “Monkey Temple” from the 1970s. The temple is located in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley, giving visitors a panoramic view of the city overlooking most of the Kathmandu settlement and the mountains in far sight.
The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony. Hindu temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site, to show religious harmony. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point, indeed.
By the meaning of Swayambhunath; this place is believed to be a self-founded religious site of Kathmandu valley.
Situated at 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu. More than 2,000 years ago Kathmandu used to be a lake and this temple was bulging out of the lake, before a fairy tale legend, Manjushree cut the hill of chovar with her sword. Manjushree is a deity of Buddhism. For the same incident, Hindus believe their god, Ganesha cut the same hill of Chovar, to pass the water from Kathmandu valley. However, these 2 legendary gods cut the hill in different sections of hill, so as to spillway water from Kathmandu pond, in history.
This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises till this date.
Literal meaning of Swayambhu is “self-existent one” and is believed to date back to 460 A.D. Swayambhunath was built by King Manadeva. And by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism, as well as Hinduism in the late medieval period.
Story says that Swayambhu was formed out of a lotus flower. Lotus bloomed in the middle of a lake of Kathmandu & that once spread across the Kathmandu Valley. Thus the largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha, sits on a high pedestal on the western boundary of Swayambhu. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri or Saraswati – the Goddess of learning.
Chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities fill the monkey temple (Swayambhunath) complex. Swayambhunath stupa is atop of a hill in Kathmandu valley, where the base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by prayer wheels and pictures or statues of deities. You will see Buddhist devotees circumnavigating the Swayambhunath stupa hill, more in the morning and the evenings.
• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Kathmandu City Tour
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Sightseeing UNESCO world heritage sites
8:30 am our vehicle prepared on your inn/hotel.
9:00 am Kathmandu durbar square visit began.
11:30 am Pashupatinath temple visit began
1:00 Lunch at Boudhanath Stupa.
2:00 pm Boudhanath stupa visit began.
3:00 pm Swyambhunath stupa visit began.
4:00 pm Your tour ends.