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Kathmandu City Tour

Trip code KCT-TN
Package name Kathmandu City Tour
Duration 1
Max. elevation 1340 m
Level EASY
Transportation Private Vehicle/Car
Accomodation 3*** Star Hotel in Thamel Kathmandu (Optional) 
Starts at
Ends at
Trip route Swayambhunath Stupa-Bhaktapur Durbar Square-Pashupatinath Temple-Baudhanath Stupa
Cost USD 50 per person



A Kathmandu City Tour is the perfect way to explore the city's top attractions, including the iconic Swayambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

1. Swayambhunath Stupa: A Spiritual Haven
Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. This ancient temple complex is perched atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu, offering sweeping views of the city below. Visitors can climb the steep staircase to reach the main stupa, which is adorned with prayer flags and intricate carvings.

Inside the temple complex, you'll find numerous smaller stupas, shrines, and statues. The atmosphere is serene and peaceful, with the sound of prayer wheels turning in the background. Make sure to keep an eye out for the resident monkeys, who are known for their mischievous antics.

2. Patan Durbar Square: A Living Museum
Patan Durbar Square is located in the heart of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This sprawling complex is home to numerous temples, palaces, and courtyards, all of which date back to the medieval Malla dynasty.

As you wander through the square, you'll be transported back in time to a bygone era. The architecture is stunning, with intricate carvings and detailed artwork adorning every surface. Highlights of the square include the Krishna Mandir temple, the Taleju Bhawani temple, and the Golden Temple.

3. Pashupatinath Temple: A Center of Hinduism
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in the world and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This sprawling temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a pilgrimage site for Hindus from all over the world.

Visitors can explore the various temples and shrines within the complex, including the main Pashupatinath temple, which is adorned with intricate carvings and gold-plated roofs. You may also witness a Hindu cremation ceremony on the banks of the river, which is a powerful and moving experience.

4. Baudhanath Stupa: A Tibetan Oasis
Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. This iconic landmark is located in the heart of Kathmandu's Tibetan community and is surrounded by colorful prayer flags and bustling markets.

Visitors can walk around the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and taking in the colorful artwork and carvings. You may also witness a traditional Tibetan prayer ceremony, which takes place daily around sunset. The atmosphere at Baudhanath Stupa is vibrant and lively, with a strong sense of community and culture.

Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kathmandu is during the months of September to November and March to May. These months offer clear skies and comfortable temperatures, making it the perfect time to explore the city's many attractions. However, it's important to note that Kathmandu can get quite crowded during peak season, so be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. If you prefer a quieter experience, you may want to consider visiting during the off-season months of June to August and December to February.

Getting around Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a vibrant city filled with rich culture and history. From the stunning Swayambhunath Stupa to the intricate Patan Durbar Square, there's no shortage of amazing attractions to explore. Getting around the city can be a bit of a challenge, but walking, public transportation, taxis, and rickshaws are all viable options. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, Kathmandu is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

Visiting Temples and Religious Sites
When visiting temples and religious sites in Kathmandu, it's important to show respect for the local customs and traditions. Visitors are welcome to explore these sacred places, but it's crucial to dress modestly and remove shoes before entering the temples. In some cases, photography may be prohibited inside the temples, so it's important to be mindful of the rules and regulations. By following these simple guidelines, visitors can enjoy a memorable and respectful experience at these spiritual sites.

Kathmandu is a city that will captivate your senses and leave you with a newfound appreciation for Nepali culture and history. Whether you're exploring ancient temples, sampling local cuisine, or simply wandering the winding streets, there's no shortage of things to see and do. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through this vibrant and enchanting city.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu City Tour

7:00 am - Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Swayambhunath Stupa

8:00 am - Explore Swayambhunath Stupa, including climbing to the top for panoramic views of the city

10:00 am - Transfer to Patan Durbar Square

11:00 am - Explore Patan Durbar Square, including visiting the Krishna Temple and Patan Museum

1:00 pm - Lunch break (not included in the tour)

2:00 pm - Transfer to Pashupatinath Temple

3:00 pm - Explore Pashupatinath Temple and witness daily rituals and ceremonies

4:00 pm - Transfer to Baudhanath Stupa

5:00 pm - Explore Baudhanath Stupa and browse the surrounding market

6:00 pm - Transfer back to the hotel


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