Introduction to Kathmandu Valley Tour
Kathmandu Valley Tour takes you to the beautiful historical tourist cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur (Patan) inside the valley which are located close to each other. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is a valley surrounded by lush green mountains. During the visit, you will visit historical and natural sites. Its historic temples and palaces are a perfect demonstration of unique art, culture, architecture, and design.
This easy Kathmandu Valley Tour of less than 1 week is suitable for travelers of all age groups. This visit explores Nepali Hindu and Buddhist temples, monasteries, gompas, cultural heritage as well as the history of Nepal. Kathmandu is known as the city of temples and when you visit temples, stupas, and other religious places at each corner of every street, you will understand why Kathmandu is called the city of temples.
On Kathmandu Valley Tour, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square as well as historical place Nagarkot.
Kathmandu Durbar is a palace built during the reign of King Malla which is located in the middle of Kathmandu, the old city of Basantapur. There are about 50 temples around it, including the Taleju Bhavani temple. Another place is Patan Durbar Square where the main attractions are Golden Gate, Golden Window, Krishna Temple, Bhangalamukhi Temple, Taleju Temple, and Sundari Chowk.
Visit Various Temples and Durbar Squares
The Swayambhunath Stupa at the top of the hill is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists. From here you can see the entire Kathmandu city at once. This stupa is also known as the Monkey Temple as it is home to many monkeys. The Boudhanath Stupa is another great pilgrimage site for Buddhists and is also the largest stupa in the world.
Pashupatinath Temple is an important religious site for Shiva devotees. The Pashupatinath temple was built in the fifth century and later renovated by the Malla kings in the sixteenth century. The temple is built in Pagoda style and is decorated with a gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and excellent quality wood carvings.
Another place is the Bhaktapur Durbar square which is an artistic historical palace built by the Malla kings during their reign. The main attractions are Fifty-five Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Taleju Temple, Natapol Temple, National Art Gallery, etc.
This Kathmandu Valley Tour also takes you to Nagarkot, the most popular and perfect viewpoint near Kathmandu. From this viewpoint, you can see the entire Kathmandu Valley below. From here you can also see panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, La Langtang Range, Gaurishankar Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc. Nagarkot is also a popular place for sunrise and sunset views.
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Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square.
Sightseeing of Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and drive to Nagarkot.
Drive from Nagarkot to Kathmandu en-route visit, Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Free day in Kathmandu.
Free till departure and transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex