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Kathmandu Tour Overview

The Kathmandu Valley, nestled in the heart of Nepal, is a region of immense cultural and historical significance. Home to three major cities - Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur - along with numerous smaller towns and villages, this valley is a treasure trove of ancient temples, palaces, and monuments. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the Kathmandu Valley showcases the rich heritage and artistic achievements of the Nepalese people.


The Kathmandu Valley is home to three major cities: Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Each city has its unique charm and architectural marvels that reflect the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.

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Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is a bustling metropolis steeped in history and spirituality. Known for its intricate architecture, vibrant markets, and ancient temples, Kathmandu offers a glimpse into Nepal's rich cultural tapestry. The city's Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as the heart of Kathmandu's historical and cultural significance. Wander through the narrow lanes of Thamel, the city's vibrant tourist hub, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of this enchanting city.


Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is renowned for its exquisite Newari architecture and its ancient royal palace. The city's Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and showcases intricately carved temples, palaces, and courtyards. Patan is a hub of traditional arts and crafts, with its artisans known for their metalwork, woodcarving, and stone sculpture. Explore the narrow alleyways of the city and witness the living heritage of the Newar community.


Bhaktapur, often referred to as the "City of Devotees," is a well-preserved medieval city that transports visitors back in time. The city's Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, and palaces. Bhaktapur is renowned for its pottery, woodcarving, and traditional handicrafts. Stroll through the city's narrow streets, admire the intricate artwork on the buildings, and experience the vibrant culture of the locals.

Historical Significance

The Kathmandu Valley has a rich and storied past that dates back thousands of years. The region has witnessed the rise and fall of various dynasties and empires, each leaving its mark on the valley's cultural landscape.

The valley's history can be traced back to at least 300 B.C.E., with evidence of human habitation in the area. As a crossroads between India, Pakistan, Tibet, and China, the Kathmandu Valley became a melting pot of cultures and civilizations. The Newa people, believed to be the valley's original inhabitants, played a significant role in shaping the region's religious and architectural heritage.

The Licchavi Dynasty, whose inscriptions date back to 464 C.E., marked a significant period in the valley's history. They had close ties with the Gupta Dynasty of India and contributed to the valley's artistic and architectural achievements. The Malla Dynasty, which ruled the valley from the 12th to the 17th century C.E., further enriched the region's cultural heritage. The Malla kings built numerous temples, palaces, and public squares, many of which still stand today as testament to their grandeur.

Entrance Fee of  Unesco Heritages and other places

Places Foreign National SAARC National
Bhaktapur Durbar Square US$15 or Npr 1800 NPR 500
Bouddha Stupa NPR 400 NPR 100
Changunarayan NPR 400 NPR 350
Kathmandu Durbar Square NPR 1000 NPR 500
Patan Durbar Square NPR 1000 NPR 250
Pashupatinath Temple NPR 1000 Free for Indian
Swayambunath Stupa NPR 200 NPR 50
Narayanhiti Durbar Museum NPR 500 NPR 250
National Museum, Chhauni NPR 200 NPR 50
Godawari Park NPR 500 NPR 200

UNESCO Heritages

The Kathmandu Valley is renowned for its unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, which have shaped its cultural identity. The valley is home to numerous temples, stupas, monasteries, and shrines, each with its distinct architectural style and religious significance. Out of all the numerous temples and historical landmarks sit 7 different UNESCO sites that are spread all over the valley.

Boudhanath Stupa

One of the most iconic landmarks in the valley is the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. This magnificent structure is a place of pilgrimage and meditation for Buddhists from all over the world. Surrounded by monasteries and prayer wheels, Boudhanath exudes a sense of serenity and spirituality.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another must-visit destination in the valley. This sacred Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Witness the mesmerizing rituals and ceremonies that take place on the banks of the Bagmati River, which flows through the temple complex.

Swayambhunath Stupa

The valley is also dotted with numerous other temples and shrines, such as the Swayambhunath Stupa, known as the "monkey temple,". Revered as one of the biggest holy sites for Buddhist pilgrims, Swayambhunath sits as the iconic landmark which is almost synonymous with Kathmandu. The eyes of lord Swayambhunath looking at directions with intricate carving of the monuments make it a lively and vibrant destination for all. This spectacular heritage is believed to have been built in around 460 A.D by King Mandeva. Another mythology advocated that this stupa emerged from a giant lotus which floated on the Lake which Kathmandu was once believed to be.

Changunarayan Temple

Perched atop the north eastern hilltop from Kathmandu, Changunarayan is another revered shrine. Dedicated to Lord Narayan(Vishnu), this temple is highly regarded by Hindu pilgrims for the mythology and history associated with it. The temple is said to be a holy space where Lord Narayan’s head was cut off by a Shepherd. The present day statue of Lord Narayan in this temple was instated by Licchavi kings back in the 5th century. You will be taken back to the history with the art, architecture and design that this temple portrays.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is considered to be an open, living museum located at the southern vicinity of Kathmandu valley, 5 kilometers distant from downtown. Patan Durbar Square consists of a series of temples, courtyards, palaces, statues, monuments and relics of kings of Patan dating back to 14th century or earlier. Even more magnificent is the Krishna Mandir which stands at the western reach of the square. This temple is appealing for its 21 gilded spires and polished stone that is interlocked to build the temple.Mahaboudha, Rudra Varna Mahavihar,Ashok Stupas all are embodied within the Patan Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur city is perched about 15 kilometers east from Kathmandu sitting as a series of traditional buildings, centuries old temples and palaces. The name Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (as the locals call it), translates to City of devotees. And as the name goes, you will be amazed by the historical significance and monuments that this small space bears. Bhaktapur Durbar Square sits as another living museum right at the heart of Bhaktapur city. The buildings within the durbar square are believed to be as old as from the 13th to the 18th century. Reminding the history of the brave Malla kings, the palace located here still remains authentic and intact after all these years. Prominent attractions you mustn’t miss at this durbar square are: Nyatapola temple, Bhairavnath temple, Dattatreya Square and Siddha Pokhari.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square or Hanumandhoka or Basantapur Durbar Square sits at the heart of Kathmandu valley reminiscing the history of Malla Kings. The modern looking buildings standing tall within this space reminds of typical United Kingdom architecture from centuries before. Hanuman Dhoka is believed to have been built in the 4th century during the reign of Licchavi kings while other monuments scattered along the square date back to the 17th century or earlier.

Historical Spaces


Khokana, a traditional Newari village near Kathmandu, is famed for producing mustard oil and holds historical significance as the first electrified town in Nepal. It is currently under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status due to its representation of vernacular village life and mustard-oil seed industrial heritage.

The village's name, 'Khokana,' is derived from the Newari word 'khona,' meaning 'Telling while Weeping.' According to a local legend, a Maharjan priest thought to be dead was saved during a storm while being cremated. He and his wife faced ostracism, fled to Kudesh, and later established Khokana. The remnants of Kudesh are now uninhabited but hold archaeological value.


Situated 10 kilometers south of the center of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, Bungmati (also known as Bungamati) is a small town renowned for its master woodcarvers and sculpture producers. Originating in the 7th century, this ancient village once functioned as an autonomous province within the Kathmandu Valley. Despite the swift changes in the lifestyles of urban populations and the influence of globalization, the residents of Bungamati have managed to preserve their traditional way of life, largely remaining unaffected by modern developments.


In the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal stands the Dakshinkali Temple, an enduring symbol of faith, devotion, and the inseparable link between spirituality and nature. The name "Dakshinkali" is a combination of "Dakshin," meaning "south," and "Kali," the deity worshipped in the temple, translating to "The Kali of the south." This sacred temple is dedicated to the formidable goddess Kali, drawing those who seek a deeper understanding of Nepal's diverse religious heritage.

Nestled just a short distance from the bustling city of Kathmandu, Dakshinkali Temple seamlessly combines spirituality with breathtaking scenery. Devotees and explorers alike gather to pay homage to Kali, a deity symbolizing both power and protection. Adorned with numerous arms bearing sacred symbols, Kali's dominance over various aspects of existence is revered. The temple's sanctity is further enhanced by the soothing sounds of the Bagmati River and the lush hills that envelop the sacred site.


Located 32 kilometers east from Kathmandu valley, Panauti stands as one of the sacred spots for Hindu believers. Stationed at the confluence point of 3 rivers: Roshamati, Punyamati and Lilavati rivers. This specific confluence point is backed by religious and historical significance dating ages before. Most areas of Panauti is resided by Newat group of people and the area portrays housing architecture and art of Newars. Panauti also hosts the popular 12 years jatra which is similar to international carnival fests when Hindus from Nepal and India gather for religious observations.

The city is garned with scattered public rest-houses known as satal. Each breath taken is a prayer, and every stone seems to embody a divine presence. This vibrant city is a sanctuary for a multitude of gods and goddesses, a testament to its rich cultural tapestry and the convergence of Roshamati, Punyamati, and Lilavati. At its heart lies the magnificent Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, a symbol of the city's artistic and historical significance. This ancient Hindu temple, situated on a singular base, is of pagoda design and serves as the spiritual focal point of the region. Thousands of devotees gather here to seek salvation and liberation through their prayers.


Namobuddha, situated 40 kilometers southeast of the Kathmandu valley in Nepal at an elevation of 1750 m, is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site. It provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, offering fresh and unpolluted air. Alongside Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple, Namobuddha Stupa is among the three most crucial Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and part of the primary Buddhist stupas in the Kathmandu valley.

Located on the slopes of Gandha Malla Hill, the beautiful Namobuddha Stupa is believed to have been constructed upon the bones and hair of Prince Mahasattva, an earlier incarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni. Legend has it that Prince Mahasattva, displaying compassion, sacrificed himself to a starving tigress in the jungle, transporting him to higher realms of existence. The stupa was erected over his remains.

Namobuddha features attractions such as the Mahakala Temple, Dewachen Temple, a monastery, and quaint local villages. It also offers breathtaking views of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges. Beyond its religious significance, Namobuddha is a popular destination for day hikes, known for short and easy trails like the Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha hike, Balthali village to Namobuddha hike, Namobuddha to Panauti hike, and Namobuddha to Phulchowki hike.


Situated around 10 kilometers from the heart of Kathmandu at the foothills of Shivapuri Hill, the Budhanilkantha statue stands as the largest and most exquisite stone carving in Nepal, shrouded in mystery. This representation of the Hindu god Vishnu is a remarkable piece, carved from a single block of black basalt of unknown origin. The statue, known as the Sleeping Vishnu or Jalakshayan Narayan, stretches 5 meters in length and reclines within a 13-meter-long recessed water tank, symbolizing the cosmic sea.

Resting on the coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha, the deity Vishnu lies with crossed legs, while the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his own. Vishnu's four hands grasp symbolic objects representing his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (symbolizing the mind), a conch shell (representing the four elements), a lotus flower (symbolic of the moving universe), and a club (representing primeval knowledge). This enigmatic and beautiful statue captures the essence of Hindu mythology and artistry in Nepal.

Pharping (Guru Rinpoche Meditation Centre)

Located 19 kilometers south of Kathmandu, Pharping is an ancient Newari town with a history dating back to before the 5th century. It holds great spiritual significance as Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, is believed to have meditated and attained enlightenment at Asura Cave, making it a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site known for its auspiciousness in meditation practices.

The Shesh Narayan Temple, situated near Asura Cave, is one of the Four Narayanas of the Kathmandu valley. Constructed in the 17th century on a rocky cliff, this Hindu temple has been a revered pilgrimage destination for centuries. Pharping Village serves as a harmonious blend of Hindu and Buddhist communities amidst a natural setting. A short distance away, the Dakshinkali Temple stands as a sacred Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. Additionally, Champadevi Hill, renowned for its hiking trails, offers panoramic views of the Langtang Range, Gaurishankar, and Dorje Lakpa.

View Points


Dhulikhel is a prominent vantage point for Himalayan mountains located at the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. This hill station, situated at an elevation of 1550 meters, emerges as a popular hill station just 30 kilometers east of the Kathmandu Valley. Renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the mountains, this picturesque destination offers a spectacle of over twenty Himalayan peaks, including prominent ones like Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt. Langtang (7234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7134 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), and more. Dhulikhel boasts a range of luxurious hotels, making it an ideal choice for a comfortable short break away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

Chandragiri Hill

Chandragiri, a site of historical and religious significance in Nepal, has recently become a top choice for both local and international tourists. Situated in the southwest region of the country's federal capital, Kathmandu, Chandragiri Hill is a scenic location that provides a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as the surrounding areas of Dhading, Nuwakot, and Makwanpur. Visitors can appreciate the well-developed integrated tourism infrastructure in this area.

Both local and foreign tourists flock to Chandragiri Hill to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. It serves as a retreat from the routine of daily life, a place for relaxation, and a venue for meetings and ceremonies. You would definitely be amazed by the picturesque vista of mountains that can be observed from Chandragiri. Mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest and others are visible on clear day.


Narayanhiti Museum

Narayanhiti Palace served as the primary residence and official workplace for the reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal in Kathmandu. Situated east of the Kaiser Mahal near Thamel, the palace complex is an expansive arrangement of courtyards, gardens, and buildings that played a central role in state events and royal hospitality. King Mahendra constructed the current Narayanhiti Durbar in 1963.

The name "Narayanhiti" is a combination of two words: 'Narayana,' referring to the Hindu god Vishnu, whose temple is opposite the palace, and 'Hiti,' meaning "water spout" in the Newar language. This water spout is located to the east of the main entrance and holds significance in local legends. The palace, constructed in a pagoda-style, consists of three wings: The Private wing, The Guest wing, and The State wing, featuring a total of 52 rooms named after districts of Nepal. The Narayanhiti museum showcases decorated rooms and halls with valuable items and artifacts.

National Museum

The National Museum, boasting a history of over a century, was built in 1928 A.D and  serves as both a historical symbol for Nepal and a prominent tourist attraction. It holds a crucial role in the nation's archaeological efforts and the overall development of museums, standing as the largest museum in the country. Situated in Chhauni near Swayambhu, the museum's building was originally the residence of Bhimsen Thapa, a renowned Prime Minister in Nepal's history, known for Dharahara.

Upon entering the museum, visitors encounter the Art Gallery on the left, showcasing statues, wood carvings, and paintings. The Buddhist Art Gallery ahead features various Buddhist art objects, while the Museum of Natural History can be found on the right. Noteworthy exhibits include the Tibetan leather cannon and a locally crafted machine gun. The coin section presents an intriguing collection of antiques, and the Buddhist section preserves thangkas from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with fragments of old ruins discovered during excavations.

Natural Wonders

Godavari Botanical Garden

Godavari Botanical Garden or National Botanical Garden is haven of natural riches stationed at the southern edge of Kathmandu valley. Godavari is located at the foot of Pulchoki hill, the highest hill inside Kathmandu valley measuring 2791 meters. On the eastern reach of Godavari is this botanical garden which was established in 1962 A.D. Covering an area of 80 hectares altogether, this garden has long been arcadia for bird watchers. Here you will find plethora of species of birds amounting to 270. Apart from these, you would also discover several other flora and fauna within the territory of the garden. This place serves as a perfect destination for natural getaway during the weekends.

Manjushree Park

Manjushree Park is found in the Chobhar gorge of Kirtipur municipality, situated in the southern part of the Kathmandu Valley. The Chobhar gorge, where the Manjushree Cave is located, is steeped in captivating legends that revolve around the origin of the Kathmandu Valley. According to one such legend, in the Pleistocene era, the valley was a lake surrounded by hills. It is believed that Manjushree, a divine saint from China on a pilgrimage, discovered a radiant lotus at the lake's center. In order to observe and pay homage to the lotus, Manjushree carved a deep gorge, allowing the water to drain and giving rise to the present-day Kathmandu Valley. This gorge is now known as Chobhar gorge, and the cave is named in honor of Manjushree.

Located 7 kilometers from central Kathmandu, the park is accessible within an hour's drive, assuming no traffic jams. The Bagmati River flows at the gorge's base, and a 104-year-old suspension bridge provides visitors with a mesmerizing view of the gorge, Bagmati River, and the entrances to other mystical caves (not open to the public). The formal opening of Manjushree Cave was conducted by the Jal Binayak Community Forest Users' Group. While the cave's total length is reported to be 1250 meters, only 350 meters are open to visitors, who are required to pay an entrance fee for exploration.

Kathmandu Day Tour

Kathmandu day tour is the best way to experience and visit World heritage sites and other places of Kathmandu. If you have a free day in Kathmandu and don't have idea what to do, this package will be helpful for them.

Pick Up: At your Hotel in Thamel , Laximpat ,Bouddha, Patan, Bhaktapur any where in Kathmandu

Tour Period: 5-6 hours

Drop off: At your Hotel

Places to visit: You may choose 3 or 4 places of above

Lead : Tourist guide

Mode of Transportation: Private Vehicle depends on group size

Entrance fee: Entrance is not include and the cost depends which places you choose.

Whats Included?

  • Private Vehichle
  • Tour Guide

Whats not Included?

  • Entrance fee.
  • Tips for tour guide and driver.

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Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.


Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.


When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

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