1-Day Kathmandu Tour
Embark on a 1-day tour of Kathmandu and discover all the major attractions of the Nepalese capital! Visit four popular religious/heritage sites and discover Kathmandu's oldest neighborhoods. Also learn how to make a traditional Nepali dumplings, momos, and enjoy a traditional home-cooked Nepali lunch while learning about human trafficking in Nepal.
Duration: 6-7 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Altitude: 1,400 metres above sea level (msl)
Season: All Seasons
Meals Provided: Lunch
Transportation: Taxi or Private Vehicle (depending on group size)
Group Size: 5-14 people
Trip Cost: $105/person or $90/person for groups larger than 5 people
- Trip Cost Includes:
- • Pickup and drop off at hotel
- • An English-speaking licensed guide
- • All necessary permits and entrance fees
- • All government and local taxes
- • Transportation during the tour
- • Momo demonstration and lunch at SASANE
- Trip Cost Excludes:
- • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and bottled water
- • Breakfast and dinner
- • Accommodation
- • Travel and medical insurance
- • Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is customary, but it is not compulsory)
- • Comfortable walking shoes
- • Boudhanath Stupa
- Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world. It was built in the late 15th / early 16th century. It has four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha facing in the four cardinal directions to keep an eternal watch over the people. Many Buddhists from Tibet have come to Nepal to settle around the stupa. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world come to Boudhanath to pray by walking around the stupa while spinning the prayer wheels.
- • Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
- Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and was built during the 5th century. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. It is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Hindu people worship using the river water and perform funeral rituals and cremations on the banks of the river.
- • Swayambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
- Swayambhunath is the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. It is revered by Buddhists and Hindus. It was built in the 5th century and is approximately 2,500 years old. There are 365 stairs leading up to the stupa, which sits on top of the hill overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple because of the countless holy monkeys living on the grounds. They are holy because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning, raised the hill where the stupa stands. Manjushree let his grow long and got head lice. It is said that his head lice transformed into the holy monkeys.
- • Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
- This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. There were three museums inside the palace building, but they are currently being rebuilt since the massive earthquake in 2015. However, there are a few artifacts on display in the courtyard.