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Kathmandu Full Day Tour

Trip Cost: USD 110

Full-Day Tour Facts

1. Panoramic view of Kathmandu city, Himalayas, and monkeys

2. Old Royal Palace, Temple complex with Living Goddess Kumari 

3. The Hindu's great Temple Pashupatinath with live cremation

4. Largest Buddhanath Stupa in Nepal with terrace restaurant

5. Ancient monuments, history, culture, art, architecture, carvings

6. Urban lifestyle and road view while driving

7. Shopping, photography, delicious foods and beverages

Kathmandu's Full Day Tour is guided 6-hour city sightseeing (9 am to 3 pm) to 4 UNESCO world heritage sites exploring sacred Hindu Buddhist temples, the capital, largest city of temples, Newari lifestyle, vibrant culture, unique art and stunning mountain view. The excursion simplifies a delightful car trip, heritage walking, testing foods and purchasing souvenirs. 

Kathmandu's full-day trip encounters the city's rich cultural heritage, historical significance, and diverse attractions. Home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, centuries-old temples, palaces and monuments of historical and cultural values. Many travellers are drawn to the spiritual essence of the city, exploring its temples, stupas, and religious rituals into daily life, where visitors enjoy local crafts, food, and traditional goods. For limited-time tourists in Nepal, the Kathmandu day tour is an experience of the city's unique blend of heritage sites, cultural richness, spirituality and the convenience of exploring multiple attractions within a few hours.

Kathmandu full-day sightseeing leads a professional tourist guide explaining Nepal's history, Kathmandu, festivals, monuments, architecture, excellent carvings, mythical deities, customs, ethnic caste groups and education system. Tourists join a group or individual with seasonal sightseeing costs. The friendly guide describes tangible and intangible things about the must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. 

Boudhanath Stupa (5th century)

Boudhanath is a UNESCO heritage, the biggest stupa in Nepal. Three plinths of mandala shape 12 angles golden stupa (75 kilos) own 13 circles, Buddha eyes with 108 deities figures on the white dome. Around the stupa dispersed 35 monasteries with the best Sechen Gompa, prayer wheels, souvenir shops, terrace restaurants and Tibetan refugee settlements. Morning and evening stupa circumambulate clockwise with mantras and rosary beads (108). Travellers visit 45 minutes of Padmasambhava Park (Ghyoilisang Peace Park), terrace-view restaurants and souvenir shops, photos, pigeons feeding, and massive prayer wheels.

Pashupatinath Temple (5th century)

Pashupatinath is the Great Shiva Temple, the patron deity of Nepal, Kathmandu's most visited UNESCO heritage site, 500 meters west of Tribhuvan International Airport. The pagoda-style golden temple of Jyotirlinga is unique with its nearby cremation, holy men, monkeys, cows, and souvenir shops. Guheswari Temple stands 15 minutes walking distance to the east. Pashupatinath viewpoint east of the Bagmati River suggests the best panoramic views over the renowned temple, river, live cremation, the tallest tree, Pandra Shivalaya, the elderly home, the Ram Temple and horizontal green hills. The heritage complex with a parking and toilet facility suggests an hour of sightseeing. Every day, 40-50 corpses bring to the Bagmati Ghat. Four types of crematoriums are Royal family, honourable, regular and electric. The death ritual commences at Brahmanal, east of Pashupatinath. The electric cremation takes an hour, and the traditional cremation (firewood) takes 3 to 4 hours. Birateshwar Shiva Ling, Pandra Shivalaya, Evening Aarati, Holy cave, and devotees' activities are fantastic. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square (7th-18th century)

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO Heritage site, city centre, formal Royal Palace (till 1886 AD), home of Kumari and Hanuman. Basantapur found cultural and historical monuments, such as palace towers, Shiva Parvati Temple, Kumari House, palace museum, Gaddi Baithak, Freak Street, Kasthamandap, and Ganesh temple. Tourists experience exceptional Pagoda, Shikhara, octagonal and circular architectures with photography. The Living Goddess Kumari will glimpse from 10 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm at Kumari House. Kalabhairav temple, palace museum and Jagannath temple with Kama Sutra carvings are unique. Participants spend an hour with a souvenir shop, restaurant and bathroom. 

Swayambhunath Stupa (5th century)

Swayambhunath is a UNESCO Heritage Site on a forested hill, viewpoint and landmark of Kathmandu Valley, called the Monkey Temple. On a clear day, visitors enjoy majestic views of Kathmandu, Shivapuri, Chandragiri, Nagarjun, Bhimsen Tower, and the Himalayas. Assamese monkeys, pilgrims, tourists and monks stroll around. Harati Temple (Shitala Devi) is a child-protector Goddess with impressive bronze arts. There is a Buddha statue, monkey pool, Vajradhatu Mandala, 365 staircases, temple architecture, vihara, monastery, souvenir and mandala painting shops. The visitors spend at least 45 minutes on the religious hillock. The car park, toilet, and ticket counter are in the west. Kathmandu's 4 UNESCO World Heritage tours will be enough for short-time tourists. 

Kathmandu City Tour 2024-2025 Cost

Group Size - 1 pax tourist - $110

Group Size - 2 - 3 pax tourists - $65 per head

Group Size - 3 - 6 pax tourists - $50 per head

Group Size - 7 - 10 pax tourists - $45 per head

9:00 AM: Drive from hotel to Swayambhunath Stupa

10:30 AM: Drive from Swayambhunath to Kathmandu Durbar

11:45 AM: Drive from Kathmandu Durbar to Pashupatinath

1:00 PM: Drive from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath

3:00 PM: Drive from Boudhanath to your hotel in Thamel

9:00 AM: Drive from hotel to Swayambhunath Stupa
Kathmandu tourist guide and a private car will meet you at the hotel lobby. The experienced guide will lead the tour after an introduction of tourists and the driver. The sightseeing embarks on a 15-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Swayambhunath Stupa. This scenic route covers a 3 km road, offering views of the city passing Sorharkhutte, Khusibhu, Bhagawan Pau, and Swayambhu car park. Purchase an entrance of 200 Rupees for foreigners and 50 Rupees for SAARC nationals to visit the Monkey Temple. We ascend 7 minutes the staircases to reach the Swayambhu Maha Chaitya. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Kathmandu Valley and the majestic Himalayas. You have an opportunity to explore the exquisite architecture, learn about the beliefs and history, and visit various attractions such as the Pratappur, Anantapur, Bajradhatu Mandala, 365 stone steps, museum, monastery, prayer wheels, flags, Goddess Harati Temple, and Monkey Park.

10:30 AM: Drive from Swayambhunath to Kathmandu Durbar
Drive 13 minutes from Swayambhunath to Kathmandu Durbar Square for a 3 km road to the Chhauni Barack, Tahachal Campus, and Paropakar. The car stops near the Bishnumati riverbank. Walk 5 minutes along Newari Street to Bhimsen Temple. Walk continue to buy 1000 rupees (foreigners) and 500 (SAARC) tickets to visit the heritage site. There are historical and cultural importance palace and temple complex. Tourists enjoy wood, bronze, and stone carvings, the formal Royal Palace, temples, Taleju, Maju Dega, Kasthamandap, Kala Bhairav, museums, and towers. Tourists can glimpse the Living Goddess Kumari before noon.

11:45 AM: Drive from Kathmandu Durbar to Pashupatinath
Drive 25 minutes from Kathmandu Durbar to Pashupatinath Temple area 8 km road to Sorhakhutte, Durbar Marga, Naxal and Gaushala with the views of the city, Narayanhiti Palace, Sheraton hotel, and City centre. Purchase 1000 rupees (foreigners) entrance tickets to visit the Pashupati complex. Explore the cremation at Bagmati Ghats, ritual, Sadhu, pilgrims, holy monkey, bull, and 15-Shivalaya Temples. Hike to the Sleshmantaka hill station for a panoramic view with photos and videos.

1:00 PM: Drive from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath
Drive 10 minutes from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath with a 2 km road to Gaurighat, Trigajur Shivalaya and Boudha Gate. Buy 400 Rupee (foreigners) or 100 Rupee (SAARC) tickets to visit Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. There are numerous monasteries, massive prayer wheels, souvenir shops and lunch with the stupa view terrace restaurants.

3:00 PM: Drive from Boudhanath to your hotel in Thamel
Drive 20 minutes from Boudhanath to your hotel with a 7 km road to Boudha, Chabahil, Naxal, Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Thamel.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Professional tour guide.
  • Salary to guide and driver.
  • Sightseeing by a private car.
  • Entrance per person cost 2600 Rupees for 4 world heritage sites.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch and drink.
  • Tip to guide and driver.

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 6:00 hours
  • Departure Date: Everyday 8-9 AM
  • Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Places: Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath
  • Best Season: September to May
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Tour Activity: Driving and Walking