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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, 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 is favoured among visitors for 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 tourists with limited time in Nepal, day tours in Kathmandu are an opportunity to experience 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 Tour leads a professional guide worth 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 city 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 Stupa 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, 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 Temple is the Great Shiva Temple, Kathmandu's most visited UNESCO heritage site, patron deity of Nepal, 500 meters west of the airport. The pagoda-style golden temple with Jyotirlinga is notable for Bagmati cremation, holy men, monkeys, cows, and souvenir shops. Guheswari Temple is 15 minutes walk to the east. East of Bagmati River, Pashupatinath viewpoint offers panoramic sceneries of the renowned temple, river, live cremation, the tallest tree, Pandra Shivalaya, the elderly home, the Ram Temple and green hills. Tourists wander an hour to the heritage complex with a parking and toilet facility. Every day, 40-50 corpses bring to the Bagmati Ghat. Four types of crematoriums are Royal family, honourable, regular and electric. The death ceremony commences from Brahmanal, east of Pashupatinath. The electric cremation takes one hour, and the traditional cremation (firewood) takes 3 to 4 hours. Birateshwar Shiva Ling, Pandra Shivalaya, Evening Aarati, Holy cave, and Pashupatinath door with devotees activities are spiritual. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square (7th-18th century)

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO Heritage site, city centre, formal Royal Palace Square, home of Kumari and Hanuman. Basantapur cultural and historical monuments have 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 Stupa is a UNESCO Heritage Site on a forested hill, viewpoint and landmark of Kathmandu Valley, simplified 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 Full-Day City Tour Cost 2024-2025

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

Includes 

Professional English tour guide

Four UNESCO Heritage entrance fees 

Private Car with driver

Excludes

Food and beverages

Personal expenses

Tip to guide and driver

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 private car will meet you at the hotel lobby. The professional guide will lead the day tour. An introduction will take between tourists, guide, and driver. Drive 15 minutes to the UNESCO World Heritage Swayambhunath Stupa. The 3 km road with city views drives through Sorharkhutte, Khusibhu, Bhagawan Pau and Swayambhu car park. Buy 200 Rupee (foreigners) or 50 Rupee (SAARC) world heritage entrance ticket to visit the Monkey Temple. Ascend 7-minute staircases to reach Swayambhu Maha Chaitya. Tourists enjoy the great view of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas. Explore exquisite architecture, beliefs, and history at Swayambhunath Stupa, 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. We drive a 3 km road via Chhauni Barack, Tahachal Campus, and Paropakar. We park the car 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. We drive an 8 km road through Sorhakhutte, Durbar Marga, Naxal and Gaushala with the view of Narayanhiti Palace, Sheraton hotel, and City centre. We buy 1000 rupees (foreigners) entrance tickets to visit the Pashupati complex. We watch cremation at Bagmati Ghats, ritual, Sadhu, pilgrims, holy monkey, bull, and 15-Shiva Temple. We walk to the hill station for the panoramic view photos with videos.

1:00 PM: Drive from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath
Drive 10 minutes from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath. We drive a 2 km road from Gaurighat, Trigajur Shivalaya and Boudha. Buy 400 Rupee (foreigners) or 100 Rupee (SAARC) entrance ticket 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 return to your hotel in Thamel. We drive 7 km from Boudha to 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.
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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

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