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Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

1. Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

See the sights of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on a 6-hour tour of an area that covers 218 square miles (350 kilometers). Kathmandu Valley contains 3 fabulous cities of great historic, religious, and cultural interest: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur), and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). The Kathmandu Valley has often been described as an open-air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal, and wood scattered throughout it. On your tour, you will not be able to see the entire valley, but you will be taken to some of the most important and monumental sites. Many of these are squares or temples that are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square This square is home to a house full of woodcarvings of different gods and goddesses. In this 3-story palace you will also find the living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists venerate her, and she serves as an illustration of the harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist people. One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kashamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu City is derived from the name of this temple, and it is said that this temple is built by one single Sal (sorea robusta) tree. At the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu god Gorakhnath and in the 4 corners of the temple one can see Ganesh statues. The most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu Valley believe that the 4 Ganesh statues in the 4 corners of Kathmandu Valley protect the people living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple, and especially on Tuesdays, you can see a long line of people waiting for hours to worship. Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old Palace, Saraswoti Temple, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big Drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Tal. Swayambhunath/Monkey Temple Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2,500-year-old Stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most sacred of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple, and is the site not only of pilgrims who bathe in the river, but also contains a special area where members of the royal family are cremated. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the biggest in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect. Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square is home to the former Patan Royal Family. The most photographed of Kathmandu’s 3 Durbar Squares, it features a remarkable display of Newari architecture. Its main attractions include the Krishna Temple, with its 21 golden pinnacles, Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist Monastery that houses local treasures, and the central courtyard of Mul Chowk.

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Kathmandu Valley, Namobuddha and Panauti Tour

2. Kathmandu Valley, Namobuddha and Panauti Tour

On the first day of the tour, be picked up by your guide at 10:30 AM and begin your exploration of Kathmandu valley. First visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is one of the most sacred locations in Hinduism, and is the oldest of its kind within Kathmandu, dating back to the 5th century. Afterwards, travel to see Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the most spectacular monuments within the valley. See also Boudhanath Stupa, one of largest stupas in Nepal. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palaces, another World Heritage Site. This site is notable for being the cultural and historical hub of the valley. After exploring all of these landmarks, be returned to your hotel or residence to complete the first day of the tour. Start the second day with a pickup by your guide at 10:30 AM. Travel for one hour southeast to Panauti, one of the oldest towns in Nepal. Here there are many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit Brahmayani Temple as you cross the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. Continue then towards Indreshwor Temple and Unmatta Bhairav Temple. Observe the various idols of Hindu gods and goddesses and wood carvings within the temples. Travel onwards to Namobuddha where the site of the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is located. This is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Commemorating the famous story, there is a shrine and stone slab on the top of hill with great panoramic views of the Himalayas and surrounding villages. After exploring both towns, return to your hotel or residence.

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Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

3. Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

On this full day trip from Kathmandu, explore the city of Bhaktapur and the village of Panauti. The tour begins with sightseeing at Panauti village, a historical Newari town which is around 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit the Indreshwar Temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal dating back to 13 century. Next, visit Brahmayani Temple, another important monument constructed in the 17th century to honor Brahmayani, the goddess of the town. Stroll around the complex and admire the beauty of the historic architecture, and watch the locals paying respect to their idols. Finally, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Witness a unique culture here, and admire some of the finest displays of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. 

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From Kathmandu: Durbar Squares Full-Day Tour

4. From Kathmandu: Durbar Squares Full-Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and head straight to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Explore this incredibly diverse and historic city with your expert guide and take some time to marvel at the breathtaking Newari architecture of the Kumari Temple and Taleju Bhawani Temple. Then travel 13 kilometers east to the city of Bhaktapur where you can see the world-famous Golden Gate of Bhaktapur for yourself. Wander through massive royal courtyards and admire some fine displays of craftsmanship in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Finally, visit Patan, also known as the City of Beauty, and experience its unique Durbar Square where you can visit the museum famous for its traditional sacred Nepalese art pieces. Sample some traditional cuisine here and experience the hospitable nature of the locals. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel just in time for dinner.

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Kathmandu Walking Tour

5. Kathmandu Walking Tour

Start your tour by walking from your hotel to the nearby busy Ason, the oldest market place in Kathmandu, where you can witness the daily lives of the locals. As you walk, pass along busy streets, shops, squares, and ancient temples. Next, head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historical and religious location where many temples, palaces, shrines are located. Take a trip to the nearby famous Freak Street, the most popular junction during the Hippy era. Afterward continue to the Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the top of a hill that will give you the most spectacular panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Then, walk back to Thamel or alternatively, you can take a taxi from Swayambhunath to Thamel.

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From Katmandu: 15-Day Gokyo Valley Trek with Porter

6. From Katmandu: 15-Day Gokyo Valley Trek with Porter

Trekking the Gokyo Valley is considered by many to offer the Everest Region at its best. It provides outstanding views of the sky over tall mountain peaks, along with the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas. This 15-day tour is a rare combination that offers the opportunity to trek in the marvelous spectacle of the Everest Region and also explore the culture and lifestyle of the rugged and weathered people from the Sherpa community. It provides an unusually good opportunity to travel through some of the most enticing landscapes the Himalayas has to offer as you, taking your through the Khumbu Himal to the Gokyo Valley and its high pass. Itinerary Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1,345 meters). Overnight stay at hotel. The guide will be there to meet you upon arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM) for your transfer. Day 2: Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,840 meters). 3-hour trek to Phakding (2,610 meters). Walking 4 hours. Overnight stay at a tea house. The flight is very scenic and takes around 35 minutes through breathtaking green hills and white mountains. Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters). Walking 6 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 5: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Excursion 3 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. The journey to the highest mountain in the world is a long one with extremes of altitude. It is necessary to minimize the risk of the effects of high altitude later on your journey. This will be our first scheduled acclimatization day. Day 6: Trek to Dole (3,680 meters). Walking 4 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Start the day with a steep climb leaving Namche behind up to Kyangjuma village where there are outstanding views of Thamserku, Katanga, and Ama Dablam. Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4,470 meters). Walking 5 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Climb steadily up to a scenic ridge above Dole and continue upwards via Lhabarma at 4,220m to Luza at 4,360m. The path is steep and you need to negotiate some thorny bushes up to Lhabarma. From here there are good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. Day 8: 5.5-hour trek to Gokyo (4,790 meters). Walking 5 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Start with a climb up to a ridge at Chorten from where there is a fabulous view of both down the valley to Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and up to Cho Oyu. Pass through three lakes to reach the Gokyo village. Day 9: 5-hour trek to Gokyo Ri (5,360 meters) and then back to Gokyo. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 10: Trek to Dole (4,200 meters). Walking 6 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780 meters). Walking 4 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,840 meters). Walking 4 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 13: 35-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Walking 4 hours. Overnight stay at a teahouse. Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Day 15: Transfer to Kathmandu airport (KTM) for your final flight departure.

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Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

7. Kathmandu: 6-Day Kathmandu and Pokhara Experience

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Following your arrival to Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel to check in. Following that, begin some city sightseeing which includes the Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal. Moving on, discover the Boudha Nath Temple, which is the world’s largest stupa. Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Your morning city sightseeing tour visits highlights of the city, including Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev, and the Parvati Temple. Later, explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, before moving on to Patan City and Bhaktapur City. Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Following breakfast, check out from your hotel before driving to Pokhara. Enjoy the beautiful 5 to 6-hour drive to Pokhara, where once having arrived you check in to your hotel. Following check-in, enjoy a boating tour of Phewa Lake - the second-largest lake in Nepal. That evening, make the most of free time for personal activities/shopping at the lake-side market, before spending the night in Pokhara. Day 4: Pokhara Sightseeing Before breakfast, drive to Sarangkot for a hike. This area is a popular hilltop which offers superb panoramic view of Annapurn, Machhapuchhre, and the Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Hike to places within the rim of the Pokhara Valley, and walk to the surroundings which offer captivating glimpses of rural life. After traveling back to your hotel, enjoy breakfast before exploring the Bindyabasini Temple, International Mountain Museum, the Seti River, Devi’s Fall, and the Gupteshowre Mahadev Cave. Day 5: return to Kathmandu Following breakfast, begin your 5-hour trip to travel back to Kathmandu or opt instead to take a morning flight. At the conclusion of your day, receive a welcome-back dinner accompanied by a Nepali cultural program. Day 6: Depart from Kathmandu Following collection from your accommodation, your guide drops you off to the airport where your tour concludes.

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Kathmandu Valley: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Day Tour

8. Kathmandu Valley: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Day Tour

Take a simple yet exciting full-day tour of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is brimming with ancient history and fascinating culture, and full of must-see sights on any visit to Nepal.   To start the day, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu or Patan (Lalitpur) and take you first to visit the oldest temple in Nepal, Swayambhunath. Here, you’ll spend about an hour exploring the ultimate pilgrimage site and get amazing views of the capital from the top of the hill. Then, drive to Patan, a city known for its cultural and artistic heritage. Visit some of the city’s temples and admire its ancient architecture before enjoying a lunch of local cuisine.   Next up is a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most famous and sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Take a spiritual swim in Bagmati River, thought to wash away all sins. Learn from your guide about Lord Shiva's importance to Hinduism here. Finally, calm your mind and soul by visiting the nearby peaceful Boudhanath stupa. Famous for its 4 pairs of eyes facing 4 directions, this shrine is thought to be eternally watching over the people and their doings. Explore the Boudhanath spinning prayer wheels and take beautiful pictures to remember this experience. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the day.

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Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

9. Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

Kirtipur, located on a hill to the southwest of central Kathmandu is one of several ancient kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley that were once independent, but now make up part of greater Kathmandu. Kirtipur is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the valley. It’s a prime destination to learn about the Newar people, who are one of Nepal’s many distinct ethnic groups and the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Come to Kirtipur for exquisite architecture, hilltop temples, and sweeping city views. Wandering around its winding streets feels like walking through a traditional Nepali village, yet Kirtipur also offers some of the finest views of sprawling Kathmandu and the hills and mountains beyond. It’s full of cobblestone streets, old brick houses with elaborately carved door and window frames, and multitiered pagodas. During this tour, you will visit Bagh Bhairab temple, Chilancho Stupa shrine, Uma Maheshwar temple, and a Theravada Buddhist monastery. Enjoy a Newari lunch, before you return to your hotel.

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Kathmandu Sightseeing by Rickshaw

10. Kathmandu Sightseeing by Rickshaw

You will start your memorable journey from Thamel, where you meet your guide and driver. As the seats will be slightly elevated, you will be able to view clearly the places you travel past. From the start, you will be mesmerized by the colorful arts, restaurants, and hotels around Thamel. You will then reach Asan, which is regarded as the oldest food market in Nepal. It is a small, busy area with crowded roads that have a variety of spices and vegetables. After your Thamel and Asan visit, you move towards Kathmandu Durbar Square. This is one of the sites built by the late kings and it is filled with examples of traditional handmade arts in the sculptures, monuments, and temples around the area. You should visit the homes of the sacred lord Shiva, Parvati, and the living goddess, Kumari. You can enjoy a special Lassi - a sweet drink made of curd - along the way. You can also enjoy a cup of tea in Basantapur.

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What people are saying about Bagmati Zone

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 33 reviews

The tour was very informative, not too long. We saw key places with no rush. The guide was super friendly, with good English. I recommend this tour for the first day of your trip to get overview if the city.

I’m so happy to had a great day with my guide! You can definitely have the experience to know better Nepal with this tour! Amazing history, people, nature....

The guide was very well informed and was able to convey the knowledge in an interesting way

Pick up on time! Very nice guide and explained everything! Great!!!

Had a great tour, guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.