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Kathmandu: Private 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites Day Tour

1. Kathmandu: Private 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites Day Tour

Kathmandu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains 7 monuments and historic sites that have been recognized by UNESCO. These monument zones are the Durbar squares of the three cities of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and the religious temples of Swayambhu, Bouddha, Pashupati, & Changu Narayan. Pashupatinath Temple As one of the must visit legendary Hindu temple, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair & ash-applied body. Swayambhunath Temple Swayambhunath is approx. 2600 years old Buddhist Stupa, looking over the entire Kathmandu valley. It is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the hundreds of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, ancient sculptures, temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Boudhanath Bouddhanath is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world, constructed back in the 4th century. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries. Besides this, there are a no. of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal. Patan Durbar Square Located about 5 km away from the capital city in the district of Lalitpur. It is a fusion of two influential religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. The town of patan perfectly showcased the genuine art, architecture, culture, religion and heritage. The classic architectural design displayed on the houses, fine handwork on the doors & windows represents the aesthetic ancient beauty. Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic site situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city. The durbar square is surrounded by palaces, courtyards and temples. It is a pleasant place to visit due to its historical significance, magnificent Newari architecture, & bustling bazaars. Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square located in Bhaktapur, a city in the Kathmandu Valley showcases the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. It is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, temples, palaces, & intricate artwork. It is filled with numerous other shrines, statues, and courtyards, each displaying remarkable architectural and artistic craftsmanship. Changunarayan Temple Changunarayan Temple, one of the oldest temples in Nepal, is located on a hilltop in the village of Changu Narayan, near Bhaktapur. It is believed to have been built in the 4th century during the Lichhavi dynasty, making it one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Nepal. Outline Itinerary: Our guide and driver will pick you up from your pick up point and your guided sightseeing tour starts. You will have a lunch break between the tour and you will be escorted to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Kathmandu: Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike Tour to Changu Narayan

2. Kathmandu: Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike Tour to Changu Narayan

Nagarkot Sunrise and hike to Changu Narayan tour takes you to the beautiful hill Nagarkot, one of the popular Himalayan view-points in Kathmandu located at an altitude of 2,195 meters. The hill offers mesmerizing sunrise views over the spectacular Himalayan range. Soak in the fresh air of the mountains and sweeping views of the Himalayas during a private 7-8 hour tour between Nagarkot and Changu Narayan from Kathmandu, Patan or Bhaktapur. After sunrise, stop for the breakfast or tea/coffee at hotel in Nagarkot and start the hike to Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest Hindu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its exquisite stone carvings, sculptures, and intricate architecture. You'll have ample time to explore the temple complex and admire the stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys before returning to Kathmandu, Patan or Bhaktapur. The hike traverses a rugged mountain landscape sprinkled with traditional hamlets and forests. Your private guide will accompany you on the hike and provide you with interesting information about the places you'll visit. The distance from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan hike is approximately 12 kilometers, and it takes around 4-5 hours to complete the hike, depending on your pace and the stops you make along the way. If the weather is clear, the hike offers stunning views of the Himalayan range and the surrounding hills and valleys. Please note that from Nagarkot, mountain views are only visible when the weather is clear and without clouds. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning views of the Himalayas and the beautiful countryside during the hike.

Kathmandu: Private City Guided Tour

3. Kathmandu: Private City Guided 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. 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.

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO-Listed City Sites Private Day Trip

4. Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO-Listed City Sites Private Day Trip

Embark on an exclusive journey through Kathmandu's cultural treasures with our private day tour, meticulously curated to unveil the city's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Picture yourself at the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, where spirituality merges with the timeless flow of the Bagmati River, creating a serene and captivating atmosphere. Our expert guide will lead you through the intricacies of Hindu rituals, offering you a firsthand experience of this spiritual sanctuary. Step into the living history of Kathmandu at Durbar Square, where ancient royal palaces and awe-inspiring temples beckon. Marvel at the craftsmanship that narrates tales of Nepal's glorious past, immersing you in a world where every stone has a story to tell. The journey then takes you to the Swayambhunath Stupa, an architectural marvel atop a hill, providing a panoramic vista of the Kathmandu Valley. Let the spiritual energy of this iconic site leave an indelible mark on your soul. Venture into the heart of Patan, a city celebrated for its well-preserved ancient architecture. The Patan Durbar Square unfolds before you, a harmonious blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences, showcasing the brilliance of Newari craftsmanship. Stroll through the square, where every step is a walk through centuries of cultural evolution. Boudhanath Stupa awaits, a colossal mandala that transcends time. The rhythmic chants and the sight of devotees circumambulating the stupa create an enchanting ambiance, inviting you to connect with the spiritual essence of Nepal. Capture the essence of the vibrant city of Bhaktapur as twilight sets in, wandering through its medieval streets and squares. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square preserves the charm of a bygone era, providing a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Newari culture. Culminate your day at the Changunarayan Temple, a hidden gem adorned with exquisite sculptures and ancient inscriptions. Our private tour ensures an intimate experience, allowing you to absorb the historical and cultural significance of each site without the rush of a crowded itinerary. Indulge in the allure of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, creating memories that resonate with the rich tapestry of Nepal's cultural heritage. With our personalized and enriching tour, you are not just a visitor but a privileged guest, unlocking the secrets of this ancient city. Book your private tour now and let the magic of Kathmandu unfold before you, leaving you with a lifetime of cherished memories.

Kathmandu: Private Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

5. Kathmandu: Private Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

Embark on a 6-hour tour of Patan and Bhaktapur to discover the rich cultural heritage of two separate kingdoms from early times. These medieval cities are filled with age-old palaces, temples, shrines, monasteries, and courtyards. They both offer extensive historical centers and boast otherworldly views, and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Patan Durbar Square is the main attraction, and it's a bustling square with a museum, palaces, Hindu temples, and ancient courtyards. As you explore the square, you'll discover the intricately carved facades and ornate decorations on the buildings, offering a glimpse into the past glory of the Malla kings. Bhaktapur, located about 12 km from Kathmandu city, has retained its medieval spirit and is often referred to as the "City of Devotees". The atmosphere in Bhaktapur Durbar Square is centuries-old and captivating. Here, you can find the iconic Nyathapole Temple, Golden Gate, 55 Window Palace, and a fascinating museum filled with exquisite art and artifacts. During the tour, your experienced guide will share with you the rich history and unique features of both Patan and Bhaktapur. After a day of exploration, sit back and enjoy a pleasant drive back to your accommodation, reflecting on your enriching experience in these two historic cities.

Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Day Tour

6. Kathmandu: 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Day Tour

Explore the heart and soul of Nepal's historic splendor with Relax Getaways on this private day tour through Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This meticulously crafted itinerary is designed to unveil the rich tapestry of culture, religion, and history embedded in the city's ancient streets and monuments. From the spiritual heights of Swayambhunath to the architectural marvels of Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, each site offers a unique window into the past and present of this vibrant city. Tour Details Duration: Approximately 8-10 hours Start Time: Flexible (Early morning recommended) Pickup and Drop-off Location: Any location inside Kathmandu Transportation: Comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle Group Size: Ideal for individuals, families, or small groups seeking a personalized experience Tour Highlights Swayambhunath Temple: Start your journey with a visit to this ancient religious complex, also known as the Monkey Temple, perched atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square: Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and architectural wonders in the royal palace complex of the ancient city of Patan. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Step back in time in Bhaktapur, where traditional Nepalese culture and medieval heritage converge. Changunarayan Temple: Discover the oldest temple in Nepal, revered for its intricate carvings and historical significance. Pashupatinath Temple: Visit this sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River, a site of spiritual and cultural importance. Boudha Stupa: Behold the stunning stupa of Boudhanath, a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Conclude your tour in the historical heart of Kathmandu, a showcase of royal history, intricate artistry, and vibrant local life.

From Kathmandu: Dhulikhel to Namobuddha Guided Day Hike

7. From Kathmandu: Dhulikhel to Namobuddha Guided Day Hike

Trip Begins: Take a scenic drive to Dhulikhel and explore the area The tour begins early morning with a Guide picking you up from your hotel. You will then take a one hour drive to Dhulikhel and explore the area. Hike to Namobuddha: The hike towards Namobuddha begins from Dhulikhel. You will then be passing through a thousand steps of ‘Peace Garden’, Kali Temple and Kavre Bhanjyang. On your way you will be enjoying the scenic view of the valley with a mountain range in the background. Here you will also be exploring the traditional farming methods of Newari people, their cultures and lifestyle. Guided Tour of Namobuddha Monastery: After your hike, you will be exploring the Namobuddha monastery, also known as Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. The monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that lies at the top of the hill in Namobuddha Municipality. According to the old legend, 6000 years ago, a prince (Mahasatwo/Ngingdui Tshenpo), at the top of the hill, looking at the jungle, discovers a tigress lying near the rock. Very quickly, he realizes that the tigress was about to die due to hunger with her five little babies still sucking milk from her and the survival of the babies depended on their mother. Mahasatwo, decides to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. So Prince Mahasatwo cuts his body to present his warm blood in the mouth of the mother tiger, and the taste of blood gives the appetite to the starving family. Drive back to your hotel: After your completer your visit to Namobuddha Monastery, you will be dropped back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Kathmandu: Private One Day Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking Trip

8. Kathmandu: Private One Day Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking Trip

Nagarkot is located 25 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of 2200m above sea level. Here you can stop at the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for sunrise views of the Himalayas. You can see Mount Everest with its snow-topped peaks from an observation tower. Enjoy the nice hiking passing through local villages and green forests towards the ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan. This shrine is dedicated to lord Visnu and held in special reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered to be the oldest temple in the history of Nepal.

Kathmandu - Full Day Guided UNESCO Tour (Private & Shared)

9. Kathmandu - Full Day Guided UNESCO Tour (Private & Shared)

Embark on a journey through the heart of Nepal with the UNESCO Seven World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu, meticulously curated by Luxury Holidays Nepal. This tour is a deep dive into the essence of Nepalese culture, history, and spirituality, showcasing the ancient art, architecture, and traditions that have shaped this vibrant city. 1. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Start your exploration in the historical center of Kathmandu, where kings were once crowned and ruled. This living museum boasts a collection of temples, courtyards, and palaces, including the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex and the majestic Taleju Temple. Witness the architectural marvels and get a glimpse into the royal past of Nepal. 2. Patan Durbar Square: A short ride away is Patan, known for its artistic heritage. The square features an array of ancient palaces, temples, and statues, all adorned with exquisite carvings. The former royal palace now houses a museum showcasing rare artifacts, offering insight into the rich cultural and artistic history of the city. 3. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Known as the 'City of Devotees,' Bhaktapur is a treasure trove of medieval art and architecture. The square is lined with palaces, temples, and statues dating back to the Malla Dynasty. Don't miss the famous Peacock Window and the intricately carved 55 Window Palace. 4. Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Perched on a hilltop, this ancient stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. Known for its whitewashed dome, gilded spire, and the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, it offers panoramic views of Kathmandu. The site is also home to many monkeys, adding a unique aspect to your visit. 5. Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest stupas in the world, Boudhanath is a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa stands as a massive mandala, with a giant dome surrounded by the watchful eyes of the Buddha. The area around the stupa is filled with monasteries and is a center for meditation, prayer, and rituals. 6. Pashupatinath Temple: This sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies along the banks of the Bagmati River. It's known for its stunning architecture and the ghats where cremation ceremonies take place. The temple complex is a spiritual center for devotees, with sadhus (holy men) and pilgrims adding to the temple's mystique. 7. Changu Narayan Temple: The oldest temple in Nepal, Changu Narayan, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its rich decorations and sculptures. The temple's history dates back over a millennium and offers a serene atmosphere away from the city's hustle. This tour is not just a trip; it's an exploration of the soul of Kathmandu, offering a unique perspective on the city's ancient grandeur and living traditions. Join us to uncover the mysteries, marvel at the architectural wonders, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

From Kathmandu: Nagarkot Panoramic Day Hike with Lunch

10. From Kathmandu: Nagarkot Panoramic Day Hike with Lunch

Your guide will pick up from your hotel by a private car and drive (1:30 hr) to Nagarkot view point 2175m. Enjoy the view of Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest, Gauri Shanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, Ganesh Himal and many more. You may have a small break for tea/ coffee and toilet. Continue driving (15m) and start hiking (3 hr approx) to Changu Narayan temple (Unesco World Heritage site). On the way you will see rural life of Nepal, seasonal farming, goat grazing farmers and locally alcohol making. The trail will be flat walking in the beginning and hike up and again flat and little down at the end. You will visit a Hindu temple on the way. While arriving to Changu village, you will have a lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch visit Changu Narayan temple. The temple has master piece of Nepalese stone carvings, wood carvings and God and Goddess icons. After exploring the temple, drive back to your hotel and end the tour.

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I had a great hike with Sujan! I was the only person who signed up that day so I had a private hike. The day was cloudy and I wasn’t able to see the mountains but I still had an awesome time walking through the towns and seeing all the baby goats and some puppies. Sujan told me many stories about Changunarayan and told me stories about the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita. I would definitely recommend!

It was a long, but amazing, day in Katmandú. Bijay showed us the 7 unesco heritage sites of Kathmandu. The day was tiring but no way we could have done that in our own in that short time. Bijay is very knowledgable and explained the history of the sites we visited from a local perspective. It was really interesting.

This was a great tour - covered all the main sites of Kathmandu in one day. Mr Anish was professional and very knowledgeable. He was able to adapt the tour so that I could explore certain areas of the heritage sites in more depth which I am grateful for! Would recommend

I had fine Day with my Guide Surahs, he respect my wishes, we had interesting Talks. The driver Subash drive very save.. A really good day for, very relaxed and interested.

We had a fantastic day exploring Kathmandu with our guide Dipendra. He was excellent and was the perfect host all day. Would highly recommend a trip with Dipendra