Add dates
Bhaktapur

UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Bhaktapur UNESCO Sites

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.

From Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

2. From Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

Patan and Bhaktapur were separate kingdoms in early times and are filled with age-old palaces, temples, shrines, monasteries, and courtyards. These two medieval cities boast otherworldly views and extensive historical centers, and are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Patan Durbar Square, the main attraction, comes equipped with a museum, palaces, Hindu temples, and ancient courtyards, whereas Bhaktapur, about 12 km from Kathmandu city, has retained its medieval spirit.   Within the centuries-old atmosphere of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, find Nyathapole Temple, Golden Gate, 55 Window Palace, and a fascinating museum. Enjoy a pleasant drive back to your accommodation.

From Kathmandu: Durbar Squares Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

From Kathmandu: 5-Day Chisapani to Nagarkot Trek

4. From Kathmandu: 5-Day Chisapani to Nagarkot Trek

Tackle the popular Chisapani to Nagarkot trek. Experience great views and peaceful mountain paths, as well as beautiful jungles, waterfalls and wild flowers. Day 1 Arrive at Kathmandu airport and be transferred to your hotel. If you are already in Kathmandu, the pickup can be arranged from anywhere in Kathmandu. In the evening, attend the orientation meeting and welcome dinner. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel.  Day 2 Drive to Sundarijal by car and trek for 3-4 hours to Chisapani. Chisapani offers you a broad view of the Himalayas. Overnight at trekking lodge.  Day 3 Hike for 6-7 hours from Chisapani to Nagarkot. Once in Nagarkot, admire the sunset and stunning views of the mountains of eastern Nepal, including Mt. Everest. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan Villa.  Day 4 You'll be transferred from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur via the Changu Narayan temple. Enjoy a sight-seeing tour in Bhaktapur and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Home. Day 5 After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your departure.

From Kathmandu: Bhaktapur Full-Day Tour

5. From Kathmandu: Bhaktapur Full-Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the culture and history of Bhaktapur on a small-group tour that takes off from Kathmandu. Spot the city’s ancient temples, stop at historic squares, and visit an art gallery with a local guide. Bhaktapur, a World Heritage Site, is known variously as the city of culture. Despite being just 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur gives the feeling of prehistoric times thanks to the traditional homes, lifestyles, and environment. Get to know the elegant art, rich culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances, and indigenous lifestyle of the Newari community while exploring this ancient city. Visit the following places during the tour: • Bhaktapur Durbar Square • Golden Gate • Nyatapole Temple • Bhairabnath Temple • National Art Gallery • Pottery Square • Char Dham Temple • Dattatreya Temple • Taleju Bell • Changunarayan Temple

Frequently asked questions about Bhaktapur UNESCO Sites

What are other things to do than UNESCO Sites that are worth visiting in Bhaktapur?

The other unmissable things to do in Bhaktapur are:

Which Bhaktapur UNESCO Sites are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Bhaktapur

Want to discover all there is to do in Bhaktapur? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Bhaktapur

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

We absolutely loved the whole tour, very well organized and professional from start to end, our tour guid Prashant is very knowledgeable and courteous, gave us amazing advices and information, this is my second tour and I can’t even begin to describe how this one was much better than the first, thank you Arjun for connecting with us and welcoming us personally to Nepal

I had an absolutely wonderful tour! My guide Kapil Pandey was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. And the driver Bishal Baniya was great at navigating us around Kathmandu. Next time I’m back in Nepal I will definitely be setting up another tour with them!

she was very very heloful and guided us in our Rhythm. She explained a lot about culture in Buddhism and Hinduism. thanks a lot for the very nice Tour! It was amazing!

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

All good, I would have liked to know more about the monuments.