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Kathmandu Valley Private One day Tour

Kathmandu valley is known for its rich art and cultural heritages.  The valley holds seven out of eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal. Due to its artistic and historic heritages, Kathmandu is also known to be the Living museum.  Kathmandu Valley one day tour includes the visit to some of these famous cultural heritage sites in the valley. Kathmandu is a city with a great number or Hindu temples, Buddhist Stupas and monasteries. It is often considered to be an open museum of medieval arts and architecture.

Himalayan Discovery Adventure provides this fantastic one day tour around the Kathmandu valley. The tour best suits the travelers looking to explore the city of Kathmandu within a short period of time.

Details of the places of interest on your Kathmandu Private One Day Tour:

Swayambhunath Temple:

A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. The temple has a lofty white dome and glittering golden spire that is visible from all sides of the valley. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there is a pair of all-seeing eyes of God. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the Stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. However, the origin of the temple dates long before the arrival of Buddhism in the valley.

The historically and culturally significant Swayambhunath  Stupa is situated at the top of the hill and offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. The temple complex has many statues and temples of several Hindu and Buddhist god and goddess side by side reflecting the religious harmony in the country. The local devotees make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels set into its base.

Soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography and is considered to be one of the definitive experiences of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple standing on the banks of the holy Bagmati River is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. The temple site dates to the 5th/6th century, but the present temple was built only in the sixteenth century. The Pashupatinath temple is two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth with richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors are on all four sides. The Pashaputi Temple’s extensive grounds include many other old and important temples, shrines and statues. Every year, thousands of Shiva devotees from all around the world visit the holy temple.

The entrance to the main temple is restricted for Non-Hindus, but the surrounding temple complex with sadhus, devotees, lingams and Ghata is fascinating and highly photogenic.  The two tier pagoda style temple is also visible from the eastern side of the river. The temple is a great way to explore the rich Hindu culture and tradition of the valley.

Boudhanath  Stupa:

Boudhanath Stupa, located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. The stupa is filled with rich in Buddhist symbolism. The nine levels of the Stupa represent the mythical Mt. Meru, center of the cosmos; and the 13 symbolizes the 13 paths to nirvana, or “Bodhi”. As at Swayabunath, Boudnath is topped with a square tower bearing the omnipresent eyes on all four sides. Boudhanath Stupa is closely associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara whose 108 forms are depicted in sculptures around the base.

Surrounding the Boudhanath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful Shops, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and restaurants. Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered at the place.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historically and culturally significant place in the Kathmandu valley. The complex holds many pagoda styled temples, beautiful courtyards and the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar (Palace), which was the royal residence till the 19th century. The Durbar is still the site for many important ceremonies like Jatras and coronation. A visit to Durbar square is like exploring a museum without the walls. At every turn, you will come across a beautiful pagoda styled temple with intricately carved wooden windows, huge stone images, and inconspicuous shrines.

Taleju Temple, Mahendreshvara Temple, Jagannath temple and Dequtale temple are some major temples in the square. One of the major attractions of the Square is, the Kumari Ghar, home of the Living Goddess – The Kumari.

Teeming with idols of gods and goddesses, crowded with temples and shrines and bustling stoned alleys, a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square will make you feel like you have travelled centuries back in time.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan is the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu valley and. Known for its artistic heritages,  the Patan Durbar Square is full of beautiful palace, historic courtyards,  Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments, bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. There are fine pagoda and Shikhara style temples, stone statues and unique artistic Newar architectures in this Durbar square. Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna are some of the main attractions of the Patan.

Trip Details:

The six to seven-hour long private tour starts at 9 A.M from the Himalaya Discovery Adventure office in Thamel.

Day 1
One Day tour to the following destinations:

Swayambhunath Temple:

A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. The temple has a lofty white dome and glittering golden spire that is visible from all sides of the valley. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there is a pair of all seeing eyes of God. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the Stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. However, the origin of the temple dates long before the arrival of Buddhism in the valley.

The historically and culturally significant Swayambhunath Stupa is situated at the top of the hill and offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. The temple complex has many statues and temples of several Hindu and Buddhist god and goddess side by side reflecting the religious harmony in the country. The local devotees make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels set into its base.

Soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography and is considered to be one of the definitive experiences of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple standing on the banks of the holy Bagmati River is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. The temple site dates to the 5th/6th century, but the present temple was built only in the sixteenth century. The Pashupatinath temple is two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth with richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors are on all four sides. The Pashaputi Temple’s extensive grounds include many other old and important temples, shrines and statues. Every year, thousands of Shiva devotees from all around the world visit the holy temple.

The entrance to the main temple is restricted for Non-Hindus, but the surrounding temple complex with sadhus, devotees, lingams and Ghata is fascinating and highly photogenic. The two tier pagoda style temple is also visible from the eastern side of the river. The temple is a great way to explore the rich Hindu culture and tradition of the valley.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Boudhanath Stupa, located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. The stupa is filled with rich in Buddhist symbolism. The nine levels of the Stupa represent the mythical Mt. Meru, center of the cosmos; and the 13 symbolizes the 13 paths to nirvana, or “Bodhi”. As at Swayabunath, Boudnath is topped with a square tower bearing the omnipresent eyes on all four sides. Boudhanath Stupa is closely associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara whose 108 forms are depicted in sculptures around the base.

Surrounding the Boudhanath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful Shops, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and restaurants. Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered at the place.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historically and culturally significant place in the Kathmandu valley. The complex holds many pagoda styled temples, beautiful courtyards and the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar (Palace), which was the royal residence till the 19th century. The Durbar is still the site for many important ceremonies like Jatras and coronation. A visit to Durbar square is like exploring a museum without the walls. At every turn, you will come across a beautiful pagoda styled temple with intricately carved wooden windows, huge stone images, and inconspicuous shrines.

Taleju Temple, Mahendreshvara Temple, Jagannath temple and Dequtale temple are some major temples in the square. One of the major attractions of the Square is, the Kumari Ghar, home of the Living Goddess – The Kumari.

Teeming with idols of gods and goddesses, crowded with temples and shrines and bustling stoned alleys, a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square will make you feel like you have travelled centuries back in time.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan is the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu valley and. Known for its artistic heritages, the Patan Durbar Square is full of beautiful palace, historic courtyards, Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments, bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. There are fine pagoda and Shikhara style temples, stone statues and unique artistic Newar architectures in this Durbar square. Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna are some of the main attractions of the Patan.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

Trip Details:

The six to seven hour long private tour starts at 9 A.M from the Himalaya Discovery Adventure office in Thamel.

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Trip Facts

  • 1 Day
  • Easy
  • Min 1 to Max 12 persons
  • Round the Year
  • 1,400 M.

MD & Trip Planner