Welcome to the valley of culture and traditions, Kathmandu Valley. The tour under Kathmandu City Tour package envelops sightseeing of prominent sites that are listed in UNESCO’s cultural sites. The tour will lead you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath all these sites are located in the capital, Kathmandu. It further extends to Patan Durbar Square which is located in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is situated in Bhaktapur. The palaces built here will reveal the history of this entire valley which existed more than 500 years ago. The architecture of the palace, wooden carvings, and colors will take you back to history revealing the culture and traditions that were in practice then.
Temple and stupas are other key things to observe in this part of the world. Pashupatinath the greatest shrine of Hindus and Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath the most visited stupas in the world especially by Buddhists—make this valley a prime destination for faith-based tourists following either religion. The existence of two prime religious sites of two key religions Hindu and Buddhist within a distance of a couple of kilometers depicts that religion was an intrinsic part of life for the people then and now.
Hence, the Kathmandu City Tour is not just about roaming in the ancient land of culture and traditions but is also about experiencing life from the aspect of religion.
Your tour begins today and it begins from the capital city—Katmandu. You will be visiting four UNESCO-listed sites—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath.
To make your tour full of excitement, easy and informative, we will provide you with all required facilities such as a certified city tour guide, private vehicle, and map if necessary.
Kathmandu Durbar Square will be the first site of your visit. It is located at the center of the city. As per stone scriptures, Kings belonging to the Lichhavi dynasty were the first to construct a palace and temple here in the 3rd century. But no remains of that period are found at present.
Later, a king from the Malla dynasty, Ratna Malla, built a palace in 1484. Different kinds of the dynasty constructed and contributed to the making of palaces and temples in different spaces of time in the vicinity of Durbar Square.
Monkey Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), Kumari Ghar (House of Living Goddes), and Kastamandap are the main attractions of this site.
Pashupatinath is our today’s next destination. It is the greatest Hindu shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga. Of the total of 12 Jytrolingas across the globe, Pashupatinath is considered to be the head part, and the remaining 11 collectively make the body. The literal meaning of Pashupatinath is ‘The Lord of animal’ and is the national deity of this country.
The destination witnesses over a million faith-based tourists every year especially in the time of Shiva Ratri (Lord Shiva’s birthday).
Bouddhanath is our next destination. It is quite close to Pashupatinath. It is a popular and renowned Buddhist site. The stupa—Bouddhanath—is regarded as the biggest stupa of South Asia. The monasteries built in the vicinity of the Bouddhanath are other attractions where we will be paying a brief visit.
To wrap up the day, we visit Swoyambhunath. This site attracts nearly a million Buddhist pilgrims a year across the globe. According to the legend, the existence of Swoyambhunath is since eternity and the civilization of Kathmandu valley is said to be started with the existence of Swoyambhunath. The literal meaning of Swoyambhunath is ‘Self Existing’.
Your tour to Patan and Bhaktapur begins in the early morning after breakfast. Both the cities—Patan and Bhaktapur—are rich in culture and traditions along with art and architecture. The cities are popular for Newa culture which has its own uniqueness and identity.
Patan Durbar Square, Krishnan Temple, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani are popular sites to visit in the city of Patan.
Bhaktapur is a nearly 40-minute drive from Patan. The major attraction of this traditional and ancient city is Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapole (five-storied) Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, and so on.
Once done with Bhaktapur, we drive back to Kathmandu. We will offer you a farewell dinner tonight and discuss your tour experience.
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