Trip Duration 1 Day
Group Size 1-30
Maximum Altitude 1400m
Difficulty Grade Easy
Start & End Point Kathmandu- Kathmandu
Best Seasons March-Jun, Sep- Dec

Trip Highlights -Kathmandu Valley Tour

  • Explore the Pashupatinath Temple-the Temple of the Hindu religion dedicated to the Lord Shiva
  • Explore the Boudhanath stupa-known as the largest stupa of Nepal and within the world
  • Explore the Swayambhunath Stupa-which is also known as the Monkey Temple offers stunning panoramic views of Kathmandu and the Mountain ranges
  • Explore the Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a UNESCO heritage site showing the ancient culture and traditions
  • Explore the beautiful temples and Palaces in Patan Durbar Square
  • Explore the Popular Thamel area with the Travel Mates
  • Experience the vibrant lifestyle of the people in the Ason Bazaar with the narrow path
  • Visit the marketplace in the Kathmandu Durbar square
  • Explore and taste the local cuisine around the city
  • Interact with the local people for more information about the culture and traditions of the local community

1 Day Kathmandu Valley Tour

Kathmandu Valley Tour – 1 Day is the best way to explore the ancient temples and the rich historical and cultural depth of Nepal. The rich and ancient valley lies in the central region of Nepal – Kathmandu also called the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu city is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites that totally reflect the ancient history, culture and craftsmanship of ancient art, culture and traditions.

In the Kathmandu Valley tour, we will cover the major destinations of Kathmandu city which include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square. A private car/jeep will be our means of transportation so that we can enjoy exploring all the destinations with ease.

Also, the Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour is popular among different travelers who have limited time in Nepal but want to explore the beauty of Nepal. So, if your days are fewer and you and to dive into the beauty and history of Nepal, the Kathmandu Valley Tour is just an ideal package for you.

Places to Travel during the Kathmandu Valley Tour

As we just have a day to cover up the majority of the places of Kathmandu city, sightseeing every place when driving through the targeted destinations can be beneficial. Kathmandu city tour has different available locations which we can cover in a day.

Pashupati Nath Temple – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest temple in the Hindu religion. The temple complex lies at the bank of the Bagmati River; a sacred river for the Hindu community worldwide. Many devotees around the world come to Pashupatinath to witness the presence of Pashupati; the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple has different shrines, statues and other temples dedicated to various deities.

The main temple of Pashupatinath is made of a pagoda-style structure with a gilded roof and intricate woodcarvings. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the main temple, while non-Hindus can view it from the eastern side of the temple.

Swayambhu Nath – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Swayambhu also called the Monkey Temple is one of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu city. It is an ancient Buddhist stupa situated on a hilltop in the western part of the city. The stupa is believed to be more than 2,000 years old and is one of the oldest and most sacred stupas in Nepal.

The stupa at Swayambhunath is a dome-shaped structure adorned with a golden spire and a pair of large Buddha eyes painted on all four walls. These eyes symbolize wisdom and compassion and are considered a protective symbol.

Swayambhunath holds immense religious significance for Buddhists. It is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and is believed to be an important center for Buddhist learning and medicine.

Patan Durbar Square – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Patan Durbar Square also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its architectural and artistic treasure. It is one of the three Durbar Square of Kathmandu Valley which is a popular center for both Hindus and Buddhists. It has numerous temples, statues, and courtyards that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Newar community.

The major attraction of Patan Durbar Square is the Patan Museum complex. The palace has ornately carved wooden columns, windows, and gateways. Inside the museum, we can see different religious arts, bronze statues, and wooden carvings.

Other major attractions of Patan Durbar Square are its Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, etc. Patan Durbar Square has a variety of architecture and another wooden carving that enhances the history of the Malla Period.

Boudhanath – Largest Spherical Stupa

Among different other cultural heritages of Kathmandu valley, Boudhnath is also one of the major sites of Kathmandu. It is one of the largest spherical stupas because of its biggest mandala. The stupa stands on a massive mandala-shaped platform and is surrounded by a circular path known as the kora, where devotees walk in a clockwise direction while spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras.

The stupa attracts different pilgrims and visitors from around the world, who come to circumambulate the stupa, offer prayers, and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Boudhanath is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds immense religious and cultural importance, particularly for Tibetan Buddhists.

Kathmandu Durbar Square – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar square which holds a historically and culturally significant site in Kathmandu. The square has different palaces, temples, statues and courtyards, representing the architectural grandeur of ancient Nepal.

The square is surrounded by several beautiful and intricately carved buildings including the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, which is the main attraction of the area. Although the square had significant damage during the devasting earthquake, extensive restoration efforts have been undertaken to preserve and rebuild the historical structures.

Itinerary of Kathmandu Valley Tour – 1 Day

Our day starts with an early morning breakfast and sightseeing the view of the surrounding from the hotel. During breakfast time, you will have a conversation with the guide about the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour.

You can also customize the plan according to the places you want to visit.

After having breakfast, we will head on to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is one of the Durbar squares of Kathmandu Valley. While exploring different temples, palaces, and courtyards, we will learn about the history of Nepal. We will cover every place we could in a day of the Kathmandu valley tour.

Also, we will visit the major attraction of the Kathmandu valley which is Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Furthermore, we will head to Swayambhu Nath, also called the Monkey Temple because of the presence of numerous monkeys around.

It is one of the major attractions for different Buddhist devotees around the world and is believed to be the oldest and sacred stupa.

We will also communicate with the monks and take blessings from them. Swayambhunath offers you the best moment of the Kathmandu Valley day tour.

After exploring Swayambhunath, we will head to Patan Durbar Square; home of Newa architecture. In Patan Durbar Square, we will explore different architecture and wooden carvings made by the Newari people.

There we will visit Patan Meuseu, which contains different wooden columns, windows, and gateway. Looking at the architecture will definitely make you feel proud of the ancient people of Nepal.

Continuing our Kathmandu Valley Tour – 1 Day, next we will cover Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath where both hold significant importance to Hindus and Buddhists respectively.

Pashupatinath, residing at the bank of the Holy River: Bagmati River is the most sacred temple for different Hindus around the world. It has different temples spread around the complex, which is made with the finest architecture.

Although we can’t get access to the Pagoda-style temple of the Pashupatinath temple, we will spend most of our time visiting the temples around and communicating with the locals around.

Next, Boudhanath is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. Because of its high spherical mandala and pair of the Buddha’s eyes, the stupa is clearly visible from far away.

Boudhnath is historically and culturally significant to the Buddhist community, especially Tibetan Buddhists. While being inside the complex of Boudhanath we will experience different rituals performed. Also, we will get to experience rotating the prayer wheels.

Visiting all these places cover-ups the entire day, so we will head back to the hotel and take a rest. You can also buy different handmade ornaments as a memory of visiting Nepal.

Car 5-6 Hours
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Altitude 1400m

Best Time for the Kathmandu Valley Tour

The best time to travel to Kathmandu Valley depends on the preferences of the travelers and the kind of activities you are willing to do. Though, generally the best time to explore Kathmandu city is Autumn (late September to November) and Spring (March to May).

During the Autumn (September to November) season, the weather remains pleasant with a warm environment and you can enjoy the close-up views of the mountain ranges around the Kathmandu Valley. At this time, the normal temperature of the Kathmandu valley is nearly 20-25 degrees which is an ideal temperature to have a Kathmandu sightseeing tour. During this time, there is likely to be rainfall which leads to exploration of the Kathmandu city being more exciting and disturbance-free.

During the Spring (March to April) season, we can experience clearer skies and lush forests around because this season falls after the monsoon season. Because of the clearer skies, and mild temperature, the Spring season is more popular for the Kathmandu Valley tour. During this season, many trekkers find ideal walking by different locations of Kathmandu favorable.

Not just Autumn and Spring, you can have the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour during the winter season too. Although the temperature is lower during winter, the daytime is quite sunny which offers a moderate balance in temperature making it ideal for different trekkers.

Permit Fees – Kathmandu Valley Tour

The Entrance fees may depend on the places you are willing to visit and the activities you wanna accomplish in the city.

Pashupatinath Temple: To enter the Pashupatinath Temple, it costs NPR 1,000 to non-SAARC nations and NPR 100 to SAARC nationality.
Bouddhanath Stupa: The entrance fee for non-SAARC nations is NPR 400 and NPR 150 for SAARC nations.
Swayambhunath Temple: To explore the Swayambhu Temple, the entrance fee for Non-SAARC nations is NPR 200 and NPR 50 for SAARC nations.

FAQ-Kathmandu Valley Tour-1 Day

The Kathmandu valley is famous for tourists because the valley offers the visitors ancient culture and traditions structures of the Temples, monasteries and the Stupas. Also, the Kathmandu Valley is the sacred home to the Many UNESCO heritage sites within the country.

Well!! The capital city is not only for the religious and the temples, it also offers beautiful mesmerizing snow-capped views of the mountain ranges as well such as the Langtang Ranges and the Ganesh Himal ranges when the weather is good.

Kathmandu city is a diverse culture having many religions and cultures. So, the City offers you different foods such as Newari Cuisine, Tibetan Dishes, Thakali khana set and Momo, and many more.

The Kathmandu valley tour will be complete in 6 hours, while it will be starting at 9:15 in the Morning and also depends upon the traffic situation.

We will be exploring the major 4 tourist destinations in a day of the Kathmandu Valley Tour.

While giving tips to the Guide, it depends totally on you as per your wish, you may tip him as much as you wish like 50 dollars,20 dollars and 100 dollars,s or even much more.

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