Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Trip Grade: Easy and Leisure
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Kathmandu
  • Trip Style: Cultural Tour
  • Age Group: 5 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 1345
  • Best Season: All Season
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The Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour is a whirlwind adventure through the bustling streets of Kathmandu and architectural treasures, where age-old Nepalese history meets traditional culture. It’s a trip to the cultural splendors and historical landmarks like Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square, which exudes grandeur with the marvelous Newari architecture, finely carved woodwork, and impressive backdrops.

  • Explore the famous landmarks and beautiful sights such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Ascend the stairs of Swyambhunath to enjoy the picturesque view over Kathmandu.
  • Visit the Patan Durbar Square to dig deep into the Nepalese history and culture. Walk through the courtyards and narrow alleys to glimpse stunning Newari architecture.
  • Navigate the old streets of Kathmandu to experience the local culture and get a sight of traditional architecture. Visit the bustling markets of Boudhanath to watch Nepalese handicrafts like Thanka or buy souvenirs for family and friends.

As one of the most sprawling cities in South Asia, Kathmandu is never out of options. There are so many iconic sights and underrated wonders here that a day is barely enough to amuse yourself.

Still, you can make the most of your Kathmandu Day Tour with a good travel itinerary and proper plans. The One Day Kathmandu Tour is a mix of cultural and historical explorations, which are tremendously popular. Many of the crowd-pullers on the list will enlighten you through Nepalese history.

On this trip, you’ll visit the iconic Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture. Of course, you’ll run a circuit of the stupa and watch the golden sunrise from the hilltop. After cherishing the marvelous view, you’ll venture off to Patan to watch a beautiful display of Newari architecture.

You’ll get a guided tour of the Patan Durbar Square with a brief narration of its origin. You’ll explore the palace and watch the stunning collection of stone statues and temples including Krishna Mandir and Bhimsen Temple.

No trip to Kathmandu Valley is complete without a visit to Pashputinath, so you’ll stop by the temple. You’ll take a walk around the premises and watch exquisite Pagoda-style temples with marvelous architecture.

After lunch, you’ll head off to Boudhanath Stupa, one of Nepal’s famous Buddhist pilgrimages. During your visit, you’ll explore the stupa, circumscribe prayer wheels, and watch monks chanting mantras. You’ll feel the spiritual ambiance and the presence of the divine in Boudhanath.

You’ll conclude the day by visiting another royal palace, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, and checking out its ancient shrines and monuments. You’ll take a walk through the picturesque courtyards while setting your sights on the architectural beauty of the square.

Kathmandu Valley Attractions

Here is the list of iconic sights you will visit during your Kathmandu day tour.

1. Swayambhunath Stupa

Monkey poses for a photo at Swwayambhunath Mahachaitya.

Swayambhunath Stupa, nicknamed the Monkey Temple, is the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage, perched on a hilltop west of Kathmandu. It serves as a cultural magnet and a spiritual center for all pilgrims but mostly Buddhists.

The origin of Swayambhunath can be traced back to the fifth century CE in the early rulings of King Vrsadeva. It’s believed that Emperor Ashoka himself had paid a visit to the stupa before it suffered a huge destruction.

After the complete reconstruction of 2010 and renovation from the 2015 earthquake, Swayambhunath now looms large as a crown jewel of Kathmandu. The present structure of the stupa is as impressive as it can get with a white-coated dome that sits beneath the glided spire which has the face of Buddha in it.

Atop it is a thirteen-tier tower, representing the thirteen stages of nirvana, while its squiggle-looking nose indicates unity and enlightenment. A prayer wheel encircles the bottom of the stupa, each inscribed with the sacred mantra ‘Om mani padme hum’.

2. Bouddhanath Stupa

Panoramic image of Boudhanath Stupa

Bouddha also known as Boudhanath or Khasti Chaitya is a spiritual core of Tibetan Buddhism and the Nepalese Tamang community who calls it a home. It’s one of the cultural and architectural masterpieces that brings out the best of both Nepal and Tibet.

There are many stories about the origin of Boudhanath. While the Tibetan links the construction of Boudhanath with emperor Trisong Detsen, the Nepalese chronicle suggests that it was built by the 14th-century Lichhavi king who supposedly killed his father.

According to hearsay, the king built the stupa to repent his sin which was later destroyed by Mughal invaders. The stupa was reconstructed following the 2015 earthquake which sustained massive casualties.

Boudhanath is a symbol in itself. The nine tiers of this stupa symbolize Buddha’s path to enlightenment, where the dome signifies water, the tower denotes fire and the spire is air. Likewise, the umbrella represents a void, while the lotus beneath it signifies purity and self-growth.

Boudhanath is said to contain the remains of Buddha. Some believe that the stupa holds the relics of Kashayapa, others assert that it houses the remnant of Siddhartha Gautama. Whatever the chronicle is, it’s certain that the stupa is a hallmark of Buddhism.

3. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square at night.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the few places you can always count on to learn about Nepalese royal history and art. It’s a national treasure and cultural emblem of Nepal, whose architectural style is influenced by different religions, mostly Hindus and Buddhists.

As history suggests, Kathmandu Durbar Square was established during the reign of Lichhavi King, Gunakamadev. Several constructions such as temples, statues, and courtyards were made to the square later.

For years, Kathmandu Durbar Square was an imperial estate for royals. It witnessed several historical events and royal ceremonies, including the coronation of Nepalese monarchs.

Today, the square is an open museum, hosting visitors from all across the globe and giving them a taste of Nepalese culture. It introduces them to the unique architectural style and historic structures of Nepal, which are still intact after all these years.

A step into the square will see you surrounded by a beautiful Taleju Bhawani temple and a Narsingha statue. Another historical complex that stands out with its pagoda-style complex and intricate woodwork is Hanuman Dhoka.

Kathmandu Durbar Square has many temples, including Jagannath Temple, Kal Bhairav Temple, and Swet Bhairav. Among the notable attractions is the Kumari Temple, the home of a living goddess in Nepal.

4. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple pictured from the east.

In the thick of the chaos of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath stands as a serene sanctuary. It’s a place of tranquility, whose spiritual ambiance attracts visitors worldwide. Built in 1692 CE, Pashupatinath is not only the most prominent pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists but also a cultural symbol of Nepal.

The temple is an artistic marvel of Newari architecture with a pagoda-style complex on a square platform. The entire layout of Pashupatinath is a work of art. It’s a testament to Newari craftsmen whose intricate woodwork embellish the pilgrimage.

The temple has two-tiered roofs crowned with a golden spire and adorned with a shiny silver door on four fronts. Inside it is a four-headed idol of lord Shiva, known as the lingam. It is forbidden to touch the idol except for the head of priests; mostly Bhatta and Rajbhandaris who perform the daily rituals.

Surrounding the main temple is a large courtyard with several smaller statues and temples of Hindu deities. There are many other pilgrimages within the premises of Pashupatinath, which foreigners are allowed to enter. However, they are confined from visiting the main temple, which is continuously guarded by Nandi, Shiva’s mount.

One of the most revered temples, Pashupatinath is observed every day. While most pilgrims visit the temple to purify their souls and seek salvation; other comes to perform the funeral service and cremate their loved ones on the bank of the Bagmati River.

5. Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square during the day.

Patan Durbar Square is another historical gem that combines the grandeur of Nepalese history with fine art and architecture. It provides the visitor a glimpse of the timeless Newari craftsmanship and their work of genius.

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square is a centuries-old royal palace built in the Lichhavi period. Although the history remains unclear, the royal square is suggested to have been built during the rule of the Malla Kings.

Its shining example is the architectural landscapes of Patan, which feature Newari architecture and craftsmanship. The complex boasts several pagoda-style temples with exquisite woodwork and intricate carvings, which adds to the beauty of Patan Durbar Square.

The square is surrounded by large courtyards with beautiful stone statues and temples. One of its major highlights is the Krishna Mandir, a three-storied temple with stone statues and golden pinnacles. Among other notable attractions are Bhimsen Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Keshav Narayan Chowk, and Mul Chowk.

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1:Sightseeing in KathmanduAltitude: 1,400 metres (4,600 feet), Duration: 1 Day

Day 1:Sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1,400 metres (4,600 feet)

Start the day early and grab your coffee to stay up for a busy day. Then go down to the lobby of your hotel, where our staff will come to pick you up and take you to your first stop, Swyambhunath. It’s a cultural center and a house of worship for pilgrims, coming to offer their prayers to Buddha.

You can observe these devotees recite mantras as they circumscribe the stupa. If you show up in the early morning in Swyambhunath, you can catch the beautiful sunrise and a marvelous view of Kathmandu Valley.

After exploring the stupa, you’ll drive off to Patan to see the former royal palace. It takes about half an hour to reach the square, but once you’re here, you’ll be treated to a stunning display of Newari architecture and Pagoda-style temples.

It provides you with a glimpse of Nepalese architectural marvels with wooden-carved doors and windows, portraying Hindu deities and fictional creatures. You may as well see the beautiful courtyards and stupas during your time here.

After this, you’ll head to Pashupatinath, the most significant Hindu pilgrimage and home to Lord Shiva. While the temple is limited to Hindus, the complex is open for visitors so you can explore the smaller temples and witness the architectural spectacle.

Your next destination is Boudhanath, another cultural landmark and an architectural wonder. It’s a dwelling residence of Gautam Buddha and a center of Tibetan Buddhism. Your visit to the pilgrimage will be filled with serenity and meditation. Walking around the stupa, you can see pilgrims circuiting prayer wheels and offering prayers at the monastery.

Once you’re done visiting the stupa, you’ll leave for Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is half an hour's drive away. A once illustrious royal palace, the square is now a museum with an impressive collection of courtyards, shrines, and statues.

When your time is over at Durbar Square, we’ll drive you back to your hotel. However, if you want to experience the nightlife in Kathmandu or enjoy authentic Nepalese dishes then take a trip over Thamel.

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Cost Details


  • Private transportation with pickups and drops
  • An experienced tour guide
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department


  • Entry Fees and Permits
  • Any meals
  • Personal expenses 
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for your guide

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Cuisines to Try on the Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu is a haven for food enthusiasts. There is a wide variety of food options in each corner of this city and they are all rich in taste and flavors. The food here celebrates the people of different cultures and their culinary skills. From Nepalese to Tibetan and Indian, you can find different cuisines in this city and none of them is a miss. However, if you’ve to try a few of them, here’s some of the list.

Mo: Mo: Mo: Mo might just be the national dish of Nepal since it’s ubiquitous all across the country. It’s a white dough ball with a wide variety of fillings like vegetables, meat, or fresh cheese. They are either steamed or pan-fried and served with a sauce.

Newari Cuisine

Newari cuisine is delicious but they are also very spicy. Most of their dishes are prepared out of meat, with lots of chilies, and garlic. Some of its signature dishes are Chatamari, Yomari, Samay Baji, and Choila.

Juju Dahi 

Associated with the Newari community, Juju Dahi is a thick custardy curd, made of sweetened milk. It’s prepared by fermenting the milk in a clay pot until it becomes thick and creamy.

Sel Roti

Sel Roti is a sweet treat, often made during Hindu festivals like Dashin and Tihar. It’s a donut-like deep-fried dough made from a mixture of rice flour, sugar, and milk.

Nepali Thali 

Nepali Thali is a traditional and complete set of meals, comprised of various dishes such as rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and salad. It’s a simple dish, high in nutrition and full of flavors.


Thukpa is a warm noodle soup, inspired by the neighboring Tibet. It’s often served in the Himalayan region with or without momos. The dish has stringy noodles with mixed vegetables, meat, and a flavorsome broth. 

What to Wear for the One-Day Kathmandu Tour

If you’re preparing for a trip to Kathmandu, you may as well prepare your backpack depending on the season you’re traveling. Of course, it’s a daunting task and also tricky considering the distinct weather Kathmandu experiences. However, if you know the key items to pack, you’re sure to have a hassle-free trip.

The weather in Kathmandu is often warm in spring so, any casual clothes with high breathability like T-shirts and trousers will be great for the day. You can even wear shorts if you like or if it makes you comfortable except when visiting temples or religious shrines.

Autumn has a similar humid subtropical climate as spring, which usually lasts from September to November. It’s usually hot at the start of the season with the temperature soaring up to 26 Degrees Celsius. But, fear not as the weather gets pleasant over time, so we advise you to bring light clothes like simple T-shirts, linen trousers, or jumpsuits.

Winter in Kathmandu is cold and dry with an average temperature of 10.1 Degrees Celsius. While the city doesn’t get any snow unlike the Himalayas, it’s still frigid outside. Therefore, thermal clothing with warm jackets, fleece pants, and gloves is highly recommended for the trip.

The weather in Kathmandu is scorching hot in summer, but it also experiences a heavy downpour. You can expect high humidity with a temperature of up to 30 Degrees Celsius in summer. Thus, we recommend you carry light cotton clothes that absorb sweat.

Thin short-sleeved shirts, sundresses, or any lightweight clothes with moisture-wicking fabric are suitable for a day out in summer. You may also bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect against heat and prevent UV rays. In addition, carry a waterproof jacket and pants to avoid getting drenched in rain.

What to Bring With You

When planning a trip to Kathmandu, you need to consider bringing a few essentials to make your stay comfortable. You can bring these items with you or purchase them when in Kathmandu. Some of these must-have items are:

  • Windproof jacket
  • Sunscreen and moisturizer
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Camera with portable charger
  • Prescribed medication
  • Water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer and mask
  • Extra Cash (for snacks, drinks, and souvenirs)


  • The ideal time to visit Kathmandu is in Spring or Autumn when the weather is warm and the temperature is mild. With a long daylight hour and clear sky, these seasons make a great time to get around the city and explore places without any trouble. 

    Nonetheless, if you prepare well, winter and summer also allow pleasant weather windows for your Kathmandu tour.

  • The average cost of a one-day Kathmandu tour is USD 70. This includes the cost of transportation and tour guides.

  • Kathmandu is a tourist-friendly city, so it’s safe to travel here. The locals are generally polite and willing to help you if needed. That being said, you still need to be cautious and avoid disreputable places or shady people.

  • While Kathmandu is a popular city in Nepal among tourists, it’s also cheaper and more affordable. The average living cost per day in Kathmandu is merely USD 50 to USD 70, depending on the choice of hotels and services.

  • You’ll spend about 8 to 10 hrs traveling around the city, so it’ll be late afternoon by the time you return to your hotel.

  • Of course, we can help you book a different hotel on your return from the trip. Some travelers love one of the destinations so much, they may want to stay at a nearby hotel. Just let us know your choice of hotel or accommodations and we’ll help you make the arrangements.

  • Our professional staff will pick you up directly from your hotel, whisk you away on a captivating guided tour of the city's highlights, and then ensure your safe return to your hotel.

  • Sure, we can help you customize the itinerary if you plan to stay longer or spend more time in the city. We can make the changes according to your tastes and preferences.

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour Reviews

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    Malie RheedersApril 10, 2023

    Unforgettable Nepal tour.

    Ram and his team organised an excellent tour. Ram went out of his way, we went to Bardiya National Park to track Tigers, when we didn’t see any after 2 days he arranged and changed our flights that we could stay longer. I will recommend Sublime Trails for anyone.
    Malie and Anthoon from South Africa

  • Ronnie
    RonnieJuly 01, 2022

    Best tour, accommodation ,food, and overall experience were best.

    My friend once told me to go Kathmandu for best travel experience. My friend had joined this trip with Sublime Trails. He recommend me this company for my trip.

    I came to Nepal with much expectations but they never failed. With my guide Ramesh, the trip became the best. The architecture of ancient city was amazing. fantastic experience. Everything was top. Accommodation, guide, food, hotel, all top. Wonderful experience.

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