About One Day Kathmandu Tour

Are you looking for the tour package to take you to all the important places of Kathmandu in a single day? Book our ‘One Day Kathmandu Tour’ package that includes an visit to all the Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This single day trip around Kathmandu is perfect for those who are in rush but still want to explore the old heritages and all the significant places around the valley.

One Day Kathmandu Tour offers you an educational, culturally rich, and fun excursion that you will value forever. Nepal is a famous destination for trips and treks in the Himalayas. Cultural and natural wonders are scattered all around Nepal. From the high Himalayas to the savannah of the Terai, there are lots of phenomenal sights which hold the power to take us to the other world. Kathmandu is the gateway to all the wonder of Nepal. However, Kathmandu itself is no less incredible.

Seven of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites lie here in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, they are often oobscured beneath the chaos of the city. Walking around these busy and chaotic streets to encounter all those rich and vibrant places is almost impossible in one day. That's where we at Sublime Trails are here to help. We will guide you through all the monumental sites rich in art and culture. On our One Day Kathmandu Tour, our experienced guides with profound knowledge about these historic sites will help you take a closer and deeper look into these monuments of unique architecture, culture and exotic arts.

Kathmandu is famously known for as the City of Temples. We are going to find Hindu sacred temples every next step during our Kathmandu tour. With all these culturally rich monuments scattered all over the valley, you would not be wrong to claim that Kathmandu is a massive treasure house of ancient culture and structures.

To be honest, touring one day around Kathmandu to explore all these treasures is not enough. If you want to truly dive deep, you could spend an entire day at each one. For most people, though, that is not possible. Our tour is designed for those who have got very little time for their visit or someone who has come for the first time. Our One Day Kathmandu Tour is perfect for getting around Kathmandu as we try to cover all the places that represent our city the best.
 

One Day Kathmandu Tour covers five of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa). They are known to represent the culture, history, and civilization of 100s of years or more. We will take you around these places in our private vehicles with a personal guide.

The following short descriptions will give you the rough idea of what these sites are about:
 

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a site, famously known for meditativeness and religion for spiritual seekers. The inner complex of Durbar Square is the site of the Old Royal Palaces. It is surrounded by fountains, ancient statues, small ponds, and a series of courtyards such as Mohan Chowk and Sundari Chowk. Royal Palaces (Hanuman Dhoka Durbar) used to house the kings of the Shah and Malla Dynasty, who ruled over the city until the 19th-century. The palaces have since been turned into museums. The outer complex of the durbar consists of many pagoda-style temples featuring the meticulously carved facades crafted by Newar artists, some of which date back to the 16th-century. After the earthquake damaged the area in 2015, many of the ancient temples and historic pagoda-style structures were severely damaged. Kathmandu Durbar Square was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and continues to undergo considerable post-earthquake renovations and reconstruction effort.


Patan Durbar square

The royal palace of Patan is another ancient and magnificent Durbar Square. What makes this Durbar Square visually stunning is the concentrated mass of temples of Newari Architecture. The temple reconstruction had gone to overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries), particularly during the reign of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla (1619–60). Ancient arts carved into the temples of this area with the deeply profound architectural structure are a sight to behold. Though the reconstruction of temples affected by the 2015 earthquake will continue for several years, the Patan Durbar Square is still a magnificent place to visit.
 

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. It is known to be the seat of Nepal's national deity.

Pashupatinath is a temple complex made up of a sprawling collection of different temples, ashrams, and inscriptions from over the centuries. The structures of the two-story buildings here are built in pagoda style. This sacred place will connect you with the historically rich culture of Hindus with an aesthetically pleasing view of ancient architectures and exotic arts carved on those temples. Being the oldest known temple in Kathmandu, it sheds light on the history of ancient Nepal.

Spending a few moments with the sadhus here and, with the help of our guide, you will get the insight of Hindu philosophy and culture.


Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath Stupa, otherwise aptly known as Monkey Temple, is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. Legends have it that it is evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This setup is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. There is a saying that Swayambhu was born out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of a lake that once spread across the Kathmandu Valley once was. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri or Saraswati - the Goddess of wisdom. The Swayambhunath Stupa complex is filled with chaityas and stupas and shrines of Hindu and Buddhist deities. which also shows the harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. The prayer bells have surrounded this hill entirely. Devotees can be seen around the stupa at all times.
 

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa is said to be built around the 14th century. It is arguably one of the most peaceful places in Kathmandu. The huge monument is said to have been created just after the passing of Buddha. The building consists of a giant dome, Buddhist pyramid is situated on the top of its dome. All of these are situated on the top of the step-shaped mandalas. Pairs of eyes have decorated each side of the pyramid. The directions represent the all-knowing nature of the Buddha. It's one of the most spectacular Buddhist sites in the world.

Itinerary

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Our trip around Kathmandu begins right after we pick you up. We will head towards Swayambhunath temple at first. We will spend a few moments to observe the Swayambhu chaitya and its surroundings. Our guide you give you all the information required about the place. You can spend some time there asking questions you are curious about or taking pictures around. 

We will head towards Patan Durbar Square from there.  Same as before we will be spending some time observing the monuments and arts. From there we will get to Pashupatinath Temple. After roaming around there and visiting temples and ashrams.

After we finish the Pashupatinath site excursion our trip will be going to Boudhanath. We spend a few moments at that serene environment observing the Chaitya, Paintings, and sculptures. 

Then we will get back to Basantapur Durbar Square. We will be taking a few moments to observe the Durbar Square area, and we will be exploring the museum as well there. 

We will manage to have a lunch break somewhere in between our Kathmandu tour according to our preference and comfort. At this one day tour, we ensure you that you will get to the best insight into the diverse Nepalese Culture at its best. 

After our Basantapur excursion, our one day trip ends. But we can roam around Thamel for a while exploring the handicrafts and many other things based on our mood and physical state. 

After the ending of the tour, we will drive you to your hotel. At that point, our excursion officially ends.

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What's included

  • Transportation:   
    Private transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    An experienced tour guide
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    All Monument Entrance Fee
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • Any meals
  • Personal expenses 
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew
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Customer Reviews

  • Great sightseeing tour

    - Olivia Clark, Germany

    I had been to solo trekking to Annapurna Base Camp as it was on my bucket list for years. It was an amazing trek!

    After completing my trek, I still had a day left in Kathmandu before getting back to Germany. So I decided to explore the places in Kathmandu valley. I would roam around the streets alone as that is my favourite thing to do but I had no idea about the places in Kathmandu and I felt like I might get lost in the Crowd. 

    So I decided to do a guided tour. I googled for companies who operate such Tour and booked the package with Sublime Trails. They came to pick me up at my hotel in the morning. The guide was so friendly and easygoing so was comfortable around him. We visited many amazing places like Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square. As an architecture student, the architectures of those buildings of the palaces fascinated me the most. He gave me every bit of information about these places. The whole experience was overwhelming as I got to learn too many new things and explore many amazing places. 

    The experience was amazing indeed! And the guide provided by Sublime Trails was amazing too! I recommend everyone to spare at least a day to visit these amazing places if you ever go to Nepal!