Kathmandu Historical & Cultural Heritage Sites Tour
Kathmandu heritage site tour covers prehistoric UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. You can discover rich cultural heritage sites of the medieval period, ancient spiritual sites having spiritual and historical value like famous Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Temple, Durbar Squares of Malla Dynasty of the medieval period, Kumari, the Living Goddess, ancient arts and crafts, a close glimpse of Newari culture, etc.
Day 1 – Arrival to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. You will be welcomed by our representative at the Airport with your name display and transfer to the hotel by private car or a bus. Check-in the hotel and freshen up. After that either you can take rest or walk to explore your vibrant surroundings in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in 3-star properties with a meal on your own.
Day 2 – After breakfast get ready for the city tour of Kathmandu. Our Tour Guide will escort you most of the day to visit Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Temple, Durbar Square and the temple of living goddess Kumari. After visiting all those historical places, you will be back to the hotel. Freshen up and take rest for tomorrow’s journey.
Pashupatinath Temple - Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest and most important religious sites in Asia for Hindus listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site in 1979. Pashupatinath is built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.
Bouddhanath Stupa - Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest unique structures stupas in the world listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 1979. It was founded by the Lichhavi King Sivadeva (AD 590 - 604). The 36-meter high stupa of Bouddhanath is built in the shape of Mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, The stupa has 13 stages and on each side of the stupa are a pair of the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness.
Swyambhunath Stupa - Swayambhu literally means "self-existent one". Swyambhunath Stupa is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal founded by King Vrsadeva, the great-grandfather of Manadeva (464-505 CE), as he ordered work done in 460 CE. Although the site is considered Buddhist, the stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu as temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. Numerous Hindu monarch followers are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu, who is responsible for the construction of the eastern stairway in the 17th century. Swyambhunath Stupa has been listed in UNESCO's world heritage site in 1979.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square, popularly known as ‘Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square’ is one of the historical palaces in the heart of Kathmandu. The whole square around the palace carries a lot of cultural and historical significance for the people of Nepal. Known for its rich culture and arts, Basantapur is the hub for tourists and visitors. Listed in UNESCO's world cultural heritage site, this Durga Square has attracted a lot of tourists from across the globe. There are various temples and monuments inside the Durbar Square such as Taleju Temple, (which is only open during Nawami of Vijaya Dashain) the bell, Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Chowk and many other ancient monuments. The construction of the Royal palace at this site dates back to ancient Licchavi king ‘Gunakamadev’ who founded Kathmandu city in 723 AD.
Day 3 –Your tour begins with breakfast in the hotel. As soon as you take breakfast our tour guide will reach your hotel with a private car or bus and guide you all the way to your 3rd day’s tour. You will visit the most attractive tourist destinations in Nagarkot and ancient palace-like Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Nagarkot - Nagarkot is situated at the height of 2100m from sea level and is a famous tourist destination for its natural beauty from where you can view clear sunrise and sunset as well as high pick snowy mountains. Nagarkot is 32 km away from Kathmandu and best for one-night stay destination for the people who love to see the faraway beautiful snowy cap of mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal range and even Everest in a clear day. This destination is also popular for hikers and trekkers.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square - Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the most popular tourist destination for their historic and cultural heritage which observing amazing art and architecture of history date back to the 15th Century. The entire complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square also listed in UNESCO's world cultural heritage site observing historical palace, amazing temples with unique art and architecture of metal, wood, and stone.
Patan Durbar Square - Patan Durbar Square is one of the most enthralling cultural heritage reflecting antique arts and crafts of the medieval era. The entire square if full of Hindu temples, Buddhist monuments, and royal palaces of the Malla Dynasty dates back to the 15th Century with amazing arts and crafts of wood, metals, and stones. In fact, the entire Patan city or Lalitpur is surrounded by temples, Buddhist monuments, Stupas, monasteries, etc. with beautiful art and architect of the medieval period. There are three main courtyards. All of them are Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity. The major attraction of the entire complex includes Patan museum, Royal Palace of Malla Dynasty, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Golden Window, Krishna Mandir (Temple), Mahabouddha Temple, Golden Temple, Bhimsen Temple, etc. all having built with unique arts crafts.