Kathmandu city tour – sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
- Table of Contents
- Overview of Kathmandu city tour
- Kathmandu sightseeing
- Place to visit
- Monkey temple
- Patan city tour
- Bhaktapur city tour
Kathmandu city tour is full of history, fascinating art, and distinctive and varied architecture. Nepal’s natural beauty and typical tradition and culture are widely famous for its uniqueness and charm to the world. Nepal has been a dreamland of the tourists since along. Nepal invites, welcomes, and bewilders visitors. Nepal is one of the best countries in the world for a cultural and historical sightseeing tour with its long history, fascinating art, and distinctive and varied architecture. Nepal is a popular destination in the world for trekking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, wildlife safari and other many different adventure activities due to its extreme high Himalayan ranges and incredible biodiversity.
Nepal has a composite population stemming from various racial and ethnic communities. Nepalese people are renowned for the welcome and hospitality they offer to visitors, and it is often this experience that people remember more than any other. Nepal is a predominantly agricultural society, and its rich culture and ethnic diversity are best experienced in its villages. Nepal Sightseeing tour proves to be an eccentric tourist’s paradise in every sense of adventure, Himalayas, river, religious, wildlife sanctuaries, monuments, temples, museums, cultural and world heritage sites.
Nepal is well known for some of the most spectacular, exciting, and breathtaking sights that nowhere can be found in the world. Our specific Kathmandu city tour program provides its visitors an opportunity to observe many rich Nepalese cultural traditions, a unique artistic world, and history as well.
Kathmandu city Tour focuses on all the key highlights of the Kathmandu valley. The travelers in Kathmandu valley can enjoy a living gallery of Nepalese arts, culture, and ancient heritage famed from the time immemorial of their precious time with our local expert tour guides. The valley of Kathmandu is covered with hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. At every turn, one encounters beautiful pagodas, intricately carved wooden windows, large stones images, and inconspicuous shrines are offered. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu.
The tremendous architecture and antiquity behind the monuments have made Kathmandu city tour a must and most touring destination. It is easy to spend hours wandering around Kathmandu Durbar Square and watching the world from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Dewal, which is a beautiful way to get a feel for the city. The house of the Living Goddess, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, the red monkey god, and hundreds of erotic carvings are some highlights of the sights at the Square.
Kathmandu city tour comprises the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. A journey up to the Buddhist temple of Swyambhunath is one of the ultimate experiences of Kathmandu. The history of the Valley, according to the legends, begins with Swyambhunath, or the “the self-existent.” Like Budhanilkantha is situated below Shivapuri hill at the northern end of the Valley. It is about 9 km from the city center. Boudhanath is a World Heritage Site, is also known as Khasti. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.
One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath, lies 5 km east of the city center. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Religious pilgrims and Sadhus, like the one pictured here, travel from the remote areas of India to visit this sacred sight. The temple of Dakshinkali is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and is one of the most popular places of worship in Kathmandu.
Teeming with images of gods and goddesses, crowded with temples and shrines, the city streets and country roads of Kathmandu valley seem like a museum, a museum without walls. A tour in Kathmandu valley is the best decision for your holiday with our guides along with expertise in the local cultural treasure, which provides you a lifetime experience.
Places to visit in Kathmandu city tour
1. Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the religious Hindu pilgrimages located near the Bagmati River. King Bhupatindra Malla built it in 1697. Pashupatinath Temple consists of other, more than 235 small temples. There is a temple inside the Pashupatinath area named Guheswori, which was made for Satidevi (Shiva’s first wife, who dedicated her entire life to her husband). The main temple inside Pashupatinath has a golden roof and four silver doors around. The temple consists of many Shiva Lingas, statues, pagodas, shrines, etc. Due to the unique religious feature, Pashupatinath Temple is listed on the World Heritage Site.
Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest Stupa in the whole world, was listed in the World Heritage Sites in 1979 by UNESCO. The Stupa is also known as KHASTI in Newari language and JYARUNG KHASYOR in Tamang language. As in ancient books, it is written that King Manadev constructed Boudhanath Temple. More of the places near Boudhanath is populated by Tibetans people who came to Nepal as a refugee in the 1950’s. The Stupa is also famous for the ancient trade route to enter the valley.
3. Swayambhunath Monkey Temple
In our Kathmandu city tour, our next destination is Swayambhunath is located on the top hill in the Kathmandu valley. It is also known as Monkey Temple, and also the locals living near the place calls it Swayambhu Maha Chaitya. The Stupa has Buddha’s eye and eye brown on it. It is also the place that has lots of Stupa, Shrine, Monasteries, temples
4. Kathmandu Dubar Square
Kathmandu city tour, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square is located in Basantapur Durbar Kshetra. This area has the palaces of Malla and Shah Kings of the ancient period. It also consists of wooden windows and doors, King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, and Mahendra museum. The most astonishing part of this site is the Kumari Chowk, where Kumari stays. Kumari is a little girl who is chosen from among many other girls with different rituals as the incarnation of goddess Durga.
Patan City Sightseeing Tour
Patan City sightseeing tour: The ancient city of Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts, is about five kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. Numerous temples of widely diverse style, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. It is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces.
Patan Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and sacred objects. The Patan city is famous for its crafts and metal works, which are beautiful souvenirs to be carried home. The Patan Durbar Square has been described as one of the most picturesque collections of buildings that have been set up so small a place by the loyalty of oriental men.
Patan Durbar Square constitutes the focus of visitors’ attraction.
Most of the monuments in this square date back to the medieval Malla period 15th to 17th century as the golden period of Nepalese art and architecture. The whole city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with excellent bronze gateways, marvelous statues, guardian deities, and magnificent carvings, including stone carving, metal carving, and wood carving. Here are also many other famous Buddhist temples like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha, with ten thousand of Buddha’s images.
Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, the “Golden Temple.” Patan city is often known as the city of superb artists. It is a Newar monastery which contains wall painting, fourteenth-century statues, and scriptures. Other sites, including the Mahabouddha Temple and Uku Bahal, are only a few minute’s walks away from the square.
The streets in this area are home to initial sculptors of the present day. Central Zoo in Jawalakhel is a pleasant diversion after a tour of the cultural sites. It contains about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals.
Bhaktapur, locally known as Khwopa or Bhadgaon means, Rice City ” is world-renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festival, and indigenous lifestyle. It means the city of devotes as Bhaktapur city is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Bhaktapur is one of the most charming architecture showpieces of the valley as it highlights the ancient.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the town is known is a museum of Medieval art and construction with many examples of sculpture, woodcarving, and massive pagoda style temples consecrated to different Gods and Goddesses. It is a collection of Pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood.
The city is shaped like a conch shell, one of the emblems of the God Vishnu. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The Art Gallery contains old paintings belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods and descriptions.
Some of the most famous monuments golden gate, lion gates, peacock window, 55 windows Palace, Nyatapola temple, mini Pashupatinath Temple, Vatsala Temple, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Datatarya Temple, two stone images of Bhairav (the dreadful aspect of Shiva) and Ugrachandi are main attractions.
Bhaktapur Tour is famous for seeing this thing. Pottery and weaving are its major traditional industries. Sometimes it’s best to take a break from temples and sit back and watch the unchanging rituals of daily life: The laying out of grain to dry in the sun, families collecting water or washing under communal taps, children playing simple games, dyed yarns flapping in the breeze or potters at work throwing clay are the major attraction of this site.
Though a massive earthquake of 1934 destroyed many temples, battles (monastery courtyards), and residences, the city is still a living proof of the highest craft standards in this part of the world. As the visitor wanders through narrow brick-paved streets, many alleys will show hidden shrines and statues.