Kathmandu is one of the most popular tourist destinations for all categories of travelers. In this short and sweet Kathmandu one day sightseeing tour, you will see major part of the capital city of Nepal with popular ancient temples and sightseeing of the city which has diverse religious & cultural sites. The Kathmandu valley has three medieval towns, namely Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal). United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have declared Ten World Heritage Sites in Nepal among them seven sites are inside Kathmandu Valley & Three sites are outside of Kathmandu Valley. This is a great attraction for the tourists. Besides the world heritage sites, there are hundreds of masterpiece temples, stupas (Buddhist shrines). It is said that the Kathmandu valley is an open museum of medieval arts and architecture. On your tour you will get to see historic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:-
Kathmandu Durbar Squares- is the old Royal Palace (Hunman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess and the Kasthamandap (House of wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. An inquisitive exploration in the Durbar Square reveals the ancient art and Architecture of Nepal which has proved to be a masterpiece to everyone accepting its genuineness.
Pashupatinath - one of the most sacred Hindu Pilgrimage destinations in Nepal. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A temple dedicated to Shiva existed at this site in AD 879. However, the present temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697. A gold-plated roof, silver doors, and woodcarvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda construction. Guheswari Temple, restored in AD 1653, represents the female "force". It is dedicated to Satidevi, Shiva's first wife, who gave up her life in the flames of her father's fire ritual. This holy site is also famous for open public crematorium. See the devotion of people to Pashupatinath, dedicated Sadhus- the holy men, post death rituals and the strange monkeys in the premises of the shrine. The Bagmati River flows close by and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds are here. We strongly advise photographers not to take photos of cremations and of bereaved families. Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may be seen covered in ashes and loin-cloths. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva.
Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu- one of the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaitya and you will gain an invaluable insight into Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been to spiritual journey. Tibetan monks, Brahmin priests and Newar nuns are the major worshipers here. Most of the monasteries have huge prayer wheels, fine Buddhist paintings and special butter lamps all add an elegant touch to the Swayambhu. You can see a pleasant view of whole Kathmandu valley with a Green surrounding of hills from every sides.
Boudhnath- one of the biggest and largest stupas in the world, is set in the octagonal Mandala design. It is the must visit site for the Tibetan Buddhists since the legend of the Stupa is related to the Tibetans. It’s almost Tibetan settlement area with dozens of monasteries in its surroundings. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath.
As you travel along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome you with warmth and hospitality.
Day 01:Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 01Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing tour. Kathmandu is a city of temples. The tour escorts you to the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites. Temples and Buddhist Stupas are the focused travelling monumental sites. Boudhanath (Buddhist Stupa, which is located about 5 km east of Thamel), Kathmandu Durbar Square (located at the heart of Kathmandu that preserves mediaeval stone and wooden Newari crafts along with the abode of virgin goddess-Kumari) and Swayambhunath Stupa are some of them. The mediaeval arts and architectures are amazing. Drive back to the hotel.