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Cultural Tours in Kathmandu


Experience an amazing 1/2 day or full day city tour of Kathmandu
Explore the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bhaktapur, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
A great way to start or finish your trekking experience in Nepal!
Traditional Nepali lunch included with all full day cultural tours
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Nepal is incredibly rich culturally from the crazily busy backstreets of Thamel to the serene Pashupatinath Temple. If you have a day or two spare we can arrange a guided tour to show you the very best of Kathmandu. 

Pashupatinath, or the Monkey Temple, is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list and dates back to 400 A.D. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. Along the other side of the Bagmati River you will see the main cremation site of Bhasmeshvar Ghat, which is the most-used cremation site in the Kathmandu Valley.

Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is one of the largest stupas in the world and also one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu . The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

Located 13km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork and is still relatively untouched. It is the home of traditional art, architecture, historical monuments, pottery and weaving industries, temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion and festivals.

Durbar Square in Bhaktapur has many pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Kathmandu valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.

Detailed Itineraries

Day 1Kathmandu Highlights (full day)

This full day Kathmandu cultural tour takes in three main sites in the city:

  • Boudhanath is a UNESCO Wold Heritage site.Not only is it one of the largest stupas in the world, it is also one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.
  • Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex, sits on top of a hill to the west of Kathmandu city, an exhausting 365 steps to reach the top! It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. As one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites, it still plays an important role in their day-to-day religious practice.
  • Pashupatinath on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, is Nepal's most important Hindu temple, where Shiva is celebrated as Pashupati, lord of the beasts. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the main temple but anyone can visit the surrounding complex. On the banks of the Bagmati River, funeral ghats are used for open-air cremations. Traditional Nepali lunch included.
Day 1Kathmandu Heritage (full day)

This full day Kathmandu Heritage tour takes in three main sites in the city:

  • Located 13km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapuris is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famed for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork and is still relatively untouched. It is the home of traditional art, architecture, historical monuments, pottery and weaving industries, temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion and festivals.
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Kathmandu valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.
  • Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is it one of the largest stupas in the world, it is also one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

Traditional Nepali lunch included.

Day 1Kathmandu Sightseeing (1/2 day)

This half day Kathmandu tour takes in two main sites in the city:

  • Boudhanath is a UNESCO Wold Heritage site. Not only is it one of the largest stupas in the world, it is also one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.
  • Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex, sits on top of a hill to the west of Kathmandu city, an exhausting 365 steps to reach the top! It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. As one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites, it still plays an important role in their day-to-day religious practice.

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