Although Kathmandu is easy to visit by taxi, we can also take you on a tour with a private vehicle and a guide. We try to steer clear of the long boring speech, and we like you to ask about what interests you most about each place or what you are most curious about.
Full or half day
Starting and ending in Kathmandu
Local tour guide
The tours we tell you about here are full-day tours, but they can also be just a half-day tour and, of course, there are many different options for a guided tour of Kathmandu, which is an interesting enough city to have many different places.
You can design your own tour, or we can help you design it according to what you want. You have information about many places on our website, which can help you to decide not only on these tours but also on your own trip around Nepal.
The two options we tell you about here can be combined with each other. But they can also be combined with a visit to Bhaktapur or Patan, although we recommend spending a full day in both of them. For example, a good option would be, among others, to visit Pashupatinath and Bouddha in the morning and Patan in the afternoon and evening, as the Durbar Square in Patan has become very beautiful with the lights that have been put up after the restoration work.
Many people do the sights quite quickly, but we always like to do them much more relaxed. In fact, the pace is set by you, because it is not only about seeing the sites themselves, but above all about feeling their environment, the people who visit them, who live there and letting yourself be seduced by each different atmosphere.
This option is the one that is closer to the classic visit, but it is still interesting. On the contrary, we believe that these three places are a must if you come to Kathmandu. Many agencies can do this tour in one morning, but we spent a whole day. It can be done in the opposite direction, but then you have to get up early, and as most of our travellers visit Kathmandu at the end of the trip, we prefer not to make you get up early after a trek or a trip around Nepal.
First, we go to Swayambhunath, also known as the monkey temple, for obvious reasons. Itis perched on a hill overlooking the city and can be reached by the steep stairs leading up to it. Swayambhunath is mainly its stupa, the second largest in the city but it is also a collection of Hindu and Buddhist temples in a sample of the religious syncretism. The area extends into Amideva Park on the western side, just off the Ring Road where the bus parking area is located and where there are three giant Buddha figures.
We will go to Bouddha where we will have some time to eat wherever you want. There are many restaurants of all kinds with views of the stupa from their terraces. As our pace always varies, you can have lunch before walking around Bouddha or after.
Bouddhanath, or simply Bouddha, is the biggest stupa that has become an iconographic picture of Nepal in its own right. The Bouddha stupa is located within a large, roughly round square full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Worshippers walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction, so feel free to do so and take the opportunity to spin some – not all! – of the 108 prayer wheels that surround the stupa. The different outer levels of the stupa can be accessed by entering through a door that you will see clearly and can be seen from the balconies and terraces of the Guru Lhakhang temple. But Bouddha is much more, it is a whole neighbourhood that concentrates the Tibetan community in Kathmandu, with shops with paraphernalia for Buddhist temples and many monasteries, most of which are free to visit. We will stroll around the area for a while.
From Bouddha to Pashupatinath you can walk for about 40 minutes through narrow streets where you will meet almost no tourists. We will go down to cross the river and enter through the back door of Pashupatinath. We walk up by stairs among some temples that have been somewhat demolished. Up the hill, you will see temples of all kinds and “Sadus” and astrologers offering their services. Then we go down towards the main temple area.
Pashupatinath is the holiest and most important Hindu temple in Nepal where cremations are performed in the ghats on the sacred (and polluted) Bagmati River. Be respectful and cautious both in your behaviour and in taking photographs. This is not a spectacle. It is during the late afternoon or early morning that the site is for the local people and you can breathe the real atmosphere, unlike the rest of the day when large groups of tourists arrive.
· Private vehicle
· English speaking local guide
· Entrance fees to the monuments indicated
· Hot and cold drinks and any personal needs.
· Staff tipping
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