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Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

1. Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

See the sights of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on a 6-hour tour of an area that covers 218 square miles (350 kilometers). Kathmandu Valley contains 3 fabulous cities of great historic, religious, and cultural interest: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur), and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). The Kathmandu Valley has often been described as an open-air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal, and wood scattered throughout it. On your tour, you will not be able to see the entire valley, but you will be taken to some of the most important and monumental sites. Many of these are squares or temples that are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square This square is home to a house full of woodcarvings of different gods and goddesses. In this 3-story palace you will also find the living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists venerate her, and she serves as an illustration of the harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist people. One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kashamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu City is derived from the name of this temple, and it is said that this temple is built by one single Sal (sorea robusta) tree. At the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu god Gorakhnath and in the 4 corners of the temple one can see Ganesh statues. The most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu Valley believe that the 4 Ganesh statues in the 4 corners of Kathmandu Valley protect the people living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple, and especially on Tuesdays, you can see a long line of people waiting for hours to worship. Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old Palace, Saraswoti Temple, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big Drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Tal. Swayambhunath/Monkey Temple Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2,500-year-old Stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most sacred of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple, and is the site not only of pilgrims who bathe in the river, but also contains a special area where members of the royal family are cremated. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the biggest in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect. Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square is home to the former Patan Royal Family. The most photographed of Kathmandu’s 3 Durbar Squares, it features a remarkable display of Newari architecture. Its main attractions include the Krishna Temple, with its 21 golden pinnacles, Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist Monastery that houses local treasures, and the central courtyard of Mul Chowk.

Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

2. Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

In the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.”  First stop is Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life. The square is full of temples and old buildings in the Newari architectural style, such as the Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple.  Afterwards, you’ll visit Swoyambhunath Stupa. Said to be one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in the world, it is set high on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.  Next stop is Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River.  Finally visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist shrine said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes, each facing the four cardinal directions.  At the end of the day you’ll be dropped back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: Chandragiri Hills & Kathmandu Durbar Square Tour

3. Kathmandu: Chandragiri Hills & Kathmandu Durbar Square Tour

The Chandragiri Hills and the Kathmandu Durbar Square are the most popular tourist hotspots in the Kathmandu valley. This day tour will guide you through the historical, religious, and cultural significance of these places. Chandragiri Hills is located at about 2 hours drive from Kathmandu, named after the ancient Chandragiri Fort that sits atop it. Similarly, Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the heart of Kathmandu city, the square was the royal palace complex for the Malla kings and later for the Shah dynasty rulers. Outline Itinerary: Morning: Kathmandu Durbar Square Start Early: Begin your day early in the morning to avoid the midday rush. Historical Significance: Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's home to a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards, and streets that date back to the 12th to 18th centuries. Key Attractions: Visit significant structures such as the Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple, Kumari Ghar (where the living goddess resides), and the old royal palace. Local Experience: Browse through local shops and stalls. You might also catch sight of local artisans at work. Lunch: Savor a traditional Nepali meal in one of the local restaurants around the square. Afternoon: Chandragiri Hills Chandragiri Cable Car: Head to the cable car station for a scenic ride to the top of Chandragiri Hills. The journey offers panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and, on clear days, the majestic Himalayan range. Chandragiri Temple: Upon reaching the top, you'll find the historic Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple. It's believed that this temple holds the footprints of Lord Shiva. Viewpoint: From the hilltop, enjoy a 180-degree view of the majestic Himalayan range and overlook the sprawling Kathmandu Valley. Nature Walk: Wander along the lush green trails, and if you have time, explore the children's park and branded shops. Sunset: If possible, stay to watch the sunset. The golden hues against the Himalayan backdrop and the valley below are mesmerizing.

Kathmandu: Visit Historic King's Palaces (Architecture Tour)

4. Kathmandu: Visit Historic King's Palaces (Architecture Tour)

The valley is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, each housing magnificent palaces, temples, and courtyards. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the heart of the city, showcases the ancient royal palace complex with its intricately carved wooden architecture and awe-inspiring temples like Hanuman Dhoka and Kumari Ghar. Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur is known for its palaces, art, and the stunning Krishna Mandir. Bhaktapur Durbar Square offers a glimpse into the architectural grandeur of the Malla dynasty, with highlights like the 55-Window Palace and the Nyatapola Temple. Exploring these palaces allows visitors to immerse themselves in the architectural marvels, intricate carvings, and vibrant history of Nepal, while also providing a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of the Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu Valley Tour: Day Tour Around World Heritage Sites

5. Kathmandu Valley Tour: Day Tour Around World Heritage Sites

A one-day Kathmandu Valley tour provides an opportunity to explore the cultural and historical sites of Nepal's capital city. Here's a suggested itinerary for a one-day tour. Start the day at Kathmandu Durbar Square: Explore the ancient palace complex, which is a Unesco world heritage site. Visit the intricately designed temples like Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, and Kumari Ghar (the House of the Living Goddess). Admire the beautiful architecture and woodwork of the old royal palace. Visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Drive to Swayambhunath, a Buddhist stupa situated on a hilltop. Enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu city and its surrounding landscapes. Observe the religious rituals and spin the prayer wheels while walking around the stupa. Watch the playful monkeys that inhabit the area, giving the temple its nickname, Monkey Temple. Explore Boudhanath Stupa: Head to Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Walk around the stupa and observe the devout Buddhists performing their rituals. Visit monasteries around the stupa and learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Enjoy a meal at one of the rooftop restaurants with a view of the stupa. Discover Pashupatinath Temple: Drive to Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. Explore the temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva and observe the religious ceremonies and rituals. Visit the cremation ghats along the Bagmati River and gain insights into Hindu funeral rites. Experience the spiritual ambiance and cultural significance of this revered site. Optional: Patan Durbar Square: If time permits, you can visit Patan Durbar Square in the neighboring city of Lalitpur. Explore the ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards, reflecting Newari architecture. Visit the Patan Museum to learn about the history and art of the Kathmandu Valley. Remember to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting religious sites, and it's advisable to hire a knowledgeable local guide who can provide insights into the history, culture, and significance of each place. Please note that this is a suggested itinerary, and you can customize it based on your interests and time constraints.

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What people are saying about Kumari Ghar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 73 reviews

we enjoyed our first sightseeing in Nepal. we were promptly picked up by two very polite men, Rajan and Krishna. We went to all the places and our guide explained everything. very pleased, we have used Get your Guide in several country's and will continue to. If you want a intro into Kathmandu valley, this is a good tour. We tweeked it a bit because we don't want to walk up and down stairs. There was no problems.

We had a great day tour of Kathmandu with Kapil as our guide. We were promptly picked up from our hotel in a comfortable car with a/c. We spent 6 hours exploring Kathmandu’s main attractions, and loved seeing everything! Kapil has a great amount of knowledge, and is very personable and friendly - we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the tour company and in particular Kapil.

We absolutely loved the whole tour, very well organized and professional from start to end, our tour guid Prashant is very knowledgeable and courteous, gave us amazing advices and information, this is my second tour and I can’t even begin to describe how this one was much better than the first, thank you Arjun for connecting with us and welcoming us personally to Nepal

I highly recommend this trip especially with the best guide Kapil. We had a wonderful time and it was knowledgeable and the guide was so flexible with us especially with our 3 years daughter where he adjusted the plan so she can enjoy it too.

she was very very heloful and guided us in our Rhythm. She explained a lot about culture in Buddhism and Hinduism. thanks a lot for the very nice Tour! It was amazing!