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Best day tours in Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathamndu

Day tours in Kathmandu are one of the best ways to witness the beauty of the ancient cultural valley in a short span of time. Yes! It is true, even a day is enough to explore the famous valley comprising three cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. There is plenty to do in Kathmandu like visiting the cultural heritage sites, clicking pictures at historical monuments, driving to hill stations, witnessing sunrise and sunsets with Himalayan views, and more.

Being one of the world’s oldest capitals and having once been a kingdom, Kathmandu boasts hundreds of temples, architectural sites, historical monuments, and ancient ethnic communities which make it so unique and rich in culture. Kathmandu has a little bit of everything for everyone. Every travel enthusiast must certainly visit Kathmandu once in their lifetime.

Catering to the popular query, we have shared the list of the 7 best day tours in Kathmandu along with their highlights. So pack your bags and explore the very best of this ancient city in Nepal.


1. Kathmandu Ancient City Tour

Changunarayan Temple

Duration

5 to 6 hours

Begins at

9 AM

Major Attractions

Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple

Entrance Permits

Patan Durbar Square including Patan Museum, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur National Art Museum, Changunarayan temple

The Kathmandu Ancient City tour is one of the most exciting day tours as it comprises visits to major UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the oldest Hindu temple in the valley. There are a ton of sightseeing adventures in the day, starting with a visit to the museums, courtyards, and temples situated in Patan Durbar Square.

After the city tour, spend a leisurely time in the old cobblestone streets of the smallest city, Bhaktapur - the city of devotees, to witness the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Make sure you visit the Palace of 55 windows, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Museum, and more.

Another unique experience is visiting the ancient Hindu Temple of Changu Narayan, dating back to 450 AD. This cultural walk around these ancient architectural landmarks is what makes the visit so enticing.

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2. Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Boudhanath Stupa

Duration

5 to 6 hours

Begins at

9 AM

Major Attractions

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swayambhunath

Entrance Permits

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu Stupa, Boudha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple

Kathmandu Heritage Tour is one of the most popular day tours as it discovers the major World Heritage Sites in the valley, including Buddhist and Hindu temples. The rich architecture, history, and landmarks surrounding the city of temples make the tour worth taking.

It starts with a visit to the medieval palace square of Kathmandu, where you can witness the likes of the living goddess Kumari and the ancient palace of the Malla and Shah Kings. Another fun-filled activity is visiting the Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) to witness the watchful eyes of Buddha looking over the valley underneath. After spinning the prayer wheels, you can visit the holiest Shiva temple, Pashupatinath.

Boudhanath, another heritage site for Buddhist pilgrims, is located in the north of the city. You can walk clockwise, spinning the prayer wheel in what is known as one of the largest stupas in Nepal.

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3. Patan Khokhana And Bungmati Tour

Patan Durbar Square

Duration

5 to 6 hours

Begins at

9 AM

Major Attractions

Patan Durbar Square, Khokhana, Bungmati

Entrance Permits

Patan Durbar Square including Patan Museum, Patan Golden Temple

Patan Durbar Square Tour is one of the best day tours in Kathmandu valley because you get to witness the arts, culture, and heritage of the ‘city of artisans.’ The tour will take you back to the era when the valley was ruled by ancient Malla kings. 

Your day tour will consist of interesting activities, starting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patan Durbar Square. You can explore the artistic courtyards, Patan Museum of arts, Golden temple Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, and more.

From there, go on to visit the ancient Newari village of Khokhana with acres of paddy fields and witness the traditional lifestyle. You will also get to visit another village, Bungmati, which is known as the home of the valley’s rain god, Machindranath. Overall the experience of interacting with the Newari community and witnessing their culture and rich history is a surreal experience.

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4. Seven World Heritage Site Tour Of Kathmandu

Swyambhunath Stupa

Duration

7 to 8 hours

Begins at

8 AM

Major Attractions

Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Changunarayan

Entrance Permits

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square including Patan Museum, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur National Art Museum, Swayambhu Stupa, Boudha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Changunarayan temple,

The Seven World Heritage Site tour is the grandest day tour in Kathmandu valley, which is best for those tourists who want to see it all in a day. The all-inclusive tour comprises visits to the cultural courtyards, architectural temples, and museums of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan Durbar Square in the three respective major cities of the valley.

Following the activity, make way for a visit to the two most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath Stupa. To top it off, the tour includes a visit to the Hindu temple of Changunarayan temple, which makes up for all the Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites visits.

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5. Bhaktapur And Panauti Tour

Bhaktapur

A good escape from the city life, the Bhaktapur and Panauti tour is best if you wish to explore the traditional village life and immerse yourself in Newari culture. In the smallest city of the valley, Bhaktapur, you will find a rich mixture of culture, religion, and traditions in the day-to-day lifestyle of the Newari community dominantly residing there.

The tour begins with a visit to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square to visit the temples, and museums, devour the King curd called Juju Dhau and engage in some pottery. After a fun-filled afternoon there, head to Panauti, one of the oldest towns in Nepal. Panauti offers an insight into Panauti Durbar Square, one of the historical landmarks with palaces of the Malla Kings. You are bound to be surprised by the majestic architecture of Indreshwar temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda-style temples in Nepal.

Duration

5 to 6 hours

Major Attractions

Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Panauti village

Entrance Permits

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur National Art Museum,

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6. Nagarkot And Bhaktapur Tour

Nyatapola Temple

Duration

8 to 9 hours

Begins at

4 AM (for sunrise tour) OR 8 AM

Major Attractions

Nagarkot, Changunarayan Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Entrance Permits

Changunarayan temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

One of the best day tours in Kathmandu is most certainly the Nagarkot and Bhaktapur Tour, as it is a combination of visits to the World heritage site as well as enjoying the sunrise and mountain views. A perfect mixture of culture and nature, the tour begins with an early morning drive to Nagarkot hill station. Enjoy the serene greenery, hike up to the viewpoint, and witness one of the best sunrise views shimmering over the golden Langtang, Jugal, and Ganesh range. Cloudless mornings might even offer views of the tallest mountain in the world, Everest. To top off the experience, you will be visiting one of the oldest Hindu temples of Lord Vishnu, Changunarayan temple, taking the forested trail.

The adventurous hike then stops at the temple before driving to Bhaktapur Durbar Square to stroll around the beautiful courtyards, pottery squares, and artistic temples.

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7. Shivapuri Hike And Budhanilkantha Temple Tour

Shivapuri Hiking

Duration

6 to 7 hours

Begins at

8 AM

Major Attractions

Budhanilkantha Temple, Nagi Gumpa and Shivapuri Peak

Entrance Permits

N/A

Shivapuri Hike and Budhanilkantha Temple tour is the best for any tourist looking to enjoy the mountain views surrounding the valley by hiking amidst rich flora and fauna. The easy hiking trail leading to the most amazing views adds to the popularity of this tour.

This adventure starts with a drive to the popular Hindu pilgrim site of Budhanilkantha Temple with a large statue of a sleeping Lord Mahavishnu. After paying homage, you can begin the hike through the thick forest of Shivapuri hills. Shivapuri national park not just offers bird watching opportunities; the silence and serenity just a short distance from the city area is surreal.

Midway you can also visit the Nagi Gumba; a Buddhist monastery where nuns of the area reside. After reaching the viewpoint, be amazed by the stunning views of the Langtang range, one of the best things about the tour. 

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Why One Day Tour In Kathmandu?

One-day tours in Kathmandu valley are best to explore the rich culture, traditions, unique wildlife, and natural views in a short span of time. These tours are perfect for people who are looking for a short and easy escape from the monotony of their daily lives. Moreover, many tourists combine these one-day tours after they finish or before they start their longer treks, as most treks start and end in Kathmandu. It is also the best way to explore the most popular city in Nepal.

What Is Kathmandu Famous For?

Kathmandu is famous for a number of things but most particularly its religious heritage sites. Also known as the city of temples, there are about temples, among which are the holiest Hindu Pashupatinath temple and the most significant Swayambhunath Stupa. The valley also boasts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in such a small geographical area.

Furthermore, the beautiful hill station of Nagarkot shares amazing views of the mountains, including Mt. Everest, on a clear day. Adding on the culture and traditions upheld by the ethnic Newar community in the valley is what keeps Kathmandu popular among tourists and locals alike.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Kathmandu?

Ideally, the best time to visit Kathmandu is from September to November in the Autumn season and also from March to May in the Spring season. During these seasons the weather is dry, skies are clear, and there are a number of cultural and religious events held which adds to the beauty of the valley. However, it is also good to visit Kathmandu at other times of the year for a day tour.

The Conclusion

Taking a day tour around Kathmandu is suited for all tourists and particularly for those who are short on time. It offers a unique experience combining nature, culture, and people. Now that you have decided that the beauty and traditions of Kathmandu are worth exploring, it is time to plan for a perfect one-day getaway. For that, you can make a pick from the above list or call us to organize a perfect tour for you.





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