Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour- Full Day

Kathmandu City Tour Package
  • Duration 1 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Max. Altitude 1,400 metres (4,600 feet)
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu
  • Nature of Trip Day Tour
  • Major Activities Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath Stupa
  • Best Season all year round

Kathmandu City Tour Package Cost 2024, 2025, 2026 is a well-liked capital city with a specially crafted itinerary for you. The package includes visiting the four UNESCO heritage sites, i.e., Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath Stupa. 

The trip joiners will experience the compelling journey that follows this city's landmarks of worldwide fame. Participate in a Kathmandu city Tour for one whole day to visit the city's historical sites, temples, palaces, and streets to get the feel of the ancient Nepalese world. Besides, you will be able to experience the bustling lifestyle and cultures of the locals in Kathmandu. This one-day Kathmandu City Tour is ideal for all age groups and includes sightseeing tours of the tourist attractions while driving around the city in a private car. 

In the local Newari language, besides referring to the Kathmandu Valley, the city is traditionally called Nepal Mandala. Likewise, it is the capital state of Modern Nepal.

Located in the Central of the country, it covers an average altitude of 1,400 metres (4,600 feet).The valley comprises three ancient royal cities: Kathmandu with its name Yen Desh; Patan also known as Yala Desh, Bhaktapur known as Khwopa Desh – each having their own grandeur and mythology. Until modern Nepal amalgamated these three districts had their individual kings and royal dominance.

So you can imagine how rich each of these districts might have been in terms of history, culture, historic architecture and many more. Just as the Eternal city did, Kathmandu always had that effect of an inescapable sense of the fact that every alley or corner had some relic or beauty of ancient. This being said, each site you visit with your guide on this one day Kathmandu City Tour reflects an an eclectic mix of high culture, fine arts collection, and historic architecture

Kathmandu City Tour Package includes visiting 4 UNESCO Heritage sites – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.

Booking the One Day Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, you can immerse yourself in Nepal's most profound historical and cultural sights. This single exploration of the Kathmandu Valley is a Four World Heritage Day to view Kathmandu's cultural and historical treasures. On 1 day tour pacakge of Kathmandu City, with our experienced speaking guide, you can travel to different parts of Kathmandu and marvel at their heritage sites. Admiring these sites transports you back in time, which is part of the daily life of the locals rising around the area. During the single day of the 4 World Heritage tour, you will visit excellent sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudha Nath and Swayambhunath Stupa.

Our range of Full day Kathmandu City Tour Package options is flexible to reflect your requirements. With our connection to seasoned guides, kind drivers and our hotel partners, we can tailor individualised itineraries that fit all age groups, from couples to larger groups of ten plus all in your budget price. 

In brief, Kathmandu City Tour Package allows you to customise the full-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour to just half a day or for 2 days as you wish. This feature allows you to tailor the route to suit your interest and preference and create a one-day private travelling package. In general, the four historical UNESCO sites that we see on the tour are usually the ones that constitute our sightseeing. Alternatively, you can increase the time to one more day and use it to discover all the seven wonders the city boasts. 

We've already opened bookings for the Kathmandu City Tour Package 2024, 2025, and 2026, all with flexible Itinerary and budget costs. Therefore do not miss the opportunity to get an early reservation.

Key Highlights of Kathmandu City Tour Package

  • Visit 4 of Nepal's UNESCO Heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath
  • Perceive the eagerness of the city's marketplaces and bazaars that have everything from handicrafts to flavours.
  • Then, taste the local food with a contrasting range of savoury and sweet dishes in Nepal.
  • Fully Guided trip with the provision of last minute departure at budget cost for Kathmandu City Tour Package 2024, 2025 and 2026
  • Interacting with friendly locals helps me gain a better understanding of their daily lives and how they value their cultural norms. 
  • Traditional architecture, shrines, and courtyards 
  • Get Acquainted with the Visit workshops to see Nepali art and crafts. Skilled potters, painters, and weavers create thangkas, clay pots, brass utensils, traditional clothing, and other handicrafts.
  • Witness a prayer ceremony held in one of the many Buddhist or Hindu temples in the city; this can be an incredibly spiritual and personal event.
  • Visit the cremation sites located on the banks opposite the Pashupatinath temple. 

Kathmandu City Tour Package Covers Four Main Attractions of the Valley 

Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple- First Site of our Kathmandu City Tour Package

After leaving our hotel, the first UNESCO heritage site we visited was Swayambhunath Temple, famous as the Monkey Temple. One of the greatest masterpieces of architecture in Kathmandu Valley is Swayambhunath Stupa, which has a golden spire embedded with a Buddha's face that survived the 2015 earthquake with minor damage. It is simultaneously rich in symbolism as its white dome stands for the earth, whereas its thirteen tower tiers represent the stages of nirvana. The one below Buddha's eyes, the Nepali numeral Ek, means unity; above that, the third eye reminds us of enlightenment. Pilgrims walk around the stupa while spinning prayer wheels that carry a mantra' Om Ma Ni Phi Hum.' Sent on fluttering prayer flags with mantras, the wind horse flies to heaven. 

Festivals Around Swayambhunath 

Three main festivals are celebrated at Swayambhunath: Gunla, Buddha Jayanti, and Lhosar.

  • Gunla marks the end of the monsoon retreat, celebrated in August with scripture recitations and Newar music.
  • Buddha Jayanti honours Buddha's life, enlightenment, and death between April and May.
  • Lhosar celebrates the Buddhist New Year in February.

Kathmandu Durbar Square- Second Attraction We Explore

The second attraction we visit on our Kathmandu City Tour Package is Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kings were crowned in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which still serves as the centre of the old town and showcases traditional architecture. Though the 2015 earthquake destroyed the temple and caused several collapses, it is still one of the wonders under rebuilding efforts. The site dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries with some older structures, but it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is an accumulation of three interlocking squares, including Basantapur and Hanuman Dhoka, where history and trade come together with souvenir stalls or a Freak Street. 

The house of goddess Kumari, or the Kumari Ghar, is on the south side of the Kathmandu Durbar Square premises. The Kumari Ghar was the palace of the House of Nepal, built by King Jaya Prakash Malla, which is an example of splendid architecture with delicate wood carvings of gods and other symbols.

Festivals:

Kathmandu Durbar Square annually celebrates two main festivals, Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. 

  • Indra Jatra is a vast religious street festival with lively masked dances. 
  • The festival of Kumari Jatra involves the procession of a living goddess, Kumari, who rides in a chariot. The celebration lasts eight days, from the 12th day of the bright fortnight to the 4th day of the dark fortnight of Yala. 
  • The Indra Jatra festival originatd in the 10th century, and the Kumari Jatra a little later in the mid-18th century.

Boudhanath Stupa: Third UNESCO Site We Visit

Boudhanath or Boudha is the next site we viist. It is one of the most sanctified stupas of Nepal, situated in Kathmandu to hold Buddha’s relics. With a vast mandala design, it has become one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. It’s a popular tourist destination that has been listed as a Heritage Site under the UNESCO World Wide List since 1979. It originated from as far back as 600AD and was provided by a Tibetan king, adding kilograms of gold. The stupa's architecture includes earth, air, water, fire, and space. Boudha is a spiritual sanctuary where Buddhist pilgrims circumambulate, chanting ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ while praying and seeking blessings within its boundaries. 

Festivals held in Boudhanath Stupa

  • Losar (Tibetan New Year): Boudhanath hosts Nepal's largest celebration during February or March.
  • Buddha Jayanti: Commemorates Buddha's birthday, celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists.

Pashupatinath Temple and It’s Cremation Sites: Fourth Attraction We Visit

Pashupatinath Temple is the 4th and last UNESCO site we viist on our Kathmandu City Tour Package. The Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, a World Heritage site by UNESCO situated at the Bagmati River, is important from a religious point of view. Hindus come here to be cremated, indicating that life is coming to an end. The temple, located above the river, is merged with Ganga. Resident monkeys and holy men, or sadhus, add to the temple's atmosphere. Despite controversy over sadhu practices, their photogenic presence offers cultural insights amid the solemnity.

Major Festivals Around Pashupatinath Temple

  • Shivaratri: Pashupatinath is crowded with devotees who come for Shivaratri, the night of Lord Shiva’s self-origin. People gather to see the holy relic, Shiva Lingam, from Nepal and India, i.e., sadhus and pilgrims.
  • Teej: In Teej, Hindu women wear red saris and pray for the welfare of their husbands.
  • Ekadashi: In the full moon and new moon weeks, devotees assemble for Ekadashi, prominent among Ashadh and Kartik.
  • Pashupati Bagmati Aarati: This interesting ceremony is observed by worshippers worldwide during their visits.

What Can I Anticipate During the Kathmandu Tour Package?

While visiting Kathmandu, you can expect to see four major UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day. Be ready to be guided by an English-speaking guide all day as they narrate history and other stories regarding the places.

Our Full-day private tour group joining the Kathmandu Valley sight tour is perfect for travellers who do not have time to enjoy the valley's nature. Similarly, it is perfect for those who enjoy seeing palaces, stupas, temples, and heritage sites over 1000 years old. Unfortunately, you cannot cover the whole Kathmandu Valley in a day. Still, you will see four of its prominent heritages – Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

However, the advantage of this is that you can shape your private sightseeing day tour into a more extensive day or multi-day sightseeing tour with us that covers all 7 UNESCO sites of Kathmandu. 

Short Time Arrangement Kathmandu City Tour Package

The Short-Time Arrangement Tour Package allows you to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley atmosphere organised just a very short time after booking. We have last-minute check-in options and fixed departure dates to allow you to explore the attraction areas as soon as you book. 

Without being constrained by days-long waits, discover Kathmandu's palpable history, genuine ancient stories, and gorgeousness in just a single day.  

Our KTM package covers 4 UNESCO sites that can be pre-arranged ones with suitable short duration of full day.   In the same way, the package is so considerably short that it has so much time utilised by people who lack time but are desirous of discovering the Kathmandu Valley. These trips are usually brief, either a daylong or two-day excursion at most. They are ideal for people who do not have time to take days off work or other activities. And also for those who want to combine this day adventure with any long excursions like Everest Base Camp etcs. F

urthermore, our brief activity of spending half a day on the Kathmandu sightseeing tour has been well-designed so that we can enjoy the limited period of this engagement. The itineraries are also combined with famous tourist spots, enabling clients to see all the places worth seeing.

Privately Guided By Experienced Guided In Kathmandu Tour

Through our privately guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour, we present you with a full day of adventure designed according to your interests. Enjoy the convenience of a private tour guide and a private driver ready with their cars to provide the hotel pickup and drop-off service. Similarly, relish the freedom of planning your itinerary and ensuring every destination matches your interests. 

Unlike group tours, you will not be impelled by a fixed schedule and instead set your own pace to enjoy a relaxing trip. So, you are free to stay for a long time at one of your favourite spots or move ahead to the next attraction, which will give you an option. On this private tour, rejoice in Kathmandu’s culture and history without restrictions, with each place represented uniquely.

Additional benefits of Kathmandu City Tour Package With AAT

  • Free Hotel Pick Up and drop-off before and after the end of the Trip. 
  • A guided Kathmandu valley tour with a local ALT's expert Guide and cheerful driver.
  • An experienced English speaking tour guide 
  • No Hidden Charges Besides the package Cost
  • Package That Can be customised according to your needs and Interests. 

Is the Kathmandu City Tour Package Appropriate For You?

Yes, the Kathmandu City Tour Package is appropriate for you if:

  • You look for flexible choices regarding collection and payment, which may be possible both online and in cash.
  • You need something that isn't too much hustle, such as pick-up and drop-off service at the international airport upon arrival.
  • You appreciate the skills of licensed tour guides who know so much about Kathmandu's attractions and history.
  • You value the expertise of licensed tour guides with extensive knowledge of Kathmandu's attractions and history.
  • You like uncovering historical and cultural treasures; on this tour, you will see numerous ancient temples, palaces, and monuments.
  • You have a day to spare in Kathmandu, making the half-day tour feasible for your schedule.
  • If you want to share your travel experience with your children, family, and friends within a short timeframe. 

Kathmandu City Tour Package Cost 2024, 2025 and 2026

Kathmandu City Tour Package cost 2024, 2025, and 2026 is $85 per person. We run this every day (all year around. So you don't have to wait for the best times to experience Kathmandu's wonders. Unlike treks such as the Everest Base Camp hike, which are weather-dependent, our tour offers consistent availability, providing flexibility and convenience for your travel plans. Regardless of the day you choose, the cost of the full-day trip remains constant. Our prices are based on your 2024, 2025, and 2026 tour group size. 

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Note: The price quoted is for group payments. Tours depart daily, and the full tour costs the same as stated above. Contact us with any trip inquiries.

Itinerary
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Since it is an entirely full-day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, your exploration begins in the morning at around 8:30 am and ends at around 4 pm. Our tour guide and private vehicle will be ready to pick you up from your respective hotels in the morning at the scheduled time. Therefore, wake up early and make sure to eat breakfast before departure. 

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Our driver from Adventure Altitude Treks will pick you up from your hotel in Thamel or any other part of Kathmandu as per the schedule we created at around  8: 30 am. Kathmandu is full of amazing places, and we will see four today. Our sightseeing itinerary is limited to these four UNESCO spots for now. But you can easily tailor your destination based on your interests and preferences.

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After getting into your private vehicle with a guide, you will have a short ride of 15 minutes towards the temple site. To arrive at the main stupa, you must make a short climb on an uphill stairway in the northwest corner of the Kathmandu Valley. From this angle, admire the gorgeous 360-degree rotational perspective of the city. Look out for the local monkeys in the surrounding forest and ensure you do not carry loose food items to prevent unwanted encounters. Spend about 1 hour and 50 minutes walking around the temple before you head to your private car for the next stop.

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At 10:30 am, the tour begins with a short drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a world heritage site and a masterpiece of creativity full of culture. The other name is the Basantapur Durbar Square, or Hanuman Dhoka, which has a long history. One of the three durbar squares of Kathmandu Valley, it was inscribed onto the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. In this case, tourists can absorb the architecture of centuries, temples, courtyards, and the present palace. Explore the history of Nepal and its museum and browse through the unique handicrafts for buying authentic souvenirs. Also, do not forget to catch the vistas of the divine abode of Goddess Kumari and the mythical Kasthamandap temple before we head off to another destination after two hours of exploration.

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At 1:00 am, our private car reached Boudanath Stupa, a holy site also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located 8 km east of central Kathmandu, the Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in this region, standing at 36 m. Boudhanath has a special status as the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, a place that reverberates with pilgrim and tourist visits. Flanked by buzzing markets offering various handicrafts and multi-cuisine restaurants catering to different palates, the stupa is splendidly surrounded by vibrancy. After 45 minutes visiting this iconic landmark, they can enjoy an unhurried 1-hour lunch break.

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At 2:45 pm, we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the highlights of our Kathmandu Day Tour. This place is a holy site dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex dates back to the fifth century and has spectacular architecture, with beautiful wood carvings and a golden roof. Though only Hindus can enter the central temple, everyone can wander around the premises with numerous shrines worshipping different gods. While exploring the surroundings, visit the cremation site below the temple. 

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Your one-day Kathmandu adventure ends with a charming Pashupatinath temple visit. The ride drops you off at your hotel. On your way back to the hotel, we bet that you’ve had a first-hand encounter with the richness of culture and tradition. The historical elements of Kathmandu must have been knowledgeable as well. We sincerely believe that this day tour met your expectations and that you had a wonderful time.

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Cost Details
What's Included
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • private vehicle
  • Cars with hotels pick up and drop off.

 

 

What's Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch and drink
  • Tip to guide and driver
  • Entry Fee
  • Meals and Drinks
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What Should I Bring For a Kathmandu City Tour Package?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Backpack
  • Light jacket or sweater (depending on the season)
  • Umbrella or raincoat (during monsoon season)
  • Cash (for souvenirs or additional expenses)
  • Mobile phone
  • Portable charger/power bank
  • Travel guidebook/map
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues/wet wipes
  • Personal medication (if necessary)
  • Passport or identification
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Small towel or handkerchief

Here is a more detailed packing list here

Things to Know Before The Start Of Your Tour

Below are some things you, as a foreign traveller, must know before beginning your Kathmandu city sightseeing exploration. 

  • Nepal's international airport can be chaotic. To save time, apply for a visa in advance, bring U.S. dollars for exchange, and fill out immigration forms beforehand.
  • Kathmandu's air pollution is significant. Wear a mask to shield yourself from dust and emissions.
  • Familiarise yourself with local greetings like "Namaste" and valuable phrases like "Dhanyabad" to enhance interactions.
  • Explore Kathmandu's vibrant art scene and admire the city's murals, which add to its cultural richness.
  • Stay updated on potential strikes or bandhs (general strikes) that may disrupt your plans.
  • Dress modestly, remove your shoes when entering religious sites, and be aware of local norms.
  • Be mindful of where to take pictures and where not to take. For example, you can't click photographs after you enter the main Pashupatinath temple gate. 

How Can I Get Entrance Fees and Tickets For The Tour?

Entrance fee and Tickets costs are not included in the package so it should be managed by the traveller themselves. Our guide will assist you in purchasing different tickets required. 

Entrance Tickets

Entrance Tickets to UNESCO sites should be purchased at the place of entrance. Your knowledgeable tour guide will assist you at all process stages to ensure a pleasant visit. We advise you to bring enough money to buy tickets in cash immediately.

Pricing Variations:

In some cases, entry fees are charged differently based on your nationality. Nationalities from the countries that are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Chinese nationalities may have different price structures compared to other nationalities. It is crucial to verify the benchmark prices at the ticket counter before making any substantial payments so that you avail of the fee corresponding to your nationality.

Booking Procedure For Kathmandu City Tour Package 2024, 2025 and 2026

Adventure Altitude Treks, one of the best trekking companies in Nepal, provides cheap and best Kathmandu City Tour Package 2024, 2025, and 2026. Being a government-approved and registered trekking specialist, we provide excellent service consisting of qualified guides.

We ensure a hassle-free operation associated with national tourist bodies such as the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), TAAN, NMA, and KEEP. Become an enlisted happy customer of our honourable company and book a trip with Adventure Altitude Treks. To reserve your place, you can pay a 10% deposit in advance. We thank you for joining our Adventure Altitude Treks family.

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FAQs
  • The Full-Day Kathmandu Valley Tour typically lasts 8 to 10 hours, depending on traffic and the pace of the group.

  • Yes, the Full Day Kathmandu Valley Tour is suitable for children. However, please consider the duration and activities involved when deciding whether it's appropriate for your child.

  • While the tour package may cover some expenses, it's a good idea to bring cash for personal expenses, souvenirs, and additional purchases.

  • You may need a visa if you travel to Nepal from another country. Please check the visa requirements for your nationality before booking the tour.

  • Yes, we offer customization options for the Full-Day Kathmandu Valley Tour to suit your preferences and interests. Contact us to discuss your customization needs.

  • Absolutely! Photography is allowed during the tour, and there will be plenty of opportunities to capture the beauty and cultural richness of Kathmandu Valley.

  • Our tour guides are proficient in English. However, we can arrange guides who speak other languages upon request, subject to availability.

  • Yes, you can book the Full-Day Kathmandu Valley Tour through our website. Simply select your desired date, select any additional options, and proceed with the booking process.

  • Yes, transportation by private vehicle and entrance fees to the attractions mentioned in the itinerary are usually included in the tour package.

  • While some attractions may have limited accessibility, efforts can be made to accommodate wheelchair users with advance notice.

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