Kathmandu city is the heart of Nepal. It is the country’s political, commercial, and cultural hub, and the gateway to the Himalayas. During the One Day Kathmandu City Sightseeing tour you will see the city’s major UNESCO World Heritage Monuments: Swayambhunath, Boudhnath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square.
Swayambhunath Stupa is located on the western side of Kathmandu valley atop a hill, about three kilometres from the city centre. At almost two thousand years old, it is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world.
Boudhnath Stupa is the biggest stupa in the valley and one of the largest in the world. At 36 meters high the stupa exudes an aura of spiritual power as one spins the hundreds of prayer wheels and gazes at108 small images of Buddha.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. (Chronicles indicate Pashupatinath’s existence prior to 400 AD.) It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features richly ornamented pagoda houses of the sacred lingam, or phallic symbol. Pilgrims and sadhus travel all the way from the remote areas of India to visit this sacred sight, especially during Shivaratri (the night of Shiva) that falls during February/March. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple.
Patan Durbar Square. Like its counterpart in Kathmandu, this is an enchanting mixture of royal palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a world-class museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One of the remarkable monuments here is a 17th-century stone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna.
Cost Per-person (2-3 person) U.S. $70
Cost Per-person (above 4 person) U.S. $65