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Kathmandu City Tour is one of the most popular sightseeing tours. It explores the beauty of the valley and provides travelers with the opportunity to get insight into the unique blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. Founded around 723 AD, Kathmandu opened up to foreigners in the mid-1950s, which led to the tremendous growth of tourism in the capital city, transforming itself as Mecca for trekkers and nirvana for hippies in the 1960s and 1970s. A fascinating old city with a well-preserved reminiscence of ancient heritages such as Royal palaces, courtyards, temples, and other heritages having roots back to the Malla, Lichhavi, and Shah eras. These trio cities of Kathmandu valley make an excellent region for City Tour in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is a pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist followers. Also, it’s the center of attraction for all the tourists leaving for Annapurna or Everest Trekking in Nepal. Join the City Tour to explore the experience that can’t be described with words, with a local expert tour guide who shall provide all the necessary information to you during the tour.

This activity includes:

  • Thamel Backpackers Home (Budget hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Car, Driver and Guide

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Don't worry about the pickup location; just let us know the hotel you are staying in, and we will come to you and pick you up.

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  • Duration 3 - 4 Hours
  • Max. Altitude 1427 m

Destination: Nepal

Trip Grade: Easy/Mild (*)

Detail Itinerary

Do you want to have a great walk in kathmandu and discover the secrets of this amazing city with a local, then join us for the first free walking tour kathmandu.

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is the perfect way to connect with other travelers and explore it with a local guide!

Your guide, Shiva Dhakal is an expert guide and most of all, a local who has spent most of his life in Kathmandu. Everyday (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at 9:00 am, the first shift in the morning and at 2:00 pm, the second shift in the afternoon,  he walks through the city showing visitors the most exciting places of his hometown.

Morning Shift : 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Shift : 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

You will learn about the history, culture,rituals,religions,iconography and more about the local areas. Feel free to ask any questions and if you are interested in any special topic, he will try to include your interests in the tour! The tour starts from Thamel, just in front of the main entrance of Garden of Dreams and it will finish at Monkey Temple.

Our intention is you to explore Kathmandu in easy way with local expert guide. We believe in supporting local communities and encouraging self-employed guide who has unique style of explanation of mixing history and charismatic storytelling and myths, legends and the iconography.

Our mission is:

  • to ensure that everyone, regardless of their budget, is able to experience the Free Walking Tours in Kathmandu
  • To support local communities and give opportunity to self-employed, an experienced local guide
  • To make our guests believe in quality service

Please, to confirm you need to send a facebook message, send an email or call the following number.

FACEBOOK Email: [email protected] Number: +977 9841376470

For more information, trekking, visit other cities or any other questions around Kathmandu and the area, just check our homepage or connect with us on facebook !

***Please, take note, that Free Tours Kathmandu is a tips-based model which means you award the time and experience the guide is sharing with you, with a tip and this tip must be according to if you liked the tour or not.***

Thank you very much

Trip Highlights

  • Any aged group from child to old aged people can join the tour
  • We can organize the tour for those who has physical disabilities too
  • Budgeted traveler can explore with an experienced guide
  • Visiting local temple, stupas and biharas
  • Get more an authentic information about the sites, ritual activities
  • Guided by a government licensed holder guide
  • Visiting bustling local market of Kathmandu
  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square and Monkey Temple

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: 3 - 4 hours walk through local street in Kathmandu

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Free Walking Tour through Kathmandu

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Cost Exclude

Entrance fees

Day 01 3 - 4 hours walk through local street in Kathmandu We begin Free Walking Tour from the front gate of Garden of Dreams, a beautiful Garden in the east of Thamel, close to Narayanhiti Museum sharp at 9:00 am in the morning, and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon in every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You are given pre-departure information about the route, timing and the way we return back to Thamel again. We head towards the southern part of Thamel, and visit around Thahity. Then, after visiting Katheswoyambhu and Bangemudha, we take you to the local market area. We pass through oldest and liveliest, bustling markets like Asan and Indrachowk: visiting glass beads shops, cross the road and we will go to the northern gate of Kathmandu Durbar Square. From there, we go through typical Newari residential area named Yatkha and visit a local temple dedicated to mother goddess, Kankeshwori Chamunda where there we see a local cremation place for the local community. We walk again 45 minutes to the hill, the Monkey Temple, walk around and get back to Thamel the other way. This is how we offer you Free Walking Tour Kathmandu in two important heritage sites within 3-4 hours, depends on your pace.

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1) What does Free Walking Tour mean?

Free Walking Tour means the tour that is organized free of charge where the participants evaluate the tour guide and they could tip as an honorarium.

2) Which company does organize Free Walking Tour in Kathmandu?

Himkala Adventure, run by professional guide for 20 years, Mr. Shiva Dhakal organizes Free Walking Tour Kathmandu.

3) Is Himkala Adventure the first company to organize Free Walking Tour in Kathmandu?

Yes, it is.  Himkala Adventure is the first company that offers the Free Walking Tour Kathmandu everyday (Sunday, Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from the front gate of Garden of Dreams. Please we humbly request you to make confirmation before the tour.

4) Where is the meeting point? At what time?

The meeting point is the famous garden in Thamel – The Garden of Dreams built by the late Kaiser Shumsher in 1920, now handed over to Nepalese Garden, well built in European style, known as the garden of six seasons. The guide from Himkala Adventure stands outer gate so that the participants can see him and the tour begins sharp at 9:00 am in the morning and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon (Booking for the tour is expected!!!)

5) What should we do to book the tour?

For the participants, the approach is simple. You could check Free Walking Tour Kathmandu, our page or simply type in Google then fill the quick inquiry form for booking. Or you do not require pre-booking, you could join at once, but message or call would be expected to manage accordingly.

6) Is Himkala Adventure, an authentic tour company?

Yes, it is. Himkala Adventure is a government registered company. We have been registered in many other departments like TAX office, Department of Tourism, Small and Cottage Industry, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and so on.

7) What does Himkala mean? What other things does it do?

Him means "the snow" and Kala means "art". So, Himkala stands for the snow art . Himkala Adventure offers any kinds of tourism related services like, many days tour, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rafting, bungee jumping, village tours, and any other adventurous activities.

8) Why is Free Walking Tour Kathmandu organized?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is not for cheap publicity. We want to bring drastic change in our traditional touring system, quality based tour in the historical and cultural city like Kathmandu. Most importantly, Free Walking Tour Kathmandu does not set charge and tourists show their appreciation by leaving tips and reviews at the end after the service, depending on their satisfaction and resources. So, Our Free Walking Tour is beneficial for them who are travelling on a budget.

9) Why Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is good?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is exceptionally good tour because the experienced guide tries his level best to make the tour qualitative, more informative and of great fun because it is organized by a professional guide who had worked as a guide from different companies in the past. This experience and the desire to get good feedbacks/ reviews and obviously good tips from the participants, the guide shows his great motivation, patience and flexibility.

10) How is the guide in Free Walking Tour Kathmandu? Is he/she a certified guide?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is organized by a government licensed holder guide from government organization NATHM- Mr. Shiva Dhakal. He traveled to Europe in 2014 and impressed with the growing trend of Free Walking Tour in Europe

11) How long does it take? What about the route?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu takes 3-4 hours. We are very flexible in the sense that we have covered two places, in case you would not like to go further, you could return back from one site. So, it depends on your pace. But we have covered two places like around Thamel including Kathmandu Durbar Square and The Monkey Temple (Swoyambhu)

12) How is Free Walking Tour Kathmandu different than any other tours simply operated by tour operators?

We have got this quote that if people have paid up front something, they tend to complain about stuff. This is entirely FREE OF COST. Anyone could enjoy our service and evaluate how quality service we could provide. This is completely Free or pays – what – you – want tours to see local areas, culture, and ritual activities. We want to be different than the traditional operators and touring system and bring out changes over cut throat competition in between tour operators in Nepal.

13) Is it very tiring?

We can make our route plan as per your interest, walking around, or going inside the Heritage Site or to have a bit long walk. Generally, it is of 3 -4 hours, really not tiring.

14) How will you be benefitted?

You could see the touristy market Thamel, narrow alleys, courtyards, old houses, backstreets inside, and local temples, stupas, Durbar Square, Freak Street and finally the walk towards the Monkey Temple. You will witness the ritual activities on the way.

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is an entirely a new event, being offered by Himkala Adventure. Mr Shiva Dhakal , is a government licensed holder city tour guide since long. To make this event more organized, quality based and more informative we would like you to advise us.Here are some of the information about the tour in brief:

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  • Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is organised everyday from the front gate of Garden of Dreams, Thamel, sharp at 9:00 am in the morning and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon.
  • We expect your prior confirmation.
  • The tour takes about 3 - 4 hours that goes through southern part of Thamel, visiting local markets, local temples, stupas to the Monkey Temple
  • We can guide you inside the Kathmandu Durbar Square upon your request.
  • The entrance fees in Kathmandu Durbar Square and at Swoyambhu (The Monkey Temple) will be of your own.
  • Please take permission while taking pictures in some local ritual activities.
  • Walk around the temples and stupas clockwise.
  • If anyone can not walk up to the Monkey Temple, we can shorten the tour as per your interest.
  • If anyone is physically unable to climb the stairs, steps, we can organize for them too but should be informed beforehand.
  • Free Walking Tour is gratuity based modal, you could encourage guide for his time and experience if you like the tour.
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A well-liked sightseeing tour that circles the Kathmandu Valley is also referred to as a  "Kathmandu Valley heritage tour" or a "Kathmandu city tour." The Kathmandu city tour will take you on a fascinating excursion that passes through historical and revered heritage sites. While touring the city's historic landmarks, temples, palaces, and streets, you will be transported back in time. And learn about the different cultures and lifestyles of the Kathmandu locals. 

The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu. It boasts a rich culture that ranks among the highest in Asia, an extraordinary history that dates back two thousand years, and many Hindu temples,  Buddhist stupas, and historical monuments. It is frequently referred to as an outdoor museum of medieval art and architecture and has a lot to offer its visitors. There are seven UNESCO-designated world historical sites in Kathmandu , together with the nearby towns of Patan and  Bhaktapur. This tour takes you through every major city in the Kathmandu Valley, including  Katmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. You'll also walk through the town's historical center to see the bustling traditional market. 

The stunning view of the surrounding natural and artistic surroundings in the Kathmandu Valley is promoted by the Kathmandu City Tour. The temple town of Kathmandu is a vision of paradise on earth. Kathmandu Valley is in a concave shape, 1400 meters above sea level. Kathmandu,  the capital of Nepal, is known for having extraordinary beauty on a global scale. A large number of tourists have gathered in this city (either foreigners or natives). Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, and  Kathmandu are the three cities. You won't leave any town where you stopover unimpressed. Cities are unique because they combine holy and ethnic characteristics. 

If you want to satisfy your curiosity about culture and history, Kathmandu is a great spot. This day trip is primarily intended for people to learn about cultural variety and beliefs, a pilgrimage tour for mature individuals or senior residents, couples, family with friends, and those who want a safe and leisurely time. As the only metropolis in the Himalayan region, Kathmandu attracts many tourists. Not only is this the biggest city in Nepal, but it's also one of the most tranquil places. 

You must take advantage of the Kathmandu sightseeing packages , which cover most of the locations, to get the most out of your vacation here. You can delve deeply into the region's history at places like Hanuman Dhoka Square. If you prefer a more serene environment, the area is home to a stunning variety of peaceful temples. 

During your Kathmandu City Tour, you must not miss Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar  Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Buddha Stupa, or Swoyambhunath. These are just a few of the city's other must-see attractions. These spectacular landmarks, some of which have been added to  UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, can be seen during a city tour of Kathmandu. Your eyes won't be able to handle how beautiful those places are. Viewing and appreciating the craftsmanship of historical and religious structures will never be enough for you. 

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Living God Kumari

Kathmandu City Tour - 6 Hours

Kathmandu Half Day Tour - 3 hours

Kathmandu Half Day Tour - 3 hours Sightseeing

Major highlights during the kathmandu city tour.

Seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath  Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan  Durbar Square, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Chagunarayan Temple, are included in the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. 

Explore historic palaces, Durbar Square, and beautiful pagoda-style temples. ∙ Experience the culture, heritage, and distinctive way of life of an ethnic group. ∙ Take a tour of Basantapur Durbar Square to visit Kumari, the Living Goddess residence. ∙ Discover well-known monkey temples and stupas that embody ancient Buddhist ceremonies and culture. 

Visit the Hindu cremation ground and the well-known Hindu shrine Pashupatinath. ∙ Travelers can take the Kathmandu valley trip before or after their Nepal trekking tour to learn about the country's most significant historical sites. 

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip is a truly unforgettable way to learn about Nepal's history,  culture, and traditions. 

The following locations are included in the Kathmandu city tour: 

Pashupatinath Temple 

The Pashupatinath Temple is located around 6 kilometers to the east of Kathmandu. Hindus are the primary visitors to this religious monument. The view from the temple next to the Bagmati River is stunning. People of all faiths visit this temple once in their lives, even though it is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva Mahadev. After visiting Pashupati, failing to do "Evening  Aarati" is equivalent to skipping dessert after a wonderful meal.  

Everyone is enthralled by the priests' chanting Lord Shiva's mantra during Aarati. The most gratifying scene is when sadhus welcome people of all religions while reciting Shiva's hymn while their bodies are covered in ash and wearing Rudraksha garlands. Other shrines encircle   Pashupatinath Temple . Surya Narayan, Kritimukh Bhairav, Unmatta Bhairav, Budhanilkantha,  Vasuki Nath, Hanuman temple, 184 Shivalinga, and many other shrines can be found close to  Pashupatinath. 

The main temple is a pagoda-style structure with a gold-plated top portion and four silver-plated side doorways featuring intricately carved wooden gods. The Pashupatinath Temple is surrounded by sculpted wooden and stone structures. Elders, the needy, tantric gurus, and others can find shelter in one of the many ashrams erected around the temple. 

The hub of numerous Hindu rites. Visitors to this temple engage in rituals and offer prayers to  Lord Shiva for better health and a happy family. Birth and death, which are significant stages in the human life cycle, can be experienced here as the ritual's focal point. Here, a variety of people conduct funerals by Hindu customs. The entire Pashupati area is crowded with thousands of people throughout the months of Shivaratri, Shrawan, and Teej, who came to partake in the festivities and celebrate the almighty festival. 

The importance of Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath is regarded by many as the most sacred of all the pilgrimage locations. The numerous temples on the Pashupatinath grounds have a rich past. At Pashupatinath Temple,  you can always see the unique blending of culture and religion. The burial rites, memorial services,  and pilgrimage events at Pashupatinath emphasize the significance of this Shiva shrine. It is incredibly well-liked among Hindu adherents because of the tremendous religious benefits it carries. 

The main attraction at this most important place of worship is the Jyotirlingas . One of the 12  Jyotirlingas, thought to be in Pashupatinath Temple, is believed to have existed during the cosmic eras. According to the mythology underlying the Jyotirlingas, Shiva once manifested as a piercing of the globe. The places where Shiva's light has appeared are the Jyotirlingas. To be saved from all the sins they committed throughout their lives; many individuals come to this temple. The prevailing notion is that going to the temple may free one from sinful activities. The common belief is that visiting the temple may absolve one of all evil behavior. 

Daily rituals at Pashupatinath temple 

Pashupatinath is the primary site of live pilgrimage in Nepal. It offers many different experiences.  As a part of the spiritual manifestations, the aarti began in the evening. A sizable audience shows up for the aarti ceremony here. The regular ceremonies performed near the shrine include the following: West gate opens to guests at 4:00 am. 

  • 8:30 a.m.: Pujaris arrive, and God's ritual bathing and purification start.
  • Breakfast, or Baal Bhog, is offered to the Lord at 9:30 am. 
  • 10 a.m.: Those who wish to participate in Puja may do so. Up until 1:45 pm, the Puja continues. 
  • Lunch is offered to the Lord at the main Pashupati Temple around 1:50 PM. ∙ Morning prayers end at 2:00 pm. 
  • Around the primary Pashupati Temple, the evening Aarati starts at 5:15 p.m. ∙ Spiritual aarti commences at 6:00 p.m. A large crowd, including children, attends this event. 
  • Doors close at 7:00 p.m. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Basantapur 

The heart of the Kathmandu Valley is Basantapur. With its magnificent monuments, Basantapur  Durbar Square is a source of enjoyment for everyone. Many historical and ethnically significant monuments can be found in Durbar Square, including the bell, Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Chowk,  and Taleju Temple (which is only open during Vijaya Dashami's Navami).  

There is an old temple called "Jagannath" with a pornographic statue. These relics depict boys and girls meeting the primal need known as the Kamasutra. You may see the 1908 structure  "GaddhiBaithak," which Ranas constructed in the European style. A frightening-looking,  enormous sculpture of Kal (black) Bhairav with six arms has gained popularity. There is a chance 

that your wish will come true if you make it in front of that statue with a sincere heart. But if you make a fake promise or lie, you will be punished and vomit blood or die. 

The Live Goddess of Nepal, known as Kumari, is revered as a living manifestation of the Mother  Goddess or Adi Shakti and is located in Kathmandu Durbar Square . The living goddess, riding on a chariot with other gods in human form, is paraded through Durbar Square during the festival of Indra Jatra, bestowing blessings in the shape of flowers. Thousands of locals and visitors attend this festival to enjoy themselves and receive blessings from the Kumari. 

What is there to do and see at Kathmandu's Durbar Square? 

  • The Kumari Ghar 
  • Shiva Parvati Temple 
  • Taleju Bhawani Temple  
  • Kaal Bhairav  
  • Sweta Bhairava 
  • Akash Bhairav Temple 
  • Hanuman Dhoka statue 
  • Nasal Chowk 
  • Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum 
  • Jagannath temple  
  • Chasin Dega 
  • Kotilingeshwar Mahadev temple 
  • Mahendreshwar temple 
  • Giant drums & Big Bell 
  • Gaddi Baithak 
  • Kasthamandap 
  • Basantapur square 
  • Freak Street 
  • Asan, Kathmandu’s local market 
  • ∙Cultural Guided tours 

Swayambhunath Temple 

Swayambhunath Stupa, around 2500 years old, is also referred to as the "Monkey Temple."  Swayambhu means "self-created" or "self-existent" in its basic sense. Buddhist monks from throughout the world travel to this stupa frequently because it is the oldest. Three enormous statues of Lord Buddha may be seen from the main entrance gate, which lies to the west. You have the option of entering by stairs as well. With a view of the statue of the Sleeping Buddha, the 365 steps will undoubtedly bring you to spiritual enlightenment. The idea of Kathmandu city may be seen from the front side of the stupa. A small artificial pond and fountain may be found on the western side of the stupa. Tossing a coin is widespread, and it is considered lucky if the coin lands on a plate.  

The stupa region is covered by a forest, home to a large population of monkeys, from which the temple derives its name. Tourists and pilgrims must ascend hundreds of steep stairs to the best location to see the massive stupa . Around the stupa, the region has antique monuments, temples, paintings, and prayer wheels that evoke the ancient world. In addition, ancient manuscripts provide information about that era. For many locals, this region serves as a sanctuary for meditation and relaxation. 

It provides a beautiful aerial perspective of the entire valley of Kathmandu because it is at the top of a hill. And the valley of Kathmandu may be seen from one of the top vantage points. 

Morning & evening rituals 

The most exciting times to visit Kathmandu's Hindu and Buddhist landmarks are dawn and dusk.  Worshipers come at this time to pay their respects, leave offerings of incense, flowers, and treats,  and turn their prayer wheels. 

If you are staying close to Thamel, think about waking up around five in the morning and taking a  pedal rickshaw to the Swayambhu. Early in the morning during every season, the air is more relaxed in  Kathmandu, as is the traffic light. So as you ascend the 300 stairs to Swayambhu's peak, you'll also be able to dodge the heat. Even better, Cafe De Stupa, a rooftop restaurant with views of the stupa and the city, offers tea or coffee in the early morning. Just be aware that sunrise happens extremely early for most of the year. 

Boudhanath Temple 

The most significant Tibetan Buddhist landmark outside Tibet is Boudhanath, also known as   Boudha. It is one of the largest stupas in the world and dates back to the fifth century. For years,  the leading trade route between Tibet and Kathmandu was through Boudha, and today many Tibetans are fleeing Nepal. Today, the stupa's surrounding town is a vibrant hub of Tibetan life and culture. The stupa's shape and construction resemble a "Mandala," and it is divided into several sections to represent the various facets of Buddhism. 

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This visit is made more spiritual and religious by the hundreds of prayer wheels circling at the stupa's base, the vibrant prayer flags hanging from the stupa's top, the pleasant aroma of Buddhist incense, and the serene chanting of Buddhist monks. The Great Stupa is surrounded by lovely rooftop hotels, cafes, local artifact shops, and monasteries. The most incredible places to see the beauties of  Boudhanath stupas are the hotels' and cafes' rooftops. Don't forget to sample the famed "Khapse"  appetizers and butter milk tea enjoyed by Buddhists in Boudha. 

Things to do around Boudhanath: 

  • Catch the early morning or evening monk’s prayers 
  • Walk around the stupa while spinning the prayer wheels 
  • Try authentic Tibetan food at the local eateries 
  • Look around for souvenirs 
  • Visit the well-known monasteries in the Boudhanath area

Cultural Values of Kathmandu Valley 

Culture can be compared to a mother's womb, where a baby is nurtured and given a human shape by the mother. Similar to how a mother named "Culture" was added, a country's fame and uniqueness will be sculpted via its significant cultural and traditional values. Without a doubt,  Kathmandu is the location in Nepal that qualifies as such a lovely and singular destination. One of the best destinations in the globe, known for rich cultural values, can be seen here thanks to its culture, which manifests itself in magnificent structures, monuments, works of art, museums,  temples, and more—the best place in the world to experience diverse cultures and traditions is Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the ideal destination to seek lifelong knowledge for a cultural tour. 

A day trip to Kathmandu offers you a complete selection of the city's art, architecture, history, culture,  natural beauty, and adventure activities. The two main touristic seasons are from March to  May and August to November, although this tour is a very light, leisurely trip that lasts the entire year. 

The central city of Nepal, Kathmandu, is surrounded by lush green hills and is home to three different countries: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu is rich in culture, architecture, and history. In the past and present, these three locations were neighboring nations. The "Newars," who live in Kathmandu, are people who participate in dozens or more rituals and festivals each year. 

Additionally, they have preserved the histories of former kingdoms, UNESCO World Legacy  Sites, historical monuments, and cultural sites in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, earning them the title of being the nation with the most affluent culture, heritage, and temples. Many popular tourist destinations near Kathmandu   include Syambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath,  Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Living Goddess  (Kumari) Temple, and others. 

Artistic endeavors 

The best traces of Kathmandu culture can be found in arts and crafts. For many different types of artwork, skills, and sculptures, Kathmandu is like a treasure trove. You may see firsthand examples of Kathmandu's epic arts at various temples, stupas, palaces,  courtyards, and streets. Kathmandu's religious arts are the best resources for understanding religion's cultural relevance. The two main groups contributing to the enrichment of religious importance are Hindus and Buddhists . By viewing its various artistic forms, you may analyze  Kathmandu's rich culture and history. 


Festivals in Nepal carry traditions and cultural practices. Numerous festivals will serve as excellent platforms in Kathmandu to showcase various cultures and folklore. We can participate in multiple cultures and traditions during celebrations. Holi, Bisket Jatra,  Dashain, Diwali, Mani Rimdu, and other festivities are among the greatest to take part in when visiting Kathmandu. You may have an endless amount of fun and amusement during these festivals.


Kathmandu's cuisine adds something extra. Notably, foods from ancient times have a delicious taste. Diverse cuisines that use a variety of spices and unique ingredients taste excellent and delectable. Dal Bhat, various Momos specialties, Newari cuisine, Jelabi,  Chatamari, Sel roti, Aloo chop, Sekuwa, and a wide range of other dishes are among the best-tried foods and desserts in Kathmandu whenever you visit Kathmandu, never skip these dishes in your eating plan. 


Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, and other religions are practiced in Kathmandu. However, Hindus and Buddhists are the two religions with the largest populations. The majority of them are found in various monasteries and temples.  Buddha's five Dhyani essential components, Hindus' worship of several old Vedic deities,  monasteries, mosques, churches, etc., all represent the unity in diversity of all religions. 

Dance and music 

Cultural music and dance performances are very well-known in Kathmandu. Everyone is drawn to the various dances and musical genres that symbolize culture. The most popular music festival to go to is the Jazz Festival, where many musicians will display their talents. Cultural ideals can be easily ingrained in people's minds through music and literature. 


The traditions observed in Kathmandu contribute to the glory and culture of Nepal. In  Kathmandu, "Cow" is revered as the Universal Mother, a symbol of maternal love,  generosity, and kindness. Due to this, the majority of Hindus never consume beef. Here,  "Non-Violence" refers to "Ahimsa," which is something that all religions practice.  Everyone in the city lives by this excellent philosophy. Additionally, there are other rituals in Kathmandu that indicate how important cultural values are to the city: avoiding wearing shoes inside of houses or temples, and always being willing to provide a hand. 

The nation's distinct culture, which was derived from the past, would be reflected in the arts and crafts, literature, music, festivals, cuisines, religions, customs, etc. These all make for the ideal fusion of cultural experiences in Kathmandu. 


A region's development begins with its literature, which establishes a solid foundation for education. In Kathmandu, you can find literature written in Nepali, Sanskrit, and Nepali  Bhasa. The outstanding representations and examples of ancient culture can be found in many manuscripts.

Entrance Fees in Kathmandu Valley 

Foreign visitors to Kathmandu's historic sites must pay an entrance fee to enter the area. For residents of SAARC nations and others, there are various prices. Regarding pricing information,  please look below : 

Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO Heritage site): 

  • Npr 1000 for Foreign nation 
  • Npr. 150 for SAARC nationals 

Swayambhunah Temple (UNESCO Heritage site) 

  • Npr 200 for Foreign nation 
  • Npr. 50 for SAARC nationals 

Bouhanath Temple(UNESCO Heritage site): 

  • Npr 400 for Foreign nation 
  • Npr. 100 for SAARC nationals 

Pashupatinath Temple (UNESCO Heritage site): 

  • Npr. 1000 for SAARC nationals and free for Indians 

Departure Date 

For a city tour of Kathmandu, you are welcome to explore at any time. There are many different spots you can visit and enjoy your day on this short tour . When you like, you can also make a last-minute tour reservation . Since it is the simplest one-day tour, there are no restrictions on booking. We can also provide various offers for E arly bookings.  

Private Kathmandu City Tour 

The day of the Kathmandu sightseeing tour includes all four of Kathmandu's World Heritage Sites ,   and we will serve as your guide to show you around. The journey provides you with in-depth knowledge of the nation's cultures, languages, traditions, and history. 

The first site you will learn about Hinduism and how Hindus worship the gods as well as how they do their cremations along the banks of the Bagmati River is the Pashupatinath Temple. The  Buddhist stupa known as Boudhnath Stupa will be your next stop. Under the stupa, according to  Buddhist doctrine, are relics of the Kashyap Buddha. Other monasteries can be found nearby, and  Swyambhunath is another important Buddhist shrine. We depart from the day's activities and proceed to Kathmandu durbar square, where we may visit the living goddess, numerous other temples, and the actual royal palace. You will also be transported to a location where you can sample real Nepali cuisine. 

Group Joining Kathmandu City Tour 

Joining a group is a great idea in many ways. By joining a group tour , you can save money, make new friends, and gain insight into other social groups. It's the ideal option for single travelers and couples who don't mind traveling together. Group trips are provided to explore Kathmandu city as well. Due to the fun and cost savings compared to solo travel, many tourists opt to travel in groups. 

Hiring Tour Guide for City Tour 

Kathmandu has become somewhat of a magnet for international travelers since the 1960s. With the city's captivating fusion of artistic and cultural legacy and its close proximity to the Himalayas,  it's simple to understand why. Experience the many attractions that this city has to offer on a private tour of Kathmandu with a native as your guide. 

The distinctive architecture and friendly ambiance of Durbar Square, which is located in the center of the old city, are indescribable to anyone visiting Kathmandu. Along the way, stop to try steamed momos or peruse the handicrafts as you meander through Old Town's winding, tiny lanes with your guide. 

A day's journey to the area's World Heritage-listed sites, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bodhnath,  and Patan, is highly recommended. Additionally, your guide would be pleased to assist you with a hike in Champa Devi or Shivapuri National Park to reach the verdant mountain scenery around the Kathmandu Valley. 

If you have specific travel preferences, your guide would gladly create a bespoke Kathmandu tour just for you. For your day tour, you can hire a guide from one of the trekking businesses in the area of Kathmandu. 

Car, Jeep, and Van Hire for Small & Big Group Tour

A historical tour of the Kathmandu Valley is provided by Kathmandu City Tour. Nepal's capital city is Kathmandu. We provide an all-day trip to the Kathmandu Valley. You can also hire different kinds of vehicles for your day tour. 

Vehicle Type Capacity 

  • Car Family size 5 Persons comfortable 
  • Jeep 5 persons comfortable 
  • Hiace 14 persons comfortable 
  • Bus 25 persons comfortable

Rental car for Kathmandu city tour 

  • City tour of Kathmandu A party of four people can rent a car. The Kathmandu Valley's  Kathmandu City Tour lasts for one day. 

City tour of Kathmandu Renting a family car 

  • City tour of Kathmandu Family travel is appropriate with a family automobile hire. Counting the driver, it can accommodate 4 persons. It is a one-day excursion. 

City tour of Kathmandu Rental Jeep 

  • Tour of Kathmandu's city A group of 5 to 6 people, excluding the driver, can comfortably ride in a Jeep rental. It is a day-long tour of the Kathmandu Valley. 

City Tour of Kathmandu the Toyota Hiace van rental 

  • City tour of Kathmandu 7 to 9 persons, excluding the driver, can fit in a rented Toyota Hiace van.  It is a day-long tour of the Kathmandu Valley. 

Tour of Kathmandu City Rent a Toyota Hiace van 

Tour of Kathmandu City The Toyota Hiace Van rental can accommodate 7 to 9 passengers,  excluding the driver. This trip to the Kathmandu Valley lasts for one day. 

Bus Rental for Kathmandu City Tour 

  • Tour of Kathmandu City Depending on the size of the group, a tourist bus may accommodate 25  to 30 passengers, and a coaster can accommodate 15 to 20. This trip of the Kathmandu Valley lasts for one day. 

Religious Harmony Among Hinduism & Buddhism 

On May 18, 2006, Nepal's Parliament declared it to be a secular state. Nepal is home to people who practice a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism,  Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship, and animism. Either Hindus or Buddhists make up the bulk of  Nepalis. Through the ages, they have peacefully coexisted. 

In Nepal, Buddha is highly revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. The five Dhyani Buddhas— Vairochana, Akshobhaya, Rathasambhava, Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi —represent the five essential elements of earth, fire, water, air, and ether . Buddhist philosophy holds that these deities are manifestations of the Sunya or the absolute void. Hindus also venerate the Vajrayana Buddhist deities Mahakala and Bajrayogini.  

Hindus in Nepal revere the legendary Vedic deities. As the Supreme Hindu Trinity, Bramha the  Creator , Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer are revered The Shiva Linga, Lord Shiva's phallic symbol is worshipped in the majority of Shiva temples . Shiva's feminine counterpart  Shakti is admired and feared for her dynamic nature.

The names Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati, and Ishwari are just a few. Another substitute for  Shakti is the virgin goddess Kumari. Other well-known deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth, and Hanuman for protection. Additionally, many people worship  Krishna, who is regarded as Lord Vishnu's human incarnation. The Bhagawat Gita , the Ramayan,  and the Mahabharat are three of the most-read religious texts in Nepal. Well-educated Brahmin  Pundits read from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other sacred texts on auspicious occasions. 

Shopping in Kathmandu Sightseeing Places  

No destination can be fully experienced unless you spend some time wandering the neighborhood and discovering what it has to offer. The travel mementos are what people remember their journeys by most fondly. One such activity that would make you pleased and satisfied is shopping in  Kathmandu. Here are some shopping advice and the best locations in Kathmandu to buy Tibetan  Buddhist items, prayer flags, and traditional Nepalese clothing. 

Once upon a time, tourists would only travel to Kathmandu to see the city's exquisite art and architecture. These days, they also stop by to take in the surroundings at its cutting-edge malls.  The cheaper pricing you may find here is what makes Kathmandu such a terrific spot to stock up on goods from international brands. Because Kathmandu has minimal overhead expenses, sellers may charge less for authentic goods. Additionally, a variety of designer products are sold through authorized dealers, so you know you're receiving the real deal. Some of the great products you can  find around Kathmandu city are: 

Thangkas and paintings 

Thangkas are beautiful artworks created on materials like cotton and silk. These evolved alongside the wall paintings depicting Tibetan Buddhism. These Tibetan Buddhist motif paintings are typically stored rolled up with a silk cover on top, much like a Chinese scroll.  These exquisite works of art depict Buddhist teachings and feature incredible embodiments, such as the Bhavachakra (The Wheel of Life). 

Singing Bowls 

The Singing Bowls are a fantastic thing to purchase if you're looking for elegant mementos to send home. These were once used for Buddhist religious rituals, but they are now very popular since they are useful for unwinding and meditating. In any Kathmandu handicraft shop, singing bowls are available for purchase. 


Pashmina materials also referred to as Cashmere, spell elegance in capital letters! This fabric, which is soft and lightweight with lovely embroidery and is made from mountain goat fur, is unquestionably renowned throughout the world. You will discover these materials to be less expensive than most other places in Nepal because it is one of the few locations in the world where Pashmina is originally woven. Therefore, it is advisable to bring home some Pashmina goods, such as shawls, stoles, and scarves, which are perfect as gifts or for personal use.

Bead, Bone, Silver, and Stone Jewelry 

For all of the world's gem lovers, Kathmandu is a paradise. Shopping for jewelry in  Kathmandu, Nepal, is a necessity due to the abundance of excellent beads and stone jewelry in the neighborhood markets. Who would know better if you were a collector if it were a  center for semi-precious stones? If you want to purchase jewelry in Kathmandu, go to  Thamel or one of the nearby streets. It is a center for silver jewelry, and you won't be dissatisfied when you leave. Do you have a plan in mind? It can be manufactured there! 

Puppets and dolls 

Puppets and dolls from Nepal are the ideal representation of Nepali culture and heritage.  Through the costumes and colors they wear, they do an excellent job of displaying the culture. The puppets are handcrafted items typically made of cotton, fabric, or wood. These beautiful string puppets make the ideal gifts to bring back to your own country. 

Traditional Nepalese Clothing 

You can purchase traditional apparel items if you wish to experience some authentic  Nepalese flavors. Shopping for clothing in Kathmandu might be a lot of fun because there are so many alternatives. Daura Suruwal is the name of the traditional male clothes, and  Kurta Suruwal is the name of the traditional female dress. Don't forget to check out Dhaka (Nepalese Topi) if you're in Kathmandu for clothing shopping. 


These twin-bladed traditional Gorkha knives may be seen on display in many Kathmandu shops. Since the 18th century , these have been employed in battle by Nepali warriors as well as by farmers and hunters. These knives' handles have intriguing patterns on them. An excellent memento to purchase if you want a taste of old Nepal. 


The handicrafts of Nepal are another well-liked product that tourists purchase frequently. Products ranging from wood to metal, masks, sculptures, statues of the Hindu gods and Lord Buddha, puppets and dolls, prayer wheels, pottery , and souvenirs are among them. While some of these are genuine antiques, others are merely manufactured goods.  The former typically sell for more money and require specific government permits to bring home. 

Best Lunch during City Tour 

What makes Kathmandu interesting is the city's incredible food diversity. Kathmandu is a fantastic foodie destination. If you don't know what you're looking for and, more importantly, where to seek it,  it can be extremely overwhelming and challenging to enjoy the Kathmandu food scene. Local cuisine in Nepal is more well-liked and offers incredible flavors that are addicting. Discover these incredible foods for your wonderful experience while on your visit to Nepal.

  • Mo: Mo - Steamed or fried dumplings, known as Mo: mo is one of the most well-liked snacks among Nepalese people. Nearly termed Nepali fast food. It is available in four different styles—Hot C, Half Fry, Stem, and Deep Fry—as either Veg or Non-Veg. 
  • Thakali Set or Dhedo Set from Nepal-  This set includes rice, lentils, curry, and additional items. While Dhido is boiling flour made into hard porridge, some houses also cook Dhido as a meal. In the past, this was a typical dish in rural areas. Rice or Dhido should be your choice. Dhido, however, is not readily available everywhere. 
  • Sel Roti -  Ring-shaped rice braked, deep-fried in oil. Thukpa: Soupy Noodles with  Vegetables, Eggs, or even Meat. 
  • Chowmein -  A variety of fried noodles with meat, eggs, or vegetables mixed in. ∙ Black lentil pancake is a Newari dish called bara. 
  • Sukuti -  Customary dry meat, primarily made of Buff products. 
  • Yomari -  A Newari sweet dish 
  • Chatamari -  Pizza from Nepal. 
  • Juju Dhau -  the Yogurt King 
  • For the Best Taste and Newari Food Set, use a Newari Platter. 
  • Choyla -  The most well-liked spicy and fiery Newari meat 

It is easy to find these foods in and around Kathmandu. They are common in the valley.

Major Festivals of Sightseeing Places

You can witness a lot of festivals on your tour because, as you are all aware, Nepal is one of the countries that celebrate festivals all year round. Anytime you come here throughout the year, you can take part in a festival. If you travel at the correct moment, you might be fortunate enough to see these festivities in Kathmandu.


The most significant festival celebrated here is Shivaratri, also known as " The Night of Lord  Shiva, " the night on which Lord Shiva self-originated. On this day, pilgrims and devotees from all over India and Nepal, including sadhus (barely clothed holy men with long locks of hair smeared in ashes), throng the temple to get a glimpse of the sacred Shiva lingam .  

On Teej , a festival that is only observed by Hindu women, in mid-September, a great number of followers also flock to the temple. Women wearing red bridal sarees and necklaces made of yellow or green beads offer prayers for their husbands' health, wealth, and longevity, turning the entire temple complex and the surrounding environs into a sea of crimson. Every two weeks on Ekadashi,  the 11th day of the lunar month, the temple is equally as busy with worshippers. The two most notable and sacred Ekadashis are the Harishayani Ekadashi in Ashadh (June/July) and the  Haribodhini Ekadashi in Kartik (October/November) four months later. The Harishayani Ekadashi in Ashadh (June/July) and the Haribodhini Ekadashi in Kartik (October/November) are the two most significant and revered Ekadashis. 

Boudhanath Temple

People light candles (diyo) to brighten the Boudhanath Stupa on full moon nights. The three main holidays observed in Boudhanath are Temal Jatra, Lhosar, and Buddha Jayanti. 

Buddha Jayanti 

Recoloring and adorning the Stupa is the first step in getting ready for Buddha Jayanti. The locals paint it white and add a lovely red border around the dome of the building. A few weeks prior to the arrival of visitors for Buddha Jayanti, they also polish the pinnacle and the eyes of wisdom.  They worship the stupa, pour color, offer rice, and present various goodies on the actual day of  Jayanti. This donation represents Siddhartha Gautama's decision to live his life in preference to the alms given by the devotees and to give up his material possessions. Buddhist statues and sacred scroll paintings are shown on this day. One of the most beautiful sights to see is when people light up the stupa on the night of Buddha Jayanti. With the offered butter lamps, the entire stupa is illuminated. 

Four Lhosars Festival 

The four Lhosars—Galdan Namchot, Losoong or Gyalpo, Tamu, and Sonam—are also widely observed by different Buddhist communities to remember various Rinpoche and Buddha. 

Temal Jatra 

Temal Jatra is a unique event celebrated by Buddhists, particularly those from the Tamang community. On Chaitra Shukla Purnima, which is also known as the first day of Spring, people celebrate it. In honor of departed family members and friends, this festival is held. 

The two primary holidays observed in Swayambhunath are Losar and Buddha Jayanti. On these occasions, a sizable crowd of visitors walks around the temple as the monks use saffron-colored paint to draw a lotus pattern on the stupa. Another significant occasion in Swayambhunath is the month-long Gunla celebration that marks the end of the rainy season. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square 

There are a lot of festivals celebrated in Kathmandu. The most famous Jatra in Kathmandu Durbar  square is: 

Indra Jatra 

The largest religious street event in Kathmandu, Nepal, is called Indra Jatra. In Nepal Bhasa, Indra  Jatra is frequently referred to as Yeny, where Ye stands for "Kathmandu" and Ya for "celebrate,"  which combined implies "Celebration inside Kathmandu." The two main activities of this festival are the Indra Jatra and the Kumari Jatra. Indra Jatra features tableaus honoring the God Indra, the monarch of heaven, masked dances of gods and demons, and displays of holy images. The live goddess Kumari is carried in chariots during the Kumari Jatra. Yala, the eleventh month in the lunar Nepal Era calendar, is celebrated for eight days, from the 12th day of the brilliant fortnight 

to the 4th day of the dark fortnight. Although this festival is observed all around Kathmandu,  Kathmandu Durbar Square serves as the primary gathering place. 


As a result, Kathmandu City Tour combines short journey experiences to the lovely city of  Kathmandu with religious, ancient, historical, and spiritual encounters. You will never forget this experience. So start your journey to the city of Kathmandu for your incredible experience.

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