Kathmandu day tour – Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Kathmandu day tour – Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Spend the afternoon in Kathmandu visiting two of Nepal’s most revered holy sites, the enormous Buddhist stupa Bouddhanath, and the Hindu temple complex Pashupatinath, followed by a relaxed evening exploring the fascinating architecture of Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square.  We’ll start after breakfast with a visit to Bouddhanath, where we can witness the faithful circumambulating Nepal’s largest and most sacred stupa.  With 45 monasteries in its proximity, this place is known to endow visitors with a feeling of peace and wellbeing.  Next we’ll visit Pashupatinath near the banks of the Bagmati river – known as the abode of Lord Shiva, this is one of Hinduism’s most holiest sites.  Thousands of sadhus make their pilgrimages to this sacred spot each year, especially during Shivaratri, the birthday celebration of Lord Shiva, held between February and March.  We’ll explore the fascinating temple complex and see the ornately decorated pagoda housing the sacred linga of Lord Shiva, the colorful ceremony of devotees performing worship, and the sacred pyres near the riverbank where devout Hindus are cremated.  We’ll ease our way on to Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the perfect place to relax for the evening.  Said to be the best preserved of the three ancient palace complexes in Kathmandu valley, the ambience of Bhaktapur Durbar is enchanting – every strut and lintel is ornately carved, every stone holds the presence of an idol or deity.  The complex houses an array of temples surrounding a palace built in 1754 during the Malla dynasty.  There is also a National Art Gallery and museum here.  Continue exploring, or just relax among the stone pillars and watch passersby, in this royal complex we’ll end our day of sightseeing in a style fit for kings.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
  • Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
  • All required equipment for trekking crew, kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent
  • Accommodations in hotels, tea-houses, or camps during trekking
  • Three daily meals while trekking
  • All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
  • Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
  • Visa fee for entry into Nepal
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)