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Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is one of the most delightful tours of Nepal. This tour helps you to explore cultural and historical diversity as well as gives you a pleasant ride to seven UNESCO world heritage sites of Nepal which Includes ,Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Bauddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Changu Narayan Temple.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour is a perfect tour for those who love to watch historical Monuments architecture and beautiful sculptures. During this tour you will be provided with a professional local guide having fluency in both English language and local languages. In addition, you can also visit other famous places like Siddha pokhari, Naag daha, Nagarkot, Dakshinkali Temple, Chovar hills ,Taudaha lake , Chitlang , Kulekhani dam and many more. We can arrange the guide and extend the tour as per the travellers choice.
Kathmandu Valley tour includes the following sites:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Squares(Royal Palaces) of Kathmandu valley. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square. One of the main attractions of this site is the house of living Goddesses (Kumari Ghar). You can see living Goddesses between 9-11 am and 4-6 pm . Photography of living goddesses is strictly prohibited. This site is also well known for different Buddhist and Hindu Rituals and holy ceremonies. Indra Jatra is one of the main festivals celebrated on this site. Kalbhairav, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Aakash Bhairav temple, Hanuman dhoka statue, Hanuman dhoka palace , Kasthamandap,etc are other attractions of this place. It is one of the best places for people to observe nepalese culture. Kasthamandap rest house of this site is said to have been built with wood from a single tree. You can find many people selling local products and beautiful crafts which you can buy as souvenirs to your loved ones around this place.
Patan Durbar Square is a major attraction of patan (known as lalitpur). It is well known as the city of fine arts. Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour is incomplete without visiting patan durbar square. Keshav Narayan chowk, Sundari chowk and Mul chowk(oldest one) are the three main courtyards of this palace. Besides this Krishna mandir, Bhimsen Temple,Vishwanath Temple and Taleju Bhawani Temple are the major temples of this palace. Krishna mandir is the most important temple of patan durbar square built in the 17th century by the king Siddhi Narshing Malla. It is famous among hindu pilgrims. Huge number of devotees visit this temple during Krishna Janmashtami. This Durbar square is a good example of ancient Newari architecture.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the best places to visit in Bhaktapur. The Durbar Square is 15 km far from Kathmandu and is also known as Bhadgaon, Khwopa in Nepali and Newari language. Many people also give Bhaktapur Durbar Square the moniker of “Living Heritage” and “Ancient Newari Town”.
The Bhaktapur Durbar square was the first capital of the Malla Dynasty built during the 12th century to 15th century AD. It was also the first home of the Malla Dynasty. Monuments and buildings dating even before the last 18th century still exist today.
The tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is both a religious tour and a historical sightseeing tour. Bhaktapur Durbar square was built during the high influence of hinduism and tantric buddhism in Nepal. Therefore, you can find many Vihars, Bahls,Chowks, Dyochhens, water tanks, and palaces which represent the Hindu, Buddhist and Newari culture’s influence in this ancient city.
Many famous temples like Agannath,Badrinath,Kedarnath,Rameshwor Temples, Nyatapola Temple, Bagh Bhairav Temple are found in Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also well known as the Open Museum. The Durbar Square is also the home of the National Art Museum and is near the location of the Woodworking Museum and the Bronze and Brass Museum, which houses many utensils and arts and crafts of the Malla Period in Nepal.
This ancient palace square was enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage site (1979 A.D).Expect for many religious monuments there are many other spots to visit in Bhaktapur. As a popular spot of Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour spots like the 55 Window Palace, which was the home of many royals during the reign of Malla Dynasty, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate etc.
Also, this durbar square is famous for JUJU DHAU, the well known newari deserts and other dairy products. You can also visit many shops of newari cuisine and international cuisine in Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
The Swayambhunath Temple lies 3 km west of Kathmandu. According to local myth, the Swyambhunath Stupa evolved during the formation of Kathmandu Valley 2000 years ago out of a primordial lake.
The Swayambhunath Temple is believed to date back to 460 A.D. According to many experts, the stupa was said to be built by King Manadeva. It became a famous pilgrim spot even before the 5th century AD. There were renovations during the 7th century and a temple built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC which does not exist today.
The Swayambhunath Temple is also known as Monkey Temple due to hundreds of monkeys found at night when the priests and the devotees leave the Stupa.
The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha ever found in Nepal lies all on the western boundary of Swayambhunath Temple. A temple dedicated to Manjusri or Saraswati – the Goddess of learning lies behind the hill of Swyambhunath Stupa. Chaityas, statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities are found around the Stupa. Shantipur, the ‘Place of Peace’ also lies on the top of the hill of Swayambhunath Stupa. The 8th century Tantric master Shantikar Acharya lives underground in Shantipur.
There are also the statues of Dhyani Buddhas – Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi and Aksobhya – and their consorts in the Stupa.
Main worshippers of Swayambhunath Temple are Hindus, Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, and the Newari Buddhists.
The Swayambhunath Stupa was damaged during the 2015 earthquake, but the main stupa is still unharmed.
Boudhanath Temple was built around the 14th century. It is also believed to be built during 600 AD by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo who converted to Buddhism.This stupa was destroyed by Mughals during the 14th century. The current stupa was reconstructed many times.
Boudhanath is one of the current centres of Tibetan Buddhism.Many devotees believe that the stupa has some relics of past Buddha, Kashyapa or even a piece of bone from the skeleton of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Originally called Khasti Mahachaitya, it was sanstritised as Boudhanath during the Panchayat era of Nepal.Boudhanath was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
The Boudhanath is also a shopping hub of many local and as well as branded products like cashmere products of Nepal, traditional Thangka paintings and also hotels like Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Hotel Tibet International etc.
The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal and the major site of Kathmandu valley Sightseeing Tour. The God Pashupatinath is believed to be the incarnation of god Shiva.Pashupati Temple is located on the two banks of Bagmati River, Kathmandu.
Myth in Hinduism says that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human, regardless of many crimes and mistakes in their lives.
Only Hindu’s can enter the main temple where the god Pashupatinath is worshipped. Other shrines and temples do not refuse non-hindus to enter the temple. Except for Pashupatinath you can also find other shrines of Lord Shiva in the temple.
The Pashupatinath Temple also has an old age home created to help and shelter the elderly.
Pashupatinath temple is also the place where you can see many funerals of people following hindu religion.It is one of the unique ways of funeral that does not exist in other cultures. Lord Shiva is considered the patron of animals and all living organisms. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see many monkeys and deers wandering around the Temple.
Shivaratri, or ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’, Ekadasi,Raksa Bandhan, Grahan (Eclipse) , Poonrinma (Full Moon day), Sankranti and Teej are the major festivals celebrated in Pashunath Temple. Guhyeshwari, a famous Shakti Peeths in Nepal is also located near the Pashupatinath Temple.
The oldest chronicle in Nepal records Pashupatinath was built by Supus Padeva, a Linchchavi King, in 753 AD.
The Changu Narayan Temple is located 12 km to the east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District. The Changu Narayan temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest temples in Nepal.
The god Changu Narayan is one of the forms of Lord Vishnu.Many statues and monuments ranging from the age of 464 AD to 1700 years old are found in Changu Narayan TempleAlong with Lord Vishnu, idols of Shiva and Durga are also found in Changu Narayan Temple.
The major festivals celebrated in Changu Narayan Temple are Harishayani Ekadashi in the month of Ashadh,Haribodhini Ekadashi in Kartik, Naag Panchami, Janai Purnima, Mahashanan, Jugadi Navam etc.
Many tourists also visit Changu Narayan Temple for Hiking, Cycling, Newari Cuisine, Sightseeing etc. Changu Narayan Temple is famous for its mountain view and the panoramic views of the himalayas. It is also famed for mountain bike cycling and sightseeing. Visit the traditional Newari Town with unique style and architecture. Enjoy Newari Cuisine that has been used in Nepal for centuries. See the unique jatras and dances of Newars.
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