Kathmandu Day Tour

Posted by Andy on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Spend a day exploring the historic sights of Kathmandu. Start in the morning with a short hike up the Swayambhunath Stupa or monkey temple where you have a commanding view of the city. The stupa itself with its golden spire dates back to the 5th century AD and is one of the most important religious sites in the city. Continue across the city to the Boudhananth Stupa a pilgrimage site for many Buddhist and a traditional stopping point for merchants plying the trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Its one of the most popular sites in the city and still houses hundreds of Tibetan merchants who have set up shop a midst the prayer flags and tourists. Our next stop is the holy Hindu of site of Pashupatinath Temple which is really a collection of temples laid out along the Bagmati River. Sadhus or holy men can be seen in elaborate fare and cremation ceremonies along the banks of the river are common. The final stop on the trip takes us to the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the city which features a collection of ancient temples which flank the ancient royal palace.

What’s Included?

 

  • All Transport by AC-Vehicle
  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop
  • English Speaking Tour Guide

What’s Excluded?

  • All other food & beverages
  • Lunch and entrance fees
  • Personal expenses

 

Details of Sites you will visit

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

It is the historic seat of royalty. Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that the kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations take place.

Historic places of some interest include the Taleju Temple, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla and the Jagannath Temple.

You may also be interested to visit the Tribhuvan Museum inside the Hanumandhoka Palace building, although photography is prohibited inside this museums. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and government holidays.

This is the one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites of Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa (a.k.a Monkey Temple)

Kathmandu Valley history, according to the legends, begins with Swayambhu, or “the self-existent”. Apparently Bodhisattva Manjusri alighted on a beautiful lake whilst travelling. He saw a lotus blossom that emitted brilliant light at the lake’s center, so he cut a gorge in a southern hill and drained the waters to worship the lotus. Men settled on the bed of the lake and called it the Kathmandu Valley. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Swayambhu is the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. The stupa is amongst the most ancient in this part of the world. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Other monasteries here have huge prayer wheels and fine Buddhist paintings.

Bouddhanath Stupa

Bouddhanath is amongst the largest stupas in South Asia, and is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is built upon the ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants have rested over many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. This is still the best place in the valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle.

Pashupatinath Temple

The temple of Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and is a sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, ../images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the holy Bagmati River.

The ornate pagoda, houses the sacred lingam or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
Chronicles suggest the temple’s existence before 400 A.D, but a shrine may have stood here nearly 1000 years before that.

The temple complex has been renovated and improved over the centuries. Entrance to the shrine is restricted to Hindus. However, one can still get a good view of the sacred temple from vantage points across the Bagmati.