Kathmandu's bazaars are a thing of beauty: it's the moving pulse of the locals in action, full of color, sound, and culture. Experience the bazaars for yourself with this two and half hour walking tour with the help of a local English speaking guide! Meet up with the guide at the Electric Pagoda Cafe for some refreshments to strengthen you for the journey ahead. First walk along the Asan Tole and Indra Chowk bazaars, two of the largest in the city. Spread in all directions are wares of almost every kind, from food to textiles, to jewelry and local craft souvenirs. As you admire the Newari style buildings with their terraces, and the Asan Tole crossroads, the guide will explain how local farmers bring in their produce and how each of the streets have segregated themselves according to the wares sold. After traversing these glittering streets, visit the Nyalon or Fish Stone, with the colors and flowers still upon it, before you head to the beautiful Annapurna Ajima Temples and the Aksh Bhairab Shine. See the remains of Yita Chapo and get a chance to visit the courtyards of Takse Baha, Kwathu Baha, Haku Baha, Dhalasikna Baha, Dagu Baha, Asan Baha and Hwakha Baha. All these things are parting and parcel of the culture in Kathmandu, including the sacred cows that might be wandering during your trip. It's an eye-opening look into local everyday life and religious culture.
Kathmandu is so rich in culture and religious significance that it draws travelers from all over the world, seeking enlightenment. This walking tour gives you a fresh look at all these significant historic sites, exploring them from earth level. Meet up with your English speaking guide at the Electric Pagoda Cafe and fortify yourself with some refreshments before heading off on your tour. Your walk will take you to the Swayambhu Stupa, and the famous temples of the region: Indrayani Temple, where offerings are given on Saturdays, Bijeshwori Temple, dedicated to Vajrayana Buddhist deity Vakrayogini, and the Shova Bhagawati Temple dedicated to the goddess Durga. Make a stop at the Nyanang Phelgye Ling Monastery where monks gather to pray, and see the Tibetan Buddhism hallmarks in Maha Manjushree Sarashwate Temple. After this thrilling journey through the cultural and religious sites, you'll head to the Natural Museum of History in Nepal, which introduces you to 200 years' worth of discovered flora and fauna within the region. You'll walk back across the river to see the UNESCO World Heritage site Durbar Square, where your guide will explain has held many numerous cultural and religious celebrations, and therefore a site of great importance. You'll be able to take some time in the marketplace of Indra Chowk, to see the local market culture, before the tour ends.