Uncover the wonders of Nepal in this day trip to two UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. Explore Durbar Square, once the kingdom throne of the capital's rulers, and take in the ancient beauty of its numerous temples, shrines and idols. You'll also visit the Swayambunath Stupa, known as the most important Buddhist shrine in all of Nepal. Nicknamed Monkey Temple, the Stupa is situated atop a hillside that can be reached through a monkey-populated forest. Spend half a day getting to know this mountainous country through its rich, ancient history, as you thread landmark sites of religious and cultural landscape.
Venture into the ancient villages of Kathmandu Valley in this exploration of Bungamati and Khokana. Because of their relative inaccessibility, visiting the towns is akin to going back in time – a time when locals gather in main squares and the call of everyday work intermingles with communal life. Such sights are what you'll see on this journey, with Bungamati's resident woodcarvers and craftsfolk hard at work. The place is home to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments. You can expect a similar ambience in Khokana, where locals live largely off of their agriculture. Learn about their renowned produce, mustard oil, and the unique way it is harvested, then pay a visit to the landmark three-storey temple dedicated to Shikali Mai, the local mother goddess.
Limited time in Kathmandu? This half day morning tour while riding a rickshaw is a wonderful, authentic way to discover this city of enlightenment and see many of what it has to offer. It starts with an early meet up with your English speaking guide at the Electric Pagoda Cafe to enjoy light snacks and refreshments before the tour officially begins. Hop on your rickshaw and prepare to explore, with a first ride from Thamel to Swayambhu Stupa. In this area, you'll see some of the most famous temples on the route. See the Indrayani Temple, with its thick atmosphere dedicated to Kali, then get a good look at Bijeshwori Temple, dedicated to the Buddhist deity Vajrayogini. Feel the presence of the deity Durga in the Shova Bhagwati Temple. Afterwards, visit the Nanyang Phelgye Ling Monastery, which has played host on various religious festivals and celebrations. The well-known Swayambhu Stupa itself and the Maha Manjushree Sarashwate Temple will also be tour stops before you spend a good long while in the Natural Museum of History of Nepal. Here, a collection of brilliant exhibits await you, allowing you to learn more about the flora and fauna of Nepal, and the country's natural environment. Then, you ride back to the city, across the river, and view Durbar Square, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area, also known as Hunuman Dhoka. Your day ends with a ride through Indra Chowk, a ceremonial roadway that is the perfect end to your tour.
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.
In Kathmandu Valley are three ancient cities, once independently ruled by their respective Malla kings: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In this day trip, visit Patan and Bhaktapur, home to cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites that hark back to Nepal's rich past. You'll learn to appreciate Patan's name in Sanskrit, Lalitpur, which means ‘City of Living Art.' (Hint: it's home to the valley's finest sculptors and craftsmen.) Over in Bhaktapur, experience what it's like to wade slowly back in time, with streets and architecture retaining their olden, brickmade charm. All throughout, pay close attention to their shared religious heritage. Of Buddhist and Hindu backgrounds, both Patan and Bhaktapur are wealthy with temples, shrines, idols and sculptures in honor of their gods – giving you an endless count of sights over which to marvel.
This was the highlight of our cultural trip to Nepal. Our tour guide, Ram, was the best! He was our tour guide the previous day in our Kathmandu tour and he has become a friend and family. Our six-year old daughter has fond memories of him. The ride going to these cities was smooth, thanks to our driver. If you are into arts and history, Patan and Baktaphur will leave you in awe. This tour is definitely one for the books and is highly recommended.
Swayambhunath is also renowned as "Monkey Temple". It is a perfect place to see the entire Kathmandu valley and lots of monkeys playing around. Be careful while carrying your stuffs because they snatch your goods. Also this place is famous for meditation and one of the holy place for Buddhist as well as Hindus!
Our trip was supposed to be scheduled on feb 23, day after our mountain flight, but since it was moved, I immediately contacted klook if we could have this patan and bhaktapur trip instead and they agreed! This trip has made us appreciate nepal’s history as well as their culture. Their art is really amazing! A must too if you are in nepal.
🤗 Nepal beautiful place There is an old culture, delicious food and a lot of knowledge on culture. From a local guide.
😆 The Guide have knowledgeable attention to details and information very much. She is friendly, helps to take pictures and find snacks to eat.
🙏Thank you very much, the local guide.
And I will come again, I ❤ Nepal 🇳🇵
This was one of my best day during my Nepal trip. If I did not buy this tour, I would regret it badly. Of course, I could definitely retrieve all the information from LP and follow the route from the guidebook, but having the guide with you is thousand times better! Ram explained me all the details regarding both towns. All the architectures, wood carvings and statues have their own ancient history behind, and these are all the things you couldn’t find from the book. The guide didn’t seem to be annoyed with me at all when I asked him tons of questions. Also, he was quite nice by asking me to have photos of myself every spot we stopped by as I am a solo traveler. Don’t forget to ask him to take you to have tasty Juju Dhau in Bhaktapur, so your trip could be ended deliciously and happily! 😉
This tour was the highlight of my 3-day Nepal break. Mr. Shree, my guide, came early and we beat the other tourists to the heritage sites. He knows the back alleys and was very informative. He speaks really good English and is a renowned guide in Nepal. We visited off-the-beaten track temples and through his guidance, a personal tour by Mr. Ram himself was provided in The Peacock Shop—its paper factory, the devotional room, and his collection of woodcarving displays (those done by himself included). This tour had a personal touch to it, with interaction with the locals. Highly recommended. 👍🏼