A day tour around Kathmandu city begins after breakfast at the hotel. The trip goes around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Buddhanath and back to hotel. It is a guided city tour to the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites. They are rich in monuments, arts, craftsmanship and architecture.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is also known as Basantapur / Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, lies at the center of Kathmandu. It is a live museum of ancient architecture and fine Newari arts. Kumari Ghar is one of the most important places of the square site where the ‘Living Goddess’ resides. The square holds the mediaeval palaces. Basantapur Durbar Square has been social, religious and politically significant World Heritage Site.
Swoyambhunath Stupa is also known as the Monkey temple, lies on the top of the hill. The golden temple on the hill top is followed by 365 steps which is significant in Buddhism. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2000 years ago. It is a good viewpoint of the Kathmandu valley and visitors can have the spectacular sunset views from here. Then drive back to the hotel.
Pashupatinath temple is the pilgrimage destination of Hindu devotees, lies on the bank of Bagmati River. It is a temple of Lord Shiva, considered as the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Mul Bhatta is a main priest in this temple. It has got a place for cremation, where the dead bodies are burnt down. A great fair held here in Mahashivaratri, where millions of devotees pay their homage in Pashupatinath.
Boudhanath Stupa is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and the greatest Stupa in the Asia, built in the 17th century. It is Situated 8 km to the east of central Kathmandu, surrounded by the resident of Tibetan Buddhist communities. You can feel the real sense of Buddhism around here.
I visited Kathmandu with my family. Kisan has been an amazing host who guided, planned and executed our trip very professionally. He arranged a luxury car for us and booked Mountain flight to Mount Everest... yes... flight to Everest!!! He gave us an amazing guide Arisoodan, who spoke English and Japanese very well. He is a licensed tour guide and has thorough knowledge on history of Nepal. He accompanied us to all museums, darbar squares and royal palaces. He even took us to the fascinating Chandagiri Cable car. This tour was truly memorable because of these 2 fine gentlemen. 2 Thumbs up . Highly recommended if you are planning your trip as a couple, family, friends or a group