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This full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour is the best way to explore most of the heritage sites located in and near Kathmandu Valley. Around 10 am your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and from that moment your outing begins. You will be visiting some of the World famous UNESCO- World Heritage Sites on this day such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa.

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Pashupatinath Temple:
Regarded as one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Shiva, in Hinduism, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the World Heritage sites in Nepal. Pashipatinath meaning the “Lord of Living Being” holds the central position in the heart of all the hindu people in the world. With its astonishing architectural beauty, Pashupatinath stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva; Pashupatinath Temples existence dates back to 400 A.D. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple. There are many legends regarding the existence of the scared temple however, there is no proof to support any legend.


Swayambhunath Stupa:
The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath is regarded as the most enigmatic holy shrine. Situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath stupa, one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal, is believed to have been built in the 5th century. The temple is colloquially known as the monkey temple because of the large tribe of roving monkeys who guard the temple.Swayambhunath meaning “self-created” or “self-existed”. According to Swayambhu-puran Kathmandu Valley was a lake surrounded by hills and in the middle of the lake stood an enchanting lotus flower. The Chinese ascetic, Manjushree in order to conquer the lotus cut the hills and drained all the water out of the valley. The instant the water drained out the lotus turned into a hill. Thus Swayambhunath Stupa was built atop the hill. Swayambhunath is located in the middle of Kathamndu Valley and from Swayabhunath you can see the whole Kathmandu Valley.


Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square, a Cluster of Temples and Palacesis listed amongst one of the cultural heritage sites in Nepal by UNESCO. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban point of the Capital city, Kathmandu. The palace was the home to the Malla kings until the 19th century and was the sight for conducting important ceremonies such as coronation of Nepalese Monarch and celebrating big festivals. The area is filled with many temples elaborately decorated with carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.

Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square is situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur. Patan Durbar Square and its surroundings is good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the square. Main among these are: Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Bouddhanath Stupa, also known as Khasti Chitya is the biggest stupa in Nepal, located about 7 km east of the capital, Kathmandu. The Bouddhanath stupa is one of the oldest stupas in the country. This stupa is the holiest Buddhist shrine outside Tibet and holds a central position in the hearts of many Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist as well as Buddhist from all over the world. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
One of the world heritage sites in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in Bhaktapur which is known as The Land of Devotees. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located at a distance of km from the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around the famous fifty-five-window palace. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities, Taleju Bagwati looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in very place - struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.

Changu Narayan Temple:

Another Heritage site, Changu Narayan Temple, The Essence of Kathmandu Valley, is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley which dates back to the 4th century. Located at a distance of 22 km from the capital and just 30 minutes’ drive from Bhaktapur Durbar Square thisLord Shiva temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley.

Half- Day sightseeing:

Tour Time:     2.5 hours
Beginning time:     10 am
Ending time:    12:30 pm


The half day sightseeing is similar to the full-day sightseeing but, you will only visit 3 of the World Heritage Sites on a half-day sightseeing i.e. any 3 amongst the heritage sites mentioned above.

Pashupatinath Temple:
Regarded as one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Shiva, in Hinduism, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the World Heritage sites in Nepal. Pashipatinath meaning the “Lord of Living Being” holds the central position in the heart of all the hindu people in the world. With its astonishing architectural beauty, Pashupatinath stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva; Pashupatinath Temples existence dates back to 400 A.D. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple. There are many legends regarding the existence of the scared temple however, there is no proof to support any legend.

HIGHLIGHTS:

o    Gold-painted images of guardian deities
o    Chaturmukha (four-faced statue)
o    Chadeshvar, an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century
o    Brahma Temple
o    Dharmashila, a stone where sacred oaths are taken
o    Arya Ghat(Cremation  Area)
o    Gauri Ghat (holy bath)
o    Pandra Shivalaya (15 shrines)
o    Gorakhnath and Vishwarup Temples
o    Guhyeshwari (Guhjeshwari) Temple
o    Kirateshwar Mahadeva Mandir and Surya Ghat

Swayambhunath Stupa:
The Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath is regarded as the most enigmatic holy shrine. Situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath stupa, one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal, is believed to have been built in the 5th century. The temple is colloquially known as the monkey temple because of the large tribe of roving monkeys who guard the temple.Swayambhunath meaning “self-created” or “self-existed”. According to Swayambhu-puran Kathmandu Valley was a lake surrounded by hills and in the middle of the lake stood an enchanting lotus flower. The Chinese ascetic, Manjushree in order to conquer the lotus cut the hills and drained all the water out of the valley. The instant the water drained out the lotus turned into a hill. Thus Swayambhunath Stupa was built atop the hill. Swayambhunath is located in the middle of Kathamndu Valley and from Swayabhunath you can see the whole Kathmandu Valley.

HIGHLIGHTS:
o    The Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. It has a lofty white dome and a glittering golden spire that are visible from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century A.D. i.e. before the coming of Buddhism in the valley.
The dome at the base represents the entire world. When a person gets free (represented by eyes of mercy and self-knowledge) from the bonds of the world, the person reaches the state a bit higher and the person has to cross thirteen stages represented by the tiers before attaining Nirvana (salvation).

o    Area Surrounding The Stupa
The surroundings of Swyambhunarayan Stupa consists of chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. There are 365 stairs to reach atop the hill representing each day of the year.

o    Harati Temple
The temple is dedicated to the goddess of smallpox and other epidemics. The presence of the Harati Devi temple signifies the intermingling of the pantheons of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal.

o    Palace Of Peace
Atop Syambunath hill is another fascinating, though less visited temple, Shantipur, popularly known as the Palace of Peace. It is said that inside the secret underground chamber of the temple lives the 8th century Tantric master, Shantikar Acharya. The master, it is believed, has lived through centuries and has full control on the weather and the King of Kathmandu must go to him in times of drought.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square, a Cluster of Temples and Palacesis listed amongst one of the cultural heritage sites in Nepal by UNESCO. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban point of the Capital city, Kathmandu. The palace was the home to the Malla kings until the 19th century and was the sight for conducting important ceremonies such as coronation of Nepalese Monarch and celebrating big festivals. The area is filled with many temples elaborately decorated with carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.

HIGHLIGHTS:
o    Taleju Temple is a famous Hindu and Jain religious site. Legends say that the temple was built in the shape of a yantra on the advice of the Taleju Goddess herself; she appeared to the King at the dedication ceremony disguised as a bee. Goddess Taleju is regarded as the royal goddess of the Malla dynasty.

o    Mahendreshvara Temple simple yet beautiful temple was built by King Mahendra Malla and is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva in the form of Pashupati.

o    The Jagannath Temple is recognized as the finest of the group near Hanuman Dhoka. Originally dedicated to Vishnu the shrine was later re-dedicated to Jagannath.

o    Dequtale Temple was built by Shivasimha Malla honoring the Mallas family deity, Degutale.

o    Hanuman (the Monkey God) Dhoka Palace is build facade turning at right angles between the Degutale Temple and the Taleju Mandir. Hanuman idol placed in the dhoka (door) has been anointed with mustard oil and vermilion through the centuries.

o    Nasal Chowk takes its name from the little statue of the dancing Krishna in the shrine on the east side of the court. In Malla times the podium in the center of the court was used for dancing displays. The Shah dyansty chose to be crowned in Nasal Chowk.

o    Mul Chowk; as the occasional abode of the goddess Taleju, the court is barred to visitors. The Chowk is opened to Hindus once a year when, on the ninth day of the Dashain Festival, hundreds of buffaloes and goats are sacrificed to the goddess.

o    Bhandarkal is a botanical garden created by King Pratap Mall in the mid-17th century. With its diverse flora, Bhandarkal is a treat for nature lovers and ecologists. The garden has been named after a seven-storied palace that possesses a statue of the Sleeping Vishnu, Jalashayana Narayan.

o    Vilar Temple, Between the Lalitpur and Basantpur Towers can be seen the magnificently carved façade of the three-storied Vilar Mandir, of a richness truly befitting a Temple of Luxury.

o    Trailokya Mohan Narayan Templewas built by then King Prithivi Bendra Malla in 1680. The temple is a three storied temple having the figure of Garuda placed in its front and incarnations of Lord Vishnu within the temple.

o    Shiva Temple in Darbar Square is a replica of the Jaisi Deval and was built by Riddhi Lakshmi in 1690.

o    Shiv Parvati Temple is a long low building on the northern side of Durbar Square contains the beautiful shrines of Shiva and Parvati.

o    Manju Deval, dedicated to Shiva is a large three-storied Manju Deval on its unusually high stepped base which dominates the Durbar Square. The small shikhara style temple at the foot of the steps honors Kam Dev, Shivas shakti was built in 1692 by the mother of Bhupatindra Malla of Bhaktapur. Inside the temple there is a Shiva lingam.

o    Kumari Bahal,the house of the Living Goddess, looks like the monastery and was constructed in 1757 by Jaya Prakash Malla. Inside it lives the young girl who is selected to be the towns living goddess, until she reaches her first puberty and reverts to being a normal mortal.

o    Kasthamandap, house of wood, is the building which gave Kathmandu its name. Legend narrates that the whole building is constructed from a Single Sal tree.One can see the image of Gorakhnath glittering at the center of the building.InitiallyKasthamandap was a community hall where local people gathered for important ceremonies but later it was converted to a Temple of Gorakhnath.

o    Ashok Binayak Shrine is the principle shrine of Lord Ganesh in the Kathmandu Valley. The stone image of Lord Ganesh stands beneath a golden replica of the Ashok tree which once shaded the shrine and eventually gave it its name.

o    Simha Sattal is located at the southern end of the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The residential style temple contains the Garuda Narayan figure, strange looking effigies and a little shrine of Harikrishna.

Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square is situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur. Patan Durbar Square and its surroundings is good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the square. Main among these are: Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Three Chowks: Mul Chowk,the most famous and one of the largest courtyards among three main chowks in Patan.SundariChowkis to the south of the Mul Chowk with its sunken tank known as Tusha Hiti Mul Chowk & Taleju Temple. Keshav Narayan Chowk is the site of the earliest Malla palace in Patan.
  •  Krishna Temple, dedicated to Hindu Lord Krishna was erected in the 17th century. The elegant shikhara-style temple is ranked as one of the gems of Durbar Square. The temple is compared with sacred Mount Meru, which is abode of the god Shiva according to Hindu scriptures.
  • Buddhist temple Mahaboudha, which is known for its fine terra cota work, lies to the east of the Durbar Square withhundereds of Buddha images engraved in the bricks.
  • Kumbheshwor, the five-storied pagoda-style Lord Siva temple was constructed by King Jayasthiti Malla. Inside the temple is a natural spring whose source, is said to be the famous glacial lake of Gosainkunda.
  • Jagat narayan Temple is a tall shikhara style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. The temple also holds a fine metal statue of Garuda, Ganesh and Hanuman.
  • Rudra Varna Mahavihar , a Buddhist monastery with amazing collection of images and idols in metal, stone and wood. Legend holds that the Kings in the ancient times were crowned in this monastery.
  • The Ashokan Stupas constructed by the late Indian Emperor Ashoka which are located at four corners of Patan: Pulchok, Lagankhel, Ebahi and Teta.


Boudhanath Stupa:
Bouddhanath Stupa, also known as Khasti Chitya is the biggest stupa in Nepal, located about 7 km east of the capital, Kathmandu. The Bouddhanath stupa is one of the oldest stupas in the country. This stupa is the holiest Buddhist shrine outside Tibet and holds a central position in the hearts of many Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist as well as Buddhist from all over the world. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Bouddhanath holds its place among the largest stupas in the world
  • Many monasteries or Gompa all impressively adorned and colorfully painted.
  • Handicrafts crafted by Tibetan refugees.

Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan Sightseeing:

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
One of the world heritage sites in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in Bhaktapur which is known as The Land of Devotees. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located at a distance of km from the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an assortment of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around the famous fifty-five-window palace. The square is part of a charming valley as it highlights the idols of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities, Taleju Bagwati looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in very place - struts, lintels, tympanums, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.

HIGHLIGHTS
o    The Lion Gate
o    The Golden Gate (Sun Dhoka)
o    The Palace of Fifty Five Windows
o    The Art Gallery
o    The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla
o    Nyatapola
o    Pashupati Temple
o    Vatsala Temple

Changu Narayan Temple:
Another Heritage site, Changu Narayan Temple, The Essence of Kathmandu Valley, is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley which dates back to the 4th century. Located at a distance of 22 km from the capital and just 30 minutes’ drive from Bhaktapur Durbar Square thisLord Shiva temple is adorned by some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley.


HIGHLIGHTS:

o    Garuda Narayana Temple
o    Shrine of King Bhupalendra Malla and his mother
o    Krishna Shrine
o    Nateshvara Shrine
o    Sculpture of Sri Mahadev
o    Sculpture of Garuda
o    Shrine of Somalingeshvara
o    Sculptures: Vishnu, Durga Avalokitesvara and Garuda Ganesh
o    Ganesh Shrine
o    Bhagvati Temple
o    Vishnu Vikranta
o    Vishnu Vishvarupa
o    Lakshmi Temple Shiva Temple
o    Stone Column

Half- Day sightseeing:

Tour Time:     2.5 hours
Beginning time:     10 am
Ending time:    12:30 pm

The half day sightseeing is similar to the full-day sightseeing but, you will only visit 3 of the World Heritage Sites on a half-day sightseeing i.e. any 3 amongst the heritage sites mentioned above.


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  • TRIP ID: GOC005
  • TRIP NAME: Kathmandu world Heritage site Tour
  • DURATION: 1 days
  • TRIP TYPE: One Day Travel Activities
  • TRIP DESTINATION:
    Kathmandu
  • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 pax