‘City of great fascination blend of Buddhism and Hinduism ancient religious sites’
High Route Adventure presents a delightful and fascinating full-day sightseeing activity “Kathmandu Cultural and Heritage Sites Tour”. Where all visitors can enjoy pleasant activity accompanied by our veteran and expert tour city guide, showing you the wonders of ancient Nepal, with historical, religious, and cultural places. Although, Kathmandu is a metropolitan and semi-modern city but still retains its ancient past glory with beautiful works of arts and craftsmanship with masterpiece architectural monuments.
An interesting fact to know is that Pagoda and terracotta roof architecture first originated in Nepal, right in Kathmandu valley, and thus introduced to neighboring Asia countries, like China, Japan, and Korea as well to the rest of the world. Katmandu Cultural and Heritage Sites Tour, allows visitors to catch a glimpse and witness Nepalese age-old culture, customs, and traditions as it was hundreds of centuries ago. An exciting tour covering all the best places in a day, most of Kathmandu and its adjoining cities, with places of great interest listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Our wonderful Kathmandu cultural and heritage sites tour starts from the inner heart of the city visiting old Durbar Square full of life and daily local activities, where you can explore Malla to Shah kings palace and beautiful royal courtyard. Includes resident of Living Goddess the Kumari (a young virgin girl of tender age) visit of old Kasthamandap temple. Tour of famous Swayambhunath a Buddhist Stupa that stands on a hillock with four-sided cardinal eyes of Buddha overlooking Kathmandu city and the valley.
The ancient Stupa more than 2,500 years old history, is an amazing monument with many images and idols of famous saints and gods. Kathmandu Cultural and Heritage Sites Tour continues heading east of the city at the holy temple of Pashupatinath, an important site and main hub of worship for Hindu followers. Located on the bank of Bagmati River in serene surroundings.
From here our day completes by visiting a beautiful large three-tier dome a Stupa of Bouddhanath, the largest of a kind in this world painted white with lime and saffron lining looking like a lotus from a distance view, decorated with golden spires with mystical eyes of Lord Buddha. The area is full of lively pilgrims and devotees, an interesting place with a circular market around, Bouddhanath is also tagged as Little Tibet as you can notice the similar culture of Tibet and its origin of Tibetan Buddhism Heritage.
Enjoy, an exciting and interesting day on our Kathmandu Heritage Sites Tour, before or after your major trip around Nepal Himalayas a great way to spend your time in Kathmandu, educational, religious, and historical day activities.
We also organize other spectacular and glorious tours of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur adjoining beautiful cities of Kathmandu valley, and beyond to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel as well to scenic Pokhara and other interesting areas of Nepal including the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini, with the exciting thrill of wild-life safari at Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel restaurant, our city and cultural guide receive you at the hotel lobby or foyer for a short drive to Kathmandu Old Durbar Square. Includes short walk to reach in the heart of Kathmandu city at a place called Hanuman Durbar Square, this area teemed with life where you can enjoy the visit of various interesting sites.
The large square is a historic seat of Malla and Shah Royalty. The square, with old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people.
This is the spot where former Kings of Nepal were crowned. Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1,549 A.D. gigantic figure of Kal Bhairav, the God of Destruction. Basantpur Durbar or Nautalle Durbar (nine-storied), built by King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Coronation Platform (Nasal Chowk).
Hall of Public audience (Gaddi Baithak or Royal Throne), a statue of King Pratap Malla-Big Bell-big Drums and Jaganath Temple.
The temple and residence of Living Goddess; located nearby from Hanuman Dhoka Palace: The building with carved wooden balconies and window screens. It was built by Jaya Prakash Malla, the last Malla King of Kathmandu.
The Kumari Goddess is also known as the virgin Goddess. Chosen from the Newari Buddhist of Sakya caste, a virgin with no marks or injuries can take in the form of Hindu Goddess Kumari. During the puberty period replaced by another Kumari.
Close by standing a large temple Kasthamandap, an interesting to know that name Kathmandu derived from the name of this temple, which means temple made from the wood of a single tree.
This is one of the world's most glories Buddhist stupa, of more than 2,500 years old and s often called the "Monkey Temple". The stupa forms the main structure made of a solid hemisphere of bricks and clay supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on four sides of the spire are all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha located 3 k.m. west of Kathmandu city, placed on a hillock about 7 meters above the valley floor. The hill a mosaic of small Stupas and pagodas temples. One can have a great view of Kathmandu city with snow-capped mountains in the north on a clear fine day.
Bouddhanath is located 8 k.m. east of Kathmandu city a colossal ancient stupa; one of the world's biggest and most impressive domes with mystical of all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Built by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in 5th A.D. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The area around Bouddhanath also known as Little Tibet, due to a large number of local people with string Tibetan origin and cultures of Buddhism that reside around the busy and colorful market.
Lunch in a nice restaurant with a terrace or balcony before or after the tour, facing views of Bouddhanath Stupa and devotees on pilgrimage.
Situated 5 k.m. east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple of Lord Shiva, it has two-tiered golden roof and silver doors. It is famous for its superb architecture. It is a center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri (Birth Anniversary of Lord Shiva).
By 4 p.m. tour ends and completes and drives back to the hotel with a free afternoon and recall the memories of the wonderful and interesting Katmandu Cultural and Heritage Sites Tour.