3 Days Kathmandu Cultural Tour with hikingVisit rich heritage in the Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur with 1 day hiking experiences || Extermly Popular ||
If you have a short time, this way is ideal to do a city tour of Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur and day hike in the Kathmandu Valley. Not only can you hike through the beautiful countryside, but you can enjoy the beautiful Kathmandu valley and Himalayan mountain views to the north. This tour with hike gives you the chance to also see something of the rich heritage in the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 01: Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath
Day 02: Tour of Patan Durbar Square (Lalitpur) & Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day 03: A day hike to Shivapuri hill with Mountain & valley views
Day to Day Journey
Morning starts with a cultural tour to late afternoon, our city guide takes you to Kathmandu famous World Heritage Sites with old Durbar Square in the hub of Kathmandu city, visit the old Malla & Shah regime palaces and royal courtyard and a tour of Kastamandap Temple (where Kathmandu name comes from) assumed that this temple of wood built from a single tree, and then visit Kumari Goddess (living virgin goddess) Kumari, a young girl of teens phase replaced by another young Kumari after reaching late teenage, after a wonderful time here a short drive to the west at old and renown landmark of Kathmandu valley the Swayambhunath Stupa, perched on a hill top providing super panorama of Kathmandu city and surrounding green hills with high snow capped mountains in the north.
This old Stupa dates back of more than 2,500 years old with four main eyes of Buddha overlooking North, South, East and West directions.
Visit the monastery surrounded with serene forest with lot of monkeys and it’s also called as “Monkey Temple”.
Then driving for next interesting tour to holy Pashupatinath Temple, where non Hindu are not permitted in the main temple premises, but tourist can look at the temple premises from above Bagmati river, this temple dedicated to celebrated lord Shiva, this unique temple with golden stage roofs with four silver doors at 4 direction.
Close to it lies the site of Hindu cremation on the bank of the river, after an interesting time return back to hotel with rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Starting morning with a short drive towards Patan city located south of Kathmandu at mere distance across the bridge, on reaching Patan also known as Lalitpur meaning “city of arts” visit the old Palace complex, courtyard (Durbar) with tall terracotta palace, impressive window carvings, and a tall Krishna Temple with Garuda pillar, a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, from here a pleasant ride to valley 03rd biggest city at Bhaktapur, this old city was once a Nepal’s capital during Malla period in 12th to 15th century.
Bhaktapur, famous for its arts and crafts, woodcarving and pottery, tour of exclusive Durbar Square with beautiful golden gate palace of 55 windows with a visit to see an interesting wooden peacock window, tour of Bhaktapur continues visiting next Durbar Square with renowned Nytapola Temple, Bhaktapur National Art Gallery, and Bhairavnath Temple.
After a lovely and interesting day return back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure.
Starting with a short drive from Kathmandu leading North towards Narayanthan or Buddhanilkantha temple area of Lord Vishnu in a sleeping position on the bed of serpent, from here heading for a climb with tremendous views of Kathmandu valley, green farm lands and spread out farm villages, after an hour climb on the dense forest winding road reaching an isolated Buddhist monastery and a nunnery in serene ambiance, here with rest for a while climbing through lovely forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines reaching the top of Shivapuri Hill at 2,523 meters high with fabulous views of snow capped mountains North and of Kathmandu valley down below, here visit an ashram of a late guru who lived here for many years in meditation in this wonderful spot.
After a great hike with wonderful views and tranquil surrounding, Shivapuri is a wildlife reserve and a park with watershed source for Kathmandu valley.
Descent towards the Shivapuri Park entrance and exit, then drive back to Kathmandu after completing this nice day hike.
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
- Driver Allowance, food, fuel, vehicle tax.
- English speaking cultural city tour guide.
- Drinking Water.
Optional / Extended / Alternate Activities
- Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp - 4-5 hours
- Mountain Flight over Mt. Everest Area - 1 hour
- Short 1 Day Hiking around Kathmandu - 4-6 hours
- Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan Tour - 2 days
- Kathmandu Valley with Nagarkot Sunrise/Sunset Tour - 4 days