Trip Facts

  • Duration:1 Day
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Max Altitude:1,345 m
  • Min group sizeAny
  • Best TimeFebruary to May and September to January
  • Holiday typeTour

About Kathmandu Day Tour

Kathmandu day tour is a 6 to 8-hour sightseeing program in Kathmandu city, Nepal. It is one of the famous activities tourists can do if they have a free day in the city and do not know what to do. The Kathmandu day tour is a guided program, so one of our professional tour guides will accompany you during the tour and make it a hassle-free and immersive experience. 

Also known as the Kathmandu city tour, you will visit the five must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites during this tour. Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby and drop you off after the tour ends. 

We use a private, comfortable four-wheeler as per the group size to drive between the monuments. It makes the tour smooth and saves you some time. 

Even though it is a one-day Kathmandu tour, we have well-curated our Kathmandu day tour itinerary from start to end, allowing you to make the most out of the tour. You will explore the historical sites and local markets around it. 

Likewise, we'll enjoy local food and beverages and also shop for souvenirs. It will be a fun and exciting tour during which you will get to know Nepal and Nepalese people closely. 

What to expect during the Kathmandu day tour?

The Kathmandu day tour involves visiting numerous monuments around the city. You will do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Our tour guide will explain the historical sites and their importance. 
You will get to know about Nepali art, architecture, history, and culture. Likewise, explore the bustling local markets and have meaningful interactions with the locals. 

During the tour, you at least get to explore five monuments. They are - Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square. Below, we have mentioned in detail about these places:

Monkey Temple

Monkey Temple is known as Swayambhunath in the Nepali language. It is located on a hilltop, approximately 3 kilometers west of the city center. Monkey Temple is one of the sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites in Nepal, whose history dates back to 2,000 years. 

The history of this monument is covered with myths and legends. The most famous one is that the temple location was once a lake, and the bodhisattva Manjushri rained the water by cutting a gorge in the hill to drain the water. This resulted in the formation of Kathmandu Valley. 

There is one main stupa and several small stupas, shrines, and prayer wheels in the temple complex. The main stupa features a massive white dome with a golden spire on top. As per the Hindus, the Swayambhu Temple is believed to have been built by Vishnu. There are many monkeys around the temple.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath temple is one of the most famous and sacred pilgrimage sites in Nepal for Hindus. Located on the bank of the holy Bagmati river, the Pashupatinath temple's history goes back to the 5th century. The first major structure of this temple was built by the Lichchhavi King, Bhupatindra Malla, in the 15th century. 

Over the years, many renovations and restorations were done. The recent structure dates back to the 17th century under the regime of King Pratap Malla. Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is considered one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is also considered a Mokshdham, where one can attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. 

Pashupatinath temple showcases the best example of Nepalese pagodas and shikhara style architecture. The main temple has a two-tiered roof made of copper and embellished with gold. There are four main doors of the temple, which are covered with silver sheets. 

Bouddhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in South Asia. It is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in the country. The history of Boudhanath Stupa dates back to the 5th century. 

The stupa is believed to have been built by King Manadeva of the Licchavi dynasty. Later in the 14th century, the Malla kings renovated the stupas. If we talk about the structure of the Boudhanath Stupa, it is a massive dome-shaped structure, which is 36 meters high and 120 meters in diameter. 

The structure is adorned with various symbols, prayer flags, and the Buddha's eyes and Dharma chakra. The stupa is surrounded by bustling markets and many monasteries. Even though the Boudhanath Stupa is located amidst a chaotic market, you will feel a very strange sense of serenity once you enter the site. 

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is situated in the heart of Patan, which is also known as Lalitpur. It is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley. The Patan Durbar Square used to be a royal residence from the 12th to 18th century. It was built by the Malla kings of Nepal. The Durbar square showcases an intricate blend of Newari, Indian, and Tibetan style art and architecture. 

Krishna Mandir is one of the main structures of the Patan Durbar Square. It is dedicated to lord Krishna and presents Shikhara-style architecture with exquisite carvings depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Likewise, Bhimsen temple, Mul Chown, Sundari Chowk, Patan Museum, etc are some of the highlights of the Patan Durbar Square.

You will explore many religious art, sculptures, and artifacts dating back to the Licchavi and Malla periods. Mul Chowk is the main courtyard of the royal palace where grand riyal ceremonies and festivals used to take place. Today, the entire square stands as one of the primary centers of Nepali culture and tradition. 

Trip Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with a local, English-speaking tour guide
  • Visit historical sites like Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square
  • You will explore ancient temples, palaces, shrines, monasteries, and courtyards
  • Get to know about Nepali art, architecture, history, and culture
  • Explore art galleries, museums, and local markets around the monuments
  • Witness the daily life of the locals and taste delicious Nepali delicacies


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On your Kathmandu day tour, one of our friendly guides will pick you up from your hotel. Get ready to leave the hotel on the allocated time. We start the tour early after your breakfast. Make sure to pack all your essentials, like a water bottle, sunscreens, lip balm, snacks, a camera, a power bank, Nepali currency, etc, for the tour. 

First, you will visit the very famous Monkey Temple. It is known as Swayambhunath Temple in Nepali. The temple is located on a hilltop and offers a bird's eye view of Kathmandu. You have to walk up several stairs to reach the main temple complex. There is one main stupa and many small stupas and shrines around the temple complex. 

From here, drive to Pashupatinath Temple. It is one of the very important pilgrimage sites in Nepal for Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath Temple shows centuries-old art and architecture. The temple complex is huge and has many small temples dedicated to different gods. There is also a river at the back of the temple and cremation area. The energy of Pashupatinath Temple is very strong. 

The tour then continues to Bouddhnath Stupa. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist center in Nepal. The Bouddhanth Stupa is the largest stupa in south Asia. Here, you will explore monasteries, cafes, and souvenir shops. Circumambulate around the stupa and enjoy the soothing aura of this historical site. You can light up prayer candles and enjoy some local delicacies. 

Towards the end of the tour, you will visit a durbar square, which used to be royal residences back in the day. You will visit the Patan Durbar Square. This is a royal place, which now serves as an open museum to visitors. You will learn about Nepal's history, art, architecture, and culture in depth while visiting the durbar square. Explore places, courtyards, temples, and local markets. 

In between the tour, you will get an hour for lunch. The lunch expense is not covered in our tour cost, so carry money for it. Likewise, you can also taste different local dishes while visiting the monuments. We recommend having USD 30 per person to spend on different food and another USD 50 if you plan to buy souvenirs. Likewise, also budget tips for the tour guide and driver. After the tour ends, the guide will drop you at your hotel. 

    What's included


    • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
    • English-speaking, trained, and experienced local tour guide
    • All government and local taxes


    • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
    • Heritage site entrance fees are 2600 Nepali Rupees each
    • Card Payment 4% Bank service Charge
    • Extra night accommodation (anything mentioned outside of the itinerary)
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips to guide and Driver


    You can spend a day in Kathmandu by doing different sorts of activities like day hikes, visiting historical sites, museums and art galleries, local market shopping, cafe hopping, etc. Likewise, you can also go for a pottery class, mandala art class, cooking class, indoor wall climbing, etc. There are also gardens and zoos.

    Kathmandu is known as the city of temples, so you can imagine how many temples there are in this city. Not to exaggerate, but there are temples in every corner of this city. Likewise, Kathmandu is also famous for its bustling markets, numerous restaurants and cafes, and several hiking spots around the city.

    To be honest, one day is not enough to explore Kathmandu. You can touch a handful of famous tourist sites in a day but will miss many things and places. If you truly want to explore Kathmandu, we recommend having 3 to 4 days in your hand. It will allow you to explore and experience the best of the city.

    The Kathmandu city tour is a one-day program. You will spend around 6 to 8 hours exploring the top tourist destinations in Kathmandu.

    Yes, Kathmandu is the third-most expensive city in South Asia.

    Our Kathmandu day tour cost starts at USD 150 per person. If you customize the tour, the price may differ as per the activities.

    Kathmandu offers a plethora of food options from around the world. If we talk about Nepali dishes, these are some of the must-try options- dal bhat, momo, sel roti, aloo chop, dhido, taas, sekuwa, titaura, juju dhau, thukpa, tama, gundruk, chatamari, choila, yomari, sadheko dishes, etc. 

    During the Kathmandu day tour, you should wear comfortable and modest clothing. Make sure your clothes are not that revealing and dress as per the weather. Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot. Likewise, carry a hat, water bottle, sunglasses, etc during the tour.

    Yes, the Kathmandu day tour is suitable for children. Make sure to keep an eye on your kids and ask them to not touch things randomly in the monuments. Respect the locals and do not disturb them.

    Yes, it is recommended to carry Nepali currency during the tour. Get a small denomination. You can use this money to buy snacks and souvenirs during the tour. Small vendors do not accept cards or foreign currency.

    Yes, it is safe to take the Kathmandu day tour because it is a guided program. One of our professional and experienced tour guides will accompany you with a private vehicle and driver. You will explore all the places under his/her guidance. He/she will take care of all the permits and make sure you are safe. 

    You need a visit to enter Nepal for travel purposes. Your visa is used to get the permits. You can apply for a Nepal travel visa online or at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate Office in your country. 

    Yes, you can customize the Kathmandu day tour itinerary as per your requirements. The cost of the package may change as per the changes made in the itinerary.

    Yes, you can take photos and videos during the Kathmandu day tour. However, make sure to ask your guide before taking the photos. Also, look out for any sign of prohibition. Some places do not allow you to take photos.

    Yes, all of our tour guides can speak English. Likewise, most of them are multilingual, so they speak many other languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Hindi, etc.

    Useful Information

    Why do the Kathmandu day tour with us?

    We have crafted our Kathmandu day tour to allow travelers to explore as many historical sites as possible in a limited time. Our tour is guided by an English-speaking friendly guide. You will get a comfortable, well-managed four-wheeler to drive between the sites. 

    Likewise, our Kathmandu day tour cost is also genuine. You will get much more value than your money, and it's guaranteed. We have made sure that you do not rush during the tour. You will have plenty of time to look around, take pictures, and learn about the monuments. 

    The guide will answer all of your questions and provide you with a profound glimpse of Nepalese beliefs, practices, norms, and values. Not only that, but you can also customize this Kathmandu sightseeing package with us. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

    Note: Our Kathmandu day tour cost only covers permits, transportation, and expenses of the guide and driver. Carry spending money with you to buy souvenirs and food. You will also need money to tip the tour guide and driver. If you plan to taste local food and buy souvenirs, we recommend you budget USD 50 to USD 100 per person (as per your buying habit).