The Kathmandu Valley has been a tourist dreamland for centuries and on this full-day sightseeing tour you will learn about its long history of Buddhist and Hindu cultures.
As its political, commercial and cultural hub, Kathmandu City is the first stop for the majority of visitors to Nepal, providing the gateway to the great treks of the Himalayas and the Valley.
Once a separate kingdom in itself, the Valley contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Out of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, 7 are located in the Valley.
The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism.
This tour will take you on a fascinating journey that combines history with the unique world of present day Kathmandu. You will have the services of an English-speaking guide and travel by air-conditioned vehicle as you explore sights such as Durbar Square, with its array of temples overlooked by the ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty.
The square is alive with rickshaws, bicycles, tourists and tradesmen, but you can find serenity at the Buddhist Stupa of Swaymbhunath, the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, and the stupas of Patan, known for its fine art.
Soak up this extraordinary landscape as you travel, surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, old wooden houses, temple, stupas and chatyas.
Hotel and airport pick-up and drop-off is available from central Kathmandu and hotel reservations can also be made on request.
• Air-conditioned transportation
• English-speaking tour guide