Kathmandu City Tour - 1 Day

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  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season All around the year
  • Trip Area Kathmandu Valley
  • Maximum Altitude 1400m. | 4593ft.


  • Relish the art and culture of Kathmandu valley
  • Roam around the Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Visit the Pashupatinath Temple
  • Wander old town's alleys, visit Hanuman Dhoka Palace
  • Learn the history and architecture of Kathmandu valley
  • Witness spiritual rituals at Buddhist and Hindu temples.

The Kathmandu city tour lets you explore the beauty of the Kathmandu valley. The Kathmandu City tour comprises the three cities resided by the Newari people and their culture, namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The Kathmandu Valley is an ancient city with historical continuity, and the sculptures around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites were built around a thousand years ago. The Kathmandu City tour connects you with the various temples and stupas. We will visit ancient places and UNESCO World Heritage sites during the Kathmandu city tour. We can visit only four places among these during the one-day tour. 

Note: You can visit only four places among the following sites in Kathmandu Valley in the one-day Kathmandu City Tour. You need 2 days to visit all the places. 

Kathmandu Valley:

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is famous for its exquisite temples, palaces, brick-paved courtyards, and quaint streets within the valley. Even though the city is a valley, the majestic views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal can be seen from here. 

Some famous places enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Kathmandu Valley are:

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

The complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square is where the ancient Malla kings crowned and ruled over Kathmandu. There was massive damage during the April 2015 earthquake. However, the sites remain magnificent. The craftsmanship, handicrafts, Hanuman Dhoka, an idol of Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar- the home of the living goddess of Nepal “Kumari” are the major attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is commonly known as the Basantapur Durbar. It is about a 15 to 20-minute walk south of Thamel in central Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple:

It is one of the most sacred Hindu temples and is located on the bank of the Bagmati River. The existence of Pashupatinath Temple dates back thousands of years and is made up of pagoda-style. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival, a major festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Swayambhunath Temple:

Swayambhunath Temple stands on a hillock located at a distance of 4km from Thamel. It is famously called a monkey temple as many monkeys can be seen around the area. It is the Buddhist and Hindu Temple. The origin of Kathmandu Valley is closely linked to this temple.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Boudhanath Stupa is the largest and oldest stupa in Asia, located 7km east of Kathmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa is an important Tibetan Buddhist site, and the area around the stupa is a prosperous hub of Tibetan life and culture. The grace and purity of the Boudhanath Stupa are different than other stupas in Nepal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

Bhaktapur city is famous for its fine crafts and pottery. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is surrounded by temples built in Pagoda and Shikhara Style. The major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the Dattatreya Temple, the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, a multistoried Naytapola Temple.

Patan Durbar Square:

Patan Durbar Square is a beautiful place to visit in Patan, Lalitpur. It was the palace of Malla during the medieval period. Bhimshen Temple, Jagat Narayan Temple, Krishna Temple 21 golden pinnacles are some of the heritage in Durbar Square.

It's advisable to comprise the Kathmandu City Tour either at the beginning or towards the conclusion of trekkings for an enhanced experience.

Best Time for the Kathmandu City Tour

The best time for a Kathmandu city tour depends on the weather and your preferences. Due to its relatively low altitude, Kathmandu is a city that can be visited for day tours throughout the year, including winter, spring, autumn, and even the monsoon season.

Spring, spanning from March to May, stands out as an optimal period for a Kathmandu City Tour. The weather remains mild, offering pleasantly warm days and comfortably cool nights. The city is in full bloom with colorful flowers and lush vegetation. During this period, it's usual to have clear and unhindered views of the surrounding areas.

Autumn (September to November): Another popular time for tourists, the autumn months bring pleasant weather with clear skies. During this season, Kathmandu enjoys comfortable weather, ideal for outdoor activities. Additionally, the timeframe aligns with two significant festivals, Dashain and Tihar, which hold cultural importance. The festivities offer a one-of-a-kind chance to participate in local traditions and learn about the lively Nepalese way of life.

During both spring and autumn, you'll find many tourists exploring the city's attractions, and the conditions are generally favorable for sightseeing. It's important to take into account that during the peak tourist seasons, there is a noticeable influx of visitors, leading to larger crowds at popular attractions and destinations.

If you prefer to avoid crowds and don't mind cooler temperatures, you could consider visiting during the winter months (December to February). While the nights can get quite cold, daytime temperatures are generally pleasant, and the city's attractions are less crowded. This could also be a good time for the Kathmandu City Tour if you're interested in experiencing local life without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist seasons.

Due to severe rains, the monsoon season (June to August) is the most infrequent period to visit for a one-day tour. While some travelers might enjoy the lush greenery the rains bring, and the time when there are fewer travelers. Also, it is like rain is for some period only not for the whole day.

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One-Day Kathmandu City Tour Cost for 2024 and 2025

We at Nepal Nirvana Trails offer two departure schedules on the same day. You have the flexibility to select the timeframe that suits you best and get in touch with us, specifying your preferred places to visit. The one-day Kathmandu City Tour commences at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm respectively. The updated costs for the Kathmandu City Day Tour in 2024 and 2025 are as follows:

Number of PaxCost Per Person
1USD 80
USD 45
3 - 6USD 35
7 - 13USD 25


Day to Day Details

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City Tour Duration: 6 - 7 hours

Departure time: We offer two tour schedules for your convenience. The morning tour begins at 9 AM, while the afternoon tour starts at 2 PM. Both tours commence at our Nepal Nirvana Trails Office, located in Thamel, Kathmandu, or we can arrange a pick-up from your hotel upon your request.

Our Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour encompasses a visit to several exceptional destinations, which include:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath Stupa also referred to as the Monkey Temple
  • Pashupatinath temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa

However, if you have a fondness for exploring different sites, you have the option to select from Patan, Bhaktapur, or Changu Narayan Temple, based on your personal preference for exploration.

In between the tour, we will stop for lunch. The food cost is excluded from our tour package. 

Concluding the tour, we will drop you off at your hotel. This ensures a seamless end to your sightseeing experience.

Note: During our second departure schedule, the major highlight of the tour is the Sandhya Aarati at Pashupati Nath Temple, performed every day at around 6 - 7 p.m.

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What's Included

  • All transportation by private car / jeep depending upon the group size.
  • English speaking City tour guide.
  • All official expenses.


What's Excluded

  • All entry fees to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Food, beverages, and water bottle during sightseeing.
  • Tips for guide & driver (Tipping is expected).


Useful Info

Entrance Fees Required during the Kathmandu City Tour:

  • The entrance fees to the UNESCO World Heritage sites are not included in our package. You have to buy the ticket at the entrance of the sites. The tour guide will be there to help you with the ticket-purchasing process 
  • The entrance ticket costs vary for SAARC and foreign visitors. You can find out the specific charges at the ticket counters of each site.

Essentials During the Kathmandu City Tour

  • Weather Conditions: Kathmandu's weather can vary. Before your tour, check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Nepal has a rich cultural heritage. Learn about the local customs, etiquette, and appropriate clothing to show respect for the local culture.
  • Local Currency: Familiarize yourself with the local currency (Nepalese Rupee) and have some cash on hand for small purchases.
  • Language: While many people in Kathmandu speak English, learning a few basic Nepali phrases can enhance your interactions with locals.
  • Photography: When considering photography, please be mindful of potential restrictions, particularly in religious sites.
  • Safety and Health: Your safety is of utmost importance. Please adhere to the directions provided by the tour guide. If you have any health concerns, communicate with us. 
  • Travel Insurance: While it might not be mandatory, having travel insurance can offer peace of mind in case of unexpected events.


  • The places you not to be missed during a Kathmandu City Tour are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa. For those interested in art and architecture, a visit to Patan is recommended. To delve into history and pottery, Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur are worth considering.

  • Photography is generally permitted; however, certain areas require permission. You cannot take a photo of the Kumari, the Living Goddess of Nepal if you get the chance to see her. It's advised to consult your guide regarding photography guidelines and to be respectful of local people's thoughts.

Client Reviews

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    JinChinaApril 14, 2024

    Recommended by friends

    I met KP the owner of Nepal Nirvana Trails in Kathmandu. He is very friendly and trustworthy person. My friends did trekking tour with him and they highly recommend.

    Dear Jin,
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with KP and Nepal Nirvana Trails. It's wonderful to hear that you found him to be friendly and trustworthy and that your friends had such a positive trekking tour experience with him. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you for an unforgettable adventure with us.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
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