Kathmandu City Day Tour

1 Day

Kathmandu City Day Tour showcases the real essence of Kathmandu Valley in the shortest time period of eight hours.

This Kathmandu City Day Tour is meticulously designed to cater to the world-class sightseeing experience in an ancient town. Apart from Trekking and hiking, Nepal offers the best cultural sightseeing experience. This is no doubt one of the best day tours for families in Nepal. In the meantime, we have been showcasing this One Day Kathmandu City Tour as the best handicapped-friendly day tour in Nepal.

Situated at an elevation of 1,375 meters / 1,400 feet, Kathmandu valley consists of three sister cities, Kathmandu (City of Temples), Patan City (City of fine arts), and Bhaktapur or Bhadgaun (City of devotees). The Whole Kathmandu valley is listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites as a cultural site. Also being the capital city, the city is also an administrative center of the country.

The history of Kathmandu goes back to 723 BC when it was called Manju-Patan. It was founded by King Gunakama Dev. Later it got its name Katsthamandap, Kantipur. Where ‘Kastha’ means wood and ‘mandap’ means Temple. As per legend, the Kasthapmandap Temple in Durbar Square was made of wood from a single tree.

In the ’60s & ’70s, Kathmandu was a darling city for hippies. That was a time when cannabis was legal. Hippies from different parts of the world gathered in Kathmandu in search of marijuana. Not only legal hash, but tourists around the world have also started appreciating the ancient temples, monuments, and friendly ever laughing Nepalese people. Time by time Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur city tour has been the best way to dive into the mystery of this ancient city and rumble into the past.

Kathmandu City Day Tour includes a visit to 3 UNESCO Heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley. The guided day tour in Kathmandu takes us to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Patan City. All mentioned three places have their own significance.

We start our Kathmandu City Day Tour from Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swoyambhunath Stupa is one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the world. Swoyambhu means ‘Self-Created or Self Existent’. Situated on a top of a small hillock, Swoyambhunath Stupa is the most ancient holy shrine in Kathmandu. The tour to Swoyambhunath Stupa delivers the unimaginable history and importance of Swoyambhunath Stupa.

After completing a guided sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa, we continue our Kathmandu City Day Tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square for a walkabout tour in Kathmandu City. A living museum, a guided tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square is the most authentic way of experiencing the history and mystery of Catmandu city. Kathmandu Durbar Square houses the ancient Palace, the most important Temples, Kumari Ghar ‘house of a living Goddess Kumari’, and several courtyards and dabalis. Walk the allies of Freak Street, where once hippies roamed. A visit to Kumari’s ‘living Goddess’ is a major highlight of this tour. We will as well visit the famous Kasthamandap Temple, which is built of wood from one single tree.

We will continue our Kathmandu City Day Tour to Patan city which is approx, 10 km from Kathmandu. Patan city is also known as the City of Fine Arts. Patan is one of three royal cities in the valley. Patan city is renowned for its mind-blowing craftsmanship. Explore the ancient Royal Palace and Taleju Bhawani Temple. Patan Durbar Square houses the famous Krishna Mandir, which is the most important shrine to Hindus, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Golden Temple and 14th-century Kumbeswor temple is a major highlights of the tour in Patan City.

Kathmandu City Day Tour consists of a visit to three places in 8 hours with one hour lunch. This gives you enough time in every place, no rush or hurry, take your time to understand and appreciate the history and mystery of this peculiar city of Kathmandu.

Highlights of One Day Kathmandu City Tour

  • Explore the ancient lane where once hippies roamed.
  • Witness the appealing craftsmanship in Patan City.
  • Meet and get the blessing of the living Goddess ‘Kumari’.
  • A visit to Swoyambhunath Stupa ‘Monkey Temple’.


After breakfast High Altitude Nomad's guide will pick you up from Hotel to start our One Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Our guide will briefly explain every small detail you need to know. Also, you will get enough time on your own to interact with the locals, learn about the culture and witness their daily life. Evening our guide will drop you at the hotel.

Cost Includes

  • Major language-speaking licensed tour guide for sightseeing tours.
  • Monument entrance fees at all places as per the above program.
  • Necessary service charge and Government Taxes (currently 13% VAT)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch wishlist in Kathmandu as per the above itinerary.
  • Nature of personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, laundry, beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Any bank transfer charges, card payment charges, or tipping to the ground-handling crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned above include a section.
What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this tour?

This tour is suitable for every kind of traveler. There are no age restrictions or any other restrictions. However, it is recommended to consult your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

How many hours is included in One full day tour?

One Full day tour consists of 8 hours with a 1-hour lunch break.

How many places can be visite in one full day tour?

We include 3 places in one full-day tour. This gives you enough time to understand and explore the monuments briefly.

Is this tour suitable for Family or Differently ables people?

This tour is best for family tours in Nepal and Disabled friendly tours in Nepal.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

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Kathmandu City Day Tour