Also referred to as Kathmandu city tour or Kathmandu sightseeing tour, is a day trip to beautiful city of Bhaktapur and Changu. However, the Kathmandu day tour takes you to the ancient parts of Bhaktapur and Changu.
This 1 day city tour basically focus on two UNESCO World Heritage Site which is Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple.
Kathmandu valley tour usually comes in two packages; Kathmandu city tour is focusing on Kathmandu valley and Patan and other focus on Bhaktapur and Changu. Here, we focus on Kathmandu day tour i.e Changu Narayan temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. If you need more place to visit we will manage these as well.
13 km east from the capital city lies the historical city of Bhaktapur also known as “khwopa”. However, its main attraction is Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is highly visited tourist spots in Kathmandu.
There are a lot of activities to do in Kathmandu both inside and outside of valley. Outside the Kathmandu valley lies the city of Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan where our Kathmandu day tour begins;
A historical palace with unique features in its design. 55 window palace also called the palace with fifty-five(55) windows possess the 55 windows in total with a wooden carving of hindu deities. Built during the Malla reign, this palace is one of the oldest monuments in Nepal which showcase wonderful Nepalese arts of carving and designing.
1) Nyatapola Temple
Also called the 5 storey roof temple dedicated to the supreme Goddess parvati tantric reincarnation, Siddhi Laxmi. Constructed by King Bhupatindra Malla around 1702 to 1703 within 17 months time interval.
As the temple is 5 storey, people walks up to the temple through stairs and stone statues of animals which protects the temple. The holy temple opened only once a year during Goddess greatest festival “Dashain” where devi’s devotee come to worship her.
2) Vatsala Temple
Dedicated to the Goddess Vatsala, built carving the large stone which is also famous for silver bell known to local as bell of barking dogs.
3) Statue of Bhupatindra Malla
The great Malla king Bhupatindra Malla’s statue situated facing the palace in the position of praying is one of the famous statues.
4) Golden Gate or Lun Dhwākhā
Is a beautiful gateway to the royal palace which is carved with Hindu Goddess Kali and Lord Vishnu mount Garuda which is fighting with evil force and serpents which symbolize “Good wins over evil”.
5) Lion’s Gate
Is truly a masterpiece in itself from its beauty to its unique style. Built by artisan during the reign of Bhadgaon King who unfortunately cut off the artisan hands so no one recreates this masterpiece.
Besides these, there are numerous temples, monuments, statues which carries their own stories. Some of them are Erotic elephants temple, Rameshwar Temple, Badrinath Temple, Gopi Nath Temple, Kedarnath Temple, and Vatsala Devi Temple.
Beautiful historical building, monuments, sculptures nearby showcase the artistic feature of Newari people. Local cafe and restaurant near the Durbar Square offer wonderful authentic Newari dish whose origins start way back to Malla period.
The oldest temple of Nepal lies at Changu or Dolagiri hilltop at village of Changu.
Built in the 4th century, this traditional Nepali style temple is a two storey with sculptures and artifacts related to Lord Vishnu. Thus, dedicating the temple to the Lord Vishnu.
Due to its masterpiece structural design, style, history, and architecture makes this temple unique and valuable hence even listed to UNESCO World Heritages.
Four entrance to the main temple which is guarded by animals idols like elephants, griffins, lions, and sarabhas. The main entrance to temple consists of chakra, sankha, and kamal hanging over the roof with ancient script writing on walls and stones which dates back to Lichhavi king Manadeva. The temple exhibits the ancient art, culture, tradition and history of this area.
Besides Changu Narayan temple, there are Changu museum, Ethnography museum which showcases ancient coins, artifacts, manuscripts, architecture, utensils, sculptures and many more.
From the ancient period of time, people living here celebrates festivals where dancing, worshipping, singing like events are performed. Temple is suitable for many religious rituals like marriage, birthday, bratabandha and more.
If you are a visitor in Kathmandu and want to explore the city of Kathmandu then Kathmandu Day Tour is best for you. It offers wonderful experiences of art, culture, history, religious and ancient world.
Nepal Everest Base Camp offers wonderful Kathmandu valley sightseeing services with experience guide and transport facilities. So, the travelers enjoy their holiday at fullest. If needed we can manage the same 1 day Kathmandu Tour package to Full Kathmandu Day Tour package that includes pickup/departure, hotel booking facilities, guides and more.
We offer private Kathmandu day tour and Kathmandu City Tour to Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and other UNESCO heritage site as well.
Kathmandu is one of the most popular historical places to visit cultural and religious. To visit Kathmandu totally you will need to visit a special tour package of multiple day tours. If you need this type of tour we will be helping you to prepare a Perfect tour as per your requirement.
Day 01: Kathmandu city tour with Bhaktapur and Changu Narayen.
Day 01Kathmandu city tour with Bhaktapur and Changu Narayen. 09:00 A.M: Drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square from your Hotel.
Our Kathmandu Day Tour begins after having breakfast and then we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is 15.7 Km from the hotel. It takes 1 hour to reach the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The old Durbar is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage site along with other Durbars of Kathmandu and Patan.
The entire area of Durbar Square showcase unique and excellent Nepalese art of architecture and sculpture. 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Nyatapola Temple, etc are the major attraction of Kathmandu Day Tour.
Here, at Bhaktapur Durbar Square we stay for an hour to explore the ancient palace and its surrounding temples, monuments, local markets, museums and many more. From here, we head towards Nepal oldest temple of Changu Narayan.
12:00 P.M: Drive from Bhaktapur to Changu Narayan Temple.
Changu Narayan Temple is 6.7 Km away from the ancient city of Bhaktapur and takes 30 minutes to reach this ancient holy temple. This oldest temple of Nepal is dedicated to Hindu Supreme God i.e. Lord Vishnu.
The beautiful temple resides at a hillock surrounded by sub-tropical forest and human settlements. You can find numerous idols of Lord Vishnu along with other deities, animals, and birds statues. This temple exhibits the ancient Nepalese art of making the temple and reflects old Nepalese culture, traditions, religious beliefs, etc.
For an hour, we explore this holy temple and its surrounding human settlements, historical museums, photo gallery, etc before we return back to the Hotel.
03:00 P.M: Drive back to the Hotel from Changu Narayan Temple
After exploring the historical and ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple, now we head towards the hotel which is ending spot for this exciting Kathmandu Day Tour.