Kathmandu Valley Tour

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 5 Days
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Easy

About Kathmandu Valley Tour

The proposed Kathmandu Valley Tour presents major attractions of the Kathmandu Valley in just 5 days. They are Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur & Nagarkot.

Nepal is a land for all seasons by all reasons. To prove above saying, the Kathmandu Valley, the capital city of Nepal offers incredible culture, nature and adventure of Nepal as a whole in a short tour of just 5 days. It is actually a representative type of city of the whole Nepal.

The age-old beautiful pagodas with golden and terracotta roofing decorated with timeless

wood and metal carvings in and around the valley take you to the architectural dreamland.

The myths & mysteries, stories and fables attached to each monument and location add extra charm on the visitors with more and more curiosity to learn more about our land. The visit to the Nagarkot Hill Top takes you immediately back to nature at a height of 2,050 m in about just an hour drive and offers the panoramic view of the lovely Himalaya including Mt Everest (8,848 m).

The 5-day Kathmandu Valley tour, although sounds short, but definitely overwhelms you with the unexpectedly rich cultural and natural impressions which may last long in your life urging you to visit Nepal again and again. However, if you have your own itinerary with your own interest and choices of activities, please do send it to us and customize it as per your requirement. We will give our very best prices for the same and enable you to undertake the tour/trek in your most suitable time.

Trip Highlights

  • Old Durbar square of Kathmandu (Medieval time)
  • Old Bhaktapur Durbar Square (9th century architectural wonder)
  • Nagarkot Hill Top (Highly scenic with Himalayan view),
  • Twin cities of Khokana and Bungamati (Medieval time)
  • Patan Durbar Square (Medieval time)
  • Boudhnath Stupa (5th century)
  • Swayambhunath Temple Complex (2,000 years old)


  • 1
    Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport – Welcome, meeting, assistance by our representative and transfer to your hotel – Rest and overnight at hotel.

  • 2
    Day 02: In Kathmandu

    AM: Sightseeing tour to Old Kathmandu Durbar Square https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathmandu_Durbar_Square & Swayambhunath Stupa (2,000 years old) swayambhu.buddhism-foundation.org/about/.

    The Old Durbar Square is nicely located at the heart of the Kathmandu city and it used to function as a formal Royal Palace until 1896. Since then, the Royal Palace was shifted to the King’s Way. It is called ‘Narayan Hiti Durbar’ as it is located next to the Narayan Hiti. Still, all the formal royal activities are carried out at the Old Durbar Square. It covers a wide area with innumerable temples and other monuments rich in arts and architecture. Its never-to-miss site is the Kumari Temple with the Living Goddess.

    Swayambhunath Stupa is beautifully located on a hill top to the west of the Kathmandu city. It is a huge stupa in the form of a white dome with a golden pinnacle and the Buddha’s meditating eyes in its four cardinal points. It is believed to be almost 2,000 years old. The literal meaning of Swayambhu in Sanskrit is ‘self created or self manifested’. It is famous for the bird’s eye view from the hill top.

    PM: Sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath Temple Complex including the cremation ghats where Hindus are cremated with a special ceremony. Then, we proceed to Boudhnath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal (5th century).

    Pashupatinath Temple Complex https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashupatinath_Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located about 5 km to the north-east of the Kathmandu city on the bank of holy Bagmati River where on its ghat the Hindu and Buddhist dead bodies are cremated with ceremonies. It is in a pagoda style with golden roof. The literal meaning of Pashupatinath is the Lord of all animals.

    It is the holiest temple complex for the Hindus in Nepal with more than 520 temples. It covers a huge area of about 265 hectares of land. It dates back to 400 B.C. There are different beliefs and stories behind its origin.

    Boudhnath Stupa is one of the biggest stupas in Asia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is believed that the stupa was built during the Lichhabi era in the 5th century. In the early 50’s, the Tibetans who fled away from Tibet preferred to live around the stupa reminding their Jokhang Temple of Lhasa where they could make kora (circumambulation) every morning and evening. The kora is a memorable sight at the Boudhnath worth enjoying every day. As a result, there is a strong settlement of Tibetans with more than 50 beautifully decorated Buddhist monasteries around.

  • 3
    Day 03: In Kathmandu

    AM: After lunch, we visit Patan Durbar Square including Nepalese Handicraft Centre.

    Patan Durbar Square is nicely located at the city centre of Patan city (Officially, Lalitpur). Among the 7 World Heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley, it is one of them. It is the master piece showcase of the medieval Newar arts and architecture. Its main attractions are the main old palace building in pagoda style, Krishna Temple in shikhara style (Indian style), Patan Museum inside the palace in its first floor, Bhimsen Temple in pagoda style and so on.

    Nepalese Handicraft Centre is located at a nearby place at a distance of about 5 minutes drive from Patan Durbar Square. The centre presents Nepalese carpet weaving factory, handicraft display and Tibetan Refugee Centre.

    PM: Visit Bungamati & Khokana (typical medieval Newar townships) – Hotel.

    Bungamati and Khokana are the twin old Newar townships dating back to the 5th and 6th century. It is located in the south-western part of Patan near the Bagmati River. Bungamati is the home (Shikhara style temple in its main courtyard) of Lord Machhidranath (god of rain) who is highly revered as the patron god of the valley. The Lord resides here for 6 monthsm, while for another 6 months in Patan. His movement from Bungamati to Patan and back every 6 months marks a tall chariot pulling festival.

    Khokana is another nearby Newar township to Bungamati housing Rudrayani Devi (one of the manifestations of goddess Kali) in a well carved pagoda temple at its centre point. The temple belongs to the Malla period dating around 15th century. The township used to be famous for pressing oil from the mustard through the traditional pressing machine. It is interesting to learn that the locals here do not bring up chickens for food purpose. Your visit to these twin cities will take you back in time reminding the medieval time.

  • 4
    Day 04: AM: Scenic drive to Nagarkot Hill Top (2 hrs) located at a height of 2,050 m. from where the view of the mighty Himalayas is magnificent (weather permitting) and enjoy lunch overlooking the Himalayas.

    Nagarkot Hill Top is a hill station beautifully located at a height of 2,100 m to the north-west of the Kathmandu city with a distance of approximately 30 km. The last part of drive to Nagarkot is highly scenic the moment we pass by the fabulous farmland with crops as per season like rice in summer, wheat in winter and maize in spring. There are plenty of hotels and resorts of different categories on the hill top. All offer panoramic view of the magnificent Himalaya including Mt Langtang, Mt Chobha Bhamare, Mt Gaurishankar, Mt Phurbi Chyachhu and also Mt Everest, but in the extremely clear weather with binocular.

    PM: After lunch, we drive back and en route we visit Bhaktapur – After sightseeing, drive back to Hotel – Overnight with evening activities (optional).

    Bhaktapur is another medieval beautiful Newar township located just about 12 km to the east of the Kathmandu city. There is a good road connection. It is about half an hour drive. On our way back from Nagarkot, we visit Bhaktapur, a medieval township still preserving its ancient tradition, culture and heritage. You will be taken back in time. The major attractions in Bhaktapur are the unforgettable age-old Golden Gate, Nyatapole Temple (a huge pagoda with 5 floors), National Art Gallery, Dattatreya Temple, Potter’s Square, the palace of 55 windows, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and many more.

  • 5
    Day 05: Free until the departure time for airport. Transfer to airport to fly towards your onward destination.

Cost Includes

  • Necessary Airport pick ups and drops and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary,
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 - 4 star hotel with breakfast only on twin sharing room basis.
  • Professional and experienced English speaking tour guide,
  • Valley tour by a comfortable a/c car/bus as per group size,
  • Government taxes,
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes:

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
  • International airfares,
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rescue & travel insurance covering trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation cost, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to bring a personal travel insurance from your home country,
  • Entrance fees to monuments and temples,
  • All items of a personal nature,
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet,
  • Tips & Gratuities,