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Sightseeing Tours

Trekking Encounters organizes sightseeing tour packages throughout Nepal or in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini as per your interest and time frame. We operate daily sightseeing tours to the cities having great historical importance.

In Kathmandu, the following private day tours are available:

Tour: I
Half Day Kathmandu City Tour - 2 to 3 hours
Departure: Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel
Time: 09:00
Places of Interest: Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
Cost: US $35 per person.

Tour: II
Half Day Kathmandu Cultural Tour - 2 to 3 hours
Departure: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel
Time: 09:30
Places of Interest: Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square
Cost: US $35 per person.

Tour: III
Half Day Patan Tour - 2 to 3 hours
Departure: Every Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel
Time: 10:00
Places of Interest: Patan Durbar Square
Cost: US $30 per person.

Tour: IV
Half Day Bhaktapur Tour - 3 to 4 hours
Departure: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel
Time: 09:00
Places of Interest: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Cost: US $40 per person.

Tour: V
Full Day Kathmandu City Tour - 5 to 6 hours
Departure: Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel
Time: 08:30
Places of Interest: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath Pashupatinath, Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Square
Cost: US $60 per person.

Description of Tour Highlights:

Swoyambhunath
The history of Kathmandu valley begins with the Swoyambhunath temple. The entire Kathmandu was supposed to be a Lake and later Manjushri cut a gorge from Chovar to drain the water out and made it possible for human settlement. The word ‘Swoyambhu’ means “the self-existent” in English. The Stupa offers a great opportunity to study the religious harmony in Nepal. Tibetan monks, Bhramin priests and the Newar nuns are the major worshippers in the temple. Most of the monasteries have prayer wheels ‘the Buddha’s wheels of life’ and has to be circled in clock-wise direction. This temple is also called ‘Monkey Temple’ by foreign tourists. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath
The 36 meter tall and one of the largest Stupas in the world is also known as the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Stupa is located about 6km east of the main city. No other Stupas in Nepal can be compared closely to Boudhanath for its grace and purity. There is a specific religious significance on every part of the Stupa. The Stupa is considered built after 600A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath temple is located at the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the banks of the holy river called Bagmati. Pashupatinath, which literally means ‘the Lord of Animals’, is one of the many forms of the Lord Shiva. Pilgrims from all over Nepal as well as India come to Pashupatinath to worship and pray to the deity on his birthday and wash away all the sins committed by them. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple and tourists are only permitted to observe the festival from across the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This is a Square of history and arts. From artistic monuments to erotic wood carvings can be seen on the Temples here. The area consists of the house of the living goddess – Kumari. The Kasthamandap temple is believed to have been built from the wood of a single tree and it is also said that the Kathmandu valley is named after the temple. The palaces and temples were built between 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is serving as the focal point of socio-religious city.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of arts and crafts. Patan is located only at 5 km south of Kathmandu. Most of the monuments in the Patan Durbar Square date back to the medieval Malla period between 16th to 18th centuries. Patan Durbar Square consists of the three main courtyards – Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Mani Keshab Narayan Chowk which houses the Patan Museum. Krishna Temple entirely made of stone and the three-storied golden temples are the major attractions of Patan Durbar Square. This area is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur means the city of devotees located at about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu city centre. There are many monuments including pagodas, palaces, courtyards and Buddhists shrines and monasteries. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to 18th centuries. Golden gate, 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola and Dattatreya temples are the masterpieces of Bhaktapur. The 55 Windows Palace is the supreme wooden architectural structure dominating the entire Bhaktpaur. Nyatapola in Newari means five-tiered temple symbolizing the five basic elements of nature. Dattatreya temple is the combined incarnation of the three supreme gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence Bhaktapur Durbar Square is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and importance.

Shopping Tours:
Kathmandu itself is a 'Shopping Mall' for unique items. “Shop till you drop” should be your motto as Kathmandu is a shoppers’ paradise. There are many remarkable items of handicrafts which have become immensely popular throughout the world. The excellent workmanship and artistic creations of Nepalese people are truly unique and admirable. Many handicrafts carry religious meanings. The statues of copper, bronze, silver or gold are more demanding including exquisite wood carvings. Wood carved windows are extremely popular and exported largely. Other souvenir pieces are the famous Gurkha knife or Khukuri, prayer wheels, stone carvings, singing bowls, papier–maché masks, thangkas and pauvas, pashmina items, carpets, jewelry and much more till you drop.
Note: All handicraft items above 100 years are termed ‘antique’ and taking them out of the country is illegal and is a serious offense and need a clearance certificate from the Department of Archaeology.

The Tour will last from a few hours to full day as per demand everyday.
Shopping Area: Thamel, Durbar Marg, New Road
Departure From: Trekking Encounters Office, Thamel


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