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

In Kathmandu, the following private day sightseeing tours are available:

Tour I: Half Day Kathmandu City Tour – 2 to 3 hours
  • Departure: Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • Departure From: Your Hotel
  • Time: 09:00 AM
  • 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: Your Hotel
  • Time: 09:30 AM
  • 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: Your Hotel
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • 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: Your Hotel
  • Time: 09:00 AM
  • 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: Your Hotel
  • Time: 08:30 AM
  • Places of Interest: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath Pashupatinath, Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Cost: US $60 per person.

Description of Highlights of Sightseeing Tours:-

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. Furthermore, Tibetan monks, Bhramin priests and the Newar nuns are the major worshipers 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 popular as ‘Monkey Temple’ in many guide books. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath:

The 36-meter tall one of the largest Stupas in the world also refers to as the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Stupa is located about 6 km east of the main city. No other Stupas in Nepal is comparable 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 later 600A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath:

The Pashupatinath Temple lies at the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. 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. Hindus have permissions to enter inside the temple while non-Hindu tourists can only observe the festival from across the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

This is a Square of history and arts in particular. We can observe them from the artistic monuments to erotic wood carvings on different parts of the temples here. The area still consists of the house of the living goddess – Kumari. In addition to that, the Kasthamandap Temple is believed to have been built from the wood of a single tree and there is a saying that the Kathmandu got its name from the temple. The palaces and temples were generally built between 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serving as the focal point of socio-religious city.

Patan Durbar Square:

Similarly, the old town of Patan is now refers to as Lalitpur which means the city of arts and crafts. Patan lies further 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 then 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. So, this area is also in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

Likewise, Bhaktapur means the city of devotees located at about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu city centre. There are many monuments in Bhaktapur especially the 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 such as Golden gate, 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola and Dattatreya temples are the masterpieces of Bhaktapur. The 55 Windows Palace is another 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.