We offer guided tours in Kathmandu and its surroundings as not to miss anything.
You should know that all the places that we are going to take you have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Apart from seeing palaces, sculptures and monuments (you can do that by yourself), we think it is interesting to have a guide to learn a little more about Nepal and its customs. As you visit Nepal you will see many things and live situations that may surprise you, and sometimes they may clash with your western culture. If you are curious, it is good to have someone who can answer your questions and help you deepen your understanding of this society of contrasts, someone close to whom you can ask anything with confidence.
Located on top of a hill is the Swayambunath stupa, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the city.
It is one of the most important Buddhist prayer places in the city and you will see many people lighting candles and spinning the prayer rollers that surround the entire compound.
It is colloquially called the Monkey Temple, as there are monkeys everywhere waiting for any possible chance to steal your food!
It is the third largest city in this valley and was once the capital of Nepal. Despite its proximity to the capital, it has managed to maintain all its charm and is much quieter. It is also listed on the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO for its rich culture, its temples, as well as its works in wood, metal and stone.
Locally they call it Lalitpur and it was one of the 3 kingdoms that were in the valley before unification. This city is located on the banks of the Basmati River and its Durbar Square is one of the must-see spots in Kathmandu. There you will see the Royal Palace, the baths, some beautiful temples dedicated to Shiva or Krishna, the golden temple or the temple of the thousand Buddhas, among others …
Another essential point in any itinerary through Kathmandu is the great Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath that is in the Tibetan neighborhood. It is one of the largest in the world and of course it is also a World Heritage Site. Around the stupa there are monasteries of Buddhist monks, many shops and restaurants, from the terrace of which you can enjoy great panoramic views.
The Thamel neighborhood is where most tourists stay. It is full of hotels of various categories and you also have restaurants, patisseries, bars and grocery stores. The stores sell everything you may need for hiking or mountaineering, typical handicrafts, textiles and fairly conventional clothing. Thamel is entertaining; People from all over the world gather there together with Kathmandu residents seeking contact with the western world and a bit of recreation.
It is a popular spot on top of a hill about 32 km east of Kathmandu, at an altitude of 2,195 meters. Tourists come to this place, but also many locals who want to see the majestic views of the Himalayas at dawn. You can see Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang area, Lakpa Dorje, Shishapagma, Cho Oyu and Gauri Shankar among other giants of more than 7,000m of altitude.
Many visitors come to spend the day trekking around the area and stay overnight in some of the many hotels on this hill. After seeing sunrise and breakfast they return to Bhaktapur with the local bus, which takes about 30 minutes. You can take another bus to Kathmandu (it takes another 30 minutes) or take the opportunity to visit this beautiful town and even spend a night here, as it is much quieter than Kathmandu.
Shivapuri-Nagarjung National Park
Picnic day trip in a green forest with rivers and small waterfalls north of Kathmandu. The trip here is only 45 minutes by local bus. We will visit Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park where you can do a small one-day trek, including crossing the park and staying the night in Chisapani (2,300m), to return the next morning. Just before reaching Chisapani, at the Burlang Bhanjyang viewpoint (2,400m) you can already see the great snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.
Excursión en moto o bicicleta
To visit the surroundings and make short excursions of one or two days …
Driving in Nepal can be chaotic, especially in Kathmandu, so I only recommend this option if you have experience riding a motorcycle. If so, renting a moped is the best way to quickly get around Kathmandu. After a little practice it can be really fun since normally nobody goes too fast and you get used to driving on the left easily.
- You can go to see the most touristic areas around the city, like Boudanath, Pashupatinath or Bhaktapur.
- You can quickly approach Nagarkot, a nearby hill from where the great mountains are already visible.
- You can go to the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park and do a one-day trekking on its beautiful trails…
Info. If you are looking for a longer or adventure tour, you can contact us and we will help you to organize a great motorcycle route in Nepal.