Kathmandu Living

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Trip Introduction

This tour offers you to visit Kathmandu durbar Square and Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple).

Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of this city. Locally also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square-an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty.

Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex consists of a huge Royal Square imposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.

The entire Palace Complex here is named after a monkey god called Hanuman. One can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted all red right next to the main entrance (the golden gate) of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.

Swyambhunath, Located in a lovely little hill rock Swyambhunath Stupa is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This great Stoup is said to have been built around 250 B.C.

Generally a holy memorial site Stoup represents a typical Buddhist architecture. Its main feature the white dome is identified with a spotless pure jewel of Nirvana and a thirteen tiered golden spire in conical shape surmounted on the dome. Underneath this towering structure are a pair of all seeing eyes of Buddha painted on all four sides of the Stupa.

The Stupa of Swoyambhunath stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base-a long time ago believed to have originated from a legendary lake of Kathmandu Valley.

Tour Highlights:

  • Taleju temple - tallest of all structures built in 1549 A.D.
  • Jagannath temple – built in the 16th century
  • Kal Bhairahaw – one of the largest stone idol
  • Statue of King Pratap Malla
  • Kumari (The Living Goddess) Ghar – 17th century Kumari Temple
  • Kasthamandap – built from the timber of a single tree
  • Pair of big Buddha eyes in Swyambhunath
  • Monkeys around in Stupa
  • Small temples and shrines around the main stupa.
  • View of Kathmandu city.

Tour style: Local Culture, Art/Architecture, History, Museum, and world Heritage sites.

Tour Schedule:

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Pickup location: Friendship Nepal Tours and Travels in Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu
Pickup Time: 9.00 AM-10.00 AM

Itinerary:

9.00AM – 10.00 AM: Meet up with your guide and drive to Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), visit around Swyambhunath temple (called Monkey Temple). After finish Swyambhunath stupa continue drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visit around Kathmandu city.

If you feel hungry that you can take the lunch at Kathmandu Drubar Square. After lunch, drive back to pickup location.

Please freel free to contact us at sales@friendshiptravels.com to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

Kathmandu Living

Sharalyn

United States

2017-03-31

Thanks to Roka and his team, we had an AMAZING Nepal experience! Where do I begin to sing praises about this tour group? We visited Nepal for 13 days and wanted only to tour for 9. I contacted Friendship Nepal Tours and Roka worked diligently with me to meet my request. We had excellent accommodation and those that he did suggest, I checked on TripAdvisor and from that, requested that a couple of the hotels be changed, which he did. My husband was sick the second day of the tour (we had been so very, very careful!!) but Roka took it in stride and changed our plans around so hubby could rest. Our guide, Ramesh, for Kathmandu was extremely knowledgable of the legends, history and religious beliefs. Our driver was Mohan and was excellent. Many of the roads are in deplorable condition and driving is unlike anything I have ever experienced in all of my traveling days but I felt completely safe with Mohan at the wheel. Unfortunately, the last day of our trip, I fell and cut my head real badly. Ramesh and Mohan were so very helpful and attentive. We tried to send them home from the hospital as it was getting late but they insisted on staying. They were both a huge help and comfort....I was fine..needed two stitches and fortunately no concussion or broken bones! From Kathmandu, Mohan drove us to Chitwan Jungle area.

All arrangements for the hotel, meals and guide were arranged by Friendship Nepal Tours and our time there went smoothly. From Chitwan, Mohan drove us to Pokhara where an overnight hike to the Australian Camp had been arranged, as well as a tour of Pokhara. Our guide was Rams and again, he was top-notch. Rams helped arrange a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base camp, that proved to be the highlight of our trip. If you are looking for an A-1 tour group to help you explore Nepal, look no further...this is the one for you!

Kathmandu Living

Lloyd B

United Kingdom

2014-10-29

Just returned from a 11 day private tour of Nepal, visiting Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara. The tour was very well organised, good communication and Roka was patiently waiting when we arrived at the airport despite us taking some 3 hours to get our visa. I honestly cant think of much, if anything I would change. Perhaps being picky the hotel in Lumbini was not great, but to be honest I dont think there was much out there that was any better and certainly wasnt the fault of Friendship tours. Would not hesitate to book again.

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What is Included in the Cost

    • Your hotel pickup/drop in Thamel Area
    • Local English speaking guide
    • Private Transport
    • Entry fees to Kathmandu Drubar Square and Swyambhunath

What is Excluded in the Cost

    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips for guide & driver 
    • Hotel Accommodation 
    • Any extra fees on above including

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: ftd032
  • Trip duration: 4 Hours
  • Grade: Easy
  • Group size: 2-12
  • Max-Altitude: 1400m.
  • Activity: Sightseeing tours
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Transport
  • Best Time: Around the year
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