Kathmandu Durbar and Swayambhunath Tour

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Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Tour
Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Tour
Kathmandu Durbar and Swayambhunath Tour
At a Glance
Duration4 Hours
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude1350m/4429.13ft
Group Size1-20 pax
Travel StyleSightseeing
Best TimeYear-around

The Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swaymbhunath Tour is a highly sought-after half-day excursion in the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Durbar Square serves as an ancient palace museum, showcasing various attractions such as the palace itself, Kumari Ghar, statues of deities, and numerous temples. Following this, visitors will proceed to Swayambhunath, situated atop a hill 75 meters above ground level. This iconic site features Buddha statues, stupas, and a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Those who visit later in the day will be treated to a stunning sunset view from this picturesque hill.

Located in the bustling city of Kathmandu in Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square and Basantapur Durbar Square, is a magnificent example of ancient Malla craftsmanship. Surrounded by numerous Hindu and Buddhist temples, including Taleju Bhawani, this complex dates back to the 15th to 18th centuries and showcases pagoda-style structures with intricately carved exteriors, as well as a rich history. The origins of the alternative names for Kathmandu Durbar Square are fascinating. In 1672 A.D., King Pratap Malla placed a statue of Hanuman at the entrance of the royal palace, giving rise to the name "Hanuman Dhoka Durbar." Additionally, when King Prithvi Narayan Shah constructed the palace residence in 1770 A.D., it was referred to as Basantapur Palace, eventually leading to the entire complex being known as Basantapur Durbar Square. The Durbar complex is divided into two courtyards, with the outer courtyard housing Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, while the inner section includes Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. This site is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a significant tourist attraction in the Kathmandu Valley.

Perched atop a small hillock in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple," stands as one of the most sacred Buddhist stupas in Nepal. This location offers a stunning view of the Kathmandu cityscape. The name Swayambhu translates to "self-existent one," with the belief that the stupa emerged from a lotus flower that grew in the center of a lake, which once covered the very spot where the Kathmandu Valley now lies. According to legend, the prominence of the Kathmandu Valley began with the spontaneous appearance of Swayambhu when the valley was formed out of a primordial lake 2,000 years ago. This ancient stupa, constructed by King Manadeva, dates back to 460 A.D., as indicated by an inscription. The Swayambhunath Stupa complex houses the largest statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, a temple dedicated to Manjusri, chaityas, prayer wheels, statues and shrines of both Buddhist and Hindu deities, a massive gold-plated Vajra 'thunderbolt,' and the Dewa Dharma Monastery.

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Discover the wonders of Kathmandu during a half-day tour, spending 4 hours exploring Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath stupa. Your day will begin with breakfast, followed by our local tour guide and private car arriving to pick you up for an unforgettable experience. This tour includes all entrance fees, guide, car, and government taxes. Kathmandu Durbar Square is home to the palace museum, showcasing pagoda-style temples, palaces, statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Kumari Ghar and other landmarks, offering a glimpse into ancient art, architecture, and history. Similarly, explore Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. After the tour, our team will ensure you are safely dropped off at your hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.13ft