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2 Days Kathmandu Best Essence Tour

Essence of Nepal

Do you have a short stay, a brief transit of 2 days, or a couple of days before or after your trek in Kathmandu? As you know this may not be longer enough to explore all the highlights of Nepal but there is certainly a chance to get to the essence of the country in its capital city Kathmandu. You will be able to cover the major world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley which are preserved very well, and might be the best places to explore medieval history and culture in the world. With our guided private services, you will enjoy a carefree holiday in Kathmandu. The itinerary can be customized based on your interests, whether that be culture, nature, or great day activities.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore medieval history and art of in the grand Durbar squares;
  • Overlook Kathmandu valley from Swayambhunath, the most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine in Nepal;
  • Get inspired by the giant Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath which is one of the most important Buddhist sacred sites in Asia;
  • Have a deep exploration of Hinduism culture in the“Temple of Living Beings” – Pashupatinath;
  • Great opportunity to savor at local Nepalese food.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-NP-02
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathandu and around
  • Duration: 2 days & 1 night
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CulturePhotographyArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure
  • Max Altitude
    1,370m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Kathmandu Valley Tour (L)

Today's Highlights: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square

This morning, our local Nepalese guide will receive you from the hotel in the first hour of the day. You will then start the captivating Kathmandu private tour with a wonderful stroll around the grand Kathmandu Durbar Square - the social, religious and urban focal point of the Newari Malla which was one of the three medieval kingdoms ruling Kathmandu valley between the 12th and 18th centuries. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace, meaning the Gateway of Hunuman - the monkey God who is the deity of the Durbar Square area. You can see the beautiful Taleju Temple, Kumari Goddess Temple, Jagannath Temple, Kal Bhairav, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum, etc. From the Durbar Square, you will travel towards the western delight of the Valley - Swayambhunath, the Kathmandu's most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine with a history over 2500 years. There are a lot of monkeys residing in the Temple, that's why the shrine is also famous as the Monkey Temple.It is an excellent place for a quick hike and some fresh air. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges, and enjoy a fine view over Kathmandu city and the valley.

In the afternoon, drive about 4km to Patan, the second largest city in Kathmandu valley. Compared with Kathmandu city, Patan is quieter, a living place to experience Nepal local culture and lifestyle. You will visit its landmark - Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in Nepal. There are Hindu and Buddhist relic sites spread around the square. Most famous one is Krishna Temple which is said to be carved from a single enormous stone. Enjoy the beautiful stone works, religious sculptures, and enjoy a leisure stroll through packed streets of souvenirs in the square.

After the sightseeing, drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Optional Activity: take the one-hour scenic flight in the early morning to enjoy the fantastic Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, lakes and glaciers from the air.Window seat is guaranteed.

  • Medieval architecture at Kathmandu Durbar Square Medieval architecture at Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Exquisite carvings at Patan Durbar Square Exquisite carvings at Patan Durbar Square
  • Panoramic View of  Swayambhunath Panoramic View of Swayambhunath

Day 2 Kathmandu Valley (L)

Today's Highlights: Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur

This morning, meet your tour guide in your hotel, and move to another sister city of Kathmandu and Patan - Bhaktapur which is offers you the less disturbed cultural experience. In the ancient time, Bhaktapur was also known as Bhadgaon(the land of rice). The city was one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one. You can please your eyes with beautiful medieval arts and grand architecture, and walk through the stone patched streets to explore local culture and lifestyle. Not to be missed place include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple square, Bhaktapur national art gallery and the 55 windows palace. There is also a pottery square where you can find a traditional way of producing pottery which has been passed down from generation to generation.

After a shortwhile driving from Bhaktapur, you will get to the giant Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world with a height of 131ft (39.93 m) , also one of the most important Buddhist sacred sites in Kathmandu valley. The stupa was was built around the 5th century A.D. with a highly unique three level mandala style structure. The location of the stupa is on the ancient trade road to Tibet where the merchants from Tibet rested and hanged prayer flags here for centuries. Leave the stupa site to the north of Kathmandu city to visit Pashupatinath, the largest Hindu temple worshipping the Hindu God Shiva who is known as Pashupati, the master of the whole universe in the Hindu mythology. Located at the bank of the Bagmati River, the holy temple has a reputation of “the Temple of Living Beings” for it attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage. For tourists, it is a great place to get a deep exploration of Hinduism culture.

After the nice refreshing tour of the Heritage and religious sites, return to your hotel. Our service ends.

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  • Hindus in Pashupatinath Hindus in Pashupatinath
  • Giant Boudhanath Stupa Giant Boudhanath Stupa
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B, L, D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • Nepal visa (your local tour guide could help you get it if necessary).
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

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 April 2, 2020
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We look forward to our trip next March.

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 April 1, 2020
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Useful Trip Notes

  • Recommended groups: First time visitors or who have limited time for travelling. Most popular for families with kids, youth, couples and seniors.
  • Conditions: The activities will be in and around Kathmandu, thus the road condition is very good. As attractions are very close to each other, you won't need to spend much time in the car.
  • Nepal Visa: Nepal visa is required for all foreign nationals (except Indian nationals), who wants to enter Nepal and spend a holiday there. Once the visa was issued, it must be used within six months from the date of issue. For foreign travelers who want a holiday in Nepal, there are three kinds of Nepal Visa to apply according to different tour durations and purpose, including Single-entry Visa, Multi-entry Visa and Transit Visa. Nepal Visa on Arrival is possible for UK, EEC, Australia, Canada and USA passport holders, and can be issued at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a little bit cold. While June July & August are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

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