Full day sightseeing Cultural & Tours in Kathmandu

This tour includes two of the most important religious sites which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boudhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa which is also known as a monkey temple. It focuses on symbols of Buddhism, the path to ultimate happiness and freedom.

Total Tour time: 6-7 hours

The tour starts at 9 am when you will be picked up from your hotel in a private car.

First stop: The 2000-year-old Swayambhunath on a hill which is the highest point in Kathmandu, with a 360-degree view of Kathmandu Valley. It has features of a large stupa and it is primarily a Buddhist holy site, however, it is a complex of stupa, shrines, and temples which represent the unique synergy between Hinduism and Buddhism which only exists in Nepal.

You will explore the eastern steps on the eastern side of the hill, constructed in the 17th century, the stupa with eyes painted in all four directions, encompassed by carvings of the five Buddhas. There are souvenir shops and a world peace pond. It is also called the ‘Monkey Temple” because of all the rhesus monkeys that live there. Their many antics delight visitors as they are always doing something interesting. Every morning at dawn hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims ascend the steps, passing the two lions which guard the entrance and begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa.

Travel time: 30 minutes

Tour time at Swayambhunath: 2 hours (9:30 to 11:00 am)

Travel time: Syambunath to Boudhanath: 30 minutes

The tour guide will explain the Buddist traditions and you will enjoy lunch in the rooftop restaurant overlooking the massive stupa.

(Lunch is not included in the package) Lunchtime is approximately 1 hour (12:30 to 01:30 pm.)

Second stop: The immense Boudhanath Stupa is the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal and the third-largest stupa in the world.

Tour time at Boudhanath stupa: 2 hours (From 01:30-03:30 am)
The Boudhanath area is home to the largest Tibetan Tamang and Sherpa community. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries surrounding the stupa. Your guide will explain the symbolic Buddhist structures, which at Boudhanath are strongly influenced by the Himalayan Buddhism

Travel time: Boudhanath hotel is approximate: 30 minutes

Your tour guide will explain about your further program.


  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Enjoy fantastic views of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide and driver
  • A peaceful and spiritual day learning more about Buddhism

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within Kathmandu Valley
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Boudhanath stupa
  • Entry/Admission - Swayambhunath Temple

Cost Excludes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off if outside of Kathmandu Valley
  • Food and drinks

Trip Photos

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