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Kathmandu Valley Three cities sightseeing tour

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Max. Elevation
1320 m / 4330 ft
Group size
Min 1+
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
All around year
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Trip Route


  • Enjoy the classic tour around world heritage sites and places of great interest.
  • Kathmandu with most important landmarks of the country with ancient glories.
  • Exciting sightseeing tour of old palace, monuments, temples and monasteries.
  • Spectacular scenery of Kathmandu valley and the city from old Swayambhunath.
  • Observe the colorful cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religions on tour
  • Visit the picturesque Patan Durbar Square, renowned for its well-preserved Newari architecture, ornate temples, and traditional courtyards.
  • Discover the charming Bhaktapur Durbar Square, known for its medieval city layout, ancient monuments, and intricate stone sculptures.
  • Visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and witness Hindu cremation rituals along the banks of the Bagmati River.


KATHMANDU VALLEY THREE CITIES SIGHTSEEING TOUR ‘exciting tour around world heritage and places of importance sites’
Kathmandu Valley Three cities sightseeing tour leads to one of the most attractive sites that Nepal has to offer. Kathmandu and its three neighboring cities are blessed with old-time glories of ancient palaces, and historical and religious monuments. The valley is blessed with three beautiful cities of Kathmandu, Patan / Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Although at present a metropolitan hub, but retains its past age-old cultures and historical sites, and traditional way of life.
Makes Kathmandu valley and the three cities, amazing places of the world, where visitors first impression its magnificent cultures.
The cultural and historical along with both great Hindu and Buddhism religions makes the cities of Kathmandu valley; one of the most important places for pilgrims. Where major temples and monasteries are located, the holy Pashupatinath Temple and old Swayambhunath Stupa, are the landmarks of the country. 
Likewise, the adjoining cities of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur are places full of charm and beauty. Kathmandu Valley Three Cities at one time a separate kingdom, visitors can enjoy visiting the magnificent old Durbar Square.
The Durbar Squares of the three cities are steeped with ancient monuments with bygone day’s palaces. Besides beautiful historical and religious monuments, the whole areas are works of master craftsmanship with intricate designs and carvings. 
Most outside people are unaware that the pagoda architecture originated from Kathmandu Valley cities. Later on, the pagoda-style roof flourished across South East Asia as far as China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia.
For travelers to Nepal, the first step of the tour starts from Kathmandu city, then extends to its main adjoining cities. A great place to visit Kathmandu's old historical places, which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 Visitors will be overwhelmed with the guidance of Himalayan Forever Treks enjoying the Kathmandu Valley Three cities sightseeing tour.
A guided sightseeing tour led by an expert city, and cultural guide, shows you the wonders of Nepal.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square - World Heritage Site
There are numerous monuments, temples, shrines, and stupas scattered throughout the Kathmandu valley. The residence of the Living Goddess (Kumari Ghar), the fearsome Kal Bhairav, the red monkey god, and many erotic carvings are just a few examples of the attractions in Kathmandu valley square. The square is bustling with vibrant activity. It is believed that the Kastamandap rest house was constructed using the wood from a single tree, giving rise to the name of the Kathmandu valley. Adjacent to the rest house are large drums that were used to announce royal proclamations. The intricate woodcarvings, statues, and architecture in this area are of exceptional quality, making Kathmandu durbar square a must-see for travelers. The site also features the Tribhuvan Museum.

2. Swyambhunath - World Heritage Site
Situated on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, Swyambhunath is a ancient and mysterious religious complex adorned with stupas, shrines, temples, and painted images of deities. At its heart lies a dazzling white stupa topped with a golden spire painted with the compassionate eyes of the Buddha. These eyes are a common sight throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Locals affectionately refer to it as the Monkey Temple due to the playful troop of monkeys that call it home. Legend has it that the history of the valley begins with Swoyambhu, or the "self-existent". In ancient times, Boddhisatwa Manjusri discovered a radiant lotus in a beautiful lake during his journey. He encountered a lotus emitting a brilliant light and saw it as a divine sign.

3. Pashupatinath - World Heritage Site
Pashupatinath is considered the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. The complex houses various images of Shiva, as well as statues, shrines, and temples devoted to other gods. The original temple dedicated to Shiva was built in 879 AD, but the current temple was constructed by King Bhupendra Malla in 1697. The temple is adorned with a gold-plated roof, silver doors, and intricate woodcarvings. Guheswori Temple, which was renovated in 1653, symbolizes the feminine energy and is dedicated to Satidevi, the first wife of Shiva who sacrificed herself in her father's fire ritual.

4. Boudhanath Stupa - World Heritage Site
Located in Boudha town on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Boudhanath is a massive stupa and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. It serves as the heart of a vibrant Tibetan Buddhist community and is steeped in Buddhist symbolism. Since 1959, Boudha has been a significant site for Tibetan exiles in Nepal, but it has been a revered stop on the Kathmandu-Tibet trade route for many years. It stands as a crucial Tibetan Buddhist landmark.

5. Patan Durbar Square - World Heritage Site
The square in Patan is filled with beautiful pagoda temples and stone statues, making it the bustling center of the city. Everywhere you turn, you'll find stunning works of art and images of deities created by talented artists. The temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and the Royal Bath, both adorned with intricate stone and bronze carvings, stand out as remarkable masterpieces in this area. The temple of Lord Krishna, located within the palace complex, is particularly impressive and admired for its Nepalese temple craft. Despite its non-native style, this three-story stone temple continues to be praised for its beauty and artistry.

6. Bhaktapur Durbar Square - World Heritage Site
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a stunning collection of pagoda and Shikhara-style temples surrounding a palace with fifty-five windows, made of brick and wood. This square is a remarkable display of ancient Nepalese arts and architecture. The sight of golden statues of kings atop stone monoliths, protective deities watching over from their shrines, and intricate wood carvings on every structure creates a harmonious and captivating atmosphere. The key attractions of the Durbar Square include the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the palace with fifty-five windows, the five-story Nyatapola temple in pagoda style, and the Dattatreya temple.

7. Is Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour Suitable For You?
The Kathmandu City Day Tour is a fantastic way to delve into the city's vibrant history and culture. This tour will take you to some of the most significant and iconic cultural heritage sites in the city, such as ancient temples, shrines, and palaces. Deciding if the Kathmandu City Tour Package is the right choice for you depends on your personal interests and preferences. If you enjoy exploring historical and cultural sites, then this tour is a perfect match for you. Kathmandu boasts numerous ancient temples, palaces, and monuments that exemplify its rich cultural legacy. Moreover, if you have a curiosity for the history and geography of the region, this tour will offer you valuable insights.

8. Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour Difficulty Level
Exploring Kathmandu City can be quite challenging with all the walking, stairs, and exploring involved in visiting historical sites. It is important to be physically fit and comfortable with long walks. The tour includes visits to temples and other sacred places where you will need to remove your shoes and walk barefoot. It is essential to wear comfortable shoes with good grip as some paths and stairs can be steep and uneven. If you have any health or mobility issues, please contact us before booking the Kathmandu City Tour Package as your disability may affect your ability to walk or climb stairs.

9. Requirements of Travel Insurance for the Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour
When visiting Kathmandu City for a sightseeing tour, it is recommended that you consider getting travel insurance. While it is not compulsory, having insurance can provide you with peace of mind in case of any unexpected accidents during your visit. Unlike trekking in the mountains, the risks involved in a city walking tour are minimal. However, accidents can still occur while exploring different locations in Nepal. Therefore, it may be wise to purchase an insurance policy to ensure you are prepared for any unforeseen situations. Although there have been no significant incidents reported so far, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
The Kathmandu Valley Three Cities Sightseeing Tour is a cultural odyssey, offering a glimpse into the rich history, spirituality, and artistic brilliance of the Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur cities. Each World Heritage Site stands as a testament to Nepal's diverse heritage, inviting travelers to explore the essence of the Kathmandu Valley.

Important Note

Tour Mode: In best available Hotels.
Tour Grade: Leisure with short walks.
Area of Tour: Kathmandu city and suburb.
Tour duration: 02 Days with short drives
Total Trip: 03 Nights / 04 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons:
Nearly all months of the year except for monsoon wet seasons of rainy time from mid-June to August. The rest of the months are good for the tour, the best time is spring from March to May. Including autumn/fall from September to November. 
As well as during the winter months of December to February, cold morning and night time. March to May is quite warm with most days being clear for views and short walks and drives. Autumn is also the best time for tour, days are much clear but cold morning and night time. During autumn and winter times days are short due to sunlight hours.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the tour, hotels. Includes details of the local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali Restaurants. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.





Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country. The tour extends heading east of the city to holy temple of Pashupatinath, revered by Hindu followers from all across Nepal and India. The temple with beautiful golden pagoda roof with silver lining around the main temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The tour continues towards Bouddhanath Stupa, a huge dome shaped monuments probably the largest in Asia. An exciting place to visit the monasteries and shrines of strong Tibetan Buddhism culture and custom.

Completing the tour back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for next exciting tour of other cities.

Max. altitude

1,414m / 4,639 ft.





An exciting full day tour Patan and Bhaktapur cities, morning short drive south of Kathmandu. Enter the Lalitpur district of Patan, located across the Bagmati River, the drive leads in the midst of Patan. 

PATAN DURBAR SQUARE:Patan Durbar Square is located amidst the busy colorful market called Mangal Bazaar in the heart of Patan or Lalitpur district. The word Lalitpur means city of fine arts and crafts, which you can witness on this tour of Patan Durbar Square.

The Patan Durbar Square was added to World Heritage Sites in 1979, a place of charm and beauty. The royal courtyard or Durbar Square was established in the 6th century by King Siddhi Narsinga Malla. The square is steeped with ancient places, temples, and shrines a masterpiece for exquisite carvings, and fine artworks. 

The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life. Houses a museum treasures an array of bronze statues and religious objects, and beautiful handicrafts and paintings.

Places of great interest to visit are as follows:

Patan Durbar Square houses ancient Newari architecture with three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowks, Sundari Chowks, and Keshav Narayan Chowks. Mul Chowk is the oldest one at the center of Patan Durbar Square.

Several multi-sized and multi-styled temple houses the western part of the complex. Main among these are Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple, and the Golden Temple of Hiranya.

Krishna Temple:

The temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna was built in the 17th century. 

Considered the first Shikara architecture ever built, the temple is one of the gems of Durbar Square. 


Just at the rim of Durbar square stands the five-storied pagoda temple of Lord Siva built by King Jayasthiti Malla, inside the temple premises a natural spring, its source the belief is from the famous glacial lake of Gosainkunda around Langtang Himal of Rasuwa district.

The golden work on the temple was added later in 1422 A.D. On the festival of Janai Purnima (month of August), ritual bathing and fair take place.

After an enjoyable tour of Patan / Lalitpur and Durbar or Palace Square, drive leads east of the city to Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is the third largest city of Kathmandu valley. The city was once the capital of the valley, during Malla Kingdom period from 12th to 15th century.Bhaktapur steeped with traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture.

Places of interest in Bhaktapur:

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: One of the best world heritage sites of Nepal, reflects the city's rich culture, art and architectural design. The golden gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows; the gate is regarded as the world's most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind. 

Bhaktapur Nytapola Temple:This temple is 30 meter tall, and is the tallest temple in the Kathmandu valley. It was built by King Bhupindra Malla in 1708 AD. Each of its five terraces holds a pair of figures, starting from bottom wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses. 

The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery:Located in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Rare paintings and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations can be found in this museum. Gallery contains brass, bronze, stone and wooden images; gallery is explored by tourists for medieval art tradition of Nepal. 

Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur:Built as a one-story pagoda during the reign of King Jagat Jyoti Malla, later changed into a three-tiers roofed temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairab - the god of Terror. 

Dattatreya Temple:Built in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree. A Monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows is located near the temple. 

After an exciting day tour of Patan and Bhaktapur cities, drive back to Kathmandu and to your hotels. 

Max. altitude

1,401m / 4,596 ft.





Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience on Kathmandu Valley Three cities sightseeing tour.

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  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • 3*** (Three Star) Hotel in Kathmandu
  • In Kathmandu Hotels on Bed and Breakfast only basis.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Service of city guides throughout the trip with tour escort.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and re-confirmation of international air tickets.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Meals in Kathmandu besides breakfast.
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Sight seeing in Kathmandu

This company not only organizes a long trek but also a sight seeing tour wonderfully. I had done a one day sight seeing tour in Kathmandu Valley and I can't describe in words how diversified Kathmandu is. I had a great time knowing about Kathmandu and it's history. The guide tried his best to give me as much information as he could. I totally recommend this company to everyone.


Insights about Nepalese culture

I had took a city tour in Nepal with Himalayan Forever Treks, and it was an incredible experience! The knowledgeable guide took us to the must-see attractions, such as Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa, while sharing fascinating insights about Nepalese culture. The tour was well-organized, and the guide's professionalism and friendliness made it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend Himalayan Forever Treks for a memorable and informative city tour in Nepal.

Buki B

Memorable City Tour in Nepal

Our city tour experience with Himalayan Forever Treks was truly remarkable. From the moment we stepped foot in Nepal, their team ensured our journey was filled with unforgettable moments. The knowledgeable guide provided insightful commentary, taking us to hidden gems and popular landmarks alike. The well-organized itinerary allowed us to make the most of our time, and the professionalism of the staff was commendable. We highly recommend Himalayan Forever Treks for an incredible city tour in Nepal.

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United States
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Frequently Asked Questions

At one time before more than 3,000 years the valley was a huge lake. It is believed saint Manjushree first visited from China / Tibet, using a mighty sword. Manjushree, chopped the southern hills and released the water and made the area fertile and flourishing for people to settle. Geographically it shows the valley was a huge lake, as time went by the southern hills collapsed. Which drained the water and turned into a valley.

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes, even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

The next best season is autumn / fall from September to November, but visitors can enjoy the tour during winter times of December to February.  Cold morning and night time, but during day time warm and sunny the sunlight hours is much shorter. 

The main religions of Nepal is Hinduism about more than 80 %, followed by Buddhism. The two main religions Hindu and Buddhism have their own special interesting culture and custom. 

Depending upon group size, 2-3 person in a private car, more of 4-6 in a spacious coach. For bigger group a deluxe standard bus, with expert drive and guide to lead you around the three cities of Kathmandu Valley.

Nepal with its own currencies, known as the Nepalese rupees. It is the official currency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The Nepalese rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Nepal Rastra (National) Bank, the central bank of Nepal.

The Kathmandu Valley Three Cities Sightseeing Tour is a cultural exploration that covers the major historical and cultural sites in the three cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan.

Common attractions include Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur highlights include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya Square, and the 55-Window Palace.

Patan attractions include Patan Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple, and the Patan Museum.

The tour is often a day trip, but additional days can be added for a more in-depth exploration.

Yes, there are entrance fees for some of the heritage sites, and these fees contribute to the conservation of these historical landmarks.

As of my last update in January 2022, no special permits are required for this tour.

Yes, it's possible to visit all three cities in a day, but a more relaxed itinerary allows for a deeper exploration of each city.

Transportation is usually by private vehicle, but walking and exploring on foot is common within the city squares.

Yes, each city has its own unique marketplaces where you can purchase traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local products.

Yes, the tour offers numerous opportunities for photography, capturing the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the three cities.

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