Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
from USD $99.00
This full day private sightseeing tour takes you to Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore monuments that are considered some of the greatest achievements of the Malla dynasty. Appreciate the unique architecture of these famous sites and learn about the significance it plays in Nepalese history.
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In Brief

Kathmandu, Nepal
9 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Led by a local guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Important InfoInfo
Your tour begins with pickup from your accommodations in Kathmandu to head to your first stop on this full day sightseeing excursion. 

Basantapur Durbar Square is the former residence of Royal Kings of Nepal which is spread in five acres of area and was built the in 16th century. Basantapur Palace Complex is divided into two Chowks. At the southern end of Palace is located Kumari Chowk that abodes a living virgin goddess- Kumari.

Next your tour takes you to Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple, perched atop the hill towards the west of Kathmandu Valley. Holy monkeys reside among woods located to the north- western parts of temple complex. Apart from the religious significance, Swayambhunath is famous for having the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley as well. 

Afterwards,  drive to City of Arts –‘Patan’ which is one of the three archaic cities inside Kathmandu Valley known for its rich cultural heritage and arts. In Patan locates yet another World Heritage Site, Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square holds chowk crammed with temples including Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Tewmple and Taleju Bhawani Temple. 


After your sightseeing around the Bhaktpur, you enjoy a local lunch (at your own expense) in Patan.

Then we move to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines across the world. 

As we head back to your hotel, you will stop to visit Bouddhanath, which is among the largest Stupas in South Asia and is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. That is the reason why Boudhha is also called as ‘Little Tibet’. 

We will drive for another 25 minutes before you get dropped back off to your hotel at around 5pm.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour guide
  • Transport by private vehicle


  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fees

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Your hotel or accommodations in Kathmandu

Returns To

Returns to original departure point or transfer to airport

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Please expect to spend around the $10 USD for lunch purchased locally
  • Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Free to Change the date and time
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.2 out of 5 based on the last 10 recent reviews

Everything you could want to see in Kathmandu in one day! Our tour guide Jamuna was amazing! She was very informative and helpful. She catered the tour to what we wanted and stood in touch with us throughout our entire trip in Nepal to see if we needed anything. If you book this tour I would highly recommend asking for her!
• Submitted 07 Aug 2018
A great tour to all the major UNESCO sites in Kathmandu! My guide was very knowledgable and fun to travel with. I highly recommend this tour for covering a lot in a short period of time.
• Submitted 13 May 2018
We had an excellent guide who very accurately judged the pace and content we required. She was knowledgeable about the sites and their history, gave us interesting information about life in Nepal, and had excellent English. She was personable and gentle in her manner. We would highly recommend her as a tour guide.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2017
Loved this day! Our guide Janina was very knowledgable, patient (we take tons of pictures), and kind. The day is a sensory bonanza because there is so much color, beauty and significance in the places we visited. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 24 Oct 2017
SuJan was a great guide. Extremely knowledgeable. Very patience and accommodating. Was a full day packed of all kinds of experiences. Definitely highly recommended.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2017
This tour is jammed packed with all of the historic and cultural sights that you would want to see in the Kathmandu area. And no mandatory shopping trips. The 3 Durbar Squares, Bhaktpur, Patan, and Kathmandu, were all well worth seeing, displaying a medieval architecture unlike any I have seen outside Nepal. Patan has a small museum, so you can see what filled the palaces and temples. And these pieces were well worth seeing for their beauty and craftsmanship. Astonishingly enough, at Kumari Chowk , Kathmandu Durbar Sq, the Kumari herself made an appearance at the window. There were only a handful of us present, and we were all awestruck. How does one react in the presence of a living goddess? All of the sights were beautiful and inspirational. For me, the most impressive sight was the Pashupatinath Temple. This is also known as the crematorium. It may sound morbid or gross, but in the presence of people caring for, and venerating their dead, I felt an empathy for the mourners, and a glimpse of something sacred in their lives. I want to commend our driver and guide, who did valiant work battling the local traffic, and were thoughtful and flexible to our wishes. The guide answered many questions for us, not just about the sights, but about the life and culture in Nepal.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2017
So I feel a bit conflicted giving this tour a 4 star rating. Everything was awesome and the tour guide was the best, super helpful and very kind. We got to see so much in one day, I know that there was no way we would have been able to accomplish so much on our own. The only downside that prevents me from giving it a 5 star rating is that we were caught a little bit off guard by the cost of entry fees. We were a bit on a budget and already paying 110 dollars each for the tour, it was a bit of a ding to our wallets when we realized that we had to pay 10 and 15 for most of the sites one was only 2.50. We spent a total of about 60 on entrance fees. If the total cost for those fees had been clear from the beginning as in before we booked anything, we would have been a bit less shocked and not so thrown off. Anyhow, besides that it was definitely worth it. So only suggestion: list the cost of entrance fees in the description or at least an estimate so that folks can plan accordingly. Thanks so much!
• Submitted 26 Jun 2017
It was fine. A bit flexible, especially to eliminate spots that were farther out of the city. Some of the sites were damaged from the 2015 earthquake, which was not the fault of the tour company.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2017
The guide was uninformed
• Submitted 26 Dec 2016
We visited the 5 of the 6 unesco sites in Kathmandu. We were tired and jet-lagged and had one day in the city, so the tour filled the day, and we choose to skip the last site. The tour guide spoke English well enough, but didn't really help us understand the significance of each site. The tour price was already high and we had to pay and additional 10 to 15 per person to enter each site. Plus we had to buy the tour guide lunch very small amount and tip the tour guide and driver. The clutch of the car that we were using went out and we had to walk about 1 km to one site. We probably could have done better by reading a tourist book on Kathmandu and hiring a driver for the day through the hotel.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2017

In Brief

Kathmandu, Nepal
9 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Led by a local guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors