Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
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Enjoy this 7-hour day trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti. The UNESCO-protected Bhaktapur city is a great example of arts and crafts dating to the medieval age. On the other hand Panauti will offer you a great chance to admire not only the architecture, but also wonders of nature.
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In Brief

Kathmandu, Nepal
7 hours
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Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur 00977-1-4701148 Nepal

Bhaktapur, an important and fascinating World Heritage Site, made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity; Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries) Bhaktapur was the most powerful of the Kathmandu Valley kingdoms and its capital for 300 years.

Despite earthquakes and frequent rebuilding, Bhaktapur today retains a medieval feel; its neighborhoods are still caste oriented and centered around the old ponds or tanks (built to store water for drinking, washing and religious ceremonies) and which continue as a social focal point. Local people here are predominantly farmers or engaged in the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork which have supported the city since its establishment in the 12th century to service the trade route between Tibet and India and remain active industries. A fascinating place to explore!

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Panauti Community Home Stay, Panauti-Kushadevi Rd, Panauti 45209, Nepal

Panauti was a commercial town in medieval time, but now it is very much at clam. With a very well preserved backwater and a fascinating place to explore with interesting temples and impressive Rana mansions which have been restored. There are 03 rivers including Brahmayani, Roshi & Punyabati. This town was derived from the holy river of Punyabati. Here is metal works and agriculture with beautiful rice terrace, where we can see agriculture base culture & lifestyle. Panauti local people celebrate several festival and fairs here. There are stupas , stone art and temples around with beautiful woodcarvings.

Panauti offers the beautiful Hindu Temple i.e. Indreshwor Mahadev (12-13 centuries) which has single plinth base, pagoda type with 03 storied, 03 main gates & 06 tundals. The temple dedicated Shiva destructed god in Hindu pantheon. The festival that is most celebrate is like 12 years Makara Mela, Swosthani Purnima & Shivaratri.

Duration: 3 hours


  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport by air conditioned vehicle as per group size


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Entry/Admission - Panauti Community Home Stay

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Royal Mountain Travel, Lal Durbar Marg, Kathmandu 44601, Nepal

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Entrance fee is applicable to children 10 years and above
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

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.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.73 out of 5 based on the last 11 recent reviews

Thanks a million Dillip for such a magical day.So professional, warm and kind.We had the absolute perfect day together.Like something out of a Indiana Jones movie.Would definitely recommend...outstanding scenery and tour guide ♡ Natasha and Juliano
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
I decided to walk instead of asking to get picked up to meet my guide and driver. It turned out that I was the only one who booked the tour so it was just me! My guide explained that we would go to Panauti first about 35 kilometers away then Bhaktapur. It was rice harvesting season so I got to see the locals spreading the rice grains out to dry. We had lunch with a great view in Bhaktapur - local Nepalese food! Be mindful that they include a 10% + 13% tax in addition to your order. I went mid-October so the weather was great and I got some wonderful photos. My guide explained the history of the sites, temples, Hindu gods, etc. but he was naturally very soft spoken so sometimes I did not hear or understand what he said but he was very patient and repeated the information when I asked. He never rushed me to view a sight and went at my pace. Towards the end of the day I realized that we were running late but I did not feel rushed by him - I just felt bad for taking long since I asked a lot of questions and took a lot of photos. Overall I am very satisfied with the tour and recommend it to anyone looking to leave the capital and see some of the beautiful hilly landscape of the valley!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
I loved this tour! It and the full day Kathmandu city tour were the best I took during my week in Kathmandu, and I took a tour each day. The architecture of the buildings and other sights were amazing. DON'T MISS! I wish I could remember the guide's name, as he was so very excellent!
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
I really enjoyed the tour and can recommend it to everyone!! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and what I particularly liked is that he would show me something and then give me a couple of minutes or as long as I want to check the site out by myself. I liked that this gave me enough opportunity to take nice photos and experience the site/moment by myself without having to keep a conversation 100 of the time. Definitely worthwhile!
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
This was our favorite tour out of four that we took. Fascinating everywhere you looked and walked. A wonderful experience.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
This trip was great!! The tour guide was very informative and friendly. All of the sites were interesting and at the end our guide organised for us to have lunch with a local family in their home which was an amazing experince
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
This was one of the best tours we have done in the area. Our tour guide Raz was very knowledgeable, patient and gave us enough space to explore the places. The tour started in the village of Panauti where we could see how locals live and ended in Bhaktapur where we walked around all the main sites. We stopped by for lunch at one of the tourist restaurants on Durbar square. Our version of the tour did not include lunch with local women in Panauti, as advertised in tour description, but nonetheless it was a very nice and informative tour. Thank you Raz! P.S. Raz asked us if we wanted to stop by a thangka shop in Bhaktapur and it was great that we didn't feel pressured to purchase anything. This was a nice school, so if you are interested in purchasing thangkas, I recommend you look around few stores prior to visiting this one to know what you are looking for and compare prices.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2017
Nice day trip to see village life style, traditions and culture informative and very friendly guide.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2016
I took this daytrip to escape from the noise of Kathmandu and Thamel, and it was awesome. My guide was very accomodating and he was explaining the different places and buildings as we went. The only cons is that it's more a half day trip and I would have liked to spend more time visting Bhaktapur. I really recommend doing this if you are in kathmandu and want a more quiet experience.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
A group of 4 ladies were looking for a quick experience on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The first village we visited was Panauti, a very quaint, peaceful village walk. We walked at our pace of personal interest and even swung on the big bamboo festival swing. Next we went to Bhaktapur, a World Heritage site. Many museums were closed due to the festival holiday. We stopped for a sweet, cool yogurt and even did some limited shopping. Our guide Akshay from Royal Mountain Travel was personable, friendly, spoke excellent English and offered a hotel drop off as well. We felt safe and entered a small picture of Nepalese culture.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
An interesting and beautiful trip to some less crowded locations.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2018

In Brief

Kathmandu, Nepal
7 hours
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