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How to Spend 2 Days in Kathmandu

How to Spend 2 Days in Kathmandu

With two days in Kathmandu, there’s time to experience the city’s cultural treasures and get out into the countryside, too. Visit sacred Hindu and Buddhist sites, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and enjoy a day hike or a scenic cable car ride with sweeping Himalayan views. Here’s how to make the most of your 48 hours in the Nepali capital.

Day 1: Sacred Kathmandu

Morning: Rise early to reach Pashupatinath Temple at the most atmospheric time of day. This is the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal and an important cremation area. Afterwards, head to the nearby Boudhanath Stupa, the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. Have lunch overlooking the bright white shrine.

Afternoon: After lunch, head south to Patan to check out Patan Durbar Square, a collection of temples and old palace buildings. Explore the informative Patan Museum here, then peruse the lanes surrounding Durbar Square, which hide many more temples, picturesque old buildings, and handicraft shops.

Night: Eat your fill of dal bhat tarkari (rice with lentil and vegetable curries), the Nepali national dish, at a restaurant in the lively district of Thamel, followed by drinks at a rooftop bar. Those who enjoy dancing can groove to the cover bands that play most nights of the week at Thamel bars.

Day 2: Get Out Into Nature

Morning: Wake early, again, to make a trip out to Nagarkot for the sunrise. This town just outside the Kathmandu Valley is famous for its sunrise views over the Himalayas, which rise just beyond the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley. Have a postsunrise breakfast in Nagarkot.

Afternoon: This afternoon, active travelers can hike from Nagarkot to a nearby village, passing through forests, farmland, and traditional villages and enjoying great views along the way. Alternatively, return to Kathmandu and head to the Chandragiri Cable Car for sweeping views of the city and, when the weather is clear, the Himalayas beyond.

Night: The shops in Thamel are open late into the evening, making this a good time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Wrap up your stay with a cycle-rickshaw tour around Thamel and the Kathmandu Durbar Square area.

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Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

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Discover Nepal's scenery and culture during a leisurely hiking tour that includes an early morning arrival in Nagarkot for the sunrise. Watch the distant Himalayas catch the morning light, then take a hike to reach Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass through Brahmin, Tamang, and Newari villages along the way, and stop to purchase breakfast and lunch at small restaurants for an authentic local experience. Includes round-trip transport in a private vehicle from Kathmandu.
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  • 9 hours
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Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

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See the majestic Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, on a full-day tour from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. Hike for four hours downhill among the mountain scenery, visiting villages and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple Changu Narayan along the way. If the skies are clear, you can view the Himalayan mountains. Includes guide, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Kathmandu.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

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Many visitors to Kathmandu miss nearby Bhaktapur, a well-preserved medieval city-state and UNESCO-World Heritage site. Discover one of Nepal’s prettiest attractions during this behinds the scenes peek at the Newari city, famous for its intricate pagodas and delicate handicrafts. The in-depth tour also includes a visit to Panauti, where you’ll have a chance to meet with local entrepreneurs.
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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Visit four of Kathmandu's top attractions on a private half-day tour. Start by traveling in your comfortable private vehicle from your hotel to the traditional heart of the medieval town. Visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch the monkeys frolic around another heritage site, Swayambhunath Temple; and take in the sacred prayer wheels and incense. Explore Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, which has roots going back to 600 AD. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day on this comprehensive tour.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Kathmandu Full Day Tour

Kathmandu Full Day Tour

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This small-group sightseeing tour of Kathmandu includes several prominent religious monuments. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in front of the old royal palace, and learn about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your professional guide. Continue on to see the Tibetan Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath and visit Pashupatinath Temple—a shrine that honors Lord Shiva—both sacred sites designated by UNESCO. Finish at the imposing Bouddhanath stupa, the largest in Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

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Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

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Take a full-day private tour that combines the sunrise viewing at Nagarkot with a sightseeing trip to Bhaktapur—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rise early to depart from Kathmandu and reach high altitude Nagarkot in time to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. Continue to Bhaktapur after breakfast and visit top attractions in the culture-rich city, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace. Your tour includes breakfast, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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

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Take in Nepal's rich heritage on a private full-day tour of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Your private guide takes you to the Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and more. Learn about the history and significance of each place as you explore the Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites with your guide. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kathmandu. Entrance fees are at your expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

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Explore the religious traditions of Kathmandu during this half-day visit to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, a renowned Hindu temple, and the Tibetan Buddhist site at Boudhanath Stupa. Join your knowledgeable guide at these two iconic spiritual centers, witnessing the hum of daily activity and learning about Buddhism and Hinduism along the way. Want to earn some extra karma? Visit a local palm-reader for an optional reading. This small group visit, limited to just 12 guests, also includes site entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
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Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square

Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square

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Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms and colorful atmosphere of Kathmandu during this guided rickshaw ride. Begin your trip in the tourist district of Thamel as your guide pedals past the area’s busy market place and bustling squares, heading towards Durbar Square. Then hop off your rickshaw to wander on foot, observing the gorgeous early-evening light as it silhouettes the city’s temples and the nocturnal glow of Kathmandu’s lively nightlife begins to stir. Your rickshaw ride also includes the entrance fee at Durbar Square.
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Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike

Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike

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Combine visits to two of Nepal’s most fascinating Buddhist and Hindu religious sites with a moderate woodlands hike during this day trip from Kathmandu. Travel to Budhanilkantha, where you visit the sacred site of sleeping Hindu deity Vishnu. Then take a moderate hike through the idyllic woodlands of Shivapuri National Park to Pullahari Monastery. This Buddhist monastery sits astride a majestic hilltop location, offering magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley below. Your day trip also includes a guide, round-trip local transport fare and admission fees.
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  • 6 hours
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