Day Trips are short trips around the cities in Nepal that includes tours around the cultural heritages and sightseeing sights in Nepal. Usually centered around the cities, Kathmandu, Bhakatapur and Lalitpur for sightseeing of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, day trips can extend to the nearby villages for cultural exploration and to adventure activities like rafting, paragliding and Mountain Flights and Heli tour to the Everest.
Day trips can be a fun filled and memorable travel experience in Nepal in a short travel span of around a day only that can boost up the internal explorer in you. Traveler who have day break or have some spare time after completing their major trek / trips can also get an opportunity to extend their tours with day trips.
We have compiled in this package, the most popular day trips destinations for short tour adventures around in Nepal. The tour destinations with descriptions for each is enlisted below for travelers to choose their desired day trips from :
Asian Adventure Trips offers a guided day trip to Bouddhanath Stupa. The tour gives you an opportunity to explore Nepal’s rich cultural heritage site in Kathmandu, which is also enlisted by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as world heritage site.
The tour is targeted for visitors who are enthusiastic to learn about Nepal’s Cultural Heritage in the day trip. We are introduced to one of world’s most amazing and architecturally excellent structures of the capital city that bears cultural and historical importance.
The 36-m. tall giant Stupa is the main attraction of the day tour. The stupa, which was affected by the April 25th Quake, has already been reconstructed and stands tall to represent one of the largest stupas in the valley. Even today, those who believe in Buddhism as a religion or like the philosophy spent their day long time in Stupa periphery.
Activities in the day tour includes an option to specifically visit the Boudhanath site in a day long package or combine the sightseeing destination with other nearby sights like Pashupatinath Temple. Either way, you can enjoy an amazing experience around the stupa walking and exploring the surroundings. Boudhanath area is also popular for rich collection of traditional Thanka paintings, handicrafts and sculptures, making it an amazing choice for souvenir shopping. If interested, we can even indulge ourselves in the process of making the Thanka Paintings in the Thanka School also located in the premises. Furthermore, you can also take participate in the religious chanting of “Mantra” with the Buddhist monks. For visitors willing to sit back and relax, you can have spent your whole day staying in a rooftop restaurant where you have better opportunities to explore the gigantic Stupa and the surroundings in front of your nose!
While combined with other sights, the best time to visit Boudhanath Stupa is late afternoon until late evening. You are suggested to stroll clockwise direction round the monument while exploring. Here, you will be accompanied by fellow domestic and international tourists as well monks and Buddhist people sharing religious attachment with the stupa. Boudhanath stupa is thus one of the best sightseeing experience in Kathmandu and is highly recommended.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the three major Durbar square areas in the valley. Also enlisted as the UNESCO’s world heritage sites, it is a beautiful sightseeing destinations standing among others in Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is primarily famous for its historical monuments and amazing art and culture represented in the palaces and temples in the durbar square area.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is extensive in area than the other two durbar squares in the valley, Kathmandu and Patan. Main Attractions in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area are Five storied Nyata-Pole Temple, Golden Gate, Taleju Temple and the infamous 55 window temple / palace.
Bhaktapur is a city away from the hassles and crowd of the Kathmandu. The city is the home to the ethnic newar community. The community is untouched from modern civilization which has preserved its language, culture and traditional values. The city is a living museum of Newari culture and traditions, that welcomes its visitors to explore and experience a true side of cultural diversity in Nepal.
Day Trip to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is extended to a full day experiences as the city has lot to offer. From rich cultural background, an authentic community and monuments, temples and palaces, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area is one of the most engaging destinations in the valley. The art, woodcarvings and statues in the durbar square area along with pottery village makes it one of the most recommended destinations in the valley. Trip to Bhaktapur can be planned as a whole day guided tour through the alleys and pathways in the durbar square area. The tour can also be merged and extended further to Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.
If you choose to stay overnight in Bhaktapur, we have a number of hotels and accommodation in Bhaktapur. A quick tip to every visitor, While we are visiting the city, it is highly recommended to have a taste of the world famous Ju-Ju Dhau ( King Curd ) from the city.
Sightseeing in Patan Durbar square gives you an opportunity to explore Nepal’s rich cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu, which are enlisted by UNESCO as world heritage sites.
The tour is targeted for visitors who have one day extra time for a short trip around Kathmandu valley. We are introduced to world’s most amazing architecturally excellent structures of the capital city that bears cultural and historical importance. Major attractions in the tour include Krishna Mandir/Temple, Patan Museum. Each site carrying rich historical and cultural importance, gives us an informative and enjoyable tour.
The Locals are also Newar and have their own Newari language. Most of the people are busy with their Metal-Work. You can observe how they make the metal statue and jewelry while walking through the city.
On the occasion of birthday of Lord Krishna, in August -September is celebrated by Hindus at the Krishna Temple in Patan. Devotees gather at the Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square for a vigil through the night. The following day, the devotees visit all the Krishna shrines throughout the city.
After Patan Durbar Square, we move towards a typical Newari village in Bungmati-Khokana. Not so far away from the city, you have opportunities to explore an example of living museum. Most of the locals are still busy in farming. The Machhendra Nath Temple is notable in this place. While discovering the village, you can see live how locals are busy in their daily life even its not so far from the city.
The village has hundreds of masters wood carver and sculpture producers and we can still fine some people busy in wood carving.
Asian Adventure Trips manages the best one trip route to visit the sites around Kathmandu Durbar Square and briefs about the sites on the go. Also known as “Hanumandhoka Durbar Square” locally, the sightseeing destination is not so far from Thamel. Kathmandu Durbar Square is just 10 min far from Thamel on foot. The Square was used by the kings of Medieval Nepal at their Royal palace. The infamous Living Goddess, Kumari’s residence, the KUMARI HOUSE is also notable spot to visit in Kathmandu Durbar Square area.
Although the Kathmandu Durbar Square was damaged in its major landmarks, after devastating April quake, the reconstruction is in progress and the UNESCO world heritage site is open to welcome its visitors.
Our destinations today then follows to Swayambhunath stupa, also a site listed in UNESCO world heritage that bear cultural, traditional and architectural wonders. Swyambhunath Stupa is also popularly known as Monkey Temple. The stupa itself lies on the top of a small hill. Either you walk 365 stairs up to Stupa or drive by bus/car to the Stupa. The Stupa is itself like a view tower. You can have a good view of Kathmandu valley and if the weather allows, you have a opportunities to see some mountains at the edge of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath is also a representation of religious harmony in Nepal as both Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu temple stands together in same premises.