This one day tour is ideal for tourists who have an extra day in Kathmandu at the beginning or end of their itinerary. A half day in Patan and a half day in Bhaktapur is just enough to see the highlights of two historical kingdoms. There are separate entrance fees for many of the attractions, but don’t worry, they are all included in the package price. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel at 10 am and drop you off at 4 PM. We provide an excellent tour guide who is knowledgeable about the city and its history. Our vehicles are air-conditioned, comfortable and driven by expert drivers.
AM: Sightseeing tour of Patan
The Bagmati River is the only thing that divides Patan from Kathmandu; but at one time these were separate kingdoms.Patan Durbar Square is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Locals often refer to Patan by its Sanskrit name, 'Lalitpur', which means 'city of beauty', a fitting name as Patan is a hub of Buddhist and Hindu culture, full of religious art, temples, and monasteries. Patan Durbar Square holds the greatest concentration of Newari architecture anywhere in the valley. In the fascinating narrow streets surrounding the square, there are more than 600 stupas. The Patan Museum is the restored palace of the 17th century Malla Kings and houses bronze statues and religious objects, some dating back to the 11th century. The gilded doors and windows open to the Krishna Mandir Temple which was built by King Siddhi Narasigh Malla in 1637 and is still in use. The temple has three floors and 21 golden pinnacles. The first floor enshrines Krishna, the second Shiva, and the third Lokeshwor.
PM: Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari town about 12km east of Kathmandu. Founded in the 12th century, Bhaktapur rose to be the greatest of the Malla Kingdoms in the 15th century. Today it's Nepal's third largest city and famous for culture, temples and craft work. Bhaktapur literally translates to 'City of Devotees', and lives up to this name as it has more temples than either Kathmandu or Patan. Bhaktapur is like a living museum. It is a pleasant place to walk as the cobbled streets are free of traffic and full of temples, courtyards, squares, wells and courtyards. Tradition is alive in Bhaktapur; you can watch craftsmen producing their century old arts of pottery and wood carving. It's a great place to buy souvenirs to take home. The old ways of life can be seen on every corner of the town - rice being sun dried, collecting water from communal taps.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is famous for the 55-Window Palace, which served as the seat of royalty prior to 1769. The windows and doors are elaborately carved and houses The National Art Gallery, with Buddhist Paubha scroll paintings, palm leaf manuscripts, and stone carvings. The Golden Gate of the palace opens onto the Taleju Temple, built in 1756, and the bell which has been rung to pay homage to the Goddess Taleju for centuries, and the Royal Bath, with its Golden Faucet.
The five-storey Nyatapola Temple is the tallest pagoda temple in Nepal. Dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi in 1702, its struts, doors, windows, and tympanums are decorated with carvings of divine figures, including a pair of two- meter high stone statues of elephants, lions, griffons and a pair of tantric goddesses.
Day 1 : Tour Of Patan and Bhaktapur Valley
• Qualified English speaking guide
• Entrance fees
• Transportation in private vehicle
• Tips for guide
• Food and drink
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 1 Day
Price : US $95 p/p
Trip Grade : Easy
Group Size:2-12 persons
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint