The Kathmandu Valley has been a tourist dreamland for centuries and on this full-day sightseeing tour you will learn about its long history of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. As its political, commercial and cultural hub, Kathmandu City is the first stop for the majority of visitors to Nepal, providing the gateway to the great treks of the Himalayas and the Valley. Once a separate kingdom in itself, the Valley contains three fabled cities - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Out of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, 7 are located in the Valley. The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism.