Discover ancient sites around Kathmandu on a tour with your own private guide and driver. Learn about Nepal's history and Hindu and Buddhist religions as you visit Swayambhunath Temple and Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was damaged during the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015.
Private half-day tour to Swayambhunath Temple and Patan Durbar Square, from Kathmandu
See monkeys along the stairway to Swayambhunath Temple
Learn about Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal
Explore the monuments around Patan Durbar Square
View historic artifacts at the Patan Museum
Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off
After morning pickup from select hotels in central Kathmandu, travel in a climate-controlled private vehicle with your guide and driver to Swayambhunath Temple. During the drive to the hilltop temple, your guide explains the importance of Hinduism and Buddhism in Kathmandu Valley. Upon arrival, ascend 365 steps that lead to a white stupa decorated with fluttering prayer flags. Take in sweeping views from the World Heritage-listed site, which overlooks Kathmandu and the distant snow-capped Himalayas (if the skies are clear). Take a shorter walk back to your vehicle then drive to reach Patan's Durbar Square. Known as Nepal's City of Art, this UNESCO-listed plaza includes ancient temples, a royal palace, a museum, and a maze of fascinating side streets. The earthquakes of 2015 damaged many of the temples in the area, and repairs are underway. Hear about the long history of Patan Durbar Square and its key highlights, then visit the Patan Museum with your guide. There you can view works of bronze and copper religious art in addition to other artifacts. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Kathmandu hotel.