Best One Day Tours in Kathmandu

  • Feb 20, 2021
  • Raj Kumar Basnet

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and the only International airport in Nepal. The Tribhuvan International airport is in Kathmandu. All travelers who want to travel Nepal by flight, they must land in Kathmandu. Furthermore, Kathmandu has many cultural and natural heritage, and some of them are listed as UNESCO cultural heritage.

Kathmandu has many places to visit for domestic and international travelers. Here, we offer information about the best day tours that you can do in one day. These one-day tours are best suited for those who travel to Kathmandu for transit or want to know the wonders of Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu Tour

Kathmandu day tour is one of the most popular day tours in Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Day tour includes a visit to four cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu, which are Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Pasupatinath temple.

Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu Day Tour

Kathmandu's day tour starts with a visit to the Swayambhunath (Monkey temple). The Monkey temple is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. It is Buddhist Stupa and equally popular for Buddhists and Hindus. You then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is located in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur Squire. Kathmandu Durbar Squire is an ancient Royal palace, and now it is one of the main tourist attractions in Kathmandu.

After the visit to Kathmandu Durbar Squire, You visit Bouddhanath Stupa. Bouddhanath Stupa has located 8 km to the east of Kathmandu. Bauddhanath is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu. You go to visit Pasupatinath temple at the end. The Pasupatinath is a great Hindu temple.

Bhaktapur and Patan Tour

Bhaktapur & Patan Tour is another popular day tours in Kathmandu. The tour includes visiting Bhaktapur Durbar squire and Patan Durbar squire. Both Durbar squires are ancient royal palaces and popular landmarks in Kathmandu. And, these are listed on the UNESCO world cultural site.

Bhaktapur Durbar squire

The Day Tour of Bhaktapur & Patan is a single-day tour that starts at about 9:00 am and complete at about 4:00 pm. The Bhaktapur Durbar Squire is the oldest and biggest Durbar squire among three Durbar squares in Kathmandu. The 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows and the Golden Gate are the masterpieces in art and architecture of Nepal.

The Patan Durbar Square is located in the heart of the city and was once the palace of the kings of Patan (Lalitpur). The square is an enchanting mixture of palace buildings, artistic courtyards, and graceful pagoda temples. Patan is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings.

Mountain Flight Tour

The Everest mountain flight tour is operated by many domestic airlines of Nepal every morning from Kathmandu airport. The flight is for one hour and goes around the high Himalayas of Nepal, where you can view Everest and many other mountains.

Views of Himalaya from the window of aeroplane on Mountain Flight Tour

The mountain flight tour is suitable for those who have limited days to travel in Nepal. You see the views of Gosaithan (also called Shisha Pangma), Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chyachu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishanker, Melungtse, Chugimago, Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse, and Everest.

Nagarkot Sunrise & Hike

The Nagarkot is the nearest hilltop or viewpoint from Kathmandu to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. You drive to Nagarkot early in the morning as you need to be there at sunrise time. After having sunrise, you hike to the Chagunarayan temple that takes about 3-4 hours.

Sunrise from Nagarkot

You then visit the Chagunarayan temple. Chagunarayan temple is one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu. You then drive back to the hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike is one of the best one day tour in Kathmandu.

Champadevi Day Hike

The Champadevi hill is one of the best hiking sport near Kathmandu Valley. The Hike to Champadevi starts from Pharping. You drive to Pharping and start the hike to Champadevi hill. The Champadevi is located at the elevation of 2285m southwest of Kathmandu.

Champadevi hiking route

The Champadevi is a pilgrimage site that has a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu shrine. People visit Champadevi for religious value too. You can see the best view from the top of the Champa Devi hill.


The above are some of the best day tours in and around Kathmandu. However, there are many tourist spots in Kathmandu, which you can visit in Kathmandu. Let us know if you are interested to visit any of the places in Kathmandu that are not listed above.

Raj Kumar Basnet

Raj Kumar Basnet

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Raj Kumar Basnet holds more than two decades of travelling experience in different regions of Nepal. He has trekked in both popular and off-the-beaten-path Nepali trekking trails which have allowed him to gain expertise in tourism. With years of field experience under his belt, he is now concentrating on sharing as much of his tourism knowledge as possible. Now, the co-owner of Outfitter Nepal, he hopes that the knowledge he’s gained over the years would deem helpful for the travellers visiting Nepal!

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