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Overview

With Accessible Adventure's One Day Durbar Square Tour, you may explore the historic kingdoms of Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur as well as typical Newari communities. Take a stroll around the historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites and witness history come to life. Our one-day Durbar Square trip provides an opportunity to visit some of the city's oldest cultural attractions.

Durbar in Nepali means palace, referring to the palaces of the Malla Kings who built a large part of the Durbar squares during their dynasty that lasted till the 17th Century. Previously, Kathmandu valley contained three small kingdoms, Kantipur, Patan, and Bhaktapur each with its own kings, traditions, and cultural differences.  

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of three squares in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Although the majority of the square is dated from the 16th century, the development of the square and the palaces is said to have begun as early as the 3rd century. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, located in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, was the royal Nepalese palace until the 19th century and hosted key festivities such as the crowning of the Nepalese monarch. The Palace has recently been transformed into a museum. The Kumari Chok, located at the southern end of Durbar Square, is one of Nepal's most distinctive monuments. The Raj Kumari, a girl chosen via an ancient and mysterious selection procedure to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess Durga, is housed in this safe bubble.

Patan is the oldest of the Kathmandu Valley's three cities. It is well recognized for its creative legacy. It is most likely the world's oldest Buddhist city. The plaza is filled with historic sites, temples, and shrines known for their intricate carvings. The ancient royal palace complex was the focus of religious and social life in Patan, and it now includes a museum with a collection of bronze sculptures and religious artifacts. The well-known Krishna Temple was constructed in the 17th century. The temple commands a dominating position within Patan's royal complex. It is Nepal's only temple with 21 shrines and is entirely built of stone. On its friezes, most of the significant incidents from the ancient Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have been etched.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an ex-royal palace complex in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It was home to the Malla monarchs of Nepal from the 14th to the 15th centuries, as well as the kings of the Country of Bhaktapur from the 15th to the late 18th centuries, until the kingdom was captured in 1769. The square is one of the Valley's most stunning architectural showpieces, showcasing Nepal's medieval arts. The primary architectural building dominating the whole of Durbar Square is the 55-windowed Palace. This amazing structure was created in the 15th century AD. King Bhupatindra Malla is seated on a massive column top.

 The most prominent pagoda in Nepal is the Nyatapola temple. In the Newari language, Nyatapola means "five tires," which represent the five essential elements. This is Nepal's highest pagoda, created with architectural excellence and artistic splendor.

Best Season for Durbar Square Day Tour

The Durbar Square Day Tour visit is available at any time of year. The ideal seasons to visit are spring and fall when temperatures in the valley are neither excessively hot nor cold. The monsoon season will bring heavy rains, making for a messy excursion.

Why Accessible Adventure? 

We are straightforward to work with, versatile, and will meet all of your requirements. In addition, Accessible Adventures owns a hotel in Kathmandu where we can tailor rooms to your specific need.

Professional local guides will accompany you and give tailored recommendations and advice on local "must-sees" and "must-visits" not listed in guidebooks. Our guides will educate you on local history, culture, and historical features. We will also handle any necessary tickets during the journey.

Itinerary

The day tour begins as you are picked up from your hotel in the morning via private vehicle. Our first stop on the tour will be Kathmandu Durbar Square. Parking nearby the entrance we begin walking across Basantapur to enter the historic town-palace square. There are multiple temples and shrines as well as the Gaddi Baithak where the Shah kings used to house meetings. Nearby the Gaddi Baithak is the Kumari Ghar where you may visit and if lucky, get to see the Kumari also. The Bhairav statue can be seen also nearby and the Hanuman Dhoka entrance marks your entry to the palace complex. There you will get to see many royal artifacts and thrones. The museum extends to showcase the many temples and artifacts of the Kathmandu valley.  

After roaming around Kathmandu durbar square to our heart's content, we head by vehicle to Bhaktapur, noted as the oldest settlement in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur also houses several museums in its complex including the Temple dedicated to the Goddess Taleju. Nearby is the Nyatapola temple as well as countless other shrines. The Nyatapola is the towering temple of the valley. A short walk from there leads you to the Dattatreya temple, housing the idol of Dattatreya who is said to be the culmination of the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. 

We can grab lunch at Bhaktapur and enjoy the royal curd that is famous here. Afterward, we move in the evening towards Patan Durbar Square. The museum of Patan houses exquisite Buddhist and some Hindu statues. The museum was originally the palace of the royal family of Patan. Numerous Buddhist Viharas surround the Patan Durbar square including the incredibly artistic Hiranyavarna and Rudravarna Viharas. As the sun sets, nightlife sets in Patan and you can grab dinner at any restaurant nearby as we return to the hotel after completing the day trip. 

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Cost Includes

Government licensed Holder English-speaking Religious and Culture Guide. During Tour
All Ground transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle.
Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, Equipment, and medicine
All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges, and official expenses.     

Cost Excludes

Tips for tour staff and driver (tipping is expected).

Any optional/ Additional activities outside of the program 

  Meals and Accommodation  

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