DOSSIER: Close-Up tour of Kathmandu

Rickshaw Night Explorer
A Day in the Life of Kathmandu
Our Kathmandu – The Definitive Highlights Explained
Patan and Bhaktapur – The Valley’s Other Kingdoms
The Three Ancient Valley Kingdoms

These Close-Ups use all the senses: the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feel and the taste of the grand and intimate rituals of this unique city and the valley beyond. Your guide delights in showing you the weird, the wonderful, the brazen and the nuanced, all of which Kathmandu has in abundance...if you know where and how to explore!.

Close-Ups can be booked at very short notice, they are likely to be just those who have booked together but in any event the total group size will not be more than six (unless you yourselves have booked for a larger group).

A Close-Up can be a full day or longer or there can be two or more Close-Ups strung together like the pearls that they are. All entrance fees are included.

Kathmandu lighting

rickshaw travel in Kathmandu valley

From 6.00-8.30pm
(with recommendations for dinner)

Kathmandu by night is not to be forgotten. We start as shadows lengthen and cycle rickshaws carry us through the markets and the night bazaars, stopping at silhouetted temples that take on their timeless hues.

The Insider’s Guide

From 10.00am-4.30pm
(with recommendations for lunch)
A walking tour with intimacies of Kathmandu’s colourful bazaars; the back streets and lanes and bahals, shrines and more personal temples of the city. Where and how to find weaving and saries and bangles and gems and copper and brass, with any festivals, processions, and pujas of the day.

The Definitive Highlights Explained

Early start till 5.00pm
(with recommendation for lunch).

Walking, with taxi to & between highlights:

– a meld of Hindu and Buddhist, where monkeys slide down banisters and where prayer wheels generate continuous petitions.

The Main Bazaar
- the labyrinth of backstreets and alleys leading from one bazaar or chowk to another are pure theatre, with just a nod to shambolic modern technology.

Durbar Square
– if indeed so many-sided and so colourful a circus can be called a square.

– holy site of Hindu’s Lord Pashupati (Lord Shiva), drawing pilgrims and sadhus and yogis from near and far.

Boudhanath – the extra-ordinary presence or ‘karma’ of the Great Stupa at Boudhanath, the main place of pilgrimage for all Tibetans.

NB: This program can be either one full day or two consecutive mornings. (First morning ending at lunch at Durbar Square, second morning ending on return from Boudhanath.)

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