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Half-Day Kathmandu Walking Tour
Kathmandu City is a mystic, mysterious, and marvelous place. This historic town is largely inhabited by Newars, the creators of its historic heritages and civilization. Newars with their distinct language are of Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman ethnicities. They follow age-old traditions and are divided into both Hindu and Buddhist faiths. They have contributed to Nepali culture, art, trade, and cuisine greatly.
In this Mountain Delights Travels and Tours’ Half Day Kathmandu Walking Tour you will explore Ason/Asan Bazzar, Indra Chowk, various different narrow shopping lanes, and visit Chaityas, Courtyards, and finally Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, UNESCO world heritage site also known as Basantapur Durbar area, was once power centre of Nepal from where Malla Kings and Shah Kings ruled between 14th to18th Century and 18th to 20th century respectively. Various temples, palace squares, shops, courtyards, and ongoing festivals and festivities make this square vibrant round the year. Famous ‘Kumari’ temple and living goddess ‘Kumari’ is attraction of the square.
This half day walking tour is one of the best short tours in Kathmandu to know the lifestyle of Newars and other people, Nepal’s history, culture, and tradition.
Gather at Mountain Delights Travel and Tours office in Thamel. Or Pick up from your Hotel to Thamel (on extra transfer charge if pick up point is far off).
Begin the walking tour with our expert culture guide. You will walk through the market lanes to Ason/Asan Bazar and then to Indrachowk.
Asan/Ason tole or Bazar is a market and residential square in central Kathmandu as the local reflection of Asian Bazar style. Six streets converge in the Square where temples of God and Goddess are situated, and varieties of merchandise sold here including food stuffs, spices, spice, textiles to electronics and others.
Indra Chowk is another ceremonial and famous market place with six streets’ intersection alike Ason. Shopping lanes of glass beads, ornamental beads with cultural importance to Hindu women, namely Raki Bazaar is attraction of this junction which was believed to be established by Iraqi traders/merchants in medieval period. Both of these market centres, Ason Bazar and Indra Chowk, were the most prominent market places when India-Tibet trade flourished in early first centuries.
During the tour visit stupas, courtyards, and markets. Tour around the first Shopping Mall of Nepal, Bishal Bazar and then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square that includes Kastamandap, Kumari temple, Basantapur palace square, freak street, and so on.
Take a Rickshaw ride back to Thamel after the tour.
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