Located in the southwestern suburbs of Kathmandu, Kirtipur is visited by only a handful of tourists but is a gem in terms of history and culture. Meet up with your guide for an insightful tour of this off-the-beaten-path town. First up, we have about a 35-minute drive before we reach a place called Nayabazaar. From here you will get your first glimpse of this colorful town built in fort-like structure atop a hill. Hear interesting stories from your guide about the famous battle of Kirtipur and the bravery of its natives, the Newari people.
We’ll then start the walking tour up to Chilancho Temple, which is an ancient Buddhist shrine, but different from the usual stupas seen elsewhere in Kathmandu. The ancient medieval Newari settlements around it are a pretty sight, as are the giggling children and smiling old men. Soak in the age-old scenes of intricate wood carvings and narrow alleys as you stroll down to Bagh Bhairav Temple, with its relics of the battle and views of Kathmandu city. Bagh Bhairav is considered the guardian deity of Kirtipur and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike.
Our next stop is Uma Maheshwar Temple, which lies on the highest part of Kirtipur and offers panoramic views of Kathmandu city. Climb up the stairs and relax on the temple’s porch to catch your breath and enjoy the view.
Walk down the old alleys and observe the locals as they sit around their houses chatting, spinning wool or knitting. Then end your tour on a tasty note at a local’s home where you will have a delicious Newari lunch the traditional way: by sitting cross-legged on the floor with your guide and host. Learn about Newari food as you enjoy your meal and chat with your host about everyday life around Kirtipur.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, traditional Newari lunch, entry fees, transportation.
Exclusions: Tips/gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sunbathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Please bring comfortable walking shoes and your own bottle of water.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.