Cultural Walking Tour Of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath And Durbar Square With Nepalese Cooking Lesson

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal,
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience Kathmandu like a local on this small-group cultural walking tour. Visit the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swayambhunath, and explore one of the oldest parts of the city, Durbar Square, where youll browse local markets and centuries-old temples and courtyards. Purchase your own choice of vegetables (own expense) and head to a local familys home to prepare a traditional Nepalese lunch. You'll learn all about local life in Kathmandu as you chat with the family with the help of your knowledgeable guide.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Small-group tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

Know More about this tour

Begin your Kathmandu cultural experience in Thamel, where youll meet your knowledgeable local guide and walk to Swayambhunath. Follow in the footsteps of Hindu and Buddhist devotees as you approach this holy stupa, the oldest in Nepal.

Youll learn how this place is affectionately called Monkey Temple by the locals, as there is a large troupe of monkeys guarding the hills and amusing visitors with tricks, such as sliding down the banisters of the main stairway to the temple.

From the hilltop setting, enjoy a beautiful birds-eye view of Kathmandu and the valley below before entering this mound-like structure.

Containing Buddhist and Hindu relics, typically the ashes of deceased, this temple is used as a place of meditation. As you explore the interior, youll be mesmerized by the wafts of incense, hypnotic chants of prayers and surreal sounds of ringing bells.

After being spiritually awakened, follow your guide on a stroll through the maze of backstreets to Durbar Square, where youll find numerous centuries-old temples, courtyards and markets selling crafts and fresh produce.

With some assistance from your guide, purchase your choice of vegetables, aromatic spices and any other ingredients you like (own expense), which youll use as ingredients for your home-cooked lunch. Once youve gathered everything, youll head to a local familys home.

Your host family will reveal the secrets of Nepalese cooking as you enjoy a hands-on culinary experience in their kitchen. Then, relax and enjoy your meal while conversing with the locals with the help of your guide. After your meal, youll say goodbye and head back to your original departure point to conclude your tour.


Local English speaking guide

Meal and meal preparation with local family.

Entry/Admission - Kathmandu Durbar Square

Entry/Admission - Swayambhunath Temple


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Purchase of ingredients and drinks for lunch


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout Kathmandu; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

This is a child-friendly tour. 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 under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if youll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

Maximum group size is 12.

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