Cultural and Heritage Tours Nepal give you an insight into the historical and cultural side of Nepal, as the name promises. There are Four World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Kathmandu, the capital, is one of them, with 7 monuments in several areas worth visiting. These heritages are in fact connected to the ancient Hindu and Buddhist civilization and religion.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and a ruin, sheds light on the origin of Buddhism with never heard tales from locals. On the other hand, Sagarmatha National Park (contains Mount Everest and other tallest mountains of the world), and Chitwan National Park are two Natural world heritage sites that are worth visiting in their own rights.
Tour Seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley to explore its Culture and Heritage
There are seven World Heritage Monuments spread across Kathmandu Valley. With a bit of organization, you can visit all of them in 2 or 3 days. Visiting these places will give you a deeper perspective into Kathmandu’s (and Nepal’s) history, religion and culture.
Tour Pashupatinath Temple - the center of Hindu Culture and Heritage
Explore Kathmandu Valley Tour
Pashupatinath Temple is home to the greatest deity of Hindus across South Asia, Lord Shiva. Spread across a hectare of land, there are more than 500 temples along the main Pashupatinath Temple. The temple is flocked by Hindu followers during festivals like Shivaratri, Teej and Buddha Purnima. Apart from that, the temple houses old age homes, animal shelters, saints and various charities running all across the year. Visiting this temple might bring you to witness the Hindu cremation ceremony, something that happens everyday on the banks of Bagmati.
Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Temple - the Buddhist Heritage
Swayambhunath Temple is popularly known as ‘Monkey Temple’ among tourists, for housing a large number of primates in the temple area. The Stupa of Buddha stands atop of the hill, with several monasteries in the lower part of the hill. The temple is historically significant as it links directly to Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. From the hilltop, you can observe the whole Kathmandu valley on a clear day. It should be okay to feed the monkeys fruits even though we want to warn you to be cautious when interacting with them.
The Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur
The Kathmandu valley is divided into three districts, and were once ruled by three brothers separately. This course of history blessed Nepal with three historically significant Durbar Square along with several monuments surrounding the area.
Even though they look significantly similar as being built on the same time period, they stand unique in the sense of the personal preference of each ruler. The European styled palace in Kathmandu, nocturnal infrastructures of Patan and the strongly built monuments in Bhaktapur are worth watching.
Find some time to climb up the stairs of the square and watch as the world unfolds right in front of you. See if you are lucky to receive the blessing of Goddess Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal. She resides in Kathmandu Durbar Square, just on the right of the White Palace.
Learn the Origin of Kathmandu in Changunarayan Temple
The first historical King of Nepal, is known to have built Changu Narayan Temple. Even though Nepal’s history goes back way far, this point of time is inscribed in the stones and hence Changunarayan Temple in Bhaktapur will give you insight about how Nepal came to be. The temple is not a big one, even though a quick tour will bring you to the ruins of old palaces and meet locals that know interesting stories about the place.
Take a Cultural Tour to Lumbini - the birthplace of Gautam Buddha
Western Nepal homes a small town called Lumbini. To reach there by road takes a bit of motivation. What's there? A world heritage site, and center of Buddhism as we know today. Gautam Buddha, known as 'Siddhartha Gautam' before he was enlightened, was a prince in this country about 2500 years ago. Lumbini was the palace he left behind his wife, child and all his material possession in search for the truth of life. So you can imagine the spiritual awakening you'll have once you step into this place. Don't worry about the trip, as it can be shortened by a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu.
Lumbini now houses various monasteries, shrines and temples built by various faithful followers of Buddha from around the world, and is a regular pilgrimage.
Stay Boutique and Dine the local Delicacies
There are popular boutique hotels that have turned ancient palaces into modern service amenities. The service is well crafted into Nepal culture via shared tradition handed down generation to generation. Similarly, you can’t miss tasting the national delicacies of Nepal. Dhindo, Gundruk, Nepali curry and specially roasted lentils will certainly hit it right on your taste fangs.
We recommend such experience as it helps you really understand and experience Nepali hospitality at its best. What’s more, traditional Nepali dances and dramas will light up the evening, showcasing the rich Nepali culture and heritage.
Explore the local market of Ason and Indrachowk
Evening walks into the crowded streets of Ason and Indra Chowk will definitely make you feel more local, if that’s the objective of your trip. In fact, many of our clients enjoy doing some shopping themselves when there. Be it spices, cheap clothes or any utensils, they are available in the market at lower prices since they deal more in wholesales than retails. While on the tour, you will also come across some temples and stupas in the area. Taking a guide will be definitely useful to get a little bit more informed about them on the way.
Explore the Ancient Monasteries
Buddhist temples, shrines, stupas and monasteries are worth visiting to understand how Buddhism is native to Nepalis, even though the majority are hindus. Monasteries are homes to Buddhist monks and monks-to-be. While in Kathmandu, the White Gumba is quite popular. There are several monasteries around Swayambhunath as well as Boudhanath. A day’s trip will also bring you to the beautiful Namobuddha Monastery in Dhulikhel.
You can also find ancient looking buddhist structures in the hilly and himalaya region as you trek. Don’t forget to meditate and take some life advice from the monks when you meet one. Buddhist prayer flags will make the best souvenir to take back home.
Experience among the 123 languages spoken by 126 ethnic groups with culture and heritage tours
Heritage tours organized by Hiking Adventure are unique in the sense that they give you an insight into Nepal’s hidden world of religion, culture and civilization.
These cultural trips will help us explore how Nepal’s history and tradition lines up with world civilization.
Hospitality is one of the greatest heritage of Nepali people. Their warm welcome never ceases to amaze tourists that travel the country. Mostly westerners, who come from a privileged world, are astonished by how cheerful and happy Nepali people are with so much less.
You might want to spend some time interacting with and/or learning about the native Newar Culture in Kathmandu. These people have lived across generations, keeping their traditions and culture alive in the form of festivals, arts and crafts and lifestyle. As you walk across the Durbar Squares, look out for Thanka, statues, paintings, utensils and Nepali swords made by the Newars in their home.
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Indulge into insightful Culture and Heritage Tours with Hiking Adventure
At Hiking Adventure, we make sure that you get informative and a full-of-experience trip around Nepal. Our local guides are super knowledgeable about the cultural and heritage tours of Nepal. So, we ensure that you are not just going around, but learning the relevant infos that will add to the beauty of cultural trips. Below you will find various Culture and Heritage Tours curated to provide you the best of Nepal’s hidden gems.