Kathmandu Durbar Square and Monkey Temple Free Walking Tour

Duration: 1h
Languages: English
Guru: Sanjay
Registered on March 05, 2023

Hello, Namaste from Nepal. I am Sanjay Lamsal and I was born in Nilkantha-11, Dhading, Nepal. I have been in since I finished high schooling at age of 18, I have been working in travel and tourism, since 2015, in the beginning, worked as trekking porter, trekking Guide, and City Tourist guide. I did all of the major trekking and tour trail all over the Nepal Himalayas. I often remember my past days and think about future. Whenever I remember past events of my life it gives me power to work a hard. I will be working on this in my future. I do challenging with if any problems in the mountains/Himalayas. After long years working with different guests from different countries, I have good experiences about traveling. I completed a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies. I like literature, history and culture. I speak English, Nepali, Hindi, and a few Chinese. I have unlimited knowledge of the Himalayas, natural diversity, and different flora and fauna and cultural varieties of Nepal. I did all the major trekking routes in the Himalayas Nepal like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Mustang, and many more. I have a great experience on tour in Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitawan, Pokhara, Lumbini and many more.). Finally now I have been working as a tour organizer/planner at Nepal Hiking Adventure Company Pvt. Ltd. When I had finished on 2020 I took a Government Tourist Guide Training. I have worked as a tourist City guide. Everyone is welcome to join free walking tour see you in Kathmandu, Thank you!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Thamel is a tourist hub of Kathmandu city. This walking tour will start from Thamel by walking to the old market and we explore one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is one of the historical and cultural places of Nepalese kingdoms in the Malla, Shah, and Rana Periods of Nepal. This walking tour includes two different places "Kathmandu Durbar Squire" and "Swayembhunath Stupa". This tour about 3 hours walk around World Heritage Site gives you a lifetime memory with a Guided tour. 

Walking Through Local Market. 

We will be starting this tour from Thamel and walking through the Local market on Ashan and Indra Chock. This is one of the famous local market in Kathmandu valley. Exploring the local market we will going to Kathmandu Durbar Squire. 

Kathmandu Durbar Squire 

Kathmandu Durbar Squire, also known as Basantapur Durbar Squire and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Squire. Kathmandu Durbar Squire is the oldest durbar in Kathmandu city. This is a Royal King palace. It builds between time periods of the 10th Century AD to the 18th Century AD. It represents the art of Malla, Shah, and Rana period. The main attraction of Durbar Squire is given below: 

  • KUMARI(The Living God) 
  • Tribhuban Museum 
  • Different Art of Malla period, 
  • Shah Period and Rana Period.
  • Different monuments of this areas. 
  • Walking Through Local Markets.  


Swayembhunath Stupa 

Swayembhunath Stupa is an ancient religious place atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. This is 2 km far from Thamel. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees' for the many varieties of trees found on the hill.  Soyambhumath Stupa is related to Newari Culture. The Buddhist Newars, in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice Swayambhu occupies a central location.  It is maybe the most blessed among Buddhist pilgrimage places. The major attraction of this Stupa is given below: 

  • Swayambhunath Stupa 
  • World Largest Brajra 
  • Monkeys 
  • Visit Thanka Art School 
  • Five Forms of Lord Buddha  
  • And many more               
  • Harati Temple (God of Children)       


  • The entrance fee of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Approximately USD 9 
  • Swyambhunath Temple is Approximately USD 2. 
  • If you feel like taking a rickshaw or car from Thamel or from Durbar Squire to Monkey temple Approx USD 10 is needed whereas 
  • You have to manage the money for your coffee and other personal shopping.        

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Tridevi Sadak, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Tridevi Sadak, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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    I will be waiting at "Shree Tridevi Temple". You can see Himalayan bank ATM close to the temple. Otherwise, if you are confused message me before leaving form hotel.

  • 1
    Outside visit

    Meeting point at Thamel and starting walking through local markets.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Asan Bazar

    Visit the Local market on the way to Kathmandu Durbar Squire.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Indra Chowk

    On the way to Kathmandu Durbar Square. This is one of the famous local market. We will see alot of local thing over here.

  • 4
    Entrance not included
    Hanuman Dhoka

    Visit Kathmandu Durbar squire and other monuments of this area.

  • 5
    Entrance not included
    Swayambhunath Mahachaitya

    Drive to Swayembhunath Stupa and explore the monuments of this area.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Vedanti 06 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
It was a great walking tour. I will suggest to join with him who is planning to visit Nepal in future.
Rebecca 15 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Sanjay was really friendly and his english was good. We would have liked more historical information.
Dipak 25 Feb 2024

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Travelled in family - Feb 2024
He is a super guide. highly recommended
Helen 20 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Great guide - thanks Sanjay!
Jeff 12 Oct 2023
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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Wonderful guru worth immense knowledge of Kathmandu, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more. He would not take a tip, but allowed me to pay for groceries for his family.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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