Kathmandu Valley Photography Tour

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Sightseeing and Photography Tour


An ancient Hindu manuscript describes Kathmandu, Nepal as the “Land of Gods surrounded by beautiful mountains”. The capital of modern Nepal is nestled in the middle of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, in a valley surrounded by gentle, green terraced hills, ancient temples, shrines and red tiled-roofed houses. Every day, award-winning photographer David H. Wells will work side by side with you to understand the most important elements of photography, composition and aesthetics in order to help you achieve your photographic goals.

While we are going to have group discussions and presentations this is not going to be a traditional workshop with classes and lectures. It’s rather going to be a visual journey where participants will work on developing a personal style through their images; therefore it’s perfect for all level of photographic skill. David is used to and prefers working with groups with wide skill levels since diversity of app. The Kathmandu valley hosts three districts that were previously part of different empires. Bhaktapur is the “City of Devotees”, filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites; Patan or Lalitpur is the “City of Beauty”, famous for its wood and stone carvings and bas-reliefs; Kathmandu is the “City of Temples” – with its famous Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city, filled with exquisite monuments, sculptures and temples. We’ll be there during the festival of Maha Shivaratri, one of the most important Hindu celebrations, where the Hindu faithful praise and worship Lord Shiva, the Supreme Lord.

The temple of Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, is a temple of Lord Shiva and is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. We’ll spend the day and the evening around the temple photographing thousands of people coming from all over Nepal and India to worship Lord Shiva. The festival will give us endless photographic opportunities: devotees taking ritual baths in the Bagmati River, making offerings of bael leaves, fruit, rice to Shiva, chanting prayers and hymns, lighting of bonfires, incense sticks and cotton-made wicks and oil lamps. Join us for this unforgettable and enchanted adventure in Nepal where we’ll explore exotic cities and villages of great historic, artistic and cultural interest scattered around the Kathmandu Valley, home to seven amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites.roaches makes the group that much more interesting.


It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

After breakfast you drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees. Along the way you stop in Thimi, one of the ancient, cultural and historical places along the trade route from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, famous for its pottery and paper mache masks. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a cluster of prehistoric temples, shrines, and sculptures: the Golden Gate, 55 Windows Palace, Big Bell, Dog Barking Bell, Taleju Temple, Vatshala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla etc. are scattered all over the site. You also visit Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Nepal, built between the 3rd and the 4th century AD. Late in the day you arrive at the small village of Nagarkot, one of the most scenic and picturesque spots in the valley where you are going to spend the night.

You get up early today to witness and photograph the stunning sunrise over the Himalaya Range, including Mount Everest. From here you’ll have a 360 degree view of the valley and the impressive and magnificent mountain range. Later on, you visit Boudhanath, home of one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in Nepal, with its immense Stupa that dominates the skyline.

Today you are going to photograph two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the morning you’ll visit the great Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, known also as the “Monkey Temple” because of the monkeys that guards the hill where it lays. After spending a few hours at the hotel to review our photos, you head to Patan and its beautiful Durbar Square in the late afternoon. Best known for its artistic heritage, Patan is full of ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and exquisite carvings.

Today is National holiday in Nepal as Hindus celebrate Shiva Ratri festival in honor of Lord Shiva. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph devotees around the city and the temple of Pashupatinath.

Today we spend part of the day to review the photographs we have taken so far. Rest of the day and evening you will spend your free time on your own.

After breakfast you drive to Khokana, a traditional, tiny and picturesque Newari village. It is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil. From Khokana you start a walking photo tour to Bungmati. The village dates back to the 16th century and is situated on an elevated land overlooking the Bagmati River. Traditional houses made out of mud and brick with tiled roofs, stone paved streets, old temples, people working and carving wood in the streets, provide a glimpse of medieval era.

Kirtipur is one of the oldest settlements in the Kathmandu Valley. This small town is recorded as an ancient capital of Nepal and it’s nested strategically on top of a narrow mountain ridge. Before going to back to Kathmandu you’ll stop at Chovar. Carved out of a hillside, the Chovar gorge is the only outlet for all the waters of the valley. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of the hill with a magnificent view of snow-capped peaks. Just beyond the gorge is a temple of lord Ganesh where the main shrine is carved in a massive rock. You spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu Durbar Square, the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City, which is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that dates back to the 12th and 18th century.

Our support team will drive you to the airport for your international departure.

General Information


We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language – major languages only). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed about nature, culture and history of each place in this itinerary.



We operate Nepal tours for private team of any size. So you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.



Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan offer a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you high quality services. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation.



Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. You will have breakfast at your hotel. In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.



In all our packaged tours, airport pick-ups and drops are included. You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. On arrival you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you at the airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.




We have a fleet of latest model luxury vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 4WD Land cruisers are used in off-road destinations like Jiri and Manang. Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10 seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning them to your service.



Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.



Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu, and warmer in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. From the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 7 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan on twin sharing
    • 1 nights Hotel accommodation in Bhaktapur on BB plan on twin sharing
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
    • Sightseeing Tours with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to the monuments

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal Visa
    • Any other airfare and airport tax
    • All Lunch and Dinner
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, internet, etc.
    • Personal gratuities as tips to guide, drivers or local staff etc.
    • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Personal Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

Pay Now


Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $ 500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.


If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: > 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) > 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost > 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost > Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost


The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement.  If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.


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