Kathmandu sightseeing and Food Tour

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Our Nepal food tour day starts at 8 a.m. when a guide will pick us up from our respective hotels. We visit three prominent destinations, all of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. We conclude our tour by having dinner at one of the city centers. Our itinerary for the day is as follows:

Patan Durbar Square For Food Tour

We start the day by visiting Patan Durbar Square. Situated at the center of Lalitpur, it is one of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley. One of the durbar square’s main attractions is the ancient palace where the Malla kings resided. After sightseeing, we ventured around the area to have brunch. We visit a local restaurant serving one of the best bars available. Bara is a pancake-lookalike dish made from a paste of black lentils and various local spices mixed. You will be served with a spicy tomato pickle on the side. You can choose Egg bara or chicken/buffalo bara if you want more flavor.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square For Food Tour

We then drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another prominent one in Bhaktapur district. It used to be the grandest of the three Durbar squares, but much of it has been lost to the earthquake in 1934 and 2015. Out of the 99 courtyards which were present in its heyday, only 15 remain. We go on a lookout to have lunch in Newari Khaja set (samaya baji), which essentially contains spiced grilled buffalo meat, rice flakes, spiced potato, curry, pickles, shoot curry, boiled beans, black soybeans, and curd. You can also have Ayla (homemade liquor) on the side.

Boudhanath For Food Tour

We then continue our trip to Boudhanath. It is a massive mandala, one of Nepal’s most prominent Buddhist spherical stupas. The stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet, which enters the Kathmandu valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner and continues to the ancient and more miniature stupa of Chabahil named Charumati Stupa. After spending some time going around the stupa, we then have Mo: mo’s, which is probably the most famous street food for Nepalese locals. Mo:mos are bite-sized dumplings made with stuffings of seasoned minced meat wrapped in dough. One can have momos steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried according to personal taste.

Lastly, we conclude the day with Thakali Khana for dinner. Thakali khana originated from the Thak Khola region of the Mustang district. Thakalis are considered to be very organized, with neat kitchens and tidy houses. Well, a plate of the authentic dish certainly justifies the claim. The dish is “dal, bhat, tarkari” but is served with more than one ingredient. One can expect lentils, steamed rice, curry, spinach, radish pickles, chicken or goat curry, fried thin bread (papad), and spicy potatoes. More often than not, it is concluded with curd, which is believed to help the discussion. After the heavy nature of the meal, one certainly could have a bit of curd.

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed tour leader
  • All meals (breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner as per the package)

Not Included in the Cost

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide(s)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

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