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Kritipur day tour

Trip Overview

Just 5km southwest of Kathmandu, the sleepy town of Kirtipur has a wonderful sense of faded grandeur thanks to the impressive medieval temples dotted around its backstreets. When Prithvi Narayan Shah stormed into the valley in 1768, he made a priority of capturing Kirtipur to provide a base for his crushing attacks on the Malla kingdoms. Kirtipur’s resistance was strong, but eventually, after a bitter siege, the town was taken. The inhabitants paid a terrible price for their brave resistance – the king ordered that the nose and lips be cut off every male inhabitant in the town, sparing only those who could play wind instruments for his entertainment.

As you approach Kirtipur from the Ring Rd, the old town is up to the hill straight ahead, best approached by following the main road to the right and climbing the hillside on a wide flight of steps.

Why you should consider visiting Kirtipur

It’s off the beaten path yet just a stone's throw away from the hub of Kathmandu. I’ve visited Kirtipur on many occasions and have rarely seen more than a handful of tourists there. Why? Simple. It’s not on the tour operators hotlist. There’s no money to be made bringing tourists here as there is only one hotel, a few restaurants and there’s no entrance fee.

Outline Itinerary

Chilancho Stupa

Tri Ratna Temple

Dev Pukku

Bagh Bhairab Temple

Uma Maheshwar Temple

Itinerary

Chilancho Stupa

Tri Ratna Temple

Dev Pukku

Bagh Bhairab Temple

Uma Maheshwar Temple

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A heritage site worth visiting

If you’ve only got time to visit Kathmandu and little else then put Kirtipur on your list! It’s only 25 minutes away by bus or even faster by taxi. You can cover all the sights there in well under half a day trip. It’s away from the crowds. There’s no entrance fee. It’s a classic Newari heritage site. And, you get to go somewhere very few people know about!

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