Trip Types
  • Travel Style
  • Interests and Activities
  • Tour Ideas by Month
  • Continents and Regions
Covid-19 An important update from Evaneos
Historical sites of Nepal

Historical sites of Nepal

Design your perfect history tour with a local expert in Nepal
Either customize a tour idea below, or send a general inquiry by clicking 'Start designing my trip.'
I plan to travel
As a couple
in
Departure date
Customize a tour idea created by one of our local agents based in the destination.
I plan to travel
All profiles
in
All durations

Trip ideas for visiting Nepal's historical sites

  • Off the beaten track
Active traverse in the mountains 
Length 14 days Approx. $1,440
  • Adventure
Annapurna sunrise trek
Length 15 days Approx. $2,820
  • Highlights
Authentic traverse into Nepalese culture 
Length 9 days Approx. $1,000
  • Highlights
Himalayan soft adventure 
Length 15 days Approx. $1,860
  • Highlights
Wildlife and wellness journey
Length 15 days Approx. $2,280
  • Off the beaten track
Boutique meets culture 
Length 9 days Approx. $3,960
  • Adventure
Everest Base Camp Trek
Length 14 days Approx. $1,590
  • Boutique travel
Everest soft adventure
Length 10 days Approx. $2,190

Namaste! Welcome to these pages on holidays in Nepal. Nepal is a country of legends influenced by its two direct neighbours: China and India. The birthplace of Buddha, enriched by its numerous temples and unique mountainous landscapes, has a lot to offer for its visitors. From the Tibetan temples to the valley of Everest, via the Himalayan mountain range, you will discover more than just simple landscapes during your travels in Nepal. Culture and... Namaste! Welcome to these pages on holidays in Nepal. Nepal is a country of legends influenced by its two direct neighbours: China and India. The birthplace of Buddha, enriched by its numerous temples and unique mountainous landscapes, has a lot to offer for its visitors. From the Tibetan temples to the valley of Everest, via the Himalayan mountain range, you will discover more than just simple landscapes during your travels in Nepal. Culture and religion hold a very crucial place in the discovery of « the dwelling place of God». A real ethnic blend, the Nepalese populace is welcoming and spiritual and will not hesitate to share their customs and traditions with you. Safaris in Nepal, riding elephants, trekking in the jungle, trekking towards Everest, this is what awaits the traveller that is avid of strong sensations and a change in scenery. With its cultural richness and exceptional environment, Nepal is a country that will not leave anyone indifferent. So, when is your next trip to Nepal? See more
See travel guide

Best time to visit Nepal

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Read more

Reviews from our travelers about their trip to Nepal

4.7/5
1 traveler review
Ready to design your own locally-made trip? Get your proposal

Start planning your historical tour of Nepal

Nepal is famous for its natural beauty and is one of the world's most legendary destinations for hiking. Yet the country's architectural and cultural heritage is just as impressive and truly makes Nepal stand out as a travel destination in a category of its own. Nepal's historical sites are more than just beautiful structures: they have great religious and spiritual significance, too.

What makes Nepal a great destination for history lovers?

From the fifth century onward, both Buddhism and Hinduism have flourished in Nepal and produced unique artistic and architectural fusions. The original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, known as the Newar, developed unique cultural traditions and a characteristic architectural style. The Kathmandu Valley alone is home to seven extraordinary historical monuments, which together make up one UNESCO World Heritage Site. As far as Nepal's historical sites go,  the temple of Lumbini is hard to beat - this is the most famous pilgrimage location for Buddhists and is set in glorious natural grounds.

The best historical sites in Nepal to visit

Exploring history in Nepal means admiring intricately designed ancient temples, witnessing devotees on holy pilgrimages, and immersing yourself in Buddhist and Hindu rituals. These are some of the best historical sites in Nepal - from the Kathmandu Valley and beyond.

  • Find the heart of Kathmandu at Durbar Square

    Durbar Squares are ancient urban centers consisting of palaces, temples and public spaces that once formed the seat of power of the Malla and Shah dynasties. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the place that houses all the traditions of the old town of Kathmandu, with stunning architecture and historical tours available for visitors.
  • Visit the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini

    Lumbini is said to be the birthplace of Buddha and the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world, dating back to the sixth century B.C. It's now an important pilgrimage site, comprising several temples and monasteries. Visitors can walk around the peaceful temple gardens and admire the old temple ruins overlooking Puskarni, a sacred pool situated in the grounds.
  • The eyes of Buddha on Swayabhunath Temple

    Swayabjunath Temple might be Nepal's most iconic architectural structure and is considered one of the country's crown jewels. The fifth-century stupa overlooking the Kathmandu Valley has the eyes of Buddha emblazoned upon its surface.
  • Traditional Newari architecture in Changu Narayan

    Changu Narayan consists of a traditional Newari village and a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is considered the oldest temple in Nepal, holding one of the earliest inscriptions ever found in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Watch Hindu mythology come alive at Janakpur

    The city of Janakpur is a popular place of pilgrimage for Hindus, as it is believed to be the birthplace of the Goddess Shiva and the place where she married Lord Rama. Also known as the "City of Ponds", more than seventy ponds dot the sacred city.

Tips for planning a historical tour of Nepal

As many of the historical sites in Nepal are situated in the Kathmandu Valley, the country's capital makes for a convenient entry point and base from where to explore Nepal's captivating history. Evaneos' agencies can help you find the right accommodation and get you in touch with local guides and experts, who have all the local knowledge needed to plan your itinerary and organize your trip, including how to prepare and the best time to visit

Other destinations that might interest you

Experience added!
You can add more experiences to your trip itinerary before sending it to a local agency
View my trip itinerary