Kathmandu Tourism

The noisy and colorful base to any Himalayan adventure!

Kathmandu is famous for

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Mountains

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Trekking

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Places of Worship

Review and Ratings (52)

Read 52 Kathmandu reviews with average rating of 4.0/5
Kavita Sahgal

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31 reviews

Backpacker's Paradise

I visited Nepal for work and stayed in Kathmandu for a week. For an entire week, Thamel was my destination in evening. This small place has so many happening cafes and restaurants, that in spite of spending all my evenings and weekends here, I could only cover 20% of the cafes. Sitting in a cafe with a book in your hand, you can spend hours in cafes here. Surrounding you will be the travelers from around the world. The city is much cleaner then Delhi with people following the rules of the road. Shopping in Nepal is cheaper in India, however, you would not find the big brands very commonly. The best part is the journey from Delhi is very economical, short and hassle-free as Indians doesn't need a visa (not even a passport) to enter Nepal. On the administrative side, Nepal has a big scope to improve itself but for a tourist, this place is warm and beautiful.

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Ondras sukup

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2 reviews

Kathmandu + Pokhara yatra

Vist Nepal at 1st March! Excellent time. Quite warm, only night little cold. But! Season still not started, empty hotels and half prices.
No crowd of people if you want to enjoy visiting some cultural places, or walk on the streets, walk in the nature.
Don't spend too much time in Kathmandu and hurry to Pokhara! Whow! Only poets have enough words! There is a lot of for e. V. E. Are. Why. O. And. Old, young, romantic, adventure, spiritual, nature lovers or wild night parties with ****.
I apent excellent time in hotel Pokhara View, lake-side, 100%, recommended. In Kathmandu hotel Nepalaya, also no bad
And other detail you will find on Google.
And me? I was walking on the hils, flowing on the lake Fewa and a visited many holy places. Food! Of cource! Excellent, All kinds what you vish.

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Getting to Kathmandu

Transit

Transit time: 4hrs from major cities

Cost ₹5,000 per person

Kathmandu Overview

According to local legend, Nepal’s capital Kathmandu was once a mighty lake filled with serpents. This region was the basis of a battle of wits between Gods and demons, with the Gods eventually emerging victorious. It is said that Lord Krishna vanquished the demon Banasura, who villainously attempted to turn Kathmandu into an inland sea. Today, Kathmandu is a tourist haven and a base camp for most people who want to explore the mountainous peaks that surround Nepal.

Overview

The city of Kathmandu is a rich tapestry of art and culture. This treasure trove of well-preserved architectural monuments has even attracted the attention of UNESCO, which has declared the grouping of seven monuments as a "World Heritage Site." Although ravaged by a cataclysmic earthquake in 2015, this resilient city has limped back to normalcy. A number of monuments within the city have been affected by this earthquake, some of which can still be seen today.

Those who have a voracious appetite for history and culture will find themselves at home in this mountain capital. A sightseeing delight, Kathmandu promises to astound travellers with its plethora of temples, which have the folklore of the Gods etched within them.

Local Attractions

Kathmandu has many attractions that are worth exploring that includes the Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Buddha Nilkantha, Akash Bhairav and Dakshinkali temples, Boudhanath stupa, Kopan monastery, the Garden of Dreams, Thamel, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Crematoria, Hanuman Dhoka, Basantpur Tower, Budhanilkantha, Kumari Chowk, Asan, Narayanhiti Palace museum, Kashthamandap and Kailashnath Mahadev statue.

● The Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of structures within the royal palace. The word “Dhoka” means "Gate" in the Nepali tongue.

● Kumari Chowk houses the living resident goddess of the city. This is in keeping with the tradition of worshipping young girls who have not yet reached puberty and are said to be a manifestation of the “devi” and divine energy.

● The Garden of Dreams is a private, historical garden that is situated within the city limits. Formerly known as the Garden of Six Seasons, it was constructed by the late field marshal Kaiser Shamsher Rana in the early 1900s.

● Thamel is a commercial complex in Kathmandu that’s bustling with tourists, hotels, food and shopping vendors. It not only has several entertainment options but also serves as a city base camp for trekkers and mountaineers.

Must Visits

● The Kathmandu Durbar Square is a plaza in front of the old Royal Palace of Nepal. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of various courtyards and temples. It showcases the craftsmanship of the Newar people, an ethnic group in Nepal.

● The Kasthamandap is a multi-storey temple built in the Pagoda-style that houses the deity of Goraknath. It is entirely made of wood and is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world.

● The Swayambhunath Stupa is perched on a hilltop with the eyes of the Buddha watching over the citizens of Nepal. Nicknamed “the monkey temple” for its larger-than-average monkey population, this is a site that can't be missed.

Where to eat

Due to Kathmandu’s proximity to India and a large number of Nepalis who work there, Indian cuisine is very easy to find here.

● The Spice Garden Restaurant and Bar transports you back to the streets of Delhi. It offers mouth-watering tandoor foods and curries that will leave you gastronomically content.

● The Third Eye is another Indian-themed restaurant that serves savoury delectables.

● The Blueberry Kitchen and Coffee Shop has continental, Asian and Nepalese dishes along with special dishes that cater to vegetarian travellers.

● The Yangling Tibetan Restaurant Restaurant is another vegetarian-friendly option in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is an international destination that is convenient for the Indian traveller for many reasons and offers the right mix of heritage, architecture, shopping, adventure and scenery.