Kathmandu Tourism

Kathmandu is famous for

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Mountains

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Trekking

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Places of Worship

The noisy and colorful base to any Himalayan adventure!

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Reasons to go to Kathmandu

1Enrich the cultural side of your kids
Enrich the cultural side of your kids

Take them on a picnic to Pokhara where you can hire a boat. Chitwan is another hotspot which is popular among kids because of the animals. In the vicinity, there is Swayambunath, fondly known as the “Monkey Temple” due to a large number monkeys living there. They offer a good distraction for children.

Flight cost: India to Kathmandu round trip - INR 7500

HolidayIQ reviewer Pradeep Balakrishnan says, "Nice place, where we can go with or without family. A peaceful environment near the Himalayas. Everyone should go there for peace of mind."

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2Start the trail with a trek to Shivapuri
Start the trail with a trek to Shivapuri

It is a day-hike from Kathmandu up to the valley rim at Shivapuri. The sprawling forests of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is full of life, WaEwspecies of birds, rare orchids, monkeys, leopards and bears. It attracts birdwatchers from all over the globe. 

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3Make your descent to Kathmandu
Make your descent to Kathmandu

Kathmandu can be intoxicating, amazing and exhausting at the same time. It would be nice to spend two days in Kathmandu, happily exploring the vibrant colours and the essense, handicrafts, eating, seeing the sights. 

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Reviews (57)

Ivana kromkova

Ivana kromkova5.0/5

1 review

Kathmandu

Weather was great but to foggy for the good views . Very tourist place to enjoy the ambience and entries to expensive for tourists . Food and Shopping: Haven't really shopped but options were there . . Food could be better or perhaps the choice of restaurants :). Highlight of the trip: People that I met . The whole trip changed and experience got a different feeling.

Deepak rai

Deepak rai5.0/5

1 review

About Nepal

Awesome place where you can feel piece and Happy. It's a pace which you can easily roam late night without any Fare. In fact it's very beautiful place. People on this country also treat very well like guest they feel us important and Valuable. I will suggest to every one that must come here and spend time here.

Recommended Duration in Kathmandu

Number of days to spend in Kathmandu as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

6.3%

3 days

31.3%

4 days

50%

5+ days

12.5%

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.


Photos of Kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Thejasvi Bhat

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Boudhanath, Kathmandu

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Thejasvi Bhat

Boudhanath, Kathmandu
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

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Thejasvi Bhat

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Getting to Kathmandu

Transit

Transit time: 4 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 6,000 per person

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