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Things to Do in Kathmandu

23 October 2017 Last updated at 17:22

Exploration of Kathmandu, a world-famous travel destination with over 1200 years history and several world cultural heritage sites will leave you memorable life experience. As the capital and the biggest city in Nepal, Kathmandu never disappoints you…

Here - a bliss for all kinds of visitors especially for adventure buffs! You can do lots of things in Kathmandu: go sightseeing, touch Buddhism, go shopping, enjoying Nepalese food and attending grand festivals & events, and select activities you like, such as trekking, rock climbing, mountain flight, river rafting, boating and more…. All of these definitely give you rejuvenation to the mind, body and soul.

Kathmandu Top Attractions


Kathmandu Durbar Square

Type: Landmark, History, Architecture, Religion

Altitude: 1,370 meters

Best time to visit: September - November February - April

Never miss Durbar Square for the discovery tour in Kathmandu. Located in the heart of Kathmandu, it is a cluster of Temples and Palaces, courtyards. Exotic and erotic carvings can be found every corner of this region. Kumari Bahal on the southern side of the square, is the residence of Kumari Deli, “the Living Goddess”.

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Boudhanath Stupa

Type: Landmark, Religion, Architecture, Culture

Altitude: 1,370 meters

Best time to visit: September - November February - April

Bouddhanath Stupa is the center of Buddhism in Nepal. You see all the essence of Nepal just after entering in this land. The massive stupas that contain Buddhist relics, the locals and pilgrims chant mantras, the great view of the shrine, the coffee , can leave you great impression and be a part of your life journey.

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Pashupatinath Temple

Type: Religion, Architecture, Culture

Altitude: 1,370 meters

Best time to visit: September - November February - April

Pashupatinath Temple has a reputation of “the Temple of Living Beings”. Every day, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple. Come here to get a deep explore of Hinduism.

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Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Visit World Cultural Heritages to explore authentic KATHMANDU!

1) Boudhanath Stupa: Stunning Center of Buddhism in Nepal

With its 36-meter-height, Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa built on three-storied polygonous bases in Nepal that locals and pilgrims circle clockwise for hours, chant mantras and turn prayer wheel every day. The highlight here is the massive multiple layers structure with plentiful Buddhist relics and four pairs of gigantic Buddha Eyes watching towards Kathmandu Valley.

2) Kathmandu Durbar Square: Old Royal Place of Nepal with Temple Groups

Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square in downtown Kathmandu City is a huge cluster of ancient classic temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. The Kumari Bahal on the southern side of the square, one of the must-sees in Kathmandu, is the residence of Kumari Deli, the Living Goddess.

Besides the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu Velley with artistic architectures and status are also listed as world heritage sites which are worth visit.

3) Swayambhunath Temple: The Well-known Monkey Temple

Swayambhunath located on peak of west Kathmandu is a large and old stupa with the fantastic views of Kathmandu Valley and multitudinous monkeys around – the holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. It is one of the most popular temples in Nepal to get close to the see Nepalese style architectures where painted with colorful eyes of the Buddha and a perfect combination of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal.

4) Pashupatinath Temple: The Temple of Living Beings

Being a holy Hindu temple in east Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple complex is the embodiment of Hindu faith, religion, culture and tradition through its astonishing architectural beauty and sacred religious significance. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple and worship God Shiva of Hinduism, so it has a reputation of “The Temple of Living Beings”. By the Bagmati River, local often hold public cremation ceremonies of the dead to liberate suffering souls.

5) Museums, Markets, Matrons and much more

Museums in this city where ancient temples, sacred detailed carvings, art, craft and more are best story tellers of this ancient city. The National Museum, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the Natural History Museum discourses on Nepali history in various fields. The Natural History Museum has stuffed animals that framed when there were more alive ones around. The National Museum will give you a good idea about Nepal’s rich, sometimes tumultuous and always exciting history. And Patan Museum, one of the best museums in the world, is a synthesis collection of ancient bronze statues of gods of Hinduism and Buddhism and numerous artworks and pictures of Patan.

Small markets can be seen from streets in Kathmandu like the most famous Thamel Street in center Kathmandu.

Kumari Bahal - the House of Living Goddess. It is home to the Kumari, the young girl who is selected to be the town's living goddess until she reaches puberty and reverts to being a normal mortal. The Living Goddess sometimes appears in the third-floor windows dozens seconds, especially if her handlers are paid well enough, and is said to answer devotees' questions with the expressions on her face. She is most likely to appear in the morning or late afternoon.

Shopping in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is an excellent place to shop for the wide variety of local products, souvenir and handicrafts available at the cheap prices. The best souvenirs are jewelry, clothes, cashmere shawl (Pashmina), decorative metal plates, "kukri" knives, rice paper, pottery, wood carvings, Masala Tea, and hand-made bags in Thamel in center Kathmandu. It is a bustling area known as “Little Hong Kong” in Nepal where hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores concentrate here. And the circinate street outside of Boudhanath Stupa has many stores selling Thangkas (colorful Tibetan/Buddhist paintings depicting tradition or religious subjects), Tibetan woolen carpets, special masks, Tibetan knives, jewelries and lots of religious supplies and artifacts at reasonable prices.

Activities in Kathmandu

Paradise for sports enthusiast: trek the trails, row a boat, walk a jungle and triumph a peak.

1.Trekking in Kathmandu is very fashionable and well organized for international travelers. Equipment can be bought at any of the many shops in Kathmandu’s Thamel market and Pokhara. From Kathmandu, you can mainly trek long to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang, Helambu, Gokyo and Mount Manaslu, and shorter to on Poon Hill and Nagarkot around Kathmandu within several days. Annapurna and Jomosom starting from Pokhara are popular routes.

2. River Rafting is now an increasingly popular activity with travelers in Nepal. Many travel operators in Kathmandu and Pokhara organize a few hours’ river-rafting trips during your way to Pokhara or Chitwan from Kathmandu. Drifting must be an exciting journey when you take a long bus to next destination. You can canoe on Pokhara’s placid picturesque Fewa lake and enjoy beautiful sunset views.

3. Mountain Flight is a classic Nepali travel program to view magnificent Himalaya Mountains and Mount Everest - the highest peak in the world from a mini airplane. The flight operated by the Nepalese domestic airlines takes off from Kathmandu airport to Everest from a very close distance, which is a life time award to see Mount Everest.

You can immerse yourself in the endless chain of snow-capped peaks as you fly above the clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from your private individual window. Clear window offers you a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the Kathmandu valley, landscapes of Nepal and breathtaking Mount Everest. Flying above the tallest point of this world undoubtedly is a proud and adventurous experience.

Eating out in Kathmandu

In tourist hot spots like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you’ll be taken aback at the range of cuisines that are offered. Here you can find different kinds of dishes, including Chinese, Italian, Tibetan, Indian, “Continental” food and Nepali set meals on the restaurant menus. Still there are café, desserts you can choose.

Furthermore, there is plenty of fun to be had in Kathmandu. Some casinos are opened through 24 hours. Cinemas at the complex screen movies in English. And restaurants show surprisingly current videos of Hollywood fare. Besides, you can have SPA or massage to relax, visit gallery and parks and botanical garden or find recreation in bars.

Community singing sessions attract a lot of people to gather together with a bottle of brew in hand, song on lips and music in the heart. Strains of folk song spill out on the street and you’ll hear them when you’re walking around in the evenings.

Festivals and Events in Kathmandu

Nepal is a country rich in culture and tradition. In Nepal throughout the year you can witness much moment of happiness and excitement by the celebration of various festivals up to over 300. New Year Celebration is the beginning of festivals and ends in the tail of the year. Below are the popular festivals in Kathmandu.

Dasei, also called Bara Dashain, is the longest and largest national festival in Nepal which takes place on June of Nepali calendar (around September and October). Locals celebrate the days with many worship ceremonies and celebration activities, followers gather in front of status of Durga with oblation of animals. Villages in suburb Kathmandu will decorate many symbols during this time.

Tihar - Festival of Lights (Also called Deepawali or Diwali) is a five days festival held on the on the fifteenth day of Kartika (around the end of October/start of November) celebrated by all Hindus with ritual house-cleaning, lanterns, candles, and fireworks, gift exchange. Similar to New Year’s festival in other countries of the world, Tihar is one of the most exciting festivals, the climax is to bathe in the holy waters to purify body and soul, and pray for family health.

Holi, the most colorful and happy festival in Nepal, is celebrated in March (late November of Nepali Calendar) for 7 days with splashes of water and colored powder that is both good luck and very messy. Family members, strangers come out to the street spill out Tika, red liquid filled within water guns and balloons to each other to eliminate misunderstanding and resentment and enjoy full happy.

Bikram Sambat's New Year's (April) is one day of pilgrimages (often from Kathmandu to the holy Bagamati River that separates it from Patan) elebrated on middle April to welcome the official New Year for Nepalese.

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