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Seven Things to Do in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. You can explore thousands of years of culture here, while making your way through historic temples and monasteries that belong to Hindus and Buddhists alike.

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Basantapur Durbar Square

Through the 19th century, Basantapur Durbar Square was the playground of the Nepalese monarchy. Due to natural disasters over the years, many buildings in the square have needed repair, but Durbar square maintains a tradition of Nepalese architecture and is ranked as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Shechen Monastery

A Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Shechen Monastery was founded in the late 17th century. Three hundred monks take care of Shechen, which is one of six mother monasteries in Nepal.

Boudhanath

Located on an ancient trade route, this place of meditation is a must-see on any spiritual journey around Kathmandu. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupa's in the world, and many Tibetan traders and merchants have offered their prayers to this land over the centuries.

Kopan Monastery

The Kopan Monastery is not far from Boudhanath and is mostly known for teaching Buddhism to foreigners. Starting in the 1970s the monastery offered a month-long meditation course in November and December. At other times throughout the year, please note that the monastery is only open to the public on Saturday.

Harati Devi Temple

The Tibetan name of the Harati Devi Temple is Swayambhunath and translates to "sublime trees." The ancient religious architecture frames a museum, library, stupa, and more; and visitors are sure to discover much about Nepalese traditions of worship at the Harati Devi Temple.

Pashupatinath Temple

You'll find the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. A Hindu temple, Pashupatinath has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1979. If you're visiting in February or March, check out the Maha Shivaratri festival, which more than 70,000 people celebrate at this temple.

Lumbini

A historical site in the tradition of Buddhism, Lumbini is where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddartha Gautama in BC 623. Immerse yourself in monasteries here, as Lumbini is in a monastic zone, in which hotels or restaurants cannot be legally built nearby.

Planning your Kathmandu visit

How to Get Around Kathmandu?

The easiest way to get around short distances is by hiring a bicycle rickshaw. You can also hire a taxi or rent a bike. Make sure to negotiate fares at the beginning of your journey.

When to go to Kathmandu?

The best time to go to Kathmandu is October through November as the sun shines the most often. During the summer your plans are likely to get rained out--it's monsoon season. The second best time to visit is February through May, when winter is over but the rain has not yet begun.

What to Eat in Kathmandu?

Many say Kathmandu has the most varied cuisine available in Asia. While you're in Nepal, be sure to sample some local fare. We recommend you try daal (lentil soup), with bhat (rice), or a vegetable curry. Another staple is a Momo, which is a Tibetan style dumpling that uses Nepali spices.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Nepali
  • Currency
    Nepalese Rupee (Rs)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:45)
  • Country Code
    +977
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Kathmandu is in the fall. You'll find the best weather Kathmandu has to offer, with comfortable temperatures in the 70s.

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What people are saying about Kathmandu

Very nice guide, very interesting tour! :)

The female guide i had was very friendly and sympathetic and she not only told me a lot about nepal, kathmandu and the different religions and gods, but also answered all my questions about the private life as a nepali and even went to the market with me as i wanted to buy some traditional nepali shoes and bargained with the shop owner for me. so all in all it was a very very nice experience, i had a lot of fun, THANK YOU!!! :)))

Everything (and everyone) was wonderful!

This trip was amazing! Kabi helped us set everything up and also arranged a package for us in Chitwan (in addition to rafting). Our accommodations (safari tents) were simply beautiful. I highly recommend this trip!
2 Day Nepal Trishuli River Rafting from Kathmandu Reviewed by Rachael, 11/25/2014

Great service and good value, ideal for first time visitors to Nepal.

Even though I have travelled extensively this was my first time in Asia and I was a little concerned about being a single female traveller. I need not have worried as I was met at my hotel by the company owner and the next day got two guides to myself as I had fractured my wrist trekking and needed extra help with my rucksack etc. I was looked after and considered for the whole tour and learned much about the Nepalese culture and history. I would recommend this trip and company wholeheartedly. Thank you to my guides.
Kathmandu Valley 6-Day Cultural Tour and Trekking Reviewed by ODETTE, 03/03/2014

great trip, well organized, kept to agreements, good communication

we had great weather on that day, view was phantastic, worth doing it, agency with good and prompt communication, on time as agreed for pick up and drop at hotel, good Engish, worked great for us.
Himalayas Panoramic Mountain Flight Reviewed by Hanno, 04/05/2013

Highly Responsive, Great Host, Wonderful Experience

The Alpine Club was extremely responsive, arranging the tour on less than 12 hours notice and on a public holiday no less! We were only in Kathmandu on transit with only 10 hours to spend in the city, and are very happy that we went on this tour - the guide brought us around the major areas of Kathmandu as promised, and Sujan at the Alpine Club was very hospitable after the tour concluded. Overall, a very good experience and great value for money.
Kathmandu Valley Full-Day Sacred Culture Tour Reviewed by Brian, 01/04/2013

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