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Kathmandu

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7 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.

  • Basantapur Durbar Square

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Kathmandu

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 201 reviews

Super Safari, we took the bus to Chitwan Nawa (the organizer) accompanied us to this one. Once we got to Chitwan at the exit of the bus we had a taxi from the hotel waiting for us, the hotel was just sublime with swimming pool and the staff at the top no complaints the same we ate super well all the meals were full and delicious. The canoe is actually a boat ride where you can observe crocodiles and different birds. The Safari lasted well 4 hours we were lucky to see a tiger. We highly recommend this activity! Another big thank you to the various guides.

Simply sensational! We were picked up on time, but then had to wait a relatively long time (quite a delay) until we were allowed on board, but the flight made up for everything: super nice crew, you were even allowed to go into the cockpit for a short time and the view was indescribably beautiful!

I loved this tour! I was a last minute and Mukti and his team were very accommodating to find a spot for me and super nice and helpful. The views were just fantastic and it was more than worth the money as you are surrounding by stunning views for hours.

Organization and implementation were perfect. Our guide was easy to understand and we had a great day in Kathmandu.

The guide was very well informed and was able to convey the knowledge in an interesting way