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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice tour so in one day you see all the important sights out of Kathmandu. The only downside is that tour itself is expensive since it doesn’t include all entrance fees and you pay per person additional 25-30 eur. The guide Kapil was on time picking us in the hotel, enough time to see everything, walk around and enjoy. Kapil nice work!

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/05/2020

The Himalayans Mountains are beautful and majestic. The snow capped peaks and rugged outline is just breathtaking. Even though Everest is in the distance her beauty is regal with the wispy cloud draping her shoulders. Worth the early rise and I will be eternally grateful we had good weather first attempt.

Himalayas Panoramic Mountain Flight Reviewed by Margaret Ann, 03/09/2020

Trip taken to get a closer view of Everest and the surrounding Himalayian mountains. This are is spectacular but I was a little disappointed the flight was unable to fly closer to the mountains. Advertising doesn't adequately describe what was entailed.

Himalayas Panoramic Mountain Flight Reviewed by Geoff, 03/17/2020

Absolutely seamless experience! Prompt, punctual pick-up and the driver and guide taking us there were incredibly helpful and nice. So worth the experience and saving you the hassle to make sure everything is set up! 10/10 recommend

Himalayas Panoramic Mountain Flight Reviewed by Kendra, 03/04/2020

This was a very pleasant tour. I got picked up at the Hotel in due time by our guide Rajan. Rajan is very friendly and helpful. The tour itself was nice and highly recommended for people visiting Kathmandu for the first time.

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour Reviewed by Sathees, 12/28/2019