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Kathesimbhu Stupa

The 17thcentury rendition of the renowned Swayambhunath temple, Kathesimbhu Stupa is one of the most popular Tibetan pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Located between Thamel and Durbar Square, the stupa was built using the left over materials from Swayambhunath temple complex. It is set in a hidden courtyard, surrounded by smaller stupas, engravings and statutes. Although well maintained and intact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site witnessed minor damages in the 2015 earthquake.



Highlights
:In the northwestern corner of the courtyard there’s a beautiful pagoda dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox whereas the northeast corner is adorned with the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery.

Location
:Kathmandu, Nepal.

Timings
:The complex is opened for public access the entire day throughout the week.

Price
:There is no admission charges for entry into the stupa complex.
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National Museum of Nepal

If you are a hard core history buff, this place is for you, where you will find many age old things reminding you of how once olden Nepal was. It is a very old museum and has some historic collection of arts, culture and paintings too. However one would also witness Buddhist gallery which has all the important information pertaining to Buddhism. The complete past of Nepal is neatly wrapped in this beautiful museum.



Highlights
: You would also find some wooden antiques along with bronze and copper. And you can also spot some amazing sculpture too.

Price
: Rs 150

Location
: Chhauni Road, Kathmandu.

Best time to visit
: Somewhere in October during evenings are the best time to visit.
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Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery is predominantly covered with Bodhi trees. Once upon a time this place was considered to be the residing place of astrologer for the king of Nepal. The view across this monastery is simply magical. It has accommodated some 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers.

This monastery is the place where everybody residing here has devoted their time to study the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni. Everybody is on the look around to follow the teachings of the founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Riponche.



Highlights
: Learn about the monastic tradition and how they live and what all did they practiced. Meditation, teaching and community services are some of the prominent features of this place.

Location
: Kopan, Kathmandu.

Best time to visit
: June.

Price
: US$25
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the Casino Royale

Take some time off! Feel free and enjoy your stay at Kathmandu by visiting Casino Royale. The place is a gaming and casino center that has over twenty games and thirty gaming machine. The property includes two restaurants as well, along with a hotel that supports over 110 rooms.

The place has several poker games that you can sit and enjoy, including baccarat, blackjack and flush, paplu and roulette. The place includes restaurant, coffee house and a bar as well where you can sit and take off your mind. This is a visit that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate, taking away the stresses of your life. At the same time, you can even book a hotel room and choose among the suites to stay comfortably.


 Location:The Casino is located in Kathmandu.

Cost
:USD 50-1000.

Best Time
:All around the year.

Difficulty Level
:Easy.
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Royal Botanical Gardens

Kathmandu can get quite crowded during the holidays. But if you want someplace peaceful and quiet, then there’s a perfect spot for you. It is the Royal Botanical Gardens. The place is quaint and great for walking and picnic. However, you might want to avoid it on Fridays and Saturdays, as schoolkids often visit the place then. While the place was slightly damaged during the earthquake, repairs are going on and the place will be back to its glory.


Highlights
:One of the main highlights of this place is the visitor center, where you can experience an enormous variety of Nepal’s flora. The place includes cactus house, orchid house and a tropical house as well. In the middle of the center is the coronation pond, with a pillar.

Location
: Godavari, Kathmandu.
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Thamel

A haven for tourists visiting Kathmandu, Thamel is a popular destination. The place has several hotels, shops and restaurants that are particularly designed to cater to discerning range of customers. The commercial location is an easy walk from central Kathmandu and there are a number of activities that you can enjoy at this place.



Highlights
:The streets are quite fascinating at Thamel. But be cautious of sellers who might want to rip you off. Otherwise, the place is good for buying anything from Tibetan Singing Bowls to Glass Pipes. Just remember to bargain a little as the prices can come down to 2/3rdof the quoted prices. Here, you can also enjoy shopping incense sticks, Kukri swords, outdoor outfits and books. Over a hundred different eateries are located at this market. So, eat whatever cuisine you wish to try.

Location
: Thamel, Kathmandu.

Timings
: From morning till night.

Price
:Entry is free.
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Tamang Heritage Trail !

Experience exciting, new trekking route between Langtang and Ganesh Himal with the Tamang Heritage Trail. The trail is one of the most welcoming trail is warmest and easiest trails in the country. Perfect for introductory trekking and beginners’, this trek takes you through Nepal and Tibetan borderlands, with gentle circuit treks.



Highlights
:The trek will take you through terraced fields and some of the most picturesque villages in the countries. For tranquility lovers, the trek has several peaceful valleys where you can enjoy the serenity. This is where the discerning trekkers go. On the route, you will also enjoy panoramic mountain views and hot springs at Tatopani.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Things to keep in mind
:The trek is a world expedition trek and you don’t really need to carry a number of things. However, don’t forget to carry a sleeping bag, fleece jacket, wind-protective clothing, sunscreen, backpack and a first-aid box.
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Durbar Square Kathmandu

Romance in the world of Kathmandu and explore the culture or history of Kathmandu by visiting the Durbar Square. Located in front of the former Kathmandu Palace Kingdom, the Durbar Square is a UENSO World Heritage Site and is originally known for vivid showcases of artists and craftsmen.

The palace here is stunningly decorated and the overall areas reflect the beauty of Nepalese culture. The palaces and the square itself have gone through reconstruction on several occasions.



Highlights
: The place includes museum and other parts of the palace here are opened for visitors. The place is home to Kumari Chok as well- it is one of the most curious attractions of Nepal. Here, a gilded cage contains Kumari, a girl who was chosen to be the human reincarnation of Hindu Goddess, Durga.

Location
: Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

Timings
: From early morning to night.

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What You Should Know More About Kathmandu

  • Travel Advice

    • Do not carry with you cash more than necessary.

    • Don’t flash your valuables in public areas.

    • Don’t leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    • Never take a room in a secluded place, stay, resort or hotel.  

    • Always enquire about a room safe and keep all your valuables and jewelry there.

    • If you are up for a trek, carry all your essentials along.

    • Do carry a first aid box.

    • Never roam round after midnight.

    • Nepal is comparatively cooler than the surrounding areas so carry with you sufficient woolen layers.

    • Photograph in the religious places or temples only after taking permissions from the heads there.

    • Learn few words of Nepali.

    • Always greet the locals with a smile.

    • Carry with you a copy of your license or an ID proof.

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • If you eat at the street vendors, double check the quality.

    • Never let anyone mislead you.

    • Ensure that you dress appropriately.

    • Nudity is prohibited in Nepal.

    • Filming and videography cannot be done without permissions. 

    • Do not indulge in drugs of any form. If you see someone taking drugs either call the cops or get away from the situation.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Kathmandu is 25. Moreover, any person below the age of 21 cannot even sell alcohol here.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Boudhanath stupa

    Boudhanath stupa is one of the most recognizable and holiest sites of Kathmandu. Assigned the status of UNESCO heritage in the year 1979, the Boudhanath Stupa has a vast diameter of 120 meters. This makes it the largest temple in Nepal. Built on the octagonal base, the stupa has multi hued prayer flags that veil it from its 36 meter central spire and is enveloped by the prayer wheels. Rich in symbolism, Boudhanath has 5 statues of Buddha which represent the 5 elements – ether, earth, fire, water and air, 13 rings from the base to the top which represent the steps to Nirvana and the 9 levels which represent the Mount Meru. This is indeed a must see place in Nepal.  


    Everest Region

    Everest – 1500 mile long Himalayan range comprises of each one of the world’s 14 peaks that are spread over 8000 meters. Nepal houses eight of these 8000 meter spread 14 peaks. These include:

    • Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m)

    • Everest (8848 m)

    • Lhotse (8516 metres)

    • Annapurna I (8109 m)

    • Kanchenjunga (8586 m)

    • Manaslu (8163 m)

    • Makalu (8485 m)

    • Cho Oyu (8,201 m)

    The rest of the peaks are found in China, India and Pakistan.


    Annapurna Region

    The Annapurna Region can be reached via the serene Pokhara. It is predominantly known for its Fish Tail mountain and Annapurna range. The 10 day Annapurna Sanctuary trek is definitely one of the most important things to do in Kathmandu. Alternative trek is the Annapurnra Circuit trek that takes about 12-19 days.  


    Bhaktapur

    Bhaktapur is a tiny town that lies about 10 km from Kathmandu. It is largely known for its vast collection of temples. Most impressive temple here is the 5 storey, Nyatapola Temple which is the tallest temple of Nepal. The town has its own Durbar Square. Northern end of the Durbar Square is home to the Royal Palace that allows the visitors to access the Golden Gate. It is very intricately carved and and set in a bright red gate house. National Art Gallery here has an extensive variety of Tantric cloth paintings. No cars are allowed here and as a result it is a very quiet place. Day tour to Bhaktapur is one important thing to do here.   


    Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park is a vast national park spread over an area of 932 km. It was established in the year 1973 and in the year 1984, it acquired the status of world heritage. The park houses within it 450 species of birds – parakeets, kingfishers, drongos and orioles, and a myriad of animals like elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, one-horned rhinos, gharial crocodiles, monkeys, deer and hyenas. More exotic species of animals like sloth bears, leopards, majestic royal Bengal tigers and wild elephants are also found here. According to the counting done in 2011, there 125 adult tigers and 501 rhinos living here. When in Kathmandu, you must spend 2 days in the park to best explore the wildlife here.  


  • What will like you like there?

    Extravaganza of World Heritage or UNESCO sites

    Kathmandu city has a whopping seven world heritage sites located in the Kathmandu Valley. There is no surprise, why Kathmandu ranks high in best tourist places of the world. Once you are done exploring the myriad of temples, stupas and squares, you’ll know why visitors who come to Nepal begin planning for a recurrent visit even before they are done with the current one.


    7 UNESCO SITES

    The 7 must see UNESCO sites include:

    The Buddhist stupas of:

    • Bauddhanath

    • Swayambhu


    Durbar Squares of

    • Patan

    • Hanuman Dhoka

    • Bhaktapur

    Hindu temples of

    • Changu Narayan

    • Pashupati

    These are the seven most important places to see in Kathmandu.


    Unique Modes of Transportation

    Bangkok has the tuk tuk, Manila has the Jeepney and guess know Kathmandu has? Kathmandu has the bemo! If you wish to explore a unique public transport of Kathmandu, hop into Bemo right away. It is a great public transport for everyone who wishes to travel in budget without negatively hampering the carbon footprint.


    Great Food at Even Better Prices

    It shouldn’t take you more than a meal to figure out why the Nepali food is so mouth watering. Restaurants are found in abundance in the Kathmandu city. One food item that you must try before leaving Nepal is the Momos or otherwise known as the Nepalese Dumplings. A delicious blend of vegetables and meat momo sure make a great food item post a hectic day at trekking. Steamed, Fried, Chicken or Paneer, whichever you order, it would hard to resist after one. Tandoori Chicken Momos is also a fine choice. Not to forget all these are available at dirt cheap prices.


    Wool, Cashmere and Pashmina

    Do you enjoy shopping for textiles? If yes, Kathmandu should be top on your bucket list. You can spot the Pashmina, wool and the cashmere scarfs everywhere across the Thamel tourist district of Kathmandu. Don’t mind bargaining to get these at the best prices possible.  It’s not just the scarfs that you can put your hands on but there is a massive collection of outdoor sporting gear and winter jackets that you’ll enjoy buying.


    Namaste Tourists

    There is simply no paucity of locals in and around the Durbar city of Kathmandu. True Nepal is majorly known for its Mount Everest and the top notch trekking excursions but don’t let that forget you about the warm, humble and welcoming locals who live here in the mountains. Just few days of your stay in Kathmandu, and you’ll know the true meaning of Namaste. Locals of Kathmandu always approach the tourists with a smile. They appreciate and very well value the tourist dollars.  


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Traveller Tales from Kathmandu

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Anushree

03 May 2017

Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.

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Rameshwar Bharadwaj

20 October 2014

A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience

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Sucheta Namboothiri

23 September 2015

The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.

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Purushottam Malik

10 May 2015

Everest Base Camp Trekking In Nepal is one of the best camp trekking that I have ever taken. Everest has been in my wish list of places to trek for so long. When it did finally happen, I was getting sceptical. However, thanks to the organizers for making this whole process a smooth one for me. I am so glad and happy to have actually taken this trek. Also, visiting Nepal was a splendid experience. Viewing Everest from Nepal is the best part of this trip. I just wish I can do this again soon.

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Chinmayananda Desai

14 May 2015

Hill trekking is fun. What’s more fun is doing it in Nepal. This was my first visit to Nepal, and trekking there was simply spell-binding. I had a really great time and it was completely awesome trekking those peak spots. There was no drawback at all. It was simply splendid.

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Dakshayani Dhawan

25 January 2015

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking In Nepal is one of the best and wonderful treks that I have ever been to. It was interesting and awesome. Trekking is one of my favourite hobbies, but of late, I haven’t been trekking so much, so I took this vacation to do trekking and I absolutely loved it. It had been the best trek ever. I would definitely recommend this.

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Deenabandhu Devar

25 June 2015

The great Everest Base trek camp is the most spectacular camping that I ever know of. What I liked personally about this trek was the courtesy and reception of the inhabitants at this place. Even though the trek was steep and sharp we had ample route to trek and enjoy. We even had time to take marvellous pictures at each and every step of the trek. I should say that I went on this trek at the right time. it was a life changing experience for me!!

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Devika Mehrotra

08 December 2016

Are you planning to head for a trek to the Everest Base camp? Well hear my story of my experience to this wonderful heaven on Earth, I am basically from Rajasthan, and am a great lover of trek, I never leave any trekking place in the World untouched, there are many I have taken up and there are still vast to explore, as I was trekking to each and every place that I had shortlisted from my bucket list, the Everest base camp took its turn last month, I was very eagerly waiting for this trek ever since I had heard from the Indian friends about a trekking destination like this in Nepal. The Everest memory is going to be in memories forever; base camp at the world’s highest mountain is not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs endurance, agility, talent and stability to survive the whole way through, which is what I have learnt from the trek. When the temperature in Rajasthan was touching around 40 degree, I decided to trek to the Everest to take a break from the climate and the city. I read about the reviews before hand and planned everything, initially I thought of going alone, but at the last moment some old school friends of mine joined up, so it was a team of ten heading to the highest peak of the world. Our journey began at Rajasthan, and within few hours we reached Kathmandu, from where we were supposed to be picked up by our guides, we moved on from here to a nearby hotel, as we wanted to fresh up and make ourselves active before the actual trek began, so our first day was a complete rest at the hotel, the next day we went down to explore the Kathmandu valleys and monkey temple, and then by evening we were boarded flight to Lukla, and here finally our trekking activity started, caught a glimpse of this statue on way – Late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa ( the first Nepali women to reach the world top), and then from here we reached to Phakding, here we halted for some time, took a short nap for a couple of hours, and on our guides call we started to trek towards gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar. Uphill and downhill trek over here was simply amazing, then we had to stop at Jorsale for some legal paper work, which was taken care of well by our guide, crossing the alpine vegetation and suspension bridge we landed at Namche Bazaar, after halting here overnight we started our acclimatizing walk towards the Everest view hotel from where we caught view of various peaks, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamsekru, Amadablam and the gigantic Mt. Everest. Then we trekked to Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagarjuna hill and then towards Lobuche. From Lobuche the final lap of trek to Everest base camp began, after trekking for around three hours I finally made it up to the Everest Base camp. That feel being on top of this Everest was like being on top of the world. Yay! I was waiting for this moment since then to share it with my friends, relatives and other trekking enthusiasts.

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Buddhana Naik

07 December 2016

It is not always about travelling to some great place, but it is all about the experience that we get from out tour. This is what I felt after I am now done with my Everest base camp trek, I heard from my colleagues that this trek is a very challenging one, but then I and my school friends decided to give it a try. Even though I have a good trekking experience, my friend was not too much in to it, still we both were eager to take up and make it possible. The Everest is the most sought after destination for trekking enthusiasts, and we were lucky that we got an opportunity to trek to this wonderful mountain peak region. Now talking out about the trek, I and my friend just backpacked some clothing, good quality trekking shoe and started off to this wonderful destination, I had already arranged for the trekking schedule and the itinerary was briefed to us well in advance, the whole trekking journey of 14 days is still in front of my eyes, I am yet to recover from that trance state. We started our journey at Chennai and reached Kathmandu, and then from here we were flown to Lukla to trek to Phadking, the whole way we enjoyed the panoramic view and the beauty of the hills, from Lukla our trekking journey began gradually, with many ups and downs we never faced any problem anywhere, the Guides were not only co-operative but they were entertaining too, they gave us break every now and then, the short suspension that we came across was a great view at Kusum- Kangru. As we trailed through on this base camp trek we came across many villages and rivers. The villagers were very friendly; in fact we were surprised to see that some of the villagers were able to speak good English, they are very eager to help strangers and particularly trekkers, so there wasn’t any fear of getting lost at all, the pathway which we had to go through was full of ridges and trails, initially I was a bit afraid that we may get lost, but as I had said before the villagers are too friendly and they will helped us out with the ways, once or twice we were little behind our fellow trekkers, luckily with the help of the villagers we managed to get back to our team. As we had trekked only last week, the weather was rather clear and we were able to see clearly the snow capped mountains and the flowing rivers. As we were trekking high, we felt it little hard to trek, over here we had to take a small break and energize our body by filling it with local food and drinks that was available almost at every junction. Some of the other trekkers who hadn’t hired guides faced little problem, luckily we escaped such a situation. Overall, I had a very delightful experience and am longing to trek again during this winter.

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