Kathmandu Tourism, Nepal 2020 (93 Tours & Activities)

Lying in the magical realm of the Himalayas, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Being the largest city in the country, the city has no dearth of tourist attractions to fascinate tourists with. People from all around the world visit this tourist destination to find peace and quiet. But, the most important factor that makes Kathmandu a major tourist destination in the region is that it is a part of the kingdom of Himalayas, which ensures a memorable holiday experience.

Kathmandu is a destination where you find peace and comfort which makes it a perfect destination for relaxation. There are resorts in Kathmandu where you can enjoy luxury amenities and all comforts at very affordable tariffs. Waking up to crisp breeze and fiery sunrises, ensuring a day filled with joy and ecstasy; and treating your eyes with magical dusks when the setting sun adds various tones to the sky – such experiences are not uncommon in Kathmandu. The fresh air and the refreshing greenery of the city are exactly what you need to rejuvenate your body and soul.

The city of Kathmandu has held within its ambit uncountable treasures for only explorers to unveil. Whether you wish to cover all the major attractions in the city during your visit or want to tread beyond the beaten path to explore the unexplored, Kathmandu has enough in store for you. Apart from being a place with rich natural biodiversity, Kathmandu also boasts a rich cultural scene with a perfect amalgamation of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The spectrum of religious places in Kathmandu covers a number of Hindu Temples as well as vibrant Buddhist stupas. The presence of these marvellous structures in Kathmandu makes it a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces. Any architecture buff is sure to have some enjoyable moments in Kathmandu.

Since Kathmandu is located amidst Himalayas, you can be sure of witnessing some visual treats when you are here. Some of the most prominent mountains that add grace to the landscape of Kathmandu are Ganesh Mountain and Langtang Mountain ranges. However, if you move a little further to the nearby places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you can even get to witness the mightiest of all – Mount Everest and trek to the Everest base camp. That is also the reason why Kathmandu can be found on any photographer’s bucket list, especially in Asia. It is, without a doubt, a scenic place and the landscapes that surround it are perfectly picturesque. Indulging in landscape photography here is definitely going to be a great decision for your Instagram handle.

Kathmandu is also a great choice of destination for adventure junkies as some of the greatest Himalayan treks have their trails lying close to the city. Just visit Kathmandu and embark on a journey of solace and self-discovery in the higher mountains where adrenaline-pumping action awaits you to fill your mind with thrill. However, the list of adventure activities in Kathmandu also covers various other activities like paragliding, boating, camping, and wildlife tours.

 The days never get too warm even during summers and the nights do not get too cold even during winters in Kathmandu. The city enjoys an elevation of 4,590 feet, which guarantees a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for tourism at any given time. However, it is best to visit Kathmandu in October or November because during these months, the skies are clear, the landscapes become verdant and climate is perfect.


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03 May 2017
Excellent
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.
30 July 2018
Excellent
Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Karnataka I decided to place my foot on the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Going through the various options from Chadar, Sandakphu, Roopkund, Hampta Pass, etc. I finally narrowed down to the Everest Base Camp. The very thought of following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay thrilled me to the core. The sight of having a close encounter with the highest point on earth just pushed further my excitement levels. After a series of e-searches and consulting with other fellow trekkers, I finally made up my mind to enroll for the 14 day EBC Trek with Thrillophilia. The EBC Trek was by far my best trek so far. Though the thin air made the ascent difficult and more challenging, I am glad that I was able to complete the trek. The amazing view of snow clad mountains, the vast greenery and above all the company of similar fun-loving folks made the trek a memorable one. Kudos to the team at Thrillophilia. The trek was not only organized well but the pricing was also reasonable. All the questions, concerns, doubts and apprehensions I that had were properly attended by the travel consultant at Thrillophilia, Miss Madhuri Mathur despite some of them being repetitive. The representatives Mr. Subid Sahoo and Mr. Nitish Singh as well as the trek Guide Mr. Bijay along with his assistants were all friendly and helpful. I will definitely suggest my pals to go for this trek. I wish to do it again sometime soon. Cheers, Vignesh
20 October 2014
Excellent
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
23 September 2015
Excellent
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.
10 May 2015
Excellent
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.
We booked this trip to Kathmandu it was a beautiful place, the team coordinated well with me knowing we were a large no. of people travelling as a family. Loved their work and dedication towards it.
05 March 2020
Superb
Thrillophilia has the best operator in the market. The trek guide was professional and was friendly. The tea house's stay was comfortable and we trekked in November and the terrain was covered in snow and the guide guided us well how to trek in the snow without having much trouble. The experience was amazing and would love to book for other treks as well.
18 February 2020
Excellent
It was an all-inclusive package from Thrillophilia and everything was arranged properly. They had informed us about the insurance and rest of the permits and guide and stay is being arranged by them. It was a great experience.
01 March 2020
Excellent
I want to go there in the month of May and was sceptical about it, as I had heard it was not the best time to go for it but after a talk with Oshin from Thrillophilia, I had my doubts cleared and finally, I had trekked in May and it was the best experience I had and will definitely go for difficult treks every year.
12 March 2020
Excellent
My experience of trekking there was thrilling and exciting. We had a group of 6 people and all of them are experienced trekkers. We had trekked with no so much difficulty and the trek was nicely coordinated.

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  1. 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.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking in Kathmandu is 25. Moreover, any person below the age of 21 cannot even sell alcohol here.
  3. 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 Annapurna Circuit trek that takes about 12-19 days and most thrilling Annapurna Base Camp trek that takes about 15-16 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.  


  4. 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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  6. When is the best time to visit Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is, in general, a cold place. The summers are warm, and the winters can be a little too cold. However, the best thing about this city is that it has a particular period of time that offers you everything you need in your holiday.

    Spring

    Spring brings beauty to Kathmandu. From September to November is the time when you should plan your trip to this city. One of the biggest advantages of it is the Dashami or the Dussehra Festival. Kathmandu celebrates with music and color and light. You will experience the taste of their true culture during the festive season. These months see the best weather in the city. The signs of arriving winter turn the sky blue and the clear weather opens up the scenic beauty in front of you.

    Summer

    Kathmandu’s summer offers a pleasant weather. The temperature never rises above mid 20 degree Celsius and the nights are generally cooler.

    Monsoon

    The rainy season is not the perfect time to visit the city. Heavy rain can sometimes cause landslides, which is inconvenient for traveling.

    Winter

    Kathmandu’s winter has warm days and very cold nights. It can drop down to 4 degree Celsius during midnight.

  7. How to reach Kathmandu?

    Being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is well connected to the rest of the world by air and road. The city has well maintained streets for safe travel.

    Air

    Nepal has its own airline; hence, it offers direct flights to and from Delhi, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Doha, and Kuala Lumpur. You can take a bus or a hired car from the airport to the city. There are other airlines operating in Nepal too, which make it easy for you to get a ticket.

    Bus

    There is a direct bus service from Delhi to Kathmandu. The service was launched recently. One thing to remember is that it takes a long time to reach the city from Delhi by bus. You must carry drinking water and food with you during the journey. There are also buses from Varanasi to Sunauli, the border of Nepal. From there, you can take a local bus to Kathmandu.

  8. What are the different things/activities to do in Kathmandu?

    The best way to experience the city of Kathmandu is by experiencing all that its culture has to offer. There are plenty of great ways to enjoy yourself in there. Some of them are:

    Trekking

    Kathmandu offers a variety of choices when it comes to trekking. Some of its best trekking destinations are places of religion and historical value. You must also consider traveling the city on foot. There are a lot of narrow roads that lead to temples and fine old restaurants.

    Shopping

    Like most of the mountain cities, Kathmandu has small market areas that are a bargainer paradise. The markets offer colorful and stylish clothing and junk jewelry. The prices can be cheap if you know how to negotiate. Shop till you drop.

    Spa

    Spas and meditation centers have become very popular in Kathmandu. If you want to feel relaxed after a heavy day’s travel then walk into a traditional spa and let them spoil you with massages.

  9. Which are the best resorts to stay in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is one of India’s most prominent tourist destinations. Tourism is one of the city's biggest sources of income. Therefore, you can find good quality accommodations in Kathmandu. Some of the best resorts in and around the city are:

    • Chhahari- Retreat
    • Chhaimale Resort
    • Chandra Ban Eco-Resort
    • Shivapuri Heights Cottage
    • Pataleban Vineyard Resort
    • Dhilikhel Village Resort
    • Grand Norling Hotel's Resort
    • Haatiban Resort
    • Park Villae Hotel and Resort
    • Gokarna Forest Resort
    • Himalayan Horizon
    • The Dwarika's Resort
    • Temple Tree Resort and Spa
  10. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu has plenty of transportation options for the tourists. Depending on your need and budget, you can select accordingly.

    Car

    You can hire a car from a lot of places in Kathmandu. You can ask your hotel manager to find you one and save yourself the time. It’s easiest to travel around in the city in a car.

    Bus

    From Ratna Park Bus Stand you can take a minibus or a bus that leaves for different parts of Ratna Park. They are frequently available.

    Taxi

    Metered taxis are easily available in Ratna Park. This is a cheaper option than a hired car.

  11. Which are the best places for shopping in Kathmandu?

    For an unforgettable shopping experience, Kathmandu is the best place. You can find the best of products here in great variety. From different price range to style, you will get everything in the markets of Kathmandu that your heart desires. These are some markets you must check out:
    • Rajdhani Handicrafts
    • New Neem Rana Gift House- jewelry and gems
    • Torqutse Art & Gallery
    • Imagine - The Fashion Boutique
    • Shopping Malls- CTC Mall, Rising Mall, Civil Mall, Times Square Mall
  12. What are the famous trekking destinations in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu, with its valleys and mountain paths, is an ideal place for trekking. There are both short and long distance hikes that can be completed in a few hours or can take up to a day. keep your maps and water bottles close. Here is a list of the best trekking destinations:

    • Adventure Mission Trail
    • Champadevi
    • Phulchoki
    • Kakani to Bhanjayang
    • Namobuddha
    • Shivapuri from Budhanilkantha
  13. What all adventure activities can one enjoy in Kathmandu?

    If you are adventure loving then Kathmandu is a perfect destination for you. Pick any of these activities and experience thrill like never before:

    • Golfing- some resorts have their own golfing facilities.
    • Bird Watching- include this activity in your trekking day. There is a great variety of beautiful birds in Kathmandu.
    • Rock Climbing- the rock climbing sites in Kathmandu are very popular.
    • Mountain Biking- hire a bike for a day and storm the mountains. It’s advised that you do it only if you have previous experience.
    • Helicopter Sightseeing Tour- another popular activity in the city.
  14. Which are the famous historic monuments to visit in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is a place with a beautiful cultural past. There are tourist destination that will take you to the rich past of Kathmandu. You should consider visiting these historical places for a visit:

    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Boudhanath Stupa
    • Swayambhunath Temple
    • Garden Of Dreams
    • Pashupatinath Temple
    • Kopan Monastery
    • Thamel
  15. Which are the best monasteries to visit in Kathmandu?

    When you are in Kathmandu, reserve one day to visit the Buddhist Monasteries in and around the city. Here are three main ones that you mustn’t miss:

    • Rigon Tashi Gompa
    • Kopan Monastery
    • Naiki Gompa
  16. How is the nightlife like in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu has a very active and popular nightlife. From dancing and late night meals to visiting pubs, the city has everything that you can think of. Another very attractive nightlife activity in Kathmandu is visiting the popular casinos. These are always filled with tourists from around the world. If you are one of those people who like it peaceful then the late night cafes and movie theaters will serve you right. The city stays awake all night.

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