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Best Things To Do in Kathmandu

Best things to do in Kathmandu include exploring beautiful places, temples, peaks and much more. One of the largest cities in Nepal, Kathmandu is known to be the city of temples and gods surrounded by four mesmerizing mountain peaks. With whooping seven world heritage sites within Kathmandu valley, this place offers a complete package for tourists coming over. The large number of monuments, pilgrimage sites, valleys, lakes and a tempting variety of food options is what attract tourists from all over the world. As it is a Spiritual hub it offers lots of religious Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries of which Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Lord Shiva temple tops the list among devotees. This place is of a great historical value of which most can be seen in museums and galleries that are showcasing different artworks of the past and present. The National Museum of Kathmandu durbar square, the National library at Pulchowk, National Birendra art gallery at Naxal is some of the famous places to have a taste of Kathmandu's history & culture. This city is known for its altitudinal variations with many skies penetrating mountains, alluring mountain valleys, and lush green meadows.

Hill stations in Kathmandu include various scenic spots like Nagarkot, Kakani, Dhulikhel and much more. Nagarkot, being 32 kms east of Kathmandu is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of Himalayas and Dhulikhel, situating 30kms from Kathmandu is best known for its panoramic view of Mount Everest. Kathmandu offers a wide variety of shopping experiences with high-end brands products in glitzy malls to street shopping that offers tempting jewelry, handicrafts, and Nepalese art-crafts. Bhaktapur, a place near Kathmandu is known for its exclusive Nepalese handicrafts and pots. You can find a wide varieties restaurants, malls, and clubs offering a rich taste of Nepalese food with cultural theaters and local arts adding to its glory. With the best things to do in Kathmandu, the city offers wide varieties of adventurous sports including rafting, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, mountain biking, bird watching and helicopter sightseeing.

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Attractions

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Hanuman Dhoka

Founded during the 4thto 8thcentury, AD, Hanuman Dhoka is the royal palace in Kathmandu. This considerably expanded place is one of the most stunning destinations in the region. The sprawling palace, which was damaged during the 2015 earthquake is now extensively restored.

 After the restoration, people would be able to access the stunning courtyards and museums of this place without a hassle. The palace is impressive in mature. It is believed that Hanumana guarded important parts of this palace because of Lord Rama



Highlights:There’s a statue at this place that dates from 1672 AD and the god’s face seems to have disappeared due to application of vermillion by the devotees that come here from all over the world. The palace otherwise has large courtyards. Once the palace reopens, you can enjoy the handsome courtyard at the entrance and then, visit the Narsingha Statue or go to the audience chamber.

Location
:Kathmandu Square.

Timings
:Admission Fee with Durbar Square Ticket.

Price
:10: 30 am to 4 pm.
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Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath stupa is an ancient religious architecture located atop a conical wooden hill in the Kathmandu valley. This golden spire is one of the most ancient and holiest of all shrines in the region. The temple complex is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Stupa located inside the Swayambhunath complex, includes several other shrines and temples. According to the Gopalarajavamsavali, the complex is believed to have been founded by King Vrsadeva, the great-grandfather of King Manadeva in 464-505 CE.



Highlights:Eyes of Buddha are painted on the cubical structure sitting atop the dome. Pentagon Toran are present above each of the four edges and have statues engraved on them. Pilgrims require to climb 365 steps in order to reach the stupa.

Location
:Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

Timings
:Everyday 07:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Price
:USD 3 per person
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Everest High Passes and Peaks

If you are looking for something in particular in the Everest region then it wouldn’t be complete without valleys, peaks and passes. If you are climber at heart and you are looking for some serious trekking experience then the best thing would be to visit Everest High Passes and Peaks. You cannot deny some mountain vistas which overlooks some beautiful sceneries too.



Best time to visit
: October to Mid-May.

Highlights
: The Cho La crosses a glacier and the view is not only going to leave you jaw dropped but is quite risky too.

Difficulty Level
: High, since it has high passes and peaks which makes it a very difficult trek.

Prices
: $1300
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Taleju Bell

When the kings ruled over Nepal, grievances were not solved through a toll free, customer care number. Rather, it was solved with the Taleju Bell. Of course, there weren’t any phones back then so the rulers found out new, unique ways to hear their disciples. The bell, which is ancient and huge hangs between two stout pillars, providing access to be rung.



Highlights
: The bell was erected by King Vishnu Malla in 1736. The idea for its construction was to make kings more accountable to the citizens. Over the years, petitioners have rung this bell to alert the king about their grievances. And their issues were sorted out. The bell was broken during the 2015 earthquake disaster, however the pavilion stayed intact. The place is being restored. The bell pavilion has an ornamental bridge that should be explored as well.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.

Timings
: From morning to evening.
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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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Asan

Asan, a shopper’s delight is one of the main marketplaces in central Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The place is a historic bazaar which has been popular for decades. The section is known for its festival calendar and strategic location as well.

Highlights
:Streets at Asan converge in a square, which makes it a perpetual, bustling region. The colors here are vivid and bright, which makes it more enticing for the travelers. A variety of merchandise and diverse range of products are sold at this place, which makes it more exciting for travelers. Here, you can buy anything from spices to textiles, bullions, electronics and food items. The market is home to several architectural sights as well.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Timings
:Open from morning to evening.

Price
:Entry is free. But you will have to pay for buying items.
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Pashupatinath

If you have a spiritual bent of mind then the best thing would be to visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple. This temple id dedicated to Lord Shiva and has attracted millions of Hindu followers. Most of the people visit this temples when they are living the final days before they meet death. 

The river Bagmati which flows along is considered to be the most sacred river for cremation. It is also believed that people who die here are reborn as humans again irrespective of their conduct on earth.



Highlights
: You can also visit Panch Deval which has five temple complex which was a holy shrine but not place for old people to stay.

Location
: Pashupatinath road , Kathamandu.

Prices
: USD 29.

Best time to visit
: You can viit this temple during anytime of the year but avoid visiting it during Mahashivratri and Teej festivals
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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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Traveller Tales From Kathmandu

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Deeptanshu Achari

08 July 2019

Absolutely an unforgettable experience. Had the most romantic time with my partner in Nepal. Best Deal!

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Bhagwati Sinha

08 July 2019

The tour was well organised and everything promised was served to us looking forward for planing some more trips with them

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Jagathi Reddy

08 July 2019

Never thought we will get in touch with real rural livelihood of the Nepalese folk. Nice experience.

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Rajiv Bandopadhyay

08 July 2019

Visited the most famous heritage attractions of Kathmandu like Durbar Square, Boudhanath. Could not have asked for a better package.

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Kamla Gowda

08 July 2019

I find it the best place for bowls therapy and the therapy calms down the body. Highly recommended

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Pramila Chaturvedi

08 July 2019

Me and my friends did cooking class in Nepal cooking school .it was so fun we are vdry happy with teachers and school very clean.Market visit was nice . Relly great experience highly recommend this pla

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Girik Banerjee

08 July 2019

It was a great start of the day. Witnessed a beautiful sunrise of Nagarkot with delicious breakfast.

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Shashikala Devar

08 July 2019

I think, this was the best tour option as I visited the important site of Kathmandu and even shopped a lot

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Adhrit Mahajan

08 July 2019

Very friendly and professional mountain bike instructor. Bike journey was sufficiently challenging yet the instructor adjusted the journey accordingly thank you for this wonderful experience.

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Kathmandu

  • Q. What are the best adventure activities to do in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is the perfect place for adventure seekers. As being on the height of 20,000 meters it offers a large number of mountain sports and adventurous things to fill your hearts. Try doing all these things:

    •      Bungee jumping into Bhote Kosi river gorge
    •      Mountain biking around Shivapuri National park
    •      Rafting
    •      Mountain flight around Kathmandu
    •      Rock climbing
    •      Hot air ballooning
    •      Paragliding
    •      Trekking at Pokhara
    •      Canyoning at Chitwan National Park
    •      Zip flying
    •      Skydiving

  • Q. What are the best things to do in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is a vibrant city that offers a wide range of places to visit, from devotional temples and monasteries to beautiful soothing hills of Himalayas. Trying your hands on some delicacies of local food to trying some of the adventurous sports, you can do anything in this city. Following are the best things that you can do in Kathmandu:

    •      Get blessings from Boudhanath Temple
    •      Marvel through Durbar palace square
    •      Explore Annapurna Region
    •      Check-in Garden of dreams
    •      Take a flight over city
    •      Shop and hang out in Thamel
    •      Explore village in Kathmandu valley
    •      Get a hiking experience
    •      Shop at local markets
    •      Explore Chitwan national park
    •      Barge into Royal Botanical Gardens
    •      Visit Kopan Monastery
    •      Try your hands on rafting, bungee jumping, and paragliding

  • Q. Which are the best places to do water sports in Kathmandu?

    The city is known to offer some of the best places to experience water sports with rivers originating from the highest mountain valleys. Following are the places where you can experience best water sports:

    •      Rafting on Trishuli river
    •      Whitewater rafting at Seti river
    •      Canyoning at Chitwan
    •      Kayaking on Kaligandaki river
    •      Stand up paddle boarding at Phewa Lake
    •      Lower Bhote Koshi and upper Bhote Koshi river
    •      Kali Gandaki river
    •      Sun Koshi River
    •      Karnali river

  • Q. Which are the best destinations for a wildlife safari in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu offers a rich wildlife for tourist to witness. You can experience a fun wildlife safari at following places in the city:

    •      Garden of dreams
    •      Shivapuri Nagarjun National park
    •      The central zoo
    •      Mrigasthali Deer park
    •      Tribhuvan park
    •      Ratna park
    •      Jawalakhel zoo
    •      Makalu Barun National park
    •       Wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park
    •      Rana National Park
    •      Sagarmatha National Park
    •      Bardiya National Park
    •      Rara National Park
    •      Khaptad National Park
    •      Banke National Park
    •      Shuklaphanta National Park
    •      Parsa national Park

  • Q. Which are the best places to go for trekking in Kathmandu?

    Trekking is the favorite sports among the tourist. The city is at the height of 20,000 meters lying in the laps of Himalayas offers some amazing hills and places to experience trekking. Kathmandu offers some breathtaking mountain views while trekking. It is the most challenging experience you will ever witness. Some of the best trekking places are:

    •      Annapurna Base Camp trek
    •      Arun Valley trek
    •      Tamang Heritage Trek
    •      Trek at Phulchowki
    •      Annapurna Poon Hill trek
    •      Langtang Ganja pass trek
    •      Tsume valley trekking
    •      Goyko and Cho-la Pass
    •      Gosaikunda Pass trek
    •      Imja Tse and island peak trek
    •      Tamang Heritage trail
    •      Helambu trek
    •      Everest Base camp trekking
    •      Annapurna circuit trek
    •      Dhampus trek
    •      Makalu base camp trek
    •      Rolwaling trek
    •      Upper Dolpo Trek
    •      Manaslu circuit trek
    •      Upper Mustang trek
    •      Dhaulagiri circuit trek
    •      Trek to Pothana
    •      Three pass circuit trek
    •      Trek to landruk
    •      Trek to banthanti

  • Q. Which are the best sites for camping in Kathmandu?

    So many mountains and altering treks offer some exquisite camping places around Kathmandu. These are the places where you can capture a beautiful camping experience:

    •      Karnali jungle Camp
    •      Koshi tappu wildlife camp
    •      Himalika Camp
    •      Chitwan bamboo camp
    •      Bandipur adventure camp
    •      Tarakuti camp
    •      Sunkoshi adventure camp
    •      Galchii bagar camp
    •      Travelers jungle camp
    •      Camping at Dhulikhel
    •      Sarangkot camping
    •      Camping at Palpa
    •      Nagarkot camping

  • Q. Which are the best routes to do biking in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu biking trip is the most beautiful thing among the whole trip. It will be so refreshing experience that you will ever forget. Riding bikes along the mesmerizing valleys are a thrilling adventure. Some of the best biking routes are:

    •      Mount Everest region
    •      Pokhara to Kathmandu
    •      Lower Mustang and upper mustang
    •      The Kathmandu valley
    •      Annapurna circuit
    •      Balaju – Kakani – mahankal – jarankhu – balaju
    •      Sankhu – Kathmandu
    •      Champi – lele –Chapagaon - Satdobato
    •      Panauti – Banepa – Kathmandu
    •      Thankot – Dahachowk
    •      Ramkot – Ichangu Narayan – Swoyambhu
    •      Shivapuri National Park
    •      Mudkhu – Tokha
    •      Jamacho and Madhuku single tracks
    •      Kathmandu – kakani – Budhanilkantha
    •      Mudkhu – Chaurgaon
    •      Changu Narayan – Sankhu – Gokarna

  • Q. Where can go for bungee jumping in Kathmandu?

    Bungee jumping is a must do a thrilling sport that you can experience at following places in Kathmandu:

    •      The last resort
    •      Over bhoti Kosi river gorge
    •      Bungee jumping in Pokhara
    •      Bungee from Bhotekoshi

  • Q. Which are the must visit pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu?

    Kathmandu is known as the land of gods and temples due to a large number of temples and monasteries from ancient times. The city is full of religious harmony and ethnic diversity. Many devotees came to the city for blessings and spiritual peace. Following are the must visit pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu:

    •      Pashupatinath Temple
    •      Swayambhunath Stupa
    •      Muktinath
    •      Boudhanath Stupa
    •      Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha
    •      Guhyeshwari
    •      Changu Narayana
    •      Dakshinkali
    •      Manakamana Temple
    •      Kagbeni
    •      Damodar Kund
    •      Riddhi Hrishikesha tirtha
    •      Simraugadh
    •      Dhanushadham
    •      Chandan Nath
    •      Gosaikunda
    •      Devghat
    •      Balmiki ashram
    •      Namobuddha
    •      Barhachhetra
    •      Shaligrams
    •      Jaleshwor Mahadeva
    •      Mai Pokhara
    •      Badimalika
    •      Siddha Nath baba

  • Q. Which are the best locations for rafting in Kathmandu? What are the charges?

    Rafting is the adventurous sport that you can count on. If you are a water sport enthusiastic, then Kathmandu offers you an endless white water to have a thrilling experience to capture. Following are the best places for rafting in the city:

     

    ·      Upper Seti river

    ·      Tamur river

    ·      Kali Gandhi river

    ·      Trishuli river

    ·      Sunkoshi River

    ·      Marshyangdi River

    ·      Karnali river

    ·      Kali Gandaki

    ·      Bheri river

     

                     Rafting at all these places cost you around $57 USD or 45 Euro in total including all the types of equipment that they will provide. While rafting at upper seti river for 90 mins may cost you 5,100 Indian rupees.