30 Places to Visit in Kathmandu: 2021 (Updated List)
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Tourist Places in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, Boudha Stupa, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Garden of Dreams, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, Narayanhiti Palace Museum and many more.

The options you have for some street shopping fun in Kathmandu are Thamel, Asan and Indra Chowk where you can buy good quality clothes. And, if you are into nature and wildlife, Chitwan National Park and Langtang National Park, housing a wide variety of flora and fauna, will please your senses.

There are also some high elevation spots and peaks that let you see the unforgettable, panoramic views of the snow covered Himalayas. Furthermore, there are some serene and beautiful hill stations with thick forest cover and places with significant religious sites near it that you can visit on your trip to Kathmandu.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Kathmandu:

01

Boudhanath (Stupa)

Boudhanath (Stupa)
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest stupas in the world, the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is a significant place in Buddhism and architecture, both. Located on an ancient trade route that entered Kathmandu from Tibet.

The place has seen many traders and travellers offering prayers to their lord here, as the Stupa is considered to be the tomb of the remains of Kassapa Buddha. With a lot of legends attached to the place, it is one of the best places to visit in Nepal and easily deserves to be called so.

Location- On the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal

Entry- Rs 250/- for foreigners

Best time- Throughout the year
02

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple
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Hinduism is the most widely followed religion in Nepal. The country has embraced this religion and respects it with several sacred places of interest, including Pashupatinath Temple. The sacred place is considered one of the most important temples in the world and one of the most visited tourist places in Kathmandu. The complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ list for decades. The extensive Hindu temple has a sprawling collection of images, inscriptions, ashrams, temples and images. 

Highlights
: There are 12 Jyotirlinga in India and the one in Nepal is the head over this body. The temple has 275 holy abodes of Shiva as well. Temple architecture is quite intriguing as it is built in Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. The wooden rafters are carved to perfection whereas the overall foundation is like cubic constructions. The sacro sanctum here is that of s stone Mukhalinga, or a linga with a face.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Timings
:Open 24 hours.

Price
:USD 4-10.
03

Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa
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Situated on top of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, this tourist place in Kathmandu is an ancient architectural marvel is one of the best attractions of the city. The entire complex is surrounded by a wide variety of trees. It comprises of the main stupa, many shrines, temples, monastery, museum and a well-stocked library.

The temples are painted with the eyes and eyebrows of the Buddha with the number 1 in local script painted as the nose of the lord, which is a sight to behold in itself.

Location- Swayambhu, Kathmandu

Timings: Open 24 hours throughout the Year

Price: 
Rs 200 for foreign nationals to go to the Swayambhu Stupa
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Thamel

Thamel
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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 a 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.all its attractions makes it a place to visit in Kathmandu you cannot miss during your trip. 

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.
05

Durbar Square Kathmandu

Durbar Square Kathmandu
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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 UNESCO 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.People of finer taste should add this place to their list of best places to visit in Nepal trip. 

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.this mere fact alone this place among places to visit near Kathmandu.

Entry Fee: Free

Location
: Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

Timings
: From early morning to night.
06

Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams
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The beautifully restored Swapna Baigicha, also known as Garden of Dreams is a popular tourist place in Kathmandu to visit offers respite and rejuvenation from the stresses of the world. It is one of the most stunning places in the world. The garden was built in the 1920s and has been brought back to life by the Austrian financed team. The stunningly restored garden has gorgeous and refined details.

Highlights
:Some of the main highlights of this place includes marble inscription from Omar Khayam’s Rubaiyat, beautiful fountains and ponds. The palace is home to a quirky ‘hidden garden’ as well. It also features three pavilions. The place is ideal for going out for a picnic or just to marvel at the human-nature interaction. The place is a must visit for travelers.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Timings
:Open from 9 am to 10 pm. Last entry is at 9 pm.

Price
: Rs 120 depending on adults or children.
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Hanuman Dhoka Temple

Hanuman Dhoka Temple
A part of the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, it is a complex of buildings which consists of the royal palaces of Malla kings and the Shah Dynasty. Spread over a whopping 5 acres, the place gets its name from the standing statue of the Hindu Lord Hanuman on the entrance and lists among best tourist places in Kathmandu, “Dhoka” in Nepali meaning door or gate.

The statue itself dates back to 1672. The door is the entrance to the complex of Palace inside and is also the entryway to the Nasal Chok, Mul Chok, Mohan Chok and the Tribhuvan Museum, which exhibits the royal belongings of King Tribhuvan.

Location- Durbar Square, central Kathmandu

Entry- Rs 500 for SAARC Nationals, and rs 1000 for other nationalities
08

Narayanhiti Palace

Narayanhiti Palace
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Want to know how the politics have transformed Nepal? Well, things will get a lot clearer when you visit the Narayanhiti Palace and Museum. Full of meeting rooms and 1970s glamour, the palace has opulent interiors. The place is well known for its museum beauty. Once, King Gyanendra lived in it, but he was given 15 days to vacate the property after his fall from the throne.

Highlights
:This palace is also the place where Prince Dipendra massacred his family in 2001. The place is morbidly market and the bullet holes are still visible on some of the walls. But nevertheless, this place offers a peek into the regal lifestyle of the royals, the one that people only dream about.

Location
:Kathmandu.

Timings
:11 am to 4 pm.
09

Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park
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Explore starry nights, have a rendezvous with the wild and discover the joys of nature by visiting Langtang National Park. The fourth national park and the first Himalayan National Park in the country encompass 26 Village Committees. The stunningly beautiful park has borders with Tibet and follows the course of Bhote Kosi and Trisuli rivers.

Highlights: With forests of pine and bamboo trees, this park captures attention instantly. It ascends through the pastures at the alpine meadows and it is right here where you will find outstanding mountain views. The flora and fauna of this place is just incredible, one of the reasons why it is perfect for hiking and camping trips. Langtang national park is also known as a great trekking place in Kathmandu. The place has decent tea houses and quite friendly locals who can help you through the course of your journey.

Location
:Close to Kathmandu.

Timings
:Open at all times.

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Nagarkot

Nagarkot
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A Top spot in tourist places in Kathmandu, travellers can enjoy Himalayan views and the panorama here. Nagarkot is well known for its stunning natural beauty and a number of hotels. The village is stacked up with hotels and accommodations, allowing you to view nature straight from the balcony. The views itself are breathtaking and it can get quite cold in here!

Highlights
:The sunrise view of the Mount Everest and other peaks gives this place a considerable edge. The major highlight of this place is the fact that 8 out of 13 Himalayan ranges in Nepal are visible from this place. The place is known for its views of the Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park, Numbur Forest, Rolwaling range, Ganesh himal and Langtang range.

The location is actually quite strategic. Once upon a time, this place served as the ancient fort for Kathmandu valley. At that point of time, it was used to monitor other kingdoms. Today, it is a popular hill station, where you can stay and enjoy a blissful holiday.

Location
: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur District.

Best Time To Visit
: October to March.
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Indra Chowk

Indra Chowk
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Makhan Tole’s busy street spills and brings you closer to Indra Chowk, which is a popular courtyard in the region. The place, named after an ancient Vedic deity, Indra is known for its market and cultural escapades. It is here that you will find merchants of blankets and clothes, next door stone Shiva Temple and stunning façade of the Akash Bhairab Temple.

Highlights
: Apart from the market, one of the biggest highlights of this place is the Sky Temple. This particular temple has four metal lions that appear to be rearing over the street. It also includes two more brass lions at the entrance, where non-Hindus can’t enter. The market here, hidden in alleyways to the east are a must visit, especially if you want to eat some local food or wish to buy beads and bangles sold by the indigenous people of this region, making it a great tourist place in Kathmandu. 

Location
: Makhan Tole, Kathmandu.

Timings
:Open from morning till evening.
12

Lumbini

Lumbini
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Considered to be the place where the Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the founder of the belief of Buddhism. In all senses, this place is a pilgrimage site to a good number of people who believe in the legend. Visiting Lumbini is one thing you should do in Kathmandu.

With a lot of temples in the area, the most famous being the Mayadevi Temple, the spiritual degree and the air of serenity is something that attracts a large number of people every year. It is a must visit place to visit in Kathmandu.

Location- Rupandehi District

Entry- Rs 200/-

Best time- Throughout the year
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Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
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Sprawling forests of Shivapuri National Park are exciting, enthralling and extremely inviting. The ninth National Park in the country is known for being a birdwatcher’s paradise. The place boasts of over 300 species of birds and several rare orchids. The forest comes alive with a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Highlights
: The national park was established in 2002 and it is a famous tourist place near Kathmandu. A number of herbs prosper in the place, while the overall park has broadleaf forests. The place comes alive with animals like Jungle Cats and Indian Leopard, Yellow Throated Marter, Himalayan Black Bear, Hanuman Langur, clouded leopard, leopard cat, barking deer and wild boar among other animals. Ornithologists have recorded over 318 species of birds at the place, including barred cuckoo dove, Eurasian eagle owl and golden-throated barbet.

Location
: Shivapuri National Park, Nepal.

Timings
:Open at all times, but entry times differ.

Prices
: Rs 300
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Chhauni Museum

Chhauni Museum
Close to Swayambhunath, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the world lies a sprawling museum in a walled compound. This National Museum has some of the most interesting treasures on display, which makes Chhauni Museum a tourist place in Kathmandu worth a visit.

Highlights
:In the museum compound, you will find Judda Art Gallery, which is home to exquisite metal, terracotta and stone statues of Nepali deities. There are fabulous cloth paintings here as well. The place has a life sized statue of Jayavarma as well. The statue, discovered in 1992 is over 1800 years old. This museum includes temple styled Buddhist Art Gallery as well. The place has everything from manuscripts to informative displays and stone depiction of Buddha to offer. This place is home to leather cannons as well, seized during the 1792 Nepal-Tibet War.

Location: Tahachal, Kathmandu.

Timings:10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Price: Rs 300
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Ashok Binayak

Ashok Binayak
A religious site, Ashok Binayak Temple is the place that shouldn’t be missed. In the midst of rubbles from the temples, a tiny golden shrine lies at the top of Maru Tole, this shrine is one of the most important shrines in the valley. Lord Ganesha is one of the most loved gods among the locals in Kathmandu and hence, this shrine has hundreds and thousands of visitors every single day. the place holds high regards in Kathmandu and is a must visit tourist place in Kathmandu.

Highlights
: If you are heading for a trek or wish to explore the place to the fullest, then make sure that you visit the temple. The temple has a self-serve tika dispenser as well, with the rejuvenating ringing of bells that will leave you de-stressed. It is believed that visiting this place will ensure safety on a forthcoming journey.

Location
: Kathmandu.

Timings
:The place is open from morning till evening. Timings change, depending on the weather.
16

Kirtipur

Kirtipur
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A wonderful sense of faded grandeur, coupled with serenity and sleepiness makes Kirtipur a must visit. The impressive medieval temples dot this place. Located close to Kathmandu, the district is primarily known for its historic treasures and part of a long list of places to visit in Kathmandu.


Highlights
: The highlights of this place is how it can help you transcend into a bygone era. Apart from the temples and the medieval architectures, the place is known for its historic story, wherein when Prithvi Narayan Shah stormed into the valley in 1768 and won the town, he ordered that nose and lips be cut off every male in the town. Only those who could play wind instruments were left with their nose and lips. The town, which was shaken by the earthquake has largely been restored. The place offers multiple panoramas of some beautiful mountains across the country which makes it a favoured tourist place in Kathmandu.

Location
: Kirtipur, Kathmandu District.

Timings
:Open all day.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

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. Add the Botanical Garden in the list of places to visit in Kathmandu, if you want to enjoy the beautiful nature in Nepal. 

Location
: Godavari, Kathmandu.
18

Kumari House

Kumari House
It’s a brick building located on the Durbar Square in Kathmandu. But the building goes beyond its architecture and has something quite intriguing to offer- that’s the spiritual reincarnation of Goddess Durga. It is believed that the girl housed in here is the living goddess of Kathmandu.

Highlights
:Once upon a time, the temple was known for its magnificent carvings and divine inhabitants. Today it is mostly famous for being the house of a living goddess. Here, tourists will find wood-carved relics of gods and the symbols in Nepal and they can discover the place through a courtyard. Photos are strictly prohibited and it is forbidden to photograph the Kumari or the goddess. The living goddess does appear on the first floor windows often. But that happens in the morning or late afternoons. Kumari is a young girl and it is believed that in her expressions, she can answer the queries of devotees.

Location
:Durbar Square.

Timings
:From mornings to evening.

Price
:Entry is free, however you will have to pay handlers to get an actual glimpse.
19

Pilgrims Book House

Pilgrims Book House
Kathmandu’s best bookstore, Pilgrims’ Book House was burned down in 2013, but travelers hope that it rises from the ashes. The place still has a section where most of the saved books are available on display. The place has books on everything, from Buddhism to Hinduism, Yoga and Language books along with books for children.

Highlights
:The bookstore is a part of a book publishing company by the same name. This company is actually located in Varanasi. The book house itself has several books on religion and other topics. These saved books are mostly available on discount, with cheaper price options throughout the day. the place is a great place to visit in Kathmandu for readers and travelers. the place of Some of the popular books available here includes Mount Everest, Nepal Himalaya, A message from Arunachala and Sadhus of India.

Location
: Kathmandu, Nepal.

Timings
: Open from morning till night. Timings change during different seasons.

Price
: Entry is free. However, you will be charged for buying books from the store.
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Kathesimbhu Stupa

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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Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park
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Located at the foothills of Himalayas, Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first national park. This park was granted the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 while it was established in 1973. Originally, this national park served as the winter hunting ground for the Nepal’s ruling class till the end of the 19th century. Covering over 932 sq. km of forest area, marshland and rippling grassland, this national park is an ideal place to visit in Kathmandu to experiencing wildlife.

Highlights
:It is well known for its one horned rhinos, leopards, tigers, elephants, sloth bears and over 540 species of birds. Stay in one the luxury lodges located outside the national park’s boundaries for experiencing the Chitwan National Park at its best.

Location
:Nepal.

Price
:Park entry/person –USD 22 (foreigners), USD 15 (SAARC nationals) and USD 1 (Nepalese); Government elephant safari cost/person – USD 40 (foreigners), USD 15 (SAARC nationals) and USD 3(Nepalese).
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Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur
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Bhaktapur is the largest of the three Newar kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Until the second half of the 15th century, it served as the capital of Nepal. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is known from its rich culture and well-preserved palace courtyards and temples. It is home to the country’s traditional art, architecture and craft works.

 From time immemorial, this city lay on the trade route between Tibet and India. Nyatapola Temple, Bhairab Nath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, Changu Narayan, Layaku (Durbar Square), Ta Pukhu (Siddha Pokhari) and Kailashnath Mahadev Statue are some of the major attractions here.

 Highlights:The city is also famous for its Ju Ju dhau, a special type of curs, which is believed to have a unique taste that cannot be found nowhere else in Nepal. Popular mask dances centered around the lives of different deities are performed here.

Location
: Bhaktapur District, Nepal.
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Shechen Monastery

Shechen Monastery
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According to Tibetan Buddhism, the Shechen Monastery is one of the six mother monasteries of the Nyingma tradition. It was built in 1695 by Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen. It was heavily influential during the 18th and 19th centuries and that’s why, the place during in the Cultural Revolution.

 However, in the late 1950’s Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in the 20thcentury, started transplanting its rich tradition to a new home i.e. Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery located near the great Stupa of Bodhnath, in the Kathmandu Valley. The monastery is a fine example of Tibetan art, which took almost 10 years to complete. Frescoes covering the walls of the temple depict the great history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Highlights
:This monastery serves as a school and residence to over 400 monks.

Location
:Kathmandu, Nepal.

Timings
:Everyday 24 hours open.
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Khawalung Monastery

Khawalung Monastery
Explore Buddhism through the eyes of Khawalung Monastery. Founded by Vajra Master Jigme Dorje Rinpoche, the spiritual heir of Choying Wangpo Rinpoche, the monastery preserves, upholds and disseminates general Buddhist Teachings. this tourist place in Kathmandu is a haven for spiritual seekers.

Highlights: The monastery has been detailed extensively in terms of its architecture, inspired by the Buddhist styles and structure. It is also a major sect of Vahrayana Buddhism and provides teachings about the religion. At the moment, there are three teachers who work at the elementary and training school, teaching rites and rituals to the next generation.

Besides religious education, the place is known for basic and advanced courses as well. It even provides children with medical expenses, free food and clothing. The same is offered to all the monks residing here.

Location
: Kapan, Nepal.

Timings
: Open for tourists from morning to evening.

Price
: Entry is free for travellers.
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Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery
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Founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, who died in 1984, Kopan monastery is a sacred Buddhist site in the world. Located on the hilltop north of Bodhnath, the monastery is pleasant place where you can explore and study Buddhism.

Highlights:The monastery is still looking for the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. However, the young Spanish boy, who was declared to be reincarnated Lama no longer resides at the Kopan Monastery. In fact, he renounced his vows and now works in Ibiza as a cinematographer. But that’s not what’s intriguing about the monastery. The place is best known for its books on Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Kopan is a pleasant walk from Bodhnath and Gokarna Mahadev Temple.

Location
: Kopan Monastery, Nepal.

Timings
:Open for tourists from morning to evening.

Price
:Free entry.
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White Monastery

White Monastery
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Nepal holds a prominent place in Buddhist culture. The country has a number of monasteries, including Seto Gumba or the White Monastery. This is a natural beauty with the relevant religious importance. The white monastery is surrounded by lush green valley and vivid terrain which makes it such a delight to watch and a must place you cannot miss to visit in Kathmandu.

Highlights
: The White Monastery gives heavenly pleasure and provides bird eye’s view of the Kathmandu Valley. One of the main highlights of this monastery is its white colour as well as the serenity and calmness that it has to offer. The monastery has several murals, statues and paintings that can provide in-depth information about Buddhism. The place is on off-beaten track but located close to the Swoyambhunath Stupa.

Location
: Kathmandu.

Timings
: The place is open from morning to evening only on Saturdays.

Price
: The usual price is USD 1.
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Asan

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 colours here are vivid and bright, which makes it more enticing for the travellers. A variety of merchandise and diverse range of products are sold at this place, which makes it more exciting for travellers.

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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Phulchoki

Phulchoki
A prominent mountain peak in Nepal, Phulchowki surrounds the valley of Kathmandu. The mountain is called ‘Phul,’ to reflect flowers, the literal meaning. This place is a natural garden of flowers and everything bright-beautiful!

Highlights
: The Mountain is a bed of wild roses, along with iris, yellow jasmine and several native flowers. Exploring it is fun and enchanting because of the grove of rhododendrons in various hues. The path or the trail towards the summit includes keeping able roads. The route takes you through the Buddhist shrine as well.

If you have tried trekking or love hiking, then this is your place to visit in Kathmandu trip- it shouldn’t take more than four hours. The area is well known for its resorts as well. If you are looking for something peaceful or if you are searching for a short, easy day hike, then this is the place that should be listed in your itinerary.

Location
: Ryale, Nepal.

Price
:Free.
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Casino Royale

Casino Royale
Get ready to look suave. Style yourself in a tuxedo and throw away your backpack for a while. Polish up on some Sean Connery impressions and explore the royal world of Casino Royale, one of the most popular casinos in the country. This former Rana Palace at the Yak and Yeti Hotel is the perfect place to visit and hang out in a Kathmandu.

 Highlights: One of the leading casinos in the area, the place has a number of tables where you can enjoy gambling, card games and other plays. If you stay here long enough, you may even get the opportunity to enjoy sumptuous dinner buffets. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, the casino is an ideal place for a conversation or for socializing. Oh! And don’t forget to try slot machines.

Location
: Located in Kathmandu.

Timings
: Open from morning till late night.

Prices
: Entry is free, but you have to pay for playing games.
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Taudaha Lake

Taudaha Lake
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It’s time that you explore Kathmandu fair and square. Go for off-beaten tracks and trails and enjoy discovering Taudaha Lake. A small lake that’s located in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Taudaha represents ‘snake’ and ‘lake.’

Highlights
: The name actually comes from mythology, where it is believed that a Buddhist mythical character Manjushree had cut the hill to drain the water of this lake, which is why the lake is now smaller than it used to be. However, due to the draining of lake, countless nagas, mythological creatures who were half snakes and half humans were left homeless.

And therefore, an underwater lake or Taudaha was built, where serpent king and the subjects lived. That’s why the lake is considered tranquil. This lake is perfect for birdwatchers, as a number of migratory species visit the place.

Location
: Kathmandu District, Kirtipur.
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03 May 2017
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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.
Nepal has the most attractive architecture of old times and the modern designs. We visit different -different places with enough time to explore them too.
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.

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