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  • From cultural trip to adventurous rendezvous, there are things to do in Kathmandu that guarantee an unmatched holiday experience in Nepal. Kathmandu, being the national capital of Nepal, is dotted with places that offer entertainment and amusement like no other place in the country. It does not matter what kind of traveller you are, the city will leave an impression on your heart by offering you plenty of opportunities to embrace joy. There are activities for people belonging to all age groups, so Kathmandu is a fun place to visit even with family.

    If you are planning for some really adrenaline-charged action in Kathmandu, there are some great options for you like bungee jumping, river rafting, rock climbing, and many more. For trekking enthusiasts who want to indulge in a thrill-filled trekking experience on their Nepal trip, there are trails near Kathmandu that will please any adventurer.  However, if you are in the mood for some light activities in Kathmandu, you can have a fun time here indulging in temple visits, hot air balloon ride, nature strolls, etc. Furthermore, with so many iconic places to visit in Kathmandu, sightseeing is fun here. There are palaces, museums, monasteries, and gardens for you to explore.

    Check below to find out what else you can do in Kathmandu to have an exciting vacation!

    Here are some of the best things to do in Kathmandu:

  • 01Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal 2019

    Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal 2019
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    • lKathmandu
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    Available Group Departures:

    September 2019: 14,21,28
    October 2019: 9,12,19,26
    November 2019: 2,10,17,24
    December 2019: 7,15,22

    About the Destination:

    With its daunting summit soaring high up above the mountain, trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely the adventure for you. The Everest, one of the most sought after tourist destination in Nepal is known for its incandescent beauty with the magnificent peaks and hills. At an altitude of 29, 035 ft, Everest creates the perfect spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the backdrop. Covered by the snow-capped mountains and the vast greenery, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destinations for the trekkers. And the best thing about this place is that you will be in the midst of the friendliest people.

    For a close encounter with the Everest summit, Everest Base Camp trek is the best trek for you. In this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 ft passing through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks etc. You will be trekking in the trails of the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineer like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Nothing beats the excitement and thrill that holds the travellers on while ascending the Everest and watching it very close. 

    EBC is a double treat for the nature lovers and the photography enthusiast where you can click some of the best shots.  You will be experiencing a lot of snowfalls while you are on the trek. The moment you reach an altitude of 5365 meters you will feel as if you are standing in a globe of a snowball. Catch the first glimpse of the Khumbu icefall during your trek. Not just get a chance to explore the forest, valleys and waterfalls but also, you will get a chance to learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are known to be Mountain Climbers.  

    It’s time to take up your adventure to a whole new level. Not just treat yourself to this exciting trek but also learn a lot about the people and cultures of this region. Known for its magnificent beauty with the mountain peaks, glacial moraines and valleys, Everest Base Camp is the one place you wouldn't want to miss this year.

    Quick Facts:

    Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Kathmandu.

    ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.


    Everest Base Camp Highlights

    - With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.

    - On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

    - You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.

    - Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.

    - Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.

    - Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.

    Best Time to travel to Everest Base Camp Trek

    Travelling to Mount Everest has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season to take a Mt. Everest tour would be in April, May, early-June, September and October, and early November. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few days where visibility is even slightly limited.

    There are very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.

    However, tours to Mount Everest can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, Everest Base Camp welcomes you whenever you come.


    Tips for Everest Base Camp

    1) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buying trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.

    2) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.

    3) Mentally prepare yourself: As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people or Mountain Lodges. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl. 

    4) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.

    5) Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures to drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm. 

    6) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.

    7) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.

    8) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must-have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-on.

    9) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.  It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature. 

    10) Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.

    11) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronics you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

  • 02Rafting in Kathmandu

    Rafting in Kathmandu
    Home to eight out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world, Nepal is perfect for rafting experiences. There are just so many rivers that you would want to explore, including Trishuli and Seti river, Bhote Koshi River and Sun Koshi Rivers among others. With beautiful views and stunning flows, Nepal’s river offers white-water rafting opportunities.

    The rivers and the in-between are perfect for rafting, kayaking and other adventure activities, including trekking. You can take rafting trips that last anywhere from 1 to 10 days. The white water rafting trips are great for those who have previous experience in rafting. The choice of where you should raft should be dictated by your level of rafting experience and how much money are you willing to invest. If you are on a budget, a short one day trip is the right option for you.

    Location
    : Kathmandu.

    Timing: Any slot between 8:00 AM to 5 PM from January to May.

    Price:
     Rs 4,410
    Trishuli River Rafting in Kathmandu - Flat 20% off

    Trishuli River Rafting in Kathmandu - Flat 20% off

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    O4,884

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    O3,907

  • 03Everest Mountain Flight

    Everest Mountain Flight

    If you are a mountain lover, at some point in your life you must have wanted to be able to fly close to the highest peaks in the world. Well, this flight offers you an opportunity to fly above the clouds, and set your eyes on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest from a close distance. 

    This flight has a duration of 50 minutes, and while on this flight, you are just 20 miles away from the peak of Mount Everest. Besides, the flight also enables you to see some other prominent Himalayan peaks from up above. This is one of its kind experience which you can only avail in Nepal, and is one of the most exciting things to do in Kathmandu.

    Location:The mountain flight tours usually start from Kathmandu.

    Cost
    : Rs 14,697 per person.

    Best Time
    : February to April and October to November.

    Difficulty Leve
    l: Easy.
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    Mount Everest Flight in Nepal - Flat 20% off

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    h4 HourslKathmandu

    O15,875

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    O12,700

  • 04Visit Swayambhunath Stupa

    Visit Swayambhunath Stupa
    Image Credit : Rick McCharles
    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
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Flat 30% off

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Flat 30% off

    NNNNN26 Ratings

    h8 HourslKathmandu

    O1,000

    Starting from

    O700

  • 05Durbar 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.
    Kathmandu Heritage Tour - Flat 30% off

    Kathmandu Heritage Tour - Flat 30% off

    NNNNN38 Ratings

    h5 HourslKathmandu

    O2,826

    Starting from

    O1,978

  • 06Visit Nagarkot

    Visit Nagarkot
    Image Credit : Neil Young
    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.
    Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour - Flat 20% off

    Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour - Flat 20% off

    NNNNN50 Ratings

    h3 HourslKathmandu

    O2,919

    Starting from

    O2,335

  • 07Visit Narayanhiti Palace

    Visit 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.
    Kathmandu Rickshaw Tour - Flat 25% off

    Kathmandu Rickshaw Tour - Flat 25% off

    NNNNM36 Ratings

    h3 HourslKathmandu

    O3,240

    Starting from

    O2,430

  • 08Visit Indra Chowk

    Visit Indra Chowk
    Image Credit : Eddy Vaudel
    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.
    Kathmandu Bazaar Walking Tour - Flat 24% off

    Kathmandu Bazaar Walking Tour - Flat 24% off

    NNNNN34 Ratings

    h2 HourslKathmandu

    O1,740

    Starting from

    O1,322

  • 09Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Hot Air Balloon Ride
    The tranquil, scenic views of Nepal are best observed three thousand meters above the ground. And if you are interested in doing that, then try Hot Air Balloon. And adventure itself, hot air ballooning gives you the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the magnificent and serene mountains in the area. The snow capped mountains, including Mount Everest can be visible with this hot air ballooning activity.

    The sunrise is perfect for the trip, as the world stretches, ripples and expands slowly. The balloon takes you above and beyond gracefully. The hot air ballooning rides are very simple, they can accommodate up to 12 people. But if you are romantic at heart, just go with your partner, propose to them or stand hand in hand as the magnificence of Nepal unfolds in front of your eyes!


     Location:The hot air balloon activities start from Kathmandu. 

    Cost
    : Rs 7,000

    Best Time
    :February to April and October to November.

    Difficulty Level
    :Very easy
  • 10Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping
    A fun-filled day awaits for you in Nepal. Kathmandu is an excellent destination for enjoying things like bungee jumping. It is here that you can jump into 160 deep Bhote Kosi River gorge and come up with an adrenaline rush. The suspension bridge ensures that you have plenty to look forward to. This is Nepal’s first Bungee Jumping site and is located close to the Nepal-Tibet Border.

    While this place is about 3 hours away from Kathmandu, a few other bungee jumping sites may be available close by. This is also a place where you can enjoy trekking. The bungee jumping activity may include round trip transportation, lunch and other facilities. When you opt for this activity, make sure that there’s safety equipment and other amenities available at your disposal.

    Location 
    : Bhote Kosi River Gorge.

    Cost
    : Rs 5,700

    Best Time
    :All year.

    Difficulty Level
    :Easy.
  • 11Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing
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    Before you take over the highest peaks in the country, you might want to polish your skills. An excellent way to do that is to try rock climbing in Kathmandu. The sports have achieved rising popularity in the country because it allows people to feel at ease with the mountains and hills that Nepal has to offer. One of the most fun activities, rock climbing allows you to climb majestic rock faces within the valley.

    The physically demanding sport is worth it as you enjoy panoramic views of the world while developing your skills, strength, endurance and agility. The sites for rock climbing are about 30 minutes away from Kathmandu. The top grade climbing sites have been designed to be calm and peaceful, while providing enough challenge to actually learn, grow and develop in this sport.


    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Cost
    : Rs 700 is the average cost.

    Best Time
    :All year.

    Difficulty Level
    :Moderately difficult.
  • 12Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari

    Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari
    Image Credit : Göran Höglund
    Chitwan National Park is a rich ecosystem that’s allows you to have a rendezvous with the wild. It is here that you can discover some of the finest species of mammals, reptiles, water animals and birds. A safari to this park will bring you one step closer to discovering Asian one-horned Rhinoceros, while you can see some nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers strolling around the forests.


    The place is perfect for its towering trees, which appear to have their own history. The safaris to this place will give you the opportunity to discover elephants as well, along with crocodiles, deer and pythons. Morning safaris are excellent for bird-watching. Share some time with the wildlife and elusive animals through a safari. It’s where the tigers and rhinos roam.


     Location: Chitwan National Park.

    Cost
    : Rs 2,200

    Best Time
    :Hit the ground at the right time. Explore the place from October to March.

    Difficulty Leve
    l:Very Easy.
  • 13Visit Temples in Kathmandu

    Visit Temples in Kathmandu
    Image Credit : Gavin Golden
    Nepal is a Hindu and a visit to this country is one of the best ways to discover the rich Hindu culture, which dates back for centuries. One of the best ways to explore the diverse and rich culture is to visit the temples in Kathmandu. The city of temples have several places to visit, including Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world along with Swayambhunath Temple, the popular Pashupatinath temple, Dakshinkali and other temples.

    These temples offer a unique cultural experience, with the opportunity to explore something new altogether. These Hindu Temples are a reflection of magnificent architecture as well. They are usually dedicated to Hindu deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu among others. Visit them for a unique social experience.


    Location: Kathmandu.

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Best Time: These temples can be visited throughout the year.

    Difficulty Level: Easy.
  • 14Visit Monasteries in Kathmandu

    Visit Monasteries in Kathmandu
    Kathmandu is one of the most beautiful destinations where you can discover Buddhist monasteries and temples. Nepal as a country has a rich Buddhist culture and the temples here center on a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism.

    The most famous monastery in the country is called Swayambhunanth Monastery, which is a legendery Buddhist Shrine.Apart from this, there’s Kopan Monastery and Bouddhanath monastery that should be visited.


    Highlights
    : The stupa at Bouddhananth Monastery is included in World Heritage Cultural Site list by UNESCO. Apart from this, the Swoyambhunath Monastery is well known for being one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Other monasteries, such as Namo Buddha Monastery are located closeby as well. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is another popular monastery, which is located near Kathmandu.

    Location
    :Kathmandu District.

    Timings
    :Timings are different for each monastery. But most of them open early morning to night.
  • 15Mountain Biking in Kathmandu

    Mountain Biking in Kathmandu
    Image Credit : Guo Chai Lim
    Kathmandu and Nepal in general might not seem like the best place in the world for biking. But that’s absolutely wrong. While the city may be quite crowded, there are several trails that you can explore, discover and conquer with Mountain Biking. Shivapuri National Park’s trail offers some superb possibilities. It is here that you can discover mountain biking and enjoy passing through the monasteries.

    Then, Nagarjun Ban offers wilderness style mountain biking experiences. However, you might want to discuss with the local authorities before embarking on these routes. Nagarkot and the areas thereafter have unlimited trails and rough roads that trail in all directions. From here, you can discover a whole new world of mountain biking. Or else, take roads connecting to Patan and Panauti near Kathmandu and you will be good to go.


    Location
    :Kathmandu.

    Cost
    :Generally free of cost except for the charges of renting a mountain bike.

    Best Time
    :All around the year.

    Difficulty Level
    :Easy to Moderate.
  • 16Paragliding in Kathmandu

    Paragliding in Kathmandu
    Want to enjoy an adrenaline pumping experience in the valleys of Nepal? Then paragliding is the way to go! It is a truly wonderful experience for any adventure seeker. Through paragliding, you can discover beautiful, panoramic views of the mountains while enjoying the best scenery on earth. As the paraglider flows through, you will see villages, monasteries, majestic Himalayas, lakes and jungles just float by.

    Nepal is a stunning country and paragliding, especially from Pokhara Valley (about 200 kilometers from Kathmandu) is one of the most recommended travel experiences. With the help of air pressure, your pilot will fly, soar and dive around the country to give you an experience that you will remember throughout the lifetime. So, add another dimension to your travel!


    Location:Kathmandu.

    Cost: Rs 6,000

    Best Time:March to May.

    Difficulty Level:Moderate.
  • 17Trekking in Kathmandu

    Trekking in Kathmandu
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    You don’t just have to visit the roof of the world when you can actually climb it! Enjoy incredible trekking adventure around Kathmandu. Different treks here offer different challenges that traverse through unique trails around the mountains throughout the country. For instance, you can take on short treks like Royal Treks, or you can enjoy small group trek to the Annapurna base camp.

    However, if you are looking for incredibly tough and challenging trekking experiences, then Everest Base Camp Trek might be the right option for you. There are other treks as well, such as Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek, which is a remote trekking experience or the trek to Everest Circuit where you can see spectacular Kala Pattar and Gokyo Lakes. Around Dhaulagiri and French Pass are other trek options that you might want to explore in the region.


    Location
    : Usually, treks begin from Kathmandu.

    Best Time
    : October- March.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy to Challenging.
  • 18Visit the Casino Royale

    Visit the Casino Royale
    Image Credit : Pavel Golovkin
    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.

    Best Time
    :All around the year.

    Difficulty Level
    :Easy.
  • 19Visit Garden of Dreams

    Visit Garden of Dreams
    Image Credit : Matt Zimmerman
    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.
  • 20Visit Hanuman Dhoka Temple

    Visit 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
  • 21Visit Chhauni Museum

    Visit 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
  • 22Pilgrims 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.
  • 23Royal 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.
  • 24Langtang 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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  • 25Kumari 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.
  • 26Helambu Trek

    Helambu Trek
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    Helambu is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal that should be visited. It is also spectacular for trekking and similar purposes. If you ready to embark on an adventure, then Helambu Trek is just the right option for you.

    The place is famous for its sweet apples as well as artistic Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

    Highlights
    :The trek is usually 8-10 days long, although it can be completed in 5 days as well. The normal trail starts from place called Sundarijal, which has a small dam and hydroelectric station. This place then takes you through different villages and districts. Other starting positions can include Nagarkot, Kakani and Sankhu.

    Location
    : Helambu, 30 km from Kathmandu. The starting place for trek differs from region to region and depends upon the length of trek.
  • 27Bungamati & Khokana Village Tour in Nepal - Flat 25% off

    Bungamati & Khokana Village Tour in Nepal - Flat 25% off
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    About the Activity:

    - The countryside is always beautiful and a testimony of that are the villages of Bungamati & Khokana in Nepal. Disconnected and inaccessible, these villages will take you on a ride back in time as you go by seeing their everyday lives.
    - Bungamati, famous for the woodcarvers and the craftsmen, is where you will head first. After spending some time with the locals, you will head to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments.
    - You will then head to the famous Mustard Oil Producing village of Khokana, which is especially renowned for their way of extracting it. Also, you will be visiting the three-story temple of Shikali Mai, the local deity. 
    - The tour starts from the Electric Pagoda Cafe in Kathmandu, and you can also avail transportation from you hotel to the starting point in a rickshaw.
  • 28Namo Buddha Day Tour in Kathmandu - Flat 30% off

    Namo Buddha Day Tour in Kathmandu - Flat 30% off
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    About the Namo Buddha Tour :

    - The
     Namo Buddha Tour is a half-day tour which includes a visit to the idyllic religious site of the Namo Buddha statue, the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is an abode to over 250 monks, a monastic college and the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue.

    - This tour traverses through the hills, mountain villages, terraced fields of paddy, verdant forests, and also introduces you to the rural livelihood of the Nepalese folk.

    - This planned trip allows you to take a stroll around the monastery draped in layers of grandeur and mystical stories of the ancient past and sense the symbolic holy chant of the many monks if you are fortunate enough.

    - With this relaxed trip, you get to wander down the cobble stoned alleys of a medieval town that seems to be pulled out of a picture postcard.

    - Lastly, the tour ends with a lip-smacking lunch at a hilltop resort in the backdrop of Nepal Himalayas, cornered in the village of Dhulikhel which is famed as a Newari Town.

    - This trip includes the services of a professional guide and is a join-in tour.

    About the Namo Buddha Monastery

    The Namo Buddha Monastery is also known as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. Located at a distance of about 40 km from Kathmandu, this Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, lies at a hilltop and is famed to be known as one of the prime tourist attractions of Nepal.

    The Namo Buddha Monastery treasures a folktale of yesteryear. Based on the narratives of ancient legends, in an era, 6000 years ago, a prince called Mahasatwo was crossing through the jungle, when he saw a tigress and her cubs starving out of hunger, and in an aura of compassion and selflessness, offered his flesh and blood to the tiger family. After which the bones remaining were brought to the tomb, which in the present day, is the actual stupa of the Namo Buddha Monastery.

    After centuries, when Gautama Buddha, came to Namo Buddha Monastery, he disclosed him to be the reincarnation of Prince Mahasatwo.
    Such a legendary tale of the ancient time is what makes the monastery exclusive; to consider going for the Namo Buddha Tour.

    Itinerary:

    - 11:45am meet up at Electric Pagoda Cafe
    - Kailashnath Mahadev Statue
    - Lunch stop at Dhulikhel
    - Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery
    - Namo Buddha Stupa
    - Return back to Dhulikhel
    - Approx. 7:00pm return to original meeting point
  • 29Manakamana Day Tour in Kathmandu - Flat 30% off

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    About the Activity:

    - Neighbored by countries of varied beliefs, Nepal has its own set of pilgrimage sites that hold utmost importance in the eyes of the pilgrims. One such great place is the temple of Manakamana or Manokamana in Nepal.
    - Blessed with the shrine of Goddess Bhagwati, who is believed to grant wishes to the ones who visit her temple.
    - The ride to the temple begins when the guide comes to pick you up from your hotel lobby and transfers you to the base of the hill. From here on, a scenic cable car ride, through forests and in plain view of the mountain ranges, takes you to the top where the temple is located. 
    - The ride gives you expansive views of the regions of Manakamana and Chitwan of Nepal. Arrive at the temple and pray for you what you desire, before getting dropped back at the hotel, bringing the experience to an end.
  • 30Cultural Dinner Show in Kathmandu Flat 25% off

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    About the Activity:

    - After spending a day seeing the most amazing attractions of Nepal, how about unwinding with a preparation of some of the most amazing cuisines of the Nepalese. 
    - And when you throw an amazing cultural performance of the traditional Mayar (Peacock) Dance midway your feast, the enjoyment increases tenfolds.
    - Celebrating food and culture, the menu will comprise of some of some great delicacies like lamb curry, dal bhat – a rice dish of lentils served with pickles, meat (or fish), and other sides, sel roti, the popular local snack.
    - The experience will start when you get picked up from the hotel's lobby at around 6:30 PM and will end when you get dropped back at around 8:30 PM.

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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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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Bhaktapur

Witness one of the largest kingdom of the Kathmandu valley and you will be simply mesmerized with its breath-taking looks. It had some of the best preservation of the olden times, however, they were destroyed because of the recent earthquake in 2015. Near the roadside you will find many craftisans weaving cloth and chisel timber.



Highlights
: You can examine the beautiful temples which are studded stones and winding streets which makes you bring back memories of the olden times.

Location
: It is 1 hour and 35 minutes from flight.

Price
: NPR 2000.

Best time to visit
: March to April and October to November in late afternoon
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Rolwaling Trek

One of the most outstanding trek lies between Gaurishankar Himal and Rolwaling Himal. Highlights: You can take a walk through the Teahouse, Lodge and Camping. You can also get a glimpse of the Sherpa community and the beautiful and spectacular view of Himalayan range. This beautiful ares was first explored during the preliminary surveying of Mount Everest.



Price: Rs. 700 to Rs.1500.

Location
: You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Gongar Khola (6am and 8 am)

Highlights
: You can witness the beautiful landscape which ranges from Rhododendron and Juniper forests.

Best time to visit
: September, October, November along with March, April and May.

Difficulty Level: High.
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Three Passes Trek

This fabulous three pass trek is a doorway to the colossal Mount Everest. This trek is certainly the one which has been designed for the adventurers. The three passes are Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. This trekking in Nepal involves going up and down so much that it becomes a little strenuous and exhausting. However, the warm and pleasant natured Sherpas can relieve you from all the exertion.



Highlights
: You can visit some renowned Sherpa villages and monasteries. Also you get a chance to dive deeper into the vibrant lifestyle of the Sherpas.

Best time to visit
: March to May and October to November.

Difficulty Level
: High.

Price
: 15$ per day/per person.
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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

If you can never run out of challenges then this trek is for you. You will be climbing at an altitude of 6,060 m. What makes this trek even more fascinating is that it allows you to explore some of the off beaten and less travelled tracts of Nepal Himalayas.



Highlights
: The trek also allows you to pass through the Gurung villages which are truly marvellous and you will get to spot some of the beautiful terraced fields too.

Best time to visit
: March or May whichever suits you the best.

Difficulty Level
: High, because the trek is quite strenuous.

Price
: Rs 3000 NRs.
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Pharchamo Peak

A glaciated snow peak trek which is one of the dangerous one even for the most professional peak climbers. Despite the dangers involved it has enclosed some of the most beautiful scenic places too. The route to this peak starts from Tashi Lapcha which has some of the most potential dangers enclosed in it.



Highlights
: The trekking makes you witness some of the remote valleys of Rolwaling to Khumbu region.

Best time to visit
: April, May, October and November.

Price
: 2500 USD per person.

Difficulty Level
: High, it is advisable to walk for a while in the park before climbing the peak to ensure that the climbing is ensured.
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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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