KathmanduNepal

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Visit Kathmandu

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Nepal’s capital is an alluring blend of sacred monuments, medieval landmarks and lively shopping districts as well as being a gateway to Kathmandu Valley.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and smells welcomes visitors to Kathmandu. It is a spellbinding combination of medieval center, holy city, shops and breathtaking natural scenery. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, set in the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. Wander its maze of winding streets to discover centuries-old traditions amid stunning Newari architecture.

A great place to start your visit is at Kathmandu Durbar Square, the city’s architecturally impressive historic and religious heart. Spot multi-tiered pagoda temples, colorful shrines and exotic wood carvings. Highlights include the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari House, Kasthamandap and Maju Deval Temple. Weave between rickshaws, cows and holy men as you stroll through the square’s surrounding alleyways. Bargain for fresh fruit and flowers at the markets and peak into courtyards to see carpets of sundried chilies.

A short walk north of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the Thamel district. Within this popular backpacker hangout you’ll find a variety of guesthouses and hotels, bakeries, bars and restaurants. Explore the bazaars, where shops sell everything from prayer beads and bronze Buddha statues to pashmina scarves, incense and spices. Escape the noise at the serene Garden of Dreams and then learn about Nepal’s royal and political history at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the palace where Nepal’s monarchs used to live.

South of Durbar Square is Freak Street, a bohemian enclave home of chic cafés. Discover more temples and street hawkers at Indra Chowk and relax in Ratna Park, one of the few green spaces in the city center.

Be sure to visit Kathmandu’s ancient sacred landmarks. Climb the 365-step staircase to the magical Swayambhunath. Spin prayer wheels as you walk around the Boudhanath stupa with monks and devotees. Watch ancient Hindu rituals at Pashupatinath Temple and glean insights into the lives of Buddhist monks at Kopan Monastery.

Reach Kathmandu by flying to Tribhuvan International Airport and get around on foot, rickshaw, public buses and low-cost taxis. Save some time to visit Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, some of the atmospheric towns scattered around the Kathmandu Valley. For adventurists, Kathmandu is also the jumping off point for treks to Everest Base Camp.

Where to stay in Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams showing a fountain

Thamel

4/5Very Good!(260 area reviews)

Shopping and cafés are notable features of Thamel. You might consider a stop by Garden of Dreams while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Thamel
Boudhanath showing a city

Boudhha

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

Unique features of Boudhha include the gardens and spas. Make a stop by Boudhanath or Riwoche Monastery while you're exploring the area.

Boudhha
Mt Everest a view from the sky

New Baneshwor

While New Baneshwor might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.

New Baneshwor
Pashupatinath Temple featuring a temple or place of worship and heritage elements

Gaushala

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

When in Gaushala, you can plan a visit to Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Gaushala
Naagpokhari

Naxal

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Though Naxal might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Garden of Dreams and Pashupatinath Temple.

Naxal
Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is known as Khāsti in Nepal Bhasa, Jyarung Khasyor in Tamang language or as Bauddha by speakers of Nepali.

Chhetrapati

Chhetrapati might not have many top sights, but Garden of Dreams and Kathmandu Durbar Square are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Chhetrapati

Top Hotels in Kathmandu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
3 out of 5
Tridevi Marg, KMC- 29, Kathmandu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥8,108
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Thamel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Narayanhity Palace Museum. Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (81 reviews)

"This hotel was clean, safe and convenient for the tourist area of Thamel. I would definitely recommend it to travelers."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
¥14,244
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Charumati Stupa and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple and Garden of Dreams ...

4.3/5Excellent! (345 reviews)

"Didnt like the pillows as they were flat. Despite asking for better pillows, szme thing happened. So, i didn't sleep well for 3 nights. Also, the plumbing"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Manakamana Marg, Naxal, Kathmandu
¥15,693
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in Naxal, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durbar Marg and Narayanhity Palace Museum. Garden of Dreams and Pashupatinath Temple are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"The property was very clean and well appointed. The staff were amazing - made us feel very welcome and sad to leave. Hotel location was centrally located and perfect for getting around the city. Would highly recommend this hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Kathmandu Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple
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Pashupatinath Temple

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Boudhanath
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Boudhanath

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Kathmandu Durbar Square

4.5/5(142 reviews)

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Garden of Dreams
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Garden of Dreams

4.5/5(76 reviews)

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Chandragiri Cable Car Bottom Station
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Chandragiri Cable Car Bottom Station

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Chandragiri Cable Car Bottom Station, a landmark worth seeing in Kathmandu. Amble around this culturally-rich area's picturesque gardens, or seek out the hiking trails.

Swayambhunath
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Swayambhunath

4.5/5(97 reviews)

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Top activities in Kathmandu

Kathmandu: Small-Group Panorama Hike Tour
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Kathmandu: Small-Group Panorama Hike Tour

¥6,278

This Kathmandu hiking tour offers you an abundance of panoramic views of the capital city from forests at the north end of Kathmandu. After getting to know your guide, it's a short 15-minute walk to the nearest bus stand.

Kathmandu's Local Hideout Street Food Tour
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Kathmandu's Local Hideout Street Food Tour

¥2,080

Skip the restaurants offering Westernized dishes and visit 4 famous stalls frequented only by the locals. Follow your guide down alleys to hard-to-find hotspots and savor delicious samosas, momos, panipuri, and lassi to get a real sense of authentic local food.

Kathmandu: Small-Group Kingdoms of Patan & Bhaktapur Tour
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Kathmandu: Small-Group Kingdoms of Patan & Bhaktapur Tour

¥10,485

Enjoy a small-group tour that reveals the Kathmandu Valley's ancient kingdoms of Patan and Bhaktapur. Step back in time to a medieval era and delve into these cities' living history. Admire stunning shrines and ancient temples where the smell of incense marks the way.

Shopping in Kathmandu: Immerse Yourself in Colour and Chaos
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Shopping in Kathmandu: Immerse Yourself in Colour and Chaos

¥1,513

Kathmandu really comes to life through her markets, and this is something even the residents of this beautiful city can't get enough of. Whether it's a never ending row of colourful shop houses selling a multitude of fabrics and garments, or that distinct smell of a spice bazaar that hits the senses all at once.

Monkey Temple Tour with a Monk - Swoyambhu Stupa
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Monkey Temple Tour with a Monk - Swoyambhu Stupa

¥2,429

Rarely does one get an inside access to a religion that has spanned over two millennia in Nepal, and get to witness first hand how Buddhism is practised by the monks who have dedicated their lives to the faith.

Poonhill Trek with Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour
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Poonhill Trek with Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour

¥105,933

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL KATHMANDU drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. Upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drink is served and the representative from eagle eye will brief you on the program schedule. . Overnight stay in the hotel.