Kathmandu

Travel Guide
Golden Temple showing a city

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

Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
The price is ¥4,161 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Kathmandu hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Dreams, Durbar Marg, and Narayanhity Palace Museum. Freak ...
4.1/5Very Good! (766 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Hotel Shanker
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
The price is ¥12,132 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Charumati Stupa and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple and Durbar Marg ...
4.2/5Excellent! (356 reviews)
"Beautiful property - very quiet and staff was very attentive."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
The Soaltee Kathmandu
The Soaltee Kathmandu
4.5 out of 5
Tahachal, Katmandú 97, Nepal PO BOX 97, Kathmandu, KTM
The price is ¥8,437 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
This family-friendly Kathmandu hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chhauni Museum and Freak Street. Swayambhunath and Garden of Dreams are ...
3.9/5Very Good! (75 reviews)
"All of the staff were very welcoming and accommodating. The food in each of the restaurants we tried was quite good. The Indian in particular was very good. Again serving staff were very helpful. The rooms are starting to show some age - but they are comfortable no major issues. However, both the ..."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

The Soaltee Kathmandu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Four Red Doors Apartments
Four Red Doors Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kathmandu, \N, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
The price is ¥3,654 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Lazimpat, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Narayanhity Palace Museum, Garden of Dreams, and Durbar Marg. Pashupatinath Temple and ...
Four Red Doors Apartments
Kathmandu Nomad Apartment
Kathmandu Nomad Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Thamel Marg, Kathmandu, Central Development Region
The price is ¥5,763 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Thamel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Durbar Marg and Garden of Dreams. Swayambhunath is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.
1/5 (1 review)
"this property has nothing good except location, it was a true disappointment"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Kathmandu Nomad Apartment
Retreat Serviced Apartments
Retreat Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
Swayambhu Marg, Bijeshwori, Kathmandu
The price is ¥6,217 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swayambhunath and Chhauni Museum.
4.6/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"I loved everything about to but had been under the impression that a washer/dryer was available but it wasn’t. You would have to pay a fee per item to be washed and the fee was way too high- 90rupees for per shirt, etc. that was very disappointing. Other than that I enjoyed staying there."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Retreat Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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