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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!(282 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!(26 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
Pashupatinath Temple showing a city

Gaushala

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Gaushala and surrounding area, you can visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath.

Gaushala

Top Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
The price is ¥6,068 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

This family-friendly Kathmandu hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Durbar Marg. Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu ...

4.1/5Very Good! (762 reviews)

"The staff were fantastic, they went out of their way to accommodate our needs."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hotel Shanker
Hotel Friend's Home
Hotel Friend's Home
3.5 out of 5
Chhusya Galli, Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu

Located in Thamel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Durbar Marg. Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath are also within 2 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (361 reviews)

"Excellent location at Thamel. Friendly staff and nice breakfast served. Very good value for money with a decent size room."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Hotel Friend's Home
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
The price is ¥13,078 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

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! (351 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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kathmandu

Grande Tower 6b apartment
Grande Tower 6b apartment
3 out of 5
Dhapasi Tokha, Kathmandu, Bagmati
The price is ¥4,210 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Charumati Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Garden of Dreams. Durbar Marg and Boudhanath ...

Grande Tower 6b apartment
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu

Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Freak Street, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Garden of Dreams and Durbar ...

2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
3 out of 5
Tokha Road, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
The price is ¥1,364 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of Dreams, Durbar Marg, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Narayanhity Palace Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Nice quiet neighborhood. Nice common kitchen. It would be great for a family that wants a kitchen for an extended stay. Great hosts who go the extra mile to make you feel welcome."…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
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.

Popular places to visit in Kathmandu

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Bhaktapur

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Lalitpur

Nagarkot showing tranquil scenes and a small town or village

Nagarkot

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