Things to do in Kathmandu
- January 03, 2020
Things to do in Kathmandu
If you are planning your next trip to Nepal then you must add at least two to three days to explore the beauty of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the chaotic capital city and the first place where most tourists are likely to visit Nepal. This lively city has so much to offer you, from ancient heritage sites to delicious cuisines, exciting adventures, and many more. Here are the some best things to do in Kathmandu:
Try local Nepalese food :
Whenever you visit Nepal, the first dish you must try is momo and Dal bhat. Momo is a steam dumpling fill with meat or veggies. Daal Bhat is a popular traditional food of Nepal enriched with amazing flavors. Usually, it includes rice, vegetables, lentils, meat, curd, and pickles. Also, try other local foods such as Sel Roti, Choila, Samay Baji, Gundruk, Sekuwa, and many more. You can find them in any local restaurant across the entire city.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple:
For Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest sites. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Millions of people visit this temple every year, especially during Maha Shivaratri. The Pashupatinath temple complex is huge and full of many temples, Hindu architecture, and colorful artwork. The huge golden statue of Shiva’s Bull and Shivalinga is the main attraction of this temple.
As you wander around, you will come across a comforting sight, the bank of the river where public cremations take place. Moreover, you must watch the Aarti ceremony of the Pashupatinath that takes place in the evening. During Aarti, you will see people offering Aarti plates or lamps to the deities while chanting.
Visit Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is the largest stupa of Nepal, decorated with colorful Tibetan prayer flags and floral garlands. The best time to visit Boudhanath Stupa is in the morning or evening. At that time, you will see people spinning the prayer wheels and chanting prayers while walking around the stupa. This will give you a sense of peace and spirituality. Take time to wander around and explore more about Tibetan Buddhism and culture. Moreover, there are many small shops and cafes around the stupa.
Visit Swayambunath Stupa:
The Swayambunath Stupa is a beautiful Buddhist temple with a white dome and a golden spire. It is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. The first thing you will come across is the monkeys, roaming around the temple premises. Thus, it is also called the Monkey temple.
You have to climb 365 stone steps to reach atop a hill where the temple is situated. But it will be worth it, from there you will get an incredible view of Kathmandu valley.
Wander and Shop at Thamel:
Thamel is the bustling tourist center in Kathmandu city. The best way to explore the colorful and lively street of Thamel is by foot. The streets of this tourist district are lined with restaurants and bars, bookstores, clothing stores, handicrafts, trekking gears, paper lanterns, handmade jewelry, thangka paintings, and antique shops.
Here you will find many tourists strolling around and buying souvenirs for their family and friends. Also, it is the city’s nightlife center with plenty of bars and clubs. Where you can enjoy your drink and good live music.
Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is located in central Kathmandu at a 10 minutes walking distance from Thamel. The main attractions of this place are Jagannath Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairav, and Kumari Ghar. The eye-catching traditional wooden carvings and ancient architecture of this place reflect the rich history of Kathmandu city.
Moreover, here you will notice many stunning temples and shrines, statues of deities, beautiful courtyards, wooden balconies, pigeons, sadhus, and many more.
One day Hike:
Apart from ancient temples and sites, Kathmandu also offers many short hiking trails. Some of the easy hiking trails within Kathmandu valley are Shivapuri National Park, Nagarkot, Champadevi, and Nagarjuna.
Shivapuri National Park is the closest and popular trail among locals. Take a break from the hustle-bustle of Kathmandu city and hike to the top of the Shivapuri. Along the trails, you will come across forests, waterfalls, and panoramic views of Kathmandu city and himal.
Nagarkot is another popular hiking trail to catch the beautiful sunrise and sunset. It also offers a great panoramic view of snow-capped mountain ranges such as Gauri Shankar, Dorje lakpa, Langtang Himal, and Mount Ganesh himal.
Bhaktapur is a beautiful ancient city. that is situated to the east of the Kathmandu valley. It is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. therefore, it has beautiful temples, unique artworks, and rich culture. Here you will find many attractions such as Durbar Square, Dattatreya temple, and 55 Window Palace. The finest carvings and ancient architecture of this city attract the attention of many visitors.
Take a walk around the streets of Bhaktapur. You will see clay pots, weave cloths, handicrafts shops, colorful paintings, souvenir shops, and many more. visit Bhaktapur will be incomplete without trying Juju Dhau. which is a sweet creamy Newari yogurt that is served in clay pots.
Take an Everest Flight:
Take an Everest flight from Kathmandu Airport to get a close-up view of the world’s tallest mountain. It is the best alternative way of trekking to reach the Mt. Everest summit. During your flight, You will get a breathtaking view of various mountain ranges such as Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and many more.
Relax in Garden of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams is a neo-classical garden and 5 mins walk from Thamel. It is a peaceful garden with lush greenery, beautiful flowers, fountains, pavilions, ponds, and an amphitheater. This makes it a perfect place to escape from the chaotic streets of Kathmandu. Here you can take a relaxing walk around the garden, learn its history, or admire the unique flowers.