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PLACES TO SEE
- Pashupatinath Temple: Topping the list of every Kathmandu itinerary is the Pashupatinath temple. Though the entry to the main gate is restricted for foreigners, this is an important temple of Shiva is the form of lord of the animals. You can see various cremations, sadhus and meditation caves here along with the Bagmati River. There are a number of temples, shrines and statues in and around the main temple which are worth visiting. This is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Swayambhu aka Monkey Temple: Another UNESCO world heritage site, this is located on a hill overlooking the city being one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It has troops of monkeys familiar with human interaction. It has a stupa and ample ancient carvings all over. If you have difficulty in climbing up the stairs, there is a mid-way driving route which will reduce the number of steps. A multiple entry pass is available at NPR 750 for foreigners.
- Bodnath stupa: A UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most scenic places to see in Kathmandu, it is located at 8kms from the downtown and is a hub of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest stupa in the world.
- Kathmandu Durbar square: This ancient centre that beholds a dozen temples and palaces is been the occupied since 1000 A.D. This architecture and artistic marvel is one of the UNESCO heritage sites and is always colourful with all the hustle bustle of the merchants and devotees. Pick up the multiple entry pass available for the day and you can visit the Durbar square as many times as you to wish to at a reasonable deal.
- Budha Neelkanth temple: Easily accessible from the main bus park of Kathmandu, this serene place has the idol of lord Vishnu in sleeping position amidst the calm waters.
- Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Formerly the royal home of the monarch of Nepal, it’s a grand affair with elaborate halls, marvellous gardens that enchant you. It is now converted into a museum and Foreign ministry after the abolishment of the monarchy and is a must visit place in Kathmandu. NPR 500 is the entry ticket for foreigners.
- Kaiser Mahal/Garden of dreams: Close to the city centre hub Thamel, this is a pleasing garden that has two pavilions depicting two seasons of the Hindu calendar. With an associative effort of the Austrian government, it is now renovated and is presented with few exquisite bars and cafes.
THINGS TO DO
There are so many things to do in Kathmandu, that you will hardly have a time to worry about that. Apart from the stupendous sightseeing and so many places to visit, following is the list of things you can do on your trip to Kathmandu:
- Trek and hike: Though direct treks not available in Kathmandu, it is the axis point for various hikes. Pick the one that suits you the best from the Kathmandu valley cultural trekking trail or the Shivapuri hiking trek. There are a number of trekking companies in Thamel-the city centre which will provide you the needful information.
- Splurge and shop: Kathmandu is a great place to shop for Silver, clothes, carpets and rugs, specially woven Pashmina, electronic goods and various cultural artefacts at an astonishingly wonderful price without compromising on the quality. You can get the best deals around the alleys in between Thamel and durbar square. The local Bishal Bazar is far more prompt that any uber-class shop in Thamel. Shop your heart out for anything from a tailored shirt to a chick cocktail dress. Make sure you buy authentic silver and Pashmina. Negotiate well before buying carpets and rugs to get the best deal. There is a duty free electronic market in Thamel and New Road for the geek in you! Shopping in Kathmandu can be a fun for all!
- Learn: Master yoga, meditation and learn more about Buddhism while in Kathmandu. You can also get trained in being a masseuse by joining any of the reputed massage training centers in Kathmandu.
Below we have a list of things to do in Kathmandu and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Kathmandu getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Kathmandu with confidence.