10 Best Things to Do in Kathmandu

best things to do in kathmandu

Are you keen to explore the wonders of the fascinating city Kathmandu? Here you go, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and it is one of most South Asia’s popular cities due to it’s culturally and naturally diverse. However, the Kathmandu valley offers a range of activities to travel enthusiasts amongst them the top 10 best things are mentioned in this list, 

1. Swayambhunath Temple

swayambhunath temple

Swayambhunath Temple is one of the huge white stupas in Kathmandu Valley, it is well-known as one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Nepal where you will have an opportunity to explore the significant Buddhist culture. It is said to be built about the 5th century-long- one of the ancient Buddhist architectures as it is recognized by the UNESCO world heritage site!

Swoyembunath temple is not only about Buddhist culture and followers it is also a very famous place to witness the sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas, but the white mountains are also visible from distance and of course the entire valley of the beautiful city of Kathmandu! Similarly, one of the most distinctive features of the Swayambhunath Temple is the monkeys where you will be able to see the different spaces of monkeys around. If you love the handicrafts materials to buy this place are perfect for those items of shopping, around the temple you can find many live shops, restaurants, hotels, and cafes.

2. Durbar (Palace) Squares

durbar squares

One of Kathmandu’s ancient old cities is set around the Kathmandu Durbar Square at Basantapur which is also well- known as Basantpur durbar square in traditional name, south from the major tourist hub of Thamel, it is one of more prominent world UNESCO heritage sites out of three squares in Kathmandu valley. Explore the culture or history of Kathmandu by visiting this ancient Durbar Square of Kathmandu valley located in front of the former Kathmandu Palace Kingdom. 

The palace presents the beauty of Nepalese culture where you will be able to witness the unique decorations by elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum into the small museum library. However, this temple is one of the iconic spots of the ancient traditional Nepali architecture in its purest form, it is your time to explore now.

3. Thamel 

thamel

If you are visiting Nepal, you must check-in Thamel either for your stay overnight or just for walking around the free street before you kick-off to the destination, Thamel is one of the most beautiful tourist hubs located in the heart of Kathmandu where you have plenty of options to do the shopping or walk around the beautiful streets, this will definitely warm your heart. Thamel has instantly been a distinct tourist district and one of the largest commercial neighborhoods in the town. this place is recognized as Nepal’s epic center of the tourist industry and has been trending spot for tourism in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, the place is quite crowded during the peak seasons especially March-May and Sep- Nov. the unique Nepalese costumes, nice bars, restaurants, coffee shops, book shops, trekking shops, handicrafts, souvenirs, woolen items, jewelry, food, fresh vegetables/fruits clubs, ATM, banks are available on this spot! Thamel offers a wide variety of restaurants where you can have traditional and continental cuisine meals. However, Thamel is also known as Night-life where you can go to the nightclubs to chill out with your friends, to walk around, this place is amazing where you will be amazed by brightly wheeling prayer flags, and displaying so much local traditional customs on the narrow street around. In common wonder, Thamel is a gateway to trekking in the Himalayas!

4. The Pashupatinath Temple

the pashupatinath temple

Pasupatinath Temple is one of Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temples that is located on the banks of the famous Bagmati River, this temple is built a long time ago, the is religion temple holds a shrine for many other Hindu gods where thousands of pilgrimages visit from all over the globe.

This temple is perhaps the most interesting Hindus temple in the world which is the largest one in Nepal, the name of Pasupati is dedicated to God Lord Shiva which is also known as a lord of Animals. This temple is officially opened for the public once a year during the Shiva Ratri (The birthday of Lord Shiva). Likewise, you could visit Pashupatinath every day from 7 am to 10 am to see the cremations. Most of Hindu corpse is cremated with intense Hindu rituals in this temple. If you are visiting in the evening then you can witness the aarti (fire worship) by Hindus!

5. Boudhanath Stupa 

boudhanath stupa

Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and it is included A UNESCO World Heritage Site located on at an ancient trade route that entered Kathmandu from Tibet region!, Boudhnath stupa is a significant place in Buddhism and architecture where you will get an opportunity to learn so much in dept about the local lifestyle and culture of the Nepalese and Tibetan origin community!

The Budhnatha Stupa is a very popular spiritual place for both international and domestic tourists where thousands of travelers visit every month this squad is the perfect place for walking around the main stupa which offers prayers to their lord here, as the Stupa is considered to be the tomb of the remains of Kassapa Buddha. A beautiful stupa is attached by a lot of legends monks to the place. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Nepal. 

6. Durbar Marg

durbar marg kathmandu

Durbar Marg is the best place to go for shopping for branded clothing as it is also known as the cleanest part of the Kathmandu valley located on the north side of Thamel and it is just 5 minutes away on a walk. The street that runs straight from the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Durbar Marg is more of a modern street with the fanciest restaurants, clubs, international clothing stores, and footwear brands, along with 5-star hotels, pricey boutiques, and commercial centers that is one of the largest commercial hubs in Kathmandu.

One further thought than this place if you are looking for original international brands then this place is right for you. However, the prices are similar or slightly higher than in other countries since all the branding goods import from India and other countries!

7. The Garden of Dream

garden of dreams

The Garden of Dreams is located in between Thamel and Royal Palace on Tridevi Sadak. It’s situated practically opposite the ever-popular Fire and Ice Restaurant and in front of the Himalaya bank and next door to Himalayan Java cafe in Thamel. It is just about 2 minutes of walking distance from Thamel epic center point if you are somewhere around in Thamel! 

Garden of dreams is a neo classical historical garden of Nepal that allows you to chill in the peaceful environment from the hectic life behind the walls. This garden is a popular spot for touring around, coffee, and some quality time with your friends, family, or yourself. However, this complex garden structure in the heart of Kathmandu is a popular spot especially for Youngsters and tourists as it offers a very beautiful ambiance and the seating arrangements with a natural girdle while you are in this place. The garden is perfectly decorated with beautiful flowers, architecture, and vegetation plants. It looks so much cooler and admirable ambiances with amazing beauty in the capital city Kathmandu. 

8. Asan market

asan market

The Asan Market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Kathamndu where you a lot of Nepalese local costumes are founded, this place is a trade center to supply the most of the goods to all over Nepal, Asan Bazzar is located at the center point of Kathmandu and it just 5 minutes away from the tourist hub of Thamel. Asan has so many wholesale retails as traders can purchase at a reasonable price to resale the goods in other places. It is one of the crowded places in Kathmandu valley in terms of the business way!

9. Kasthamandap Temple

kasthamandap temple in kathmandu

The Kasthmandap temple is translating to Wood-Covered Shelter (Kastha: wood, mandap: pavilion), This is one of the historical temples in Kathmandu valley. Kasthamandap has a three-storied public shelter that includes a shrine consecrated to Gorakhnath situated at Maru. However, this ancient building is a testament to its centuries-old architectural style that impressed many tourists to visit here. The beautiful temple was built in the 7th century and luckily it hasn’t been affected by the massive earthquake in 2015!

10. Hanuman Dhoka Palace

hanuman dhoka palace

The Hanuman Dhoka Palace gets its name from the God of Hanuman (the monkey god), an ardent devotee for Lord of Rama.the meaning of ‘Dhoka’ by translate is to Door in Nepali and the Hanuman Dhoka has a large standing statue of Hanuman where you can see probably the largest status of the lord Hanuman in the world, The common name for Hanuman Dhoka is the entry gate to the beautiful palace to witness the standing statue of Hanuman guards. This place was built by Malla king about 5 years ago!

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