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KathmanduNepal

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.

Top hotels in Kathmandu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Dwarika's Hotel
The Dwarika's Hotel
5 out of 5
Battisputali, Kathmandu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$478 per night

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Royal Nepal Golf Course and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath and Garden of Dreams ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (129 reviews)

"The structure of the hotel is wonderful. Staffs are nice and helpful. Lovely dogs “myer & lucky”"…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

The Dwarika's Hotel
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
The price is NZ$232 per night

This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Charumati Stupa and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple and Garden of Dreams ...

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 4 Nov. 2019

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Baber Mahal Vilas
Baber Mahal Vilas
5 out of 5
Tanka Prasad Ghumti Sadak, Kathmandu

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Durbar Marg, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (60 reviews)

"Excellent property. Staff iwas amazingly courteous and helpful. Mr. Praveen was very friendly and guided us on places to see. Th"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Baber Mahal Vilas

Popular places to visit in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple
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Pashupatinath Temple

4/5(9 reviews)

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.

Boudhanath
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Boudhanath

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Kathmandu Durbar Square

4/5(19 reviews)

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.

Garden of Dreams
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Garden of Dreams

4.5/5(15 reviews)

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.

Swayambhunath
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Swayambhunath

4.5/5(16 reviews)

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.

Kopan Monastery
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Kopan Monastery

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.

Top activities in Kathmandu

Kathmandu's Local Hideout Street Food Tour
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Kathmandu's Local Hideout Street Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$40
Per adult
Kathmandu: Small-Group Kingdoms of Patan & Bhaktapur Tour
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Kathmandu: Small-Group Kingdoms of Patan & Bhaktapur Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$157
Per adult
Momo Cooking Class with a Kathmandu's Home Chef
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Momo Cooking Class with a Kathmandu's Home Chef

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$40
Per adult
Kathmandu: Small-Group Panorama Hike Tour
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Kathmandu: Small-Group Panorama Hike Tour

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$92
Per adult
Kathmandu: Small-Group Rickshaw Night Explorer Tour
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Kathmandu: Small-Group Rickshaw Night Explorer Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$69
Per adult
Private half day Kirtipur town with Newari food tasting trip
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Private half day Kirtipur town with Newari food tasting trip

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$132
Per adult

Reviews of Kathmandu

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5 - Excellent 22.580645161290324%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 54.83870967741935%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.741935483870968%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Mar. 2020

Excellent start to our Everest Base Camp trek. Spent several days in Kathmandu enjoying the sights, culture and food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Feb. 2020

Traffics is nightmare. No good for young children.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Dec. 2019

It is spoilt by overly aggressive motor cyclists.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Dec. 2019

Culture shock. Be prepared for chaotic roads & underdeveloped environment. People really friendly & welcoming. Felt safe Embrace the differences to western society & youll have a great time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Dec. 2019

For everything that wrong with Kathmandu, there is much more that is right. So much joy in getting lost and then finding my way. Everyday was a different adventure. Totally changed the way I look at life back home. I miss Kathmandu.

5/5 - Excellent

Bruce

14 Dec. 2019

Wonderful city that you need 4 or 5 days to discover properly. Do a trek, but go with a local guide not attached to a big trekking company.ie organise your own small group...better than a group of 12 or 15 people of varying fitness who will hold you

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Nagarkot showing tranquil scenes and a small town or village

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