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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

Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
The price is NZ$84 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.

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 17 Mar. 2020

Hotel Shanker
Gokarna Forest Resort
Gokarna Forest Resort
5 out of 5
Rajnikung, Gokarna, Thali, Kathmandu
The price is NZ$225 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Changu Narayan Temple and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)
Disappointed by the grounds

"Despite being called Gorkana Forest Resort, the forest is only accessible if you pay 10 dollars per person for an hour's accompanied walk with a golf caddy. Otherwise, the hotel grounds are very limited. There are mountain bikes for hire, although I'm not sure where you could cycle to. The clubhouse ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Manakamana Marg, Naxal, Kathmandu
The price is NZ$190 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Located in Naxal, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durbar Marg and Narayanhity Palace Museum. Garden of Dreams and Kathmandu Durbar Square are ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"Located in perfect location, only 10 minutes drive from airport. Brand new premises, friendly staffs and clean."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
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.

Holiday Rentals in Kathmandu

Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
3 out of 5
Tokha Road, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
The price is NZ$25 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 3 miles (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 16 Nov. 2018

Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swayambhu Marg, 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
Lavee Residence
Lavee Residence
3 out of 5
Ramhiti, Boudha, Kathmandu
The price is NZ$70 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

Located in Boudhha, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery and Pashupatinath Temple. Durbar Marg and Garden of Dreams are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Clean rooms near the major Stupa in Katmandu. Good food. owner and/or manager always close by to help out and give useful information. Highly recommeded"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Lavee Residence
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.

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Reviews of Kathmandu


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 22.580645161290324%
4 - Good
4 - Good 54.83870967741935%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 17.741935483870968%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 3.225806451612903%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 1.6129032258064515%

4/5 - Good

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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


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 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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