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Seven Things to Do in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. You can explore thousands of years of culture here, while making your way through historic temples and monasteries that belong to Hindus and Buddhists alike.

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Basantapur Durbar Square

Through the 19th century, Basantapur Durbar Square was the playground of the Nepalese monarchy. Due to natural disasters over the years, many buildings in the square have needed repair, but Durbar square maintains a tradition of Nepalese architecture and is ranked as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Shechen Monastery

A Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Shechen Monastery was founded in the late 17th century. Three hundred monks take care of Shechen, which is one of six mother monasteries in Nepal.

Boudhanath

Located on an ancient trade route, this place of meditation is a must-see on any spiritual journey around Kathmandu. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupa's in the world, and many Tibetan traders and merchants have offered their prayers to this land over the centuries.

Kopan Monastery

The Kopan Monastery is not far from Boudhanath and is mostly known for teaching Buddhism to foreigners. Starting in the 1970s the monastery offered a month-long meditation course in November and December. At other times throughout the year, please note that the monastery is only open to the public on Saturday.

Harati Devi Temple

The Tibetan name of the Harati Devi Temple is Swayambhunath and translates to "sublime trees." The ancient religious architecture frames a museum, library, stupa, and more; and visitors are sure to discover much about Nepalese traditions of worship at the Harati Devi Temple.

Pashupatinath Temple

You'll find the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. A Hindu temple, Pashupatinath has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1979. If you're visiting in February or March, check out the Maha Shivaratri festival, which more than 70,000 people celebrate at this temple.

Lumbini

A historical site in the tradition of Buddhism, Lumbini is where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddartha Gautama in BC 623. Immerse yourself in monasteries here, as Lumbini is in a monastic zone, in which hotels or restaurants cannot be legally built nearby.

Planning Your Kathmandu Visit

How to Get Around Kathmandu?

The easiest way to get around short distances is by hiring a bicycle rickshaw. You can also hire a taxi or rent a bike. Make sure to negotiate fares at the beginning of your journey.

When to go to Kathmandu?

The best time to go to Kathmandu is October through November as the sun shines the most often. During the summer your plans are likely to get rained out--it's monsoon season. The second best time to visit is February through May, when winter is over but the rain has not yet begun.

What to Eat in Kathmandu?

Many say Kathmandu has the most varied cuisine available in Asia. While you're in Nepal, be sure to sample some local fare. We recommend you try daal (lentil soup), with bhat (rice), or a vegetable curry. Another staple is a Momo, which is a Tibetan style dumpling that uses Nepali spices.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Nepali
  • Currency
    Nepalese Rupee (Rs)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:45)
  • Country Code
    +977
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Kathmandu is in the fall. You'll find the best weather Kathmandu has to offer, with comfortable temperatures in the 70s.

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What People Are Saying About Kathmandu

Great tour, to see the most beautiful sites of Kathmandu

This tour is a great choice, especially if you just have little time in Kathmandu. I had a great guide how showed me around the famous sites in Kathmandu and also gave me a good explanation. Really enjoyed the tour! Thanks!

Kathmandu City & Temple Tour Reviewed by Sascha M, 05/31/2017

Perfect tour, many suggestions and I made my choice before we departed

Really nice and informative guide. Also, I was discussing with my guide what I might do for a 2 night trip whilst I was in Kathmandu / Nepal - and he suggested the perfect trip for me given my desires - and I booked it as soon as I got back to my hotel room.

Kathmandu City & Temple Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 05/04/2017

The best sight of Everest, is from a good view!!!

Booked online. Taxi arrived 6:45 am, taking me silently to the airport (language barrier). Into the car park, parked, driver got out, put an envelope into my hand, and walked off. I followed! At the entrance he gave me a friendly shove in. Looked about. Screens gave me no information. Read the envelope content. No help! Asked about, nothing. Seen the word, Yeti, on the paper, so went to their Desk. Guy very helpful, saw me through. Flight 303 was mine. Waited around, then screen showed Flight at 6:45. That changed to say waiting for weather report. Then announcement for 301, 302 to board. 5 minutes later, passed the Board to see 303 was boarding. Rushed over, and asked why no announcement, and got a smile! Onto bus at the back, as all seats taken. On plane last, and one seat left, No. 2, by the door. My view was the fuselage, the wing behind and 25% of the porthole in front. Saw Everest, but - WATCH THE BOARD, ONTO BUS EARLY, AND GET A SEAT WITH A GOOD VIEW!!

Flight Over Everest: 1-Hour Plane Tour Reviewed by Jeff, 04/01/2017

Very friendly session, and very enjoyable

Nice session. A market visit, followed by an informal and leisurely session I thoroughly enjoyed.

An interesting tour giving an appreciation of the culture

It was a good tour, with an informed, articulate, guide. I do think though, mention should be made of the total entry fees charged, for access to the different locations, if you are European.

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour Reviewed by Jeff, 03/29/2017