Far away there is a nation that is as old as the hills, yet as alluring as the legendary Avalon. Affluent with the majestic Himalayas, green valleys, glittering streams, relevant atmosphere and people, who are as honest as they are hospitable. A land that hosts the world’s highest peak Mount Everest and also known all over the world as the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha, the light of Asia. That very land is Nepal, a country that has almost everything enchanting to share with the rest of the world.
The city of temples Kathmandu, which is the capital city of Nepal is not only the gateway for Nepal but also the city full of historic monuments, buildings, temples, and monuments. Though the massive earthquake on April 25th, 2015 hit this city quite hard resulting loss of thousands of lives and damaging some of its historic monuments, it was not able to eradicate the glory and this history that this city possesses. Yes, Kathmandu still exists and is still more lively than ever. One who is new to Kathmandu might first be overwhelmed with the view of the crowded streets, traffic jams and dusty roads. They might even wonder what can be done in this unorganized area. But if they give some serious exploring and keep those things aside then they will never get bored because there are the whole loads of enjoyable activities that can be performed in this area. There is something new for everyone in this tiny little city. Here we are going to list some of the top activities that no-one should miss if they’re visiting Kathmandu.
EATING OUT IN KAT;moHMANDU
You cannot roam around Kathmandu on an empty stomach. Can you? Well well well, if you are foodie type then I’m sure you’re gonna love Kathmandu. There are tons of Nepalese food items that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with Kathmandu. There are tons of options available, you can have momo, gulp down cold lassii and there is this “juju dhau” a special yogurt imported from Bhaktapur district. There is a large number of cafes and restaurants nearly in each and every corner of Kathmandu which offers a massive range of Indian, Chinese and Nepalese cuisines. We recommend Magic Momo and Momo Cave for delicious momos and if you want to have some coffee then do visit Himalayan Java.
ENJOY THE VIEW OF KATHMANDU VALLEY FROM SWAYAMBHU
Probably one of the most important and the most popular attraction of the Kathmandu Valley is Swayambhunath Stupa area. This world-heritage listed Swayambhunath Stupa is also popularly known as the monkey temple. This ancient golden temple lies at the top of the hill west of the capital Kathmandu making it easily visible from almost every angle from the Kathmandu valley. The most enchanting part of this area is the panoramic view of the Kathmandu city from this location which is guaranteed to freshen up body, mind and spirit. To reach the top of the stupa you can either take a taxi or climb all 365 stairs which is believed to be self exited.
ROAM KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE AREA
With massive area of five acres, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the religious, social and cultural center points of Kathmandu. It is also the old royal palace of Nepal and the former royal family used to live in this palace till 1886. Later they moved onto the Narayanhiti Royal Palace. Kathmandu Durbar Square consists of several courtyards, palaces, and temples which are believed to be established between the period of 12th to 18th centuries by the historic Malla Kings of Nepal. Even though some of the temples and attractions were completely or partially destroyed it still has what it takes to lure the foreigners. Some of the notable attractions of Kathmandu Durbar Square include places like Taleju Temple, Nine-story Temple, Kal-Bhairab statue, Nasal Chowk, etc. Kathmandu Durbar Square is also popularly known as other names like Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square and Basantapur Durbar Square among the locals.
VISIT HOLY PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE
Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as one of the most divine and religious temples among the Hindus. Located at 5 km northeast of the capital Kathmandu it is a temple which is believed to the resided by non-other than the supreme god of destruction Lord Shiva. Its staggering architectural beauty stands as an indication of conviction, religion, culture, and tradition. The area around which this temple is located is called the Pashupati area and this place is one of the most important pilgrimages for the Hindus. Each year thousands of Hindus visit Kathmandu to visit this temple to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva. Pashupati area gets lively on the occasion of Maha Shiva Ratri, a festival on which Lord Shiva is worshipped by all Hindus.
STOPOVER BOUDDHANATH STUPA
Bouddhanath stupa is one of the most ancient and the biggest and enigmatic Buddhist stupa of Nepal. Situated at 7km east of the capital Kathmandu, it is also known by the name as ‘KhastiChaitya’ among the locals. It is also a well-known pilgrimage site for Buddhist and has been listed by UNESCO in the World Heritage Cultural site. This stupa possesses gompa attractions and monasteries and they are all superbly decorated and colorfully painted.
STROLL THAMEL AREA
Thamel is one of the most popular places in the Kathmandu Valley among the tourist as well as the local people. Tourists keep In touch with the Thamel area because this is the place where all kinds of facilities and amenities are available for them. Tourists’ information, money exchange, antique gift and curio shops, tour and travel company, trekking stores, tour agents, trekking guides, cafes, bars, restaurants, hotel, and lodge, etc are all available in this area. There is a unique environment in this district. It is lively and things get more and more awesome in the evenings. There is a saying among the locals that the streets in the Thamel never sleeps.
SHOP AT KATHMANDU
You can shop almost anything in Kathmandu. Things like trekking and camping gear, souvenirs to antique gifts and all are available over here. Quality and the price of the items may vary but you have to inspect more shops and can buy the item that you like the most. If you are planning for shopping then we recommend Thamel district and New Road area. I recommend you to have a look at the pashminas or handicraft shops. You can also inspect some local art shops and that sell “Thankas” a Tibetan Buddhist painting. One thing that you cannot miss while you are in Kathmandu is the Nepalese khukuri, look for the one that is made in Bhojpur district. The khukuris made in Bhojpur are popular in Nepal. It can be a perfect moment in Nepal.
RELAX AT GARDEN OF DREAMS
Build around 1920s Garden of Dreams lies between the junction of the Thamel and Kantipath area. This garden was renovated in the early 2000s and has European style architectural and landscaping. Aside from the ponds and garden what this garden offers is the serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. There is a Kaiser cafe and Barkha bar in this area on which you can order cold ice-cream and coffee to enjoy the serene atmosphere. For foreigners who like some peaceful environment this can be a place to freshen up the mood.
So, there go my listings for the things that you should not miss while you are in Kathmandu. These things which I’ve listed over here are budget-friendly and won’t cost much. Of course, there are other things like the mountain flights from Kathmandu and hiking parts which I’ve omitted from these listings cause they are things that might cost you a lot. But if you are the fella who doesn’t bother spending much then you can try them as well. And if there are some other things that you think I should have added in my listings then feel free to comment them below.