Asia, Nepal

Things to Do in Kathmandu, Nepal

Discover ancient temples, shop till you drop for souvenirs, and indulge on local cuisines of Kathmandu in Nepal.

  • Things to Do in Kathmandu:

What could be mesmerizing than seeing the powerful Mt. Everest up close.  At 2,500 feet, be mesmerized by the unhindered view of the world’s highest mountain. Getting here on a plane will take about a 45 minute morning trip on a small plane that flies by the majestic Himalayan mountain range.

If you’re in for some adventurous road trip, head to Nagarkot, situated 2,195 meters above sea level and will take roughly an hour and a half drive  from Kathmandu.  This is known as a great spot to watch sunrise and also sunset over the snow-capped Himalayas mountains.

Great outdoor activities to try outside Kathmandu includes bungee jumping, jungle safaris, hot air ballooning, paragliding, white water rafting, mountain hiking, and trekking.

  • Things to See in Kathmandu

Take a peek of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Bouddahanath is the precious heart of  Tibetan culture in this country.  The towering stupa measuring 36 meter high is one of the highest in the world. Time of Tibetan worship here is from 3-6PM.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square boasts of the country’s medieval arts. Some of the best attractions here are Nyatapola – Nepal’s tallest temple, the Golden Gate, the erotic Pashupati Temple, and the Palace of 55 Windows fringed by a balcony of 55 intricately carved windows.

Dubbed as The Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath is clad by resident monkeys.  It is said to be Nepal’s oldest stupa nestled on top of a hill offering a scenic view of its surroundings.

Situated in the ancient city of  Patan, Patan Durbar Square is hemmed by 3 lovely courtyards flanked by grandiose palaces, exquisite shrines, and temples.

At 1,600 years old, Changu Narayan is known as the oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley.  It is blissfully nestled on a peak  with a lovely view of the verdant fields below and on a cloudless day, the Himalayas massif.

Pashupatinath is dubbed as one of the holiest Hindu shrine.  Along the banks of Bagmati River is the setting of holy cremations.

If you’re wondering where the Nepal Kings are crowned, then head to Kathmandu Durbar Square.  This historic place is flanked by 50 temples, including the Kumari Ghar which proudly houses the pre-pubescent Living Goddess resides.

  • Best Place to Shop in Kathmandu

All temples in Kathmandu are wrapped by street vendors, flea markets, and bazaars and souvenir shops. Common souvenirs includes religious scroll paintings (thangka and paubha),handwoven cotton fabrics, pashmina shawls, Tibetan tea bowls, Tibetan costumes, accessories, masks, gems, carpets and metal statues.

photo credit: CC McKay Savage

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