- Location: Nepal
- Attraction Type: City.
- Significance: The palaces, temples and scenic beauty are truly amazing.
- Best Time To Visit: October to November is the best time to visit Kathmandu. The second best time is from February to April.
- How To Reach: Kathmandu can be reached by air, train, car, bus.
- Nearest Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport.
It is the aroma of the great Himalaya spread every corner of the city. It is the glimpses of the famous mountain that will give you company wherever you go in and around the city. For many, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Kathmandu is a piece of beauty perfectly placed on the lap of the Himalaya. Be it the scintillating mountains surrounding the city, be it the beautiful buildings and busy roads, be it the wonderful temples or be it the amazing cultural and artistic heritage — it is truly an astounding experience to explore Kathmandu.
Situated in the Kathmandu Valley, the city of Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. It is also the largest and most important metropolitan cities of Nepal. The city is inhabited by 700,000 people and is situated at an elevation of 1400 meters. This hill station is comprised of two cities such as Lalitpur and Bhaktpur. Apart from being the most advanced city in Nepal, Kathmandu is also an extremely scenic tourist spot. The palaces, offices, corporate houses, embassies, temples are some of the things to be seen apart from the awe-inspiring scenic beauty.
Attractions in Kathmandu
Pashupatinath temple is one of the major attractions in Nepal. All tourists visiting Kathmandu make it a point to visit it. There is a world heritage site at Kathmandu known as the old palace of the Newar Kings at Durbar Square. Freak Street is another spot to be ventured by the tourists in Kathmandu. One can visit the famous Shah King’s Palace which is situated east of Thamel. One can see two parallel streets comprising Thamel. One can find shops, restaurants, hotels lining on both sides of these two streets. It is a popular tourist attraction in itself. Visit the palace at the northern end of the Durbar Marg. Again one can find some Buddhist and Hindu temples in the “old” city. These temples are old and dated back to the 17th century. Two famous Buddhist Stupas known as Swayambhunath and Boudhanath are present at Kathmandu which are quite popular tourist attractions. But the most popular attraction in Kathmandu is perhaps the Hindu shrine Pashupatinath temple. Apart from that, one can also visit the Tharlam Monastery, Durbar Square, Kasthamandap, and Dharahara. One can go to Pokhara from Kathmandu for sightseeing and enjoy the mind-blowing natural beauty. Kathmandu’s amazing cultural and artistic heritage can be explored by visiting the old temples of Kathmandu.
Transportation at Kathmandu
Situated in the northern side of the city center is the Kathmandu bus station. This Bus station, popularly known as “bus park”, “gongbu bus park”, and Kathmandu bus terminal, is a station for long distance buses which will take you to Pokhara and Terai. One can also opt for the popular tourist buses to Pokhara which depart from a convenient location of the Thamel. Another mode of transportation for sightseeing in Kathmandu is by rental car, which understandably, is more expensive than the bus service. There are some domestic airline services that a tourist can avail to see the extensive beauty of the mountain ranges and valleys of Kathmandu.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
There are a number of options that a tourist can choose from for accommodation in Kathmandu. There are a number of hotels, motels, inns, guest houses at Kathmandu that a tourist can pick to stay depending on his budget. Some of the good hotels and guest houses offering quality accommodation facilities are Hotel Encounter Nepal, Tibet Peace Guest House, Hotel Ganesh Himal, Hotel Norbu Linka etc.