About Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the heart of the country and the hub of tourism. Kathmandu lies in a valley together with other touristic cities, Patan and Bhaktapur. The valley is 1400m above sea level. It is home to seven UNESCO World heritage sites. The city has the attraction of inexhaustible historic, artistic and cultural interest. Several beautiful and interesting villages and towns surrounding the valley offer ideal destinations for short hikes. The dazzling Himalayan peaks are visible from several points from around the valley.Thamel is a tourist hub of Kathmandu valley. The valley has numerous touristic attractions for the sightseeing and some of them are given below.

  • Basantapur Durbar Square
  • Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple)
  • Pashupatinath temple
  • Bouddhanath stupa
  • Patan Durbar square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar square
  • Chandragiri Hills
  • Shivapuri National parks
  • Changunarayan
  • Budhanilkantha

What to eat? Where to eat? Nepali food?

Typical Nepali local food consists of rice, pulses, and vegetables (the popular daal-bhaat-tarkari) available in all eating outlets. Popular snacks in urban areas consist of MoMo(steamed Nepali dumplings), sekuwa(barbecue), noodles, fried rice etc. Western style breakfast and lunch is available in most hotels and restaurants in tourist areas in and outside Kathmandu.

There is a Facebook page called “1001 things to do in Kathmandu” which might also be helpful for you during your stay in Nepal.

Trekking destinations:

The trekking and climbing in the Nepali Himalayas is one of the most coveted adventures in the world. Nepal consistently features among the top ten destinations in all tourist guidebooks. It offers good value for money. Apart from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha) and Chitwan are some of the favourites among the tourists. Nepal boasts some of the world’s best trekking routes and is home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world. It is also popular for adventure sports like rafting, paragliding, bungee jump, zip flying, ultra light flight etc.

Popular Trekking routes:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
  • Langtang Valley Trek
  • Upper Mustang
  • Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek