10 Things to Do in Kathmandu

10 Things to Do in Kathmandu
9 January, 2020 0 Comments

"10 Things to Do in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, which has the legend of being a lake full of the serpent, can be quite overwhelming at first sight. However, if you take some time to wander around, you will see the bustling city full of life amidst all the chaos, dust, and noise.

Moreover, you can witness all the religious, ancient sites to modern, young sites within a single city. The city is filled with people from hundreds of cultures and religions sharing this beautiful city. 

You ever thought if ancient culture is still present? Come to Kathmandu and try its food, witness the art, literature, and the music of Kathmandu that will give you the slow ride of old history. Here are 10 things to do in Kathmandu on your trip.

1. Stroll and Shop down the street of Thamel

Source: Culture Trip

At first, Thamel might seem a modern city; however, when you go deep down the street, you will get the old-world feel, spread by the rows of Tibetan prayer flags and cycle rickshaws that roll by.

The street is overflowing with a shop that sells souvenirs, trekking goods, clothes, wood carvings, thangka paintings, and lots of other products. Besides, the night takes on a different vibe as the street glows with the warmth of horde of lights and the beautiful sound of live music from bars. 

There will be a myriad of bars and pubs for you to hang out at night.

2. Visit Swayambhunath Stupa

Source: Travellogy India

Situated on the top of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, the stupa overlooks the whole Kathmandu valley. There is a legend that stupa lies in the place where there was a lotus in the middle of the lake, which Manjushree cut.

Also, you will get to see lots of monkeys around and within the stupa, which made the stupa known by the name, Monkey Temple. Besides, the trees, beautiful gold stupas, parks, Giant Buddha Statues are worth the sight to see for the hike of 365stone steps.

Moreover, you can get a 360-degree view of the Kathmandu Valley.

3. Roam around Boudhanath Stupa

Source: Nepal Hiking Team

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an important site of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. It is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world.
Moreover, Boudhanath stupa is a resident of more than 50 monasteries.

The architecture is exclusive, which is built by using a substantial amount of gold that will leave you astonished. Around Boudhanath Stupa, there are streets and narrow alleys full of colorful houses and beautiful café and restaurants.

Similarly, you can also visit small parks, museums, and monasteries surrounding Boudhanath. The place will give you a calm feeling and revitalize your energy.

4. Get a blessing at Pashupatinath Temple

Source: Travellogy India

Pashupatinath, the temple that draws Hindu devotees from around the globe, is the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Similarly, you will get to witness age-old rituals that are not affected by the pass of time practiced here.

You will also be able to get an uncensored view of life, death, and reincarnation. It is the place where people both grieve and celebrate because their loved one was now on their way to the afterlife.

Likewise, you can wander around the jungle of Pashupati, where you will get to see deers, lots and lots of monkeys, different small temples, and the part of ancient Nepal.

5. Take a tour of Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Source: Nepali Sansar

Formerly the palace of royal families of Nepal, Narayanhiti Palace Museum lies right at the center of Kathmandu. According to Wikipedia, “The palace stands on the floor space of 40838.28 sq ft.”

Narayanhiti Palace is divided into three parts, the guest wing, the state wing, and the private wing. This palace has 52 rooms called Sadan, which are named after 75 districts of Nepal.

You will get a clear picture of how the country’s politics has changed when you look around the palace. The palace has many antique royal furniture and the crown jewels, which are believed to be the most precious objects in Nepal. 

6. Wander around historic Durbar Square

Source: ECS Nepal

Durbar square, the place where kings were once crowned and legitimized. These unique architectures that you see at present were all once palace, the home of the kings. The entire square was labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

The palace is decorated with attractively-carved wooden windows and panels and houses. Similarly, there is also a museum in the old palaces where you will get the idea of the life of ancient kings of Nepal. 

Likewise, there are also ancient temples built around the Lichhavi period of Nepal, which has been remodeled time and again.

7. Stroll around Asan and Indrachowk

Source: Traveled

Asan, the busiest street of Nepal, is the place where you will get to see the tradition of Kathmandu through its architectures, foods, and items. This place is the major residence of the Newar Community.

However, nowadays, the area is filled with shops, stalls where you can get almost everything from clothes to furniture. Similarly, there are also many restaurants where you can have traditional Nepali food at a very reasonable price.

The one drink that is a must to try is Lassiat Indrachowk. Lassi is a drink made from Yogurt, fruits, and dry fruits. Dairy-product lovers will instantly fall in love with this drink.

8. Spend time peacefully at Garden of Dreams

Source: The Common Wanderer

The Garden of Dreams is a neo classical historical garden which is located in the middle of Kathmandu City. The garden is said to have a pattern like a European garden. It was well known as the garden of Six Seasons.

The place is filled with local couples who come here as a romantic destination. This place is also great for photo opportunities. Likewise, there is an art gallery, library, and Kaiser café established by Dwarika Hotel so that you can get great snacks in your time in the garden.

9. See a variety of plants at Botanical garden

Source: Britannica

Botanical Garden, this heavenly place located at Godawari, attracts thousands of nature-loving people around the world. The site is ideal for couples, groups, or you can even stroll solo and spend a peaceful time with yourself.

Strolling around Godawari Jungle and feel the fresh air and smell of woods will revitalize you. You can also learn about different species of plants as Godawari Botanical Garden is home to more than 500 species of plants.

Similarly, if you are in search of a cool place during summer, it is the top recommendation.

10. Ropeway to Chandragiri Hills

Source: TripAdvisor

Chandragiri Hills lies on the south-west side of Kathmandu Valley above 2551 meters above sea level. Get ready to travel into the fog and misty mountains.
Travel through ropeway and feel closer to nature with the scenery of green mountains, view of Kathmandu Valley, traveling into the clouds.

Similarly, there is also a temple that you can visit on your trip to Chandragiri Hill. Moreover, you can fulfill your fantasy of dining amidst enchanting nature.

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