Kathmandu, the city of Temples where you will get to experience culture, tradition, precise architecture, ancient history, several cuisines, and modernisation everything at the same place. Kathmandu has got a lot to offer then you can ever imagine, and this can be little overwhelming for newcomers and for the people who have limited time on their hand.
Traffic, crowds, weather, and dust makes exploring Kathmandu little hectic but, in the end, the moments you will get to experience will make you forget all the stress and troubles.
Following are the list of things you can do in Kathmandu:
Explore Swayambhunath accompanied by Monkeys
Swayambhunath also popularly known as Monkey Temple is a monastery located at the top a hill in the west of Kathmandu. You need to walk up on exhausting 365 stones steps to reach the top. The whole region is home to thousands of monkeys that roam around the premises of the temple.
Swayambhunath was built in the 5th century and it is one of the oldest architecture of Nepal. If you want to know the significance of this temple you can take the tour led by a resident monk. You can also participate in ceremonies and chanting sessions.
The temple entrance fee is around 200 rupees for foreigners.
See life and death both at the same place, Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Every year thousands of devotees came here from all around the world to worship. There are several small temples devoted to other gods all around the main temple.
You will see sadhus and most of them are friendly and happy to be photographed for a small fee, in return they will also give you a blessing.
The most fascinating thing about this place is you will get to see both life and death in the same place. At one end, you will see people praying, sharing happy moments with their family, and on the other end, you will see dead bodies burning, families sinking in the deep sorrow.
No doubt you will get to experience the lifelong moment here.
The temple entrance fee is around 1000 rupees for foreigners.
Explore Historic Durbar Square
You can visit three Durbar Square here, which is located in the nearby cities to the Kathmandu; Bhaktapur, and Patan. These Durbar Squares are entitled after the name of the cities they are located within.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (Aka Basantapur), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square, all of these sites are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each Durbar Square has its own ancient history, precise architectures, and significant. The sites include palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards that represent the art and architecture from the 12th and 19th century.
You can find yourself tour guides or also go with the tour packages that are provided by the travel companies if you want to know in deep about the history and the events of these sites. Don’t forget to taste the local foods that you will find nearby the sites.
Explore and Hangout in Thamel
The most colorful, vibrant, and the happening street of Kathmandu, Thamel is also one of the major attractions for tourist. You will see several alleyways and streets decorated with twinkling lights and the colorful prayer flags. Although Thamel is crowded and hectic at times but still manages to hold the lovely and cheerful environment. The streets are filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, shops, books stores, and hotels.
The best time to explore and experience the absolute vibe of this place is when the day begins to fade and the all the streets glow ups with lights, banners, laughter, and music from bars and clubs.
Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa of South Asia as well as the largest stupa in Nepal. It is also one of the important sites for Buddhists.
As the sun begins to fade, you will see people circumambulating the stupa, accompanied by the gentle chanting of the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ and spinning of prayer wheels.
You can also visit different monasteries around the stupa and traverse the area full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. To see the best views, you should wait till the sunsets.
The entrance fee for foreigners is around 250 rupees.
Visit Garden of Dreams
Garden of Dreams is a small captivating garden restaurant with a museum inside it. This place used to be the private garden of the late Field Marshal Kaiser Shumsher Rana (originally known as “The Garden of the Six Seasons and restored with the help of the Austrian Government).
The garden includes exotic floras merged with modern architecture with the touch of ancient Nepali architecture.
You can also visit the largest library of Nepal located nearby the Garden of Dreams.
The entrance fee for foreigners is around 200 rupees.
Take a Class or Workshop
If you are touched with the Nepali cuisine and Thangka Paintings you can take classes to learn them.
You can join cooking classes to learn and know the Nepali spices more closely. Likewise, the Thangka Painting Workshop will allow you to know the details of painting as well as the stories behind it. In the end, you will also get to take your work with yourself as a souvenir.
If you want to go wilder and have more adventurous moment than you can take scenic mountain flights. You will get helicopter or flight ride to the famous Himalayas where you will get to see panoramic views of the world’s tallest mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 ), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) and many more.
You will get to see breathtaking views of landscapes that will fill your soul with next level happiness and calmness. You can contact the local tour operators for more detail information.