Kathmandu

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Golden Temple featuring a city
Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Nepal’s capital is an alluring blend of sacred monuments, medieval landmarks and lively shopping districts as well as being a gateway to Kathmandu Valley.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and smells welcomes visitors to Kathmandu. It is a spellbinding combination of medieval center, holy city, shops and breathtaking natural scenery. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, set in the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. Wander its maze of winding streets to discover centuries-old traditions amid stunning Newari architecture.

A great place to start your visit is at Kathmandu Durbar Square, the city’s architecturally impressive historic and religious heart. Spot multi-tiered pagoda temples, colorful shrines and exotic wood carvings. Highlights include the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari House, Kasthamandap and Maju Deval Temple. Weave between rickshaws, cows and holy men as you stroll through the square’s surrounding alleyways. Bargain for fresh fruit and flowers at the markets and peak into courtyards to see carpets of sundried chilies.

A short walk north of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the Thamel district. Within this popular backpacker hangout you’ll find a variety of guesthouses and hotels, bakeries, bars and restaurants. Explore the bazaars, where shops sell everything from prayer beads and bronze Buddha statues to pashmina scarves, incense and spices. Escape the noise at the serene Garden of Dreams and then learn about Nepal’s royal and political history at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the palace where Nepal’s monarchs used to live.

South of Durbar Square is Freak Street, a bohemian enclave home of chic cafés. Discover more temples and street hawkers at Indra Chowk and relax in Ratna Park, one of the few green spaces in the city center.

Be sure to visit Kathmandu’s ancient sacred landmarks. Climb the 365-step staircase to the magical Swayambhunath. Spin prayer wheels as you walk around the Boudhanath stupa with monks and devotees. Watch ancient Hindu rituals at Pashupatinath Temple and glean insights into the lives of Buddhist monks at Kopan Monastery.

Reach Kathmandu by flying to Tribhuvan International Airport and get around on foot, rickshaw, public buses and low-cost taxis. Save some time to visit Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, some of the atmospheric towns scattered around the Kathmandu Valley. For adventurists, Kathmandu is also the jumping off point for treks to Everest Base Camp.

Where to stay in Kathmandu

Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu, 44600
The price is AU$104 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (793 reviews)
"Stay was pleasant"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2022

Hotel Shanker
The Dwarika's Hotel
The Dwarika's Hotel
5 out of 5
Battisputali, Kathmandu
The price is AU$454 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (134 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel. The architecture, furnishings an design of the hotel is breathtaking. Service is excellent. My 15 year old daughters and I had a wonderful 10 day stay there. Ram Prasad Gajurel who was one one the mangers was extremely helpful to us. We will always go back."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2022

The Dwarika's Hotel
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu, 44601
The price is AU$166 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (365 reviews)
Amazing
"It was fantastic and all the staff was friendly"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2022

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Four Red Doors Apartments
Four Red Doors Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Province No. 3, 44600
The price is AU$55 per night from 14 Sep. to 15 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a casino. Popular attractions Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath are located ...
Four Red Doors Apartments
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu
Stay at this apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy WiFi, 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath are located nearby. Discover ...
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
RETREAT SERVICED APARTMENTS STANDARD
RETREAT SERVICED APARTMENTS STANDARD
Kathmandu, Central Development Region
Stay at this apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy a balcony or patio, a TV and cable/satellite TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Best place in Kathmandu
"The Retreat has everything you could hope for to include a very professional and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2017

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