Steeped in history, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu dates back to close to over 200 years.
Kathmandu has over 130 important monuments - including several Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites of which seven are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square: Here, you will visit Hanuman Dhoka, the historic palace of Kathmandu - named after monkey god, Hanuman. It is the historic seat of royalty.
- Swayambhunath: This is a 2 500 year old stupa (mound-like structure), situated on a hillock about 77metres above ground level and overlooking Kathmandu valley. The painted eyes on the sides of the stupa represent the all-seeing eyes of Buddha .
- Patan Durbar Square is located in the heart of Patan city and was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The Patan Durbar Square consists of three main chowks (square): Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar Narayan Chowk. The Sundari Chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
- Patan Museum is a very popular attraction and is the first public museum in Nepal that has been created as an autonomous institution of this type.
- Bungamati, situated in southern area of Kathmandu, is a small typical Newari village, which still abides by a traditional way of life. It show very little influence from the nearby modern city and exemplifies the beautiful age-old customs of Nepal.
- Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon) is located about 20 kilometres east of Kathmandu and is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The other cities are Kathmandu and Patan.
- Boudhanath Stupa (also spelled Bodhnath Stupa) is the largest stupa (mound-like structure) in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.
- Pashupatinath Temple is one of the world’s most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva. It is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath (Lord Shiva).
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October to May are good months to travel to Kathmandu, with the festival of Dassian being celebrated every year in October.
- Best time to travelOctober to May
- WildlifeMonkeys around some of the monuments and temples.
- Flying to KathmanduKathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International gateway - with flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Middle East, Bhutan and India.
- CurrencyNepali Rupee
Enhance Your Experience With
- Champagne Breakfast at Everest Base Camp
- Mountain Flight
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