Best things to do in Kathmandu and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Thamel - Kathmandu
Great place to put up in Kathmandu, specially because of that touristy 'aura', and all the facilities to go with it ! Lot of options to put up, eat and to party. With a catchy night life, it certainly looks like the 'party' place within Kathmandu; Very alive !
The day of canyoning*. *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyoning We got dressed in canyoning suit. Without any briefing Pola ( Our Guide) and us started our trek up. After few minutes of trekking, we reached to the place where the canyoning is done. After briefing by Pola we started. In this a rope is put around your waist and you walk down the ropes while the water keeps falling on you from the top. It was an incredible experience. http://www.thelastresort.com.np/ If you are travelling to Nepal, then as per our group your trip is incomplete without having gone to Last resort and done the adventurous activities, they have to offer. Next the only thing that we could ask for was a sleep but we started back around 5 p.m. We covered around 100 km and reached Kathmandu, Thamel. Thamel is really a traveler’s paradise. There are numerous options for hotels, restaurants, shopping, pubs, discs and dance bars. Thamel also offers you many options to do shopping. You can find some good quality North face brand pants, bags, shoes etc. here. We wanted to go to Fire club Bar & Café** but had an expensive cover charge so instead went to other local pubs. If you are on a long trip you can give your clothes for laundry here. Its 50 rupees for 2 kg and it takes a day to get your clothes back **http://fireclubnepal.com/
Busier than Bombay local trains. Thamel is a colourful and beautiful mixture of craft shops, boutique cafes, trekking gear, and rainbow prayer flags. Ason Bazaar, Durbar Square, Samakushi and Swayambhunath are a mere 10 to 30 minutes walk from Thamel. The place has clean narrow streets full of mushrooming lodges, hotels for budget travellers. There are about hundred hotels located in Thamel. t. Every couple of paces, you'll find somewhere renowned for its delicious dishes and cosy ambience. At night, Thamel is a twinkling mass of coloured lights, paper lanterns and neon restaurant signs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu
I am heart broken by this news of earthquake in Nepal. It is hard for me to believe that last month i have spend my life's some beautiful moments here in Nepal and now Hundred of Lives lost, Heritage sites crumbled down to the ground. After checking all my photographs which I have taken in Nepal and the crumbled photos of heritage sites in Nepal on internet i got upset. I was there at the same location at the same building last month and now that building was crumbled down to the ground. Kathmandu durbar square is situated in the heart of Kathmandu city. This place is fully surrounded by local markets. restaurants & hotels.
Your Kathmandu visit is totally not worth it if you have not been to the Durbar Square. Durbar Square is the heart of Kathmandu.
This important historical attraction has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will certainly want to include a tour of the area in the itinerary. Durbar Square's Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex is the main attraction here. The striking palace was named in honor of the monkey god, Hanuman, and a statue of the unusual deity stands at the main entranceway. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial museum and the Mahendra Museum. At the southern end of the Durbar Square there is the most curious attraction in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. You would be able to see a Kumari House, where the Living Goddess of Nepal resides. You can take a three wheeled rickshaw in the Durbar Square and have a short trip on this interesting place. If you are lucky enough and the driver of rickshaw is interesting, you would be able to know the hidden things about the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Kathmandu
The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the eastern city of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
This one is more for the faithfuls, but nevertheless is one of the must-visit places in Kathmandu city !
Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. The temple is an old architecture building and is surrounded by a big park. behind is a big lake. the temple says and ask only hindu to visit inside the main campus. the temple also has a lot of monkeys around. you will see many smaller shrines and the cremations on one side of the Bagmati Rivier, and priests ministering to the faithful on platforms on the other side. This was the highlight of our cultural tour of Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa - Kathmandu
Worth a visit again, this stupa is huge; surrounding restaurants provide good terrace view, and decent food as well !
The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you visit this place at morning You can find a number of devotees and young lamb's chanting. This place will amazed you by the vibes and peacefulness. Walk around the Stupa is a very new experience for me. The Stupa itself is very beautiful, bedecked with prayer flags and having delightful little triangular gardens within the outer walls. It is principally Tibetan, and there is a monastery overlooking the Stupa.
BoudhaNath Stupa - Kathmandu
This Stupa, set in a pattern of a "Mandala" is encircled by houses and monasteries where Rinpoches (Buddhist monks) reside. Around the base is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels. Boudhnath is one of the largest Buddhist stupa of its kind and is truly amazing. Sunset view from stupa, typical Tibetan residence, dotted by a number of monasteries gives feeling that you are inside Tibet. This is one of the highlights of visit to Kathmandu.
The locals call it Khāsti or Jyarung Khasyor. A UNESCO heritage site, this imposing stupa is believed to house the remains of the Kassapa Buddha. It is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal with the dome 120 feet in diameter. Lying on the trade route from Tibet, the stupa was a spot for Tibetan merchants to rest and offer prayers.
Majestic Bus Station - Kathmandu
Dharahara - Kathmandu
Or the Bhimesen tower. Prime minister Bhimsen Thapa's second creation.Presently the tower rises above 60 m (9 storied tall) with the 8th floor having a circular balcony from which visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Kathmandu city. The architecture of the dazzling white beaytu is a crosbeed of Mughal and European styles. Towering like a lighthouse over the labyrinthine old town, this white, minaretlike tower near the post office is a useful landmark.
Chhauni Museum - Kathmandu
The National Museum of Nepal. Opened as a public museum in the year 1938 and was christened The National Museum of Nepal only in year 1967. Previous to that, only foreign scholars and invitees or guests of the Ranas were allowed to have a look of these wonderful collections. The museum has separate galleries dedicated to statues, paintings, murals, coins and weapons. The weapon gallery is cut throat stuff. Among others, it contains various types of Nepalese swords that are called Khukri in the local language. It also contains various types of guns that range from the sultanate era Turkish long barrel to the Royal Enfield built British guns. The coins segment. The oldest coin on display dates back to 12th century. There are separate coins that were issued by the warring families of Shahs and Ranas. There are various statues that have been excavated from the various parts of the kingdom. The ones from the era of the Buddhist dominance are the most impressive.
Pashupatinath - Kathmandu
Dasain is the uniquely Nepali form of Navratri. Nepali festivals are tied to the seasonal agricultural cycle, reflecting the centrality of farming in many Nepali communities. Each of the nine days is full of significance and traditional observances. On Ghatasthapana, sprouted wheat grains are planted in a pot, and kept in a dark place in the household. On the tenth day of Dashami, the beautiful spring-green sprouts (called "jamara") are plucked and worn, as a sign of new growth and regeneration, along with "tikka" (the red kumkum powder) on the forehead.
Pashupatinath Temple - Kathmandu
Visit to the temple of Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple of Lord Shiva is truly amazing. Especially visit of early morning to see Hindu rituals on the river bank is worth. Only Hindus are allowed to go inside the Temple complex, but to others also there are plenty of areas to explore around. Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors, is famous for its superb architecture and is the holiest of Hindu shrines in Nepal. Cremation ghats located at the Bagmati river showcase the funeral rituals of Hindu followers, which is very unique.
The Garden of Dreams - Kathmandu
The soi-disant "Kaiser" made mini-Versailles with pavillions and environments representing the six traditional Nepali seasons (spring, summer, monsoon season, early autumn, late autumn, and winter). After his time the garden's gazebos, fountains, statues and cupolas fell into disrepair, and were recently (2006) restored by Goetz Hagmuller and the tireless Austrian team of art historians who also organized the Patan Museum.
Hotel Potala - Kathmandu
Swayambhunath - Kathmandu
Swayambhunath Stupa - Kathmandu
Swoayambhunath stupa situated west of Kathmandu with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking the righteous behavior of the valley inhabitants. Since this stupa is located on a hilltop, it offers excellent views of the Himalayan ranges and entire Kathmandu valley floor. Perhaps this is the best place to see the Cultural Harmony of local people.
The Last Resort - Kathmandu
Day at Last Resort First we went for Canyon swing where you are tied to a rope around your waist and you jump. Once the rope stops swinging, the guy at the bottom picks you. From here you trek back to the resort. After this I again went for Bungee jumping. This was more difficult for me as now I was tied at my ankles rather than waist and I had to look down and jump. Again here we trek back to the resort after the adrenaline rush. After Lunch, we left for Nepal-Tibet border on bikes. The place was busting with trading activities. There were lot of trucks and packages. People were moving packed stuff here and there. We went on the bridge (Photography is not allowed at the line). Half of it belongs to Nepal and half to China.
Boudhanath - Kathmandu
Next we went to Boudhanath (Boudha) . There is a short cut available from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath. Any localite will be able to guide you. After few km of ride, we reached the temple. The ticket there was 40 nepali rupees. This was a beautiful place with a world of its own. The temple closes at 6:30 p.m. hence plan your visit accordingly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudhanath
Kopan Monastery - Kathmandu
Each year in November, around 200 students from around the world travel to Kopan monastery for one month of meditation and insight into the Dharma. Once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal, Kopan is a now a thriving monastery of over 300 monks, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. A great place to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, there's classes on Buddhism everyday at 10am besides Saturday. Opening once every week, on the top of the hills(Kathmandu outskirts) this is a great shrine to visit.
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