Sightseeing in kathmandu.
The tourist bus we booked came in at 10:00am to pick us from hotel.
1. We started with pashupatinath temple, which is inscribed in UNESCO World heritage sites. We booked a tourist bus for sightseeing, which consisted of around 6-7 major attractions of KTM(Kathmandu). Pashupatinath temple complex covers a huge area of 264 hectares of land and a whopping 518 temples and monuments. And the time given by your tourist bus guide won't be enough to explore it properly, so if you're really interested in temples (some visit KTM for the sole purpose to see pashupatinath), then booking a private taxi would be a better alternative.
Additional suggestion: There are small and cute monkeys all around the temple, sliding jumping and playing around. Take there pictures if you want to but don't go too close to them to take pictures. Well, i did. I got really close to one of them like 15cm away and he suddenly turned back and almost jumped on me! But it was fun btw. :-p
Entry ticket: Free for Indians and 1000 Npr for foreigners.
2. Boudhanath stupa
Boudhanath is one of the largest stupa's in asia. The streets around the stupa are beautiful and artistic. The shops are flooded with art collection, vintage decoration items and a lot more.
Entry fee: 100 Npr for Indians
3. Budhanilkantha Temple
Its a open air temple dedicated to lord vishnu. A 5m tall and 13m long statue is situated at the middle of a pool. Thus place will not take more than 15 mins of yours!
Entry fee : Free
4. Swayambhunath stupa
You'll have to climb through the stairs to reach to the stupa. Its not a big climb so don't need to worry about that, And you'll see some interesting monuments in the way as well. When you have reached the point you'll see the stupa there, which is among the oldest in nepal. From this point you'll see the entire City of KTM , which is just beautiful to watch . Avoid shopping here everything is overpriced here.
Entry fee: 50Npr for Indians.
5. Durban square:
This is also among the UNESCO World heritage sites . The monuments here are one of there kind, most the the architecture made up here is of wood. Due the earthquakes in Nepal in 2015 the main monument is under reconstruction so, we couldn't see that.
Walk around the streets and watch these artistic monuments , interact with the locals you might hear some interesting stories and the people of nepal are generally very warm,relaxed,frank and open minded , click some pictures if you like to,and you can do some shopping here too.
Entry fee : 100Npr
In the evening we had to head to bus station of KTM to catch the bus to pokhara at 7:00pm. So, due to lack of time we could only explore this much in KTM. But if you have couple of days more you can visit manakamana, poon hill, nagarkot( i was told the sunrise from their is mesmerizing ) and other places in KTM like garden of dreams and a few more.
One funny incident happened with us here,
We are were a group of four friends and two of us were waiting at the bus station for bus to arrive in the meantime me and my other friend went to shop in the mall. It took around 5mins from mall to bus station . We were shopping and also keeping an eye on the time. It was 6:45pm in our watches, we were relaxed that we have 15 mins left before the bus departs and we were like ,we can reach there comfortably on time . Then i was just going through my phone and noticed that its showing 7:00pm. Ohh Fuck!!
wanna know What just happened? Actually the phone was showing the time of KTM and the watch was showing the Indian time. We knew about the time difference, it just slipped out of our mind for that moment, so we ranned as fast as we could through the streets while people staring us like are they thieves or some criminals? we got to bus station quickly only to see that the bus has left and now our other two friends are angry with us, they couldn't even call because indian sim cards don't work there neither we had access to internet at that spot. We panicked because that was the last bus to pokhara tonight and we had to wait for tomorrow morning to catch the next bus. But then we talked at the ticket counter and requested the guy there to help us, he was a good man he called the bus conductor and brought back the bus for us. Ahhh that was an adventure in itself. Hahaha. Then we board into the bus for our next destination. POKHARA!