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    Top Things To Do In Kathmandu
    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaJan 8th 2024
    The city of Kathmandu in Nepal is a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern life. Nestled within the Kathmandu Valley, it is a cultural hub with a rich historical significance. The UNESCO-listed Durbar Squares are a testament to the mastery of Newari architecture, with intricately carved palaces, temples, and shrines.  For those seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle, the Garden of Dreams is a peaceful retreat. As the gateway to the Himalayas, Kathmandu is an ideal destination for adventure and natural beauty. The city offers a tapestry of experiences where the past and present blend seamlessly, making it an unforgettable destination for travelers seeking both cultural immersion and breathtaking landscapes.

    What to do in Kathmandu?

    1. Swaymbhunath Stupa

    Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a famous Buddhist stupa in Nepal, perched atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. I am known for its striking white dome with a golden spire and is both a religious site and a popular tourist destination. Visitors can climb stairs, often encountering playful monkeys, to reach the top and enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu city. It's a symbol of peace and spirituality, holding cultural and religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus alike. 

    2. Bouddhanath stupa

    Boudhanath Stupa is a well-known Buddhist monument in Nepal. This place is important for Buddhists on pilgrimages and a favorite among tourists. Visitors often stroll around it, turning prayer wheels and saying prayers. The stupa symbolizes peace and spirituality, making it a significant cultural and religious site in Nepal.

    3. Pashupatinath Temple

    Pashupatinath is a famous Hindu pagoda-style temple devoted to Lord Shiva, a major Hindu deity. This place holds great religious importance and is a popular pilgrimage site. It's located by the Bagmati River and is known for its unique architecture and religious ceremonies, where people go to seek blessings, conduct cremations, and immerse themselves in Nepal's rich spiritual traditions.

    4. Thamel

    Thamel is a lively neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants, casinos,  bars, and hotels. It's a popular spot for tourists due to its convenience and bustling streets. You can find everything from souvenirs to diverse dining and entertainment options here. Thamel is a go-to place for those wanting to explore Kathmandu's culture, and food, and find tourist-friendly accommodations.

    5. Kathmandu Durbar Square

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is a captivating cultural in the center of Kathmandu which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its breathtaking architecture, featuring old palaces, temples, and beautifully carved wooden buildings. It's like a lively museum of Nepal's rich history and artistic traditions. Here, you can experience traditional ceremonies and get a glimpse into Kathmandu's royal history.

    6. Naturally grown Cannabis/Marijuana

    The marijuana trade is illegal in Nepal, and so is the rule for growing it. However, We will take you through the marijuana fields that are grown naturally. The area is located on a hiking route and you will be seeing them while walking. It is believed that marijuana farming is going to be legal soon for medicinal purposes.

    7. Budanilkantha

    Budanilkantha is famous for its extraordinary and age-old statue of Lord Vishnu. Here, you'll find a remarkable image of Lord Vishnu resting on the coils of a cosmic serpent amid a sacred pond. It's a religious pilgrimage site and holds deep spiritual significance for Hindus, drawing devotees who come to offer prayers and seek blessings.

    8. Narayanhiti Museum

    Narayanhiti Museum is a former royal palace turned museum. It offers a peek into Nepal's royal history and culture, displaying the opulent lifestyle of the monarchy before Nepal transitioned to a republic in 2008. The museum's mix of traditional and modern architecture invites you to explore Nepal's regal heritage through its exhibits and artifacts.

    9.Bhaktapur Durbar square

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its beautifully preserved medieval buildings, including temples and palaces adorned with intricate woodwork and stone carvings. You can soak up the rich Newar culture, experience traditional festivals, and visit Pottery Square.

    10. Rafting in Trishuli

    Trishuli River rafting in Nepal is an exciting adventure suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. This river, named after Lord Shiva's trident, offers thrilling rapids and beautiful scenery as it winds through gorges, lush landscapes, and cultural villages. It's a memorable outdoor experience in the heart of Nepal. Many resorts offer you food accommodation as hospitality.

    11. Everest Mountain Flight

    Taking an Everest mountain flight from Kathmandu is an amazing experience. These flights let you see the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, from a small aircraft. Departing from Kathmandu, you'll get breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and more. It's a convenient way to get close to the Himalayas without trekking and lasts about an hour, perfect for capturing stunning photos.

    12. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

    An Everest helicopter tour from Kathmandu is an exciting way to experience the beauty of the Everest region. You can get a helicopter from Kathmandu & and Pokhara, fly over picturesque landscapes, and see the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, up close. You'll even have a brief landing at Everest Base Camp for incredible photos. This tour is perfect for those who want to enjoy the Himalayas without trekking in one day.

    13. Paragliding

    Paragliding in Kathmandu offers an unforgettable adventure in Nepal's capital. You'll glide above the Kathmandu Valley, taking in stunning views of the city, lush hills, and the Himalayas.  This activity is suitable for beginners and experts, providing a unique way to experience Nepal's landscape from above. A must-try adventure for thrill-seekers and nature lovers in the Kathmandu Valley.

    14.Bhotekoshi Bunjee Jumping

    Bhotekoshi bungee jumping is a memorable adventure activity in Nepal. It involves leaping off a suspension bridge over the wild and powerful Bhote Koshi River in the Sindhupalchowk District nearest to Kathmandu. This thrilling experience offers an intense free fall before the bungee cord recoils, giving you a heart-pounding rush of excitement. 

    15. Mountain Biking

    Explore Kathmandu on a mountain bike and discover diverse landscapes and cultures near the city. Ride exciting trails in Shivapuri National Park for stunning Kathmandu Valley views. If you're looking for a quick nature getaway, head west to Nagarjun Forest Reserve. For a challenging adventure, conquer Champadevi Hill's slopes and enjoy breathtaking vistas. For even more thrill, consider Kakani for mountain biking with Langtang Himalaya views.

    16. Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park Hike

    The Shivapuri Nagarjuna hike is a scenic adventure in Nepal. The trail leads you through beautiful forests, offering views of the Kathmandu Valley and sometimes even the Himalayas. You can explore Nagarjuna Hill with an ancient stupa and Shivapuri Hill with a reservoir. It's a great trip to enjoy nature near the city.

    17. Chandragiri Cable Car Day Tour and Hike 

    Experience the Chandragiri cable car tour and hike in Kathmandu, Nepal. Take a hike to Chandragiri Hill's summit for breathtaking panoramas of mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. The trail suits various skill levels, making it a perfect day trip for nature lovers and those wanting to explore Nepal's beauty near the city. 

    18. Namobuddha Tour And Hiking

    Namobuddha tour and hike in Nepal offer a spiritual journey near Kathmandu. Visit the sacred stupa and monastery, witness Buddhist rituals, and enjoy the peaceful environment. Afterward, hike through lush forests, Marinjuanas (Cannabis), terraced fields, and villages, with stunning Himalayan views. It's a unique blend of culture and nature for a memorable Nepal experience.

    19. Cremation Area

    The cremation area of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a sacred place where Hindus perform traditional cremation rituals along the Bagmati River. Families come to say their farewells to their loved ones in a solemn setting. This site holds religious significance and is open to visitors who want to observe and respect Hindu cremation customs.

    20. Ranikot Village Hiking

    Ranikot Village hiking is a chance to discover local culture. The trail winds through scenic landscapes, like terraced fields and charming villages, offering an authentic Nepal experience. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and those eager to connect with friendly locals and learn about their traditions.

    21. Try Local Cuisine

    When in Kathmandu try the local cuisine. You'll discover a diverse culinary scene reflecting the city's cultural diversity. Don't miss momo, dal bhat, Newari specialties like bara and yomari, and street food such as sel roti and chatamari.

    22. Festivals

    Kathmandu, Nepal's lively capital, hosts year-round festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Indra Jatra, and Buddha Jayanti. Holi, Nepal Sambat, and Maghe Sankranti add more vibrancy. These celebrations showcase Kathmandu's cultural diversity, offering a captivating glimpse into Nepal's traditions.

    23. Casino

    Kathmandu offers a vibrant casino scene with various gaming options, including slot machines, poker, and roulette. Casinos like Casino Royale, Casino Anna, Casino Rad, Casino Tara, and Casino Mahjong Soaltee provide entertainment in Nepal's capital. Remember, the legal gambling age is 21, and identification is needed for entry. 

    24. Mosque

    In  Kathmandu, you'll find landmarks of various faiths, including the Kashmiri Mosque. This Mughal-style mosque is a center for the local Muslim community and a symbol of Nepal's religious diversity, promoting cultural harmony and coexistence. Visitors appreciate its serene beauty while exploring the city's religious landscape.

    25. Asan Local Market

    Asan, in Kathmandu, is a vibrant historic market with colorful stalls, rich culture, and delicious Nepali food, making it a must-visit for exploring Kathmandu's culture.

    26. Kathesimbhu Monastery

    Kathesimbhu Monastery is a Buddhist site near Swayambhunath Stupa in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. It features an ornate white stupa adorned with gold Buddhist symbols. Visitors can spin prayer wheels, immerse in its spiritual ambiance, and explore nearby shrines, monastic buildings, and local shops, all contributing to the area's rich cultural heritage.

    27. Garden of Dreams

    The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. With its greenery, pavilions, and fountains, it's perfect for leisurely walks and relaxation. The garden also features a host of cultural events, offering a delightful escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

    28.Muktinath Heli Tour

    Experience the Muktinath Heli Tour and Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, revered by Hindus and Buddhists the temple complex, including 108 water spouts, monasteries, and the main temple, immersing yourself in spirituality, culture, and natural beauty against the stunning backdrop of the Nepalese Himalayas. 

    29. Annapurna Base Camp Heli Tour

    An Annapurna Heli Tour from Kathmandu offers a thrilling aerial adventure to witness the stunning Himalayan landscapes, including Annapurna peaks. Reputable operators offer various tour options, ensuring safety in challenging terrain and breathtaking views make it an unforgettable experience. 

    30. Latarambeshwor Mahadev Hike

    Latarambeshwor Mahadev is a famous Hindu temple in Nepal's Makwanpur district dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's known for its scenic location, challenging hike (2-3 hours), and stunning views at 2,700 meters (8,800 feet). Devotees visit to seek blessings for well-being, family harmony, and spiritual fulfillment.

    31.Godawari Botantical Garden

    The Godawari Botanical Garden is a biodiverse paradise for nature lovers and researchers. Visitors can explore serene paths through beautiful gardens and forests, discover a scenic pond teeming with aquatic life, and enjoy educational displays. It's a peaceful escape from the city, ideal for leisurely walks and connecting with Nepal's stunning plant life.

    32. Yoga and Meditation

    Kathmandu is a fantastic place for yoga and meditation lovers. You can find many different options here, whether you want to relax in a meditation retreat, take yoga classes, or learn from experienced teachers. Kathmandu is a special place to explore these practices and deepen your understanding of yourself.

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    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaJan 8th 2024

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