Welcome to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the gateway to the Himalayas, and the centre of everything in Nepal. One of the most colourful cities in the world, it is a welcome assault on your senses, full of both sweet and unpleasant smells, incessant noise, pollution and superb sights which become etched into memory. Narrow alleys are bustling with temples, shops, restaurants, Kathmandu hotels and overflowing with vegetables and spices. Throngs of people walk along the cobblestone streets lined with buildings of ancient architecture, leading to open squares surrounded by magnificent temples.
Wherever you look in Kathmandu there's always something interesting: ancient temples, statues, sadhu's in bright saffron robes or Tibetan monks chanting or spinning prayer wheels.
Kathmandu is the core of Nepali traditional culture and arts and there is a lot to see and do. This is the place where you can relax or take an interesting Kathmandu tour to see some of the historic and artistic temples and monuments.
Home to the royal palace, most of the government offices, embassies and corporate houses, Kathmandu is famous for its architecture and the numerous Hindu and Buddhist temples and palaces from the seventeenth century. Durbar Square, which is the old palace of the kings of Newar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in Basantapur near Freak Street, which was a famous place for hippies in the seventies.
Next to Thamel, the heart of tourism in the country stands the Shah King's Palace. West of the Palace are two parallel streets which have a multitude of Kathmandu hotels of all categories. The Palace is at the beginning of Durbar Marg, a street full of rows of shops. Due to the rich Newari culture and heritage in Kathmandu, most of the street names originate from "Nepal Bhasa".
Being the tourist hub of the country, Kathmandu offers a range of services including international flights, fascinating Kathmandu tours, and authentic places to stay. It has a range of Kathmandu hotels for all budgets, and plenty of restaurants in Thamel, and therefore able to cater for all sorts of modern travellers. By using our Kathmandu map you can even choose your hotel in Kathmandu based on its location. You can also enjoy the unique shopping and night-life complete with an incredible view of the mountains.
Overlooked by the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by a fertile agricultural hillside which is dotted with conventional villages and brick houses. A huge treasure of culture and tradition is reflected in the ancient holy temples and shrines frequented by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Taking a tour in Kathmandu is the perfect way to learn more about the history and culture of the country. You will find representatives of most of the ethnic groups in the Valley itself, particularly in Kathmandu. However, the Newars, who are the original inhabitants of Nepal, are responsible for the fabulous art and architecture in the cities as well as the development all around
Due to the recent military conflict between the government and the Maoist rebels, it is advisable for tourists to register with their consulates on arrival and avoid public demonstrations. Although tourists have not been the target of politically motivated violence, it is advisable to steer clear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Frequent strikes and protests are a major inconvenience for tourists since it results in the closure of all shops, restaurants, and modes of transport.
While violent crime is rare in Kathmandu, always keep an eye on your belongings since pickpockets are very common in crowded areas. If the room in your Kathmandu hotel does not have a good lock or secure windows, please store all valuables in a safety deposit box of the hotel or on yourself. Avoid walking after dark as in any large city.
One of the most fascinating cities in the world, Kathmandu is a wonderful place to visit. The largest city in Nepal, and its historical centre, it is a blend of the country's diverse population and its distinctive ancient religious influence is reflected in the daily lives of the people. On first arrival, Kathmandu can be a bit of a culture shock due to its massive diversity from the west, but a place that seeps into your soul and encourages repeat visits.
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Sitting within its spacious premises in Nagarkot, Niva Niwa Lodge serves a combination of comfort, magnificent views and a variety of dishes because its spacious rooms have their own balconies; it commands sublime sceneries of marvelous Himalayan range; and its cooks prepare delectable Nepali, Thai, Indian, and Continental dishes.[more info]
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A newly opened hotel intending to serve the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, Hotel Cascade in Lazimpat really gives the feel of a fountain cascading down a pristine mountainside as its name indicates.[more info]
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Hotel Family Home, a budget hotel in Thamel, offers spacious and quiet rooms in a very convenient yet peaceful location. Its sunny rooftop commands admirable scenery of Kathmandu Valley including the Swayambhunath Stupa and a long range of Himalayas in the north along with Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal.[more info]
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Founded in a residential locality of Patan, Hotel Goodwill richly exhibits traditional Nepali architecture and embraces modern décor quite tastefully. It truly qualifies as ‘your home in Patan’ because, from the moment you step in, the staff will treat you like a family member. Besides, Patan Durbar Square and dozens of other ancient monuments are easily accessible.[more info]
The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Range are arranged almost precisely in a circle of about 10 miles in diameter, with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater-like structure at the centre.[more info]
Everest Base Camp Trek is a great opportunity to have a unique experience. If you have ever wanted to gaze at the highest summit in the world from close quarters, then this exciting trek in the Everest region is definitely for you![more info]
This adventurous package aims to let you discover the least explored Himalayan areas of Nepal, far away from urban glimmers, where some of the best creations of nature and centuries old rustic lifestyle coexist still today and seem to be untouched by the outer world. [more info]
The Langtang Gosaikunda trek combines the remote and spectacular valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda, the beautiful Langtang National park, then trek to the end of the valley to the wonderful mountains views.[more info]
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The Everest Vista Flight, one of world's most exclusive activities, is an exhilarating experience that you should not miss while you are in Nepal. The flight takes you deep into the Himalayas, flying into valleys close to the rock face, as close as five nautical miles from Mt. Everest itself.[more info]
There is no better way than seeing with your own eyes the myriad treasures to truly appreciate the splendour of the valley of Kathmandu. Designed to exceed your expectations of a sightseeing package, this tour gets you acquainted with seven World Heritage Sites inside the valley.[more info]
To fully explore Kathmandu it would take weeks, but this short hike provides an ample knowledge on the varied natural, historical and cultural treasures in and around the valley. The excursion covers fascinating destinations like Sundarijal, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur.[more info]
While Nepal finds its pride in hosting the tallest peaks in the world, mountaineers from around the globe find an unmatchable taste of alpinism in climbing Island Peak. This strenuous and adventurous expedition also features a firstand experience of the Sherpa culture and their homeground, Khumbu.[more info]
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Leaving all traces of urban annoyances far behind, Haatiban Resort is the kind of place where nature lovers, honeymooners and trekkers would like to spend their vacation and take back some of the lasting memories of a lifetime. Living next to nature does not require you to pay too high a price once you know how to book this legendary accommodation situated on the pine-clad hills south of Kathmandu.[more info]
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Hotel Shahanshah International, Nepal's first hotel with a dedicated sports centre of its own, has successfully hosted dozens of high-profile sporting events and is equally suitable for mid-range and business travellers.[more info]
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From its brand new building to newly furnished and decorated rooms, from the impressive hospitality of its hosts to the homely environment – everything about Thamel Eco Resort brings new look and feel at the moment. Right from the start, it seeks to present itself as an excellent choice in Thamel.[more info]
Namaste! Welcome to Kathmandu!
Meet Rajendra Prasad Sapkota and Outdoor Himalayan Treks, your local connection in Kathmandu. Starting as a young porter, Rajendra has all the local knowledge that will make your trip to Kathmandu life changing. With us, visitors experience remote villages, meet local people, and gain insight into our culture. We support local villages, and have even built a local orphanage to house and educate displaced, and often outcast, children. We hope to bring you a journey that will be enriching, but will also help those in need in Kathmandu.[more]
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