Being capital of Nepal Kathmandu is not only crowded, There is more to Kathmandu than the crowded streets and bagpackers. It is the gateway to the Himalayas. Usually reffered paradise for the mountain trekkers, Nepal has plenty of other things that can offer to its guest. With medieval temples to the heritage of Durbar square and the breathtaking view of the valleys surrounded by the rolling hills, Kathmandu offers everything to give you a taste and feel for this Hindu country.
So, before starting the journey, why not begin the your trip by exploring the country’s capital, Kathmandu.
- Thamel: Thamel is the oldest part of the capital. The streets of the thamel are the busiest part of the Kathmandu. You’ll find here everything from hotel room to mountain gear all that you need to start your journey. There are antique bookshops,clothing stores. There are mix of different hotels and hostels. And at last don’t miss the delicious street foods.
- Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa was built in 14th century, is one of the biggest stupa in country and is the most sacred place for Buddhist. The stupa was devasted by the earthquake in 2015 but later restored and open to visitors just after 18 months of earthquake.
- Swayambhunath Temple: Mostly phrased as the temple of monkey swayambhunath is one of the major landmark of Kathmandu. This holy temple shows a white stupa with compelling eyes of Buddha and shimmering golden spire. The temple is located at the hill top which gives the breath taking view of Kathmandu valley. The hanging colourful prayer flags over the stupa gives the stunning sight.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is another major landmark in the capital, located at the heart of the Kathmandu. Kathmandu durbar square used to be kings palace right from where he used to rule the country. Also known as the Hanuman Dhoka is the world heritage site according to UNESCO. The site used to be filled with people until it was hit by tha devastating earthquake and now is in the process of restoration.
- Pashupatinath Temple: you are in Kathmandu then you must visit the pashupatinath temple. It is one of the most sacred place for hindu devotees. Pashupati is the largest temple of Nepal and is located at the bank of bagmati river. It was build in 5th century and lated renovated by malla kings and the temple is dedicated to lord shiva.