The Heritage Valley Kathmandu is the center of cultural assimilation, architectural marvels and diverse lifestyle. The capital city, in the center of Nepal, stands on an elevation of approx 14000 meters surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri.
Every travelers and tourist spends at least 2 to 3 days, arrival to departure, during their visit in Nepal. Wondering what can be done in the traffic crazy crowded city? Here are some must see/be sights on one of the most colourful city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
THE HIPSTER TOWN
Hotspot for tourist Thamel boasts a different lifestyle in comparison to the other part of Kathmandu. Distinguished with its narrow alleys, crowded streets full of shops and vendor Thamel was once home to the ethnic tribe of Kathmandu the Newars.
Now the epicenter of commerce in Kathmandu, thamel still have not lost its century old roots. You can still find old building, Temples dedicated to ancient Hindu Gods and Goddesses in dotted around Thamel area.
THE THREE MEDIEVAL TOWNS
Travel to medieval Nepal and absorb the religious righteousness in the cultural and religious hubs. The Valley of Temple and God’s, Kathmandu Valley houses seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the three medieval towns, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares.
Above picture were taken before April 2015 Earthquake
With maze of temples, exploring the three durbar squares feels like travelling back to the prehistoric and the medieval era. With culture and art of the past spills over in every corner, you need to ensure if you have seen all the hidden charms of the Durbar Squares.
- Entry Fee for Kathmandu Durbar Square: NPR 750 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 200 [7am to 7pm]
- Entry Fee for Patan Durbar Square: NPR 500 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 100 [7am to 7pm]
- Entry Fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square: NPR 1100 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 200 [7am to 7pm]
Note: Most of the monuments that had been designated as World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan has been damaged during the April earthquake and are under construction.
THE TWO SACRED BUDDHIST STUPAS
Swayambhunath “the monkey temple” is another holiest Buddhist sites “revered by both Buddhists and Hindus” in Nepal. One of the oldest religious sites in Nepal, Swayambhunath is located in the hillock at the northwestern part of the city. Away from the hustle and bustle from the busy streets of the city, arriving at the top you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Kathmandu valley.
Be prepared to be mobbed by the resident monkey!! Ensure you walk around the stupas in a clockwise direction.
Entry Fee: NPR 200 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [6am to 7pm]
Boudhanath Stupa the largest spherical stupas in Nepal is also the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. Originally built in the 14th century, Boudhanath is one of the popular tourist destination of Kathmandu.Thousands of colourful prayer flags hoisted up from the top of the stupa with Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims performing full body prostrations and locals walking around the stupa with prayer wheels, chant, and pray, surrounded by souvenir shops and charming cafes welcomes you as you enter the stupa area.
Entry Fee: NPR 200 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [7am to 7pm]
THE HOLY HINDU TEMPLE
Pashupatinath Temple a famous sacred Hindu Temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. The oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath as it stands today was built in the 19th century.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, only hindu are allowed to enter the temple premises. Non hindus and tourist are allowed to view the temple only from the across the Bagmati River. Be prepared for open cremations, cows freely crossing and roaming in the streets.
Entry Fee: NPR 500 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [7am to 7pm]
THE CHARMING MOUNTAIN OUTPOST
The picturesque beauty of the place makes it a very popular attraction for tourists and local as well. At an hour and half drive, at an elevation of 2,195 meters Nagarkot is considered the most scenic spot with a complete panoramic view of Kathmandu valley.
Known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley.