Things to do in Kathmandu, Nepal (with Map & Photos)

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of the state of Nepal, its cultural and historical center. Kathmandu lies in the Himalayan mountain valley, at an altitude of more than 1,300 meters above sea level, and is home to over 1 million people.

Kathmandu Nepal
Kathmandu Nepal

Kathmandu attracts numerous tourists and pilgrims with temple centers, monasteries, narrow streets that have not changed their appearance for centuries, and quaint buildings that combine the traditions of two religions - Buddhism and Hinduism. Sights of Kathmandu, together with the monuments of Patan and Bhaktapur, are unique and are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one object of protection - "World Heritage of the Kathmandu Valley".

Kathmandu Nepal
Kathmandu Nepal

Basic moments


Life in the Nepalese capital is always lively. Crowds of people walk the streets, and motorcycles and cars accumulate in spontaneous traffic jams. Car horns, rickshaw bells, whistles and the melodic tinkling of ritual bells are constantly heard. Tourists who have visited Kathmandu note the benevolence and smile of its inhabitants.

Kathmandu Nepal
Kathmandu Nepal

In the spring of 2015, Nepal experienced a series of powerful earthquakes, which killed many people, destroyed houses and architectural monuments. The country's capital is no exception. In Kathmandu, many religious buildings and palaces that were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List were destroyed or damaged. The world community did not stay away from the trouble - Nepal received a lot of international support and is quickly recovering. Today, the country has almost completely coped with the consequences of the earthquake, all roads and streets in Kathmandu have been cleared, and the main monuments and sights are reopened to tourists.

The best times to travel to the Nepalese capital are the periods from March to April and from October to November. At this time of the year, travelers who come to Kathmandu are guaranteed a cloudless sky and a comfortable air temperature. In early spring and autumn, the most colorful Nepalese holidays and festivals are also held here - Holi, Diwali, Shiva's Night and the Nepalese New Year.

Kathmandu Nepal
Kathmandu Nepal

Most tourists prefer to stay in the Thamel area, which is a 20-minute walk north of the famous Durbar Square. There are many hotels, internet cafes, restaurants, inexpensive shops and travel agencies here. The area was practically not damaged by the earthquake, since the buildings in it were built of reinforced concrete using modern technologies.

How to get there


The easiest way to get to Kathmandu is by plane, and the most interesting, colorful and memorable, in my opinion, is by bus, and I will definitely repeat this route!

Kathmandu Map