Kathmandu

Travel Guide
Golden Temple showing a city

Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Nepal’s capital is an alluring blend of sacred monuments, medieval landmarks and lively shopping districts as well as being a gateway to Kathmandu Valley.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and smells welcomes visitors to Kathmandu. It is a spellbinding combination of medieval center, holy city, shops and breathtaking natural scenery. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, set in the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. Wander its maze of winding streets to discover centuries-old traditions amid stunning Newari architecture.

A great place to start your visit is at Kathmandu Durbar Square, the city’s architecturally impressive historic and religious heart. Spot multi-tiered pagoda temples, colorful shrines and exotic wood carvings. Highlights include the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari House, Kasthamandap and Maju Deval Temple. Weave between rickshaws, cows and holy men as you stroll through the square’s surrounding alleyways. Bargain for fresh fruit and flowers at the markets and peak into courtyards to see carpets of sundried chilies.

A short walk north of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the Thamel district. Within this popular backpacker hangout you’ll find a variety of guesthouses and hotels, bakeries, bars and restaurants. Explore the bazaars, where shops sell everything from prayer beads and bronze Buddha statues to pashmina scarves, incense and spices. Escape the noise at the serene Garden of Dreams and then learn about Nepal’s royal and political history at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the palace where Nepal’s monarchs used to live.

South of Durbar Square is Freak Street, a bohemian enclave home of chic cafés. Discover more temples and street hawkers at Indra Chowk and relax in Ratna Park, one of the few green spaces in the city center.

Be sure to visit Kathmandu’s ancient sacred landmarks. Climb the 365-step staircase to the magical Swayambhunath. Spin prayer wheels as you walk around the Boudhanath stupa with monks and devotees. Watch ancient Hindu rituals at Pashupatinath Temple and glean insights into the lives of Buddhist monks at Kopan Monastery.

Reach Kathmandu by flying to Tribhuvan International Airport and get around on foot, rickshaw, public buses and low-cost taxis. Save some time to visit Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, some of the atmospheric towns scattered around the Kathmandu Valley. For adventurists, Kathmandu is also the jumping off point for treks to Everest Base Camp.

Where to stay in Kathmandu

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
3 out of 5
Tridevi Marg, KMC- 29, Kathmandu, 44600
The price is $58 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (120 reviews)
"As a banking businessman for decades, I have been to many hotels all over the world. The service at this hotel is by far the best I’ve ever experienced, anywhere! Every time I go for breakfast it is literally like having a private caretaker immediately providing every need."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Hotel Yak & Yeti
Hotel Yak & Yeti
5 out of 5
Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (228 reviews)
"Hotel is in quite and peaceful place, the staff were friendly and helpful. For us it was money well spend."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Hotel Yak & Yeti
Hotel Mulberry
Hotel Mulberry
4 out of 5
Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, 44600
The price is $94 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"Great hotel, super service."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Hotel Mulberry
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Four Red Doors Apartments
Four Red Doors Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Province No. 3, 44600
The price is $33 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Popular attractions Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath are located ...
Four Red Doors Apartments
Apartments in Kathmandu nepal
Apartments in Kathmandu nepal
Kathmandu, Bagmati
The price is $45 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and a TV. Popular attractions Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath are located nearby. Discover ...
Apartments in Kathmandu nepal
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Bagmati
Stay at this apartment in Kathmandu. Enjoy WiFi, 2 bathrooms, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath are located nearby. Discover ...
2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment, Kathmandu, Nepal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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