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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
The price is $69 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Thamel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Narayanhity Palace Museum. Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)
"Extremely friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast with lots of choices, including made-to-order items. Rooms are rather small, though that seems to be the norm in Kathmandu (not my first trip there), but very clean and well maintained; a fitness center was a welcome feature, given the practical ..."

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $43 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
This family-friendly Kathmandu hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Durbar Marg. Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu ...
4.1/5Very Good! (761 reviews)
"The staff were fantastic, they went out of their way to accommodate our needs."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hotel Shanker
Kumari Boutique Hotel
Kumari Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Chhusya Galli, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
The price is $27 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Thamel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Dreams and Durbar Marg. Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath are also within 2 mi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)
Excellent choice for Kathmandu stay
"Met and exceeded all our expectations. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location was ideal for walking around the Thamel old City and great shopping. The breakfast was very good and they made great effort to meet our needs during all the Coronavirus uncertainty. I will definitely use ..."

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Kumari Boutique Hotel
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.
Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
3 out of 5
Tokha Road, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
The price is $14 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of Dreams, Durbar Marg, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Narayanhity Palace Museum ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Nice quiet neighborhood. Nice common kitchen. It would be great for a family that wants a kitchen for an extended stay. Great hosts who go the extra mile to make you feel welcome."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Lemon Tree Apartment and Homestay
Grande Tower 6b apartment
Grande Tower 6b apartment
3 out of 5
Dhapasi Tokha, Kathmandu, Bagmati
The price is $40 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in Kathmandu, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Charumati Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Garden of Dreams. Durbar Marg and Boudhanath ...
Grande Tower 6b apartment
Retreat Serviced Apartments
Retreat Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
Swayambhu Marg, Bijeshwori, Kathmandu
The price is $60 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swayambhunath and Chhauni Museum.
4.6/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"I loved everything about to but had been under the impression that a washer/dryer was available but it wasn’t. You would have to pay a fee per item to be washed and the fee was way too high- 90rupees for per shirt, etc. that was very disappointing. Other than that I enjoyed staying there."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Retreat Serviced Apartments
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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