Kathmandu Itinerary: 25 Epic Places to Visit in Nepal in 2024

Wondering what are the best places to visit in Nepal?

Kathmandu has plenty of fascinating places to visit from ancient stupas to colorful markets and rich cultures. The capital city of Nepal is the first port of call when heading to the country and its famous Himalayan Mountain Range. A well-planned Kathmandu itinerary, is the best introduction to what Nepal has to offer. Namaste!

I spent 30 days exploring Nepal and during my time in the country, I learned all the amazing things about Nepalese culture. I traveled around Kathmandu with a very experienced local guide, and I explored the amazing tourist spots and landmarks, as well as the hidden gems in the city.

Kathmandu is a chaotic, vibrant, busy and cultural city in Nepal. Each district of the city has its own feel and energy to be explored. From the shopping paradise of Thamel, to incredible stupas and temples, the places to visit in Kathmandu will just amaze you!

I am here to share with you the most amazing places to visit in Kathmandu with all the details you need to know. This guide has the best places to visit in Kathmandu, plus very helpful tips, a handy neighborhood guide with the best areas to stay in Kathmandu and what you need to know to plan a perfect trip to Kathmandu.

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Essential Tips for your Kathmandu Itinerary

Where is Kathmandu in Nepal?

Kathmandu, the capital and the largest city of Nepal, is nestled within the Kathmandu Valley, situated in the central region of this diverse nation.

Perched at an altitude of 1,296 meters above sea level, Kathmandu has approximately 1.4 million residents. While Nepali is the primary language spoken in Kathmandu, it’s heartening to note that English is widely understood, especially in the city’s prominent tourist destinations.

Nepal has over 26 million inhabitants, and it shares borders with China, particularly Tibet to the north, while the southern, eastern, and western frontiers are embraced by the vast expanse of India. So, when you’re curious about Kathmandu’s location, you’re essentially delving into the heart of an incredible land steeped in rich culture, history, and natural beauty.

Places in Kathmandu to visit

How Many Days on Your Kathmandu Itinerary?

I recommend to plan at least three days to explore the complex Kathmandu. This should be enough amount of time to enjoy a city tour of Kathmandu’s famous sights plus make day trips to other historic landmarks just outside the city.

If you manage your time wisely, and hire a local guide for a very affordable price, you will be able to squeeze both city tours and day trips into just two days.

But of course, if you want to add all these amazing 25 things to your Kathmandu itinerary, you will need more time in the city. So just pick your preferences and priorities.

What to Expect when you Visit Kathmandu

As I said before, Kathmandu is a chaotic city, including the traffic and pollution to the point that you will want to wear a face mask. I got sick from the pollution, so I would definitely wear a mask next time.

On a positive side, Kathmandu is a very safe city to visit, and people are friendly and they want to get to know you and show their city. They are so proud of Kathmandu.

As far as the dress code in Kathmandu, make sure you cover your shoulders and knees with respect to the Nepalese culture. We already know that as responsible travelers, we need to follow these rules to enter temples and stupas. But in Nepal, this rule should be respected everywhere you go. Choose to dress in layers, and if you forgot something, you can always shop in Kathmandu.

It is easy enough to visit Kathmandu independently. But if you prefer, you can hire a guide to arrange all the plans for you. I used this professional local guide, and I highly recommend them.

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How to Get Around Kathmandu

I recommend choosing accommodations in the neighborhood where you can just walk around. I stayed at the Beautiful Kathmandu hotel in the Thamel area and I had a great experience just walking to restaurants, shops, and most places I wanted to visit. Further below, you can find a whole section of the best areas to stay in in Kathmandu.

It is safe to walk around, but the traffic is chaotic, especially close to the tourist areas. There is so much to see and explore in Kathmandu, that you will want to walk around to see and experience every corner.

If you are planning to visit further areas, I recommend taking a taxi or riksja (bicycle taxi), as they are easy to use and very affordable. To go from one district to the other, expect to pay only 500 Nepalese Rupees ($4 USD).

You can also hire a professional local guide to show you around, and introduce you to the best of Kathmandu Valley. 

Places in Kathmandu to visit

The Best Time to Visit Kathmandu

The best time to visit Kathmandu is during September, October, and November. During this time of year, the weather is dry with beautiful clear skies. It’s the perfect time of year to get spectacular views of the city and its surrounding valley. 

In September the temperature ranges from 66°F to 82°F (19°C to 28°C), whilst if you decide to visit in November you’re looking at temperatures between 42°F to 68°F (6° to 20°C).

Places in Kathmandu do visit
Thamel is the commercial and touristy area in Kathmandu with shops, restaurants, bars and hotels

The Money Situation in Nepal

The Nepali Rupee is the official currency of Nepal. We recommend carrying a combination of Nepali Rupee and US dollars. The current exchange rate is $1 USD = 103Rs.

You can find ATMs just about anywhere in most of Kathmandu. Most ATMs have a maximum withdrawal limit of 10,000Rs, however, some NABIL machines have a 35,000Rs limit.

  • ATM: It can be quite frustrating to deal with the 10,000Rs limit on ATM withdrawals, as the associated bank fees can quickly add up. However, we strongly advise withdrawing as much cash as possible each time you visit an ATM. This will ensure that you have enough money to cover any unforeseen issues that may arise, such as political or social unrest.
  • CREDIT CARD: Credit cards are commonly accepted in Kathmandu at most tourist hotels, restaurants, airlines, and tour agencies; however, fees may apply.
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The Best Places in Kathmandu to Visit

1. Thamel Neighborhood: The Best introduction to Kathmandu

Thamel is definitely one of the best places in Kathmandu to visit, and where I recommend anyone to start your visit. Here you will see and learn a lot about Kathmandu, and it will help you to situate in Nepal (or feel overwhelmed).

This neighborhood is home to an array of quirky cafes, traditional restaurants, and plenty of market stalls. It’s the oldest part of the city, and you could spend all day weaving through its atmospheric alleys. 

Here is also a great place to shop and grab souvenirs or you can head there in the evening to enjoy the nightlife. It’s one of the most popular places in Kathmandu and is located near many of the top sights.  

  • It’s important to be cautious of cars while walking around on foot.
  • Make sure to get a receipt for whatever you purchase, they may ask for it at the airport. 
  • It’s a great place to get reasonably priced trekking gear.
Places in Kathmandu to visit

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2. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Best place in Kathmandu to visit to enjoy the architecture

Here you start to feel more familiar with the highlights of things to do in Kathmandu. But expect to see a lot of construction in this area, as it was hit very badly in the 2015 earthquake.

Durbar Square is the heart of the city and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It’s a lively public square with a great history; it’s where the kings of Kathmandu were once crowned. Durbar square is home to some of the oldest buildings in the capital, so is a must for any Kathmandu itinerary.

  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 1000 NPR ($8.30), SAARC Nationals; 150 NPR ($1.24), Nepalese; free.
  • Reserve a half-day to visit the Durbar Square area as there are a lot of things to see, and amazing pictures to take
  • The former hippie street ‘Freak Street’ is found here.
  • If you visit in the morning, there will be fewer crowds and you’ll get a more authentic experience. 
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3. Hanuman Dhoka: Kathmandu’s royal palace

Hanuman Dhoka is located within Durbar Square and is one of the best places to visit in Kathmandu. It was once the royal palace of Malla Kings and the Shah dynasty. 

The architecture is simply incredible, and there are a variety of buildings dedicated to different gods throughout. However, the entire complex is derived from Lord Hanuman, and there is a statue of him located at the entrance. 

  • Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm, every day of the week. 
  • Entry fee: Entrance is included with the Durbar Square ticket. 
  • Insider Tip: Leave a couple of hours to explore the complex, as there are so many sights to see.
Places in Kathmandu to visit

4. Kumari Bahal: Where you can see Kathmandu’s living goddess

The Kumari Bahal is home to the Kumari – a girl who’s chosen to be the town’s living goddess. She is considered to be a living symbol of Devi. 

Within the building is Kumari Chowk, which is a three-story courtyard. If you head here between 9 am and 11 am, the Kumari will show herself through the window. 

However, it’s also a beautiful area to explore even if you don’t manage to catch a glimpse of her. The building was built in 1757 with red brick, and the architecture here is incredible.

  • Entry fee: Entrance to the courtyard is included with the Durbar Square ticket. 
  • Photographing the Kumari is forbidden! 
  • If you come here during the Indra Jaya festival, you might even get to see her bless the king.
Places in Kathmandu to visit

5. Ashok Binayak: A very important shrine in Kathmandu

Ashok Binayak is a golden Hindu shrine located at the top of Maru Tole, just on the eastern side of Kathmandu Durbar Square. It’s a shrine to Lord Ganesha, who is one of the most loved gods in the city. Although tiny, Ashok Binayak is one of the most important Ganesh shrines in Kathmandu Valley. 

  • Be respectful during your visit as locals worship here. 
  • It’s one of the best places to learn about the city’s culture. 
  • It can get pretty busy during the day, so head there early in the morning.
Places in Kathmandu to visit

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6. Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)

Visiting Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the best things to do in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is the oldest complex of its kind in Nepal and is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. 

It dates back to around the 5th century, and today is fondly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. This is due to the hundreds of monkeys who live here, who are considered to be holy. Getting to see this amazing sight is no easy feat with over 360 steps to climb, however, the panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley are worth the exertion!

  • The hike to the top requires a reasonable level of fitness.
  • A guided tour by one of the temple monks is the best way to learn about Swayambhunath. 
  • Try and visit on a clear day to get the best views.
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7. Boudhnath Stupa: One of the most popular Kathmandu attractions

Boudhnath Stupa is without a doubt, one of the most important places in Kathmandu to visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important religious sites in the city. It’s the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal and dominates Kathmandu’s skyline. 

With brightly colored flags fluttering around, surrounding monasteries and prayer offerings, it’s a sight not to be missed. It’s not hard to see why Boudhnath Stupa is one of the top places to visit in Kathmandu. Make sure you stroll clockwise around the stupa 13 times to set an intention.

  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 400 NPR ($3.30), SAARC Nationals; 100 NPR ($0.80), Nepalese; free. 
  • Boudhnath Stupa is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
  • Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
  • The best way to get there is to hire a private tour or to take a private taxi.
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8. Garden of Dreams: A beautiful outdoor space in Kathmandu

Kathmandu can be a chaotic city, so the Garden of Dreams is the perfect place to escape. The gardens were built in 1920 and were originally private. However, today the public can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this place. This Edwardian-style garden has plenty to explore with exquisite fountains, pavilions, and lots of flora and fauna. 

  • Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm, every day of the week. 
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 200 NPR ($1.66), SAARC Nationals; 200 NPR ($1.66), Nepalese; 100 NPR ($0.83)
  • Insider tip: You’re allowed to take food inside making this place perfect for a picnic.

9. Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal

This is another important World Heritage Site in Nepal, a temple dedicated to the god Shiva. This is the oldest Hing Temple in Kathmandu and the current form of the temple was constructed in 1692, making it at the top of the list of places in Kathmandu to visit.

Pashupatinath Temple is a working temple and is one of the most popular attractions in Kathmandu. Every day, elderly and sick people arrive at the temple to find shelter for the last several weeks of their lives, to meet death, to be cremated, and lately, journey with the waters of the sacred river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river the Ganges.

Here you’ll also see people mourning their loved ones in the public square. It is believed that those who die here are reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct that could worsen their karma.

This temple gives you a truly unique look at the local culture, and it’s something incredibly special. It’s important to note that you may see bodies when you visit this temple, but don’t let this put you off the experience. 

  • Opening hours: 4am – 12pm, 5pm – 9pm.
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 1,000 NPR ($8.30), SAARC Nationals; 1000 NPR ($8.30), Nepalese; free
  • Insider tip: As this temple performs cremations, it may not be suitable for sensitive people or children
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10. Narayanhiti Palace Museum: An important place in Kathmandu’s history

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is one of the most important places in Kathmandu to visit when it comes down to Kathmandu’s history. One of Nepal’s biggest changes was going from a monarchy to a democracy, which gives this place a spot in the history books. However, that’s not all the palace is known for. 

It used to be home to King Birendra and his family, until the Royal massacre on the 1st June 2001. Unfortunately on this day, the king and 9 other members of the royal family were shot dead, which is an incredibly dark event in Nepal’s history. 

  • Opening hours: 11 am – 3 pm, except Tuesdays.
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 500 NPR ($4.20), SAARC Nationals; 250 NPR ($2.09), Nepalese; 100 NPR ($0.83)
  • Insider tip: Allow yourself a couple of hours to wander around the palace.

11. Chhauni Museum: One of the top places in Kathmandu to visit to learn the history

Chhauni Museum is one of the most popular museums in the city. It’s the national museum of Nepal and houses a wide variety of unique exhibits. 

The museum is split into three main historical collections, and the main areas to see are the historical building, the Juddha art gallery, and the Buddhist art gallery. Popular exhibits include the beautiful statues of Nepali deities, the famous cloth paintings, and the statue of Jayaraman which is 1800 years old. 

  • Opening hours: 10:30am – 3:30pm, expect Tuesdays. 
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 150 NPR ($1.24), SAARC Nationals; 50 NPR ($0.42), 25 Nepalese; NPR ($0.21)
  • Insider tip: Make sure to visit each main area of the museum as each one offers unique and interesting exhibits.
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12. Kophan Monastery : A beautiful monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu

Kophan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, located near Boudhanath, just outside of Kathmandu, and is a must-visit. The monastery is perched on top of a hill in a beautiful location and is a great place to get away from Kathmandu’s hustle and bustle. 

With outstanding colors and magnificent decorations, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular tourist attraction. You can also stay at the monastery on a month-long meditation course where you will learn the teachings of Buddha.

  • Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee for a day’s visit to the monastery
  • Insider tip: Make sure to dress appropriately – Keep your upper body, shoulders, and knees covered.
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13. Champa Devi Hiking Trail: A great day hike from Kathmandu

This is just one of the many amazing hikes in Nepal. The Champa Devi Hiking Trail is a must whilst staying in the city. The trail offers incredible views of Kathmandu Valley and the Western Himalayan ranges and isn’t an extreme hike. 

The elevation is only 2,285m so isn’t nearly as strenuous as the other hikes in Nepal. If you love a good mountain view but aren’t up for the exertion this is the hike for you. 

  • Bhanjyang is the trailhead and is a 45-minute drive from Kathmandu. 
  • A round trip hike to the top and back takes around 5-7 hours. 
  • Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for energy.

14. Chabahil Stupa: One of the quieter stupas in Kathmandu

Chabahill is a Buddhist Stupa, incredibly underrated, and is one of the quietest stupas in the city. That means you can easily explore, and have a wander around without fighting through the crowds, and it is a real gem and should be on your list of places in Kathmandu to visit.

It’s located right on the Ring Rd and is the fourth largest stupa in the Kathmandu area. This stupa has been rebuilt many times, and the most recent was in 2015, after the damage from the Gorkha earthquake.

15. Attend a Yoga Mediation Retreat in Kathmandu

I really recommend you to attend a yoga retreat if you are into yoga. I have been practicing yoga for a few years now, and it was an amazing experience. I got the chance to practice for a few days, and this is a must-do while you are in the Kathmandu area.

During my retrieve, I had the chance to practice meditation, chants, and learn so much about proper nutrition, cleansing, breathing, and many things that I still use in my everyday life. You can choose to form a half-day, up to 5,000 hours. I met some other ladies who were doing the retrieve for 3-months and they shared with me, that it was a life change opportunity for them.

16. Take a Scenic Flight to Mount Everest

If you are not planning to climb Everest or are short of time to hike to the Everest Base Camp, you either have the option to take a helicopter tour or another option is to take a flight from Kathmandu to the top of the world. I have done this tour, and I recommend it, as the views are indescribable. And once in Nepal, you need to see Everest from above, right?

The flight leaves from the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is a one-hour flight, where you will fly over different peaks, and the highlight is taking insane pictures from the tallest peak in the world. At the end of the flight, they will offer a glass of champagne to celebrate this moment, and you will get a personalized certificate.

  • Check prices and availability and book in advance.
  • This tour offers a hotel pick-up option at 5:30 am.
  • it is only 15 passengers on the flight, so guess what? everyone gets a window seat.
  • This is once in a lifetime opportunity to see the highest pick on the Planet from above
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17. Take a Private Helicopter Tour to the Everest Base Camp

If you’ve been dreaming about this extraordinary experience to hike to the Everest Base Camp, but are short on time (an average of 20 days is needed to hike to EBC and back), then this is the perfect opportunity for you. You can book this Everest Base Camp landing tour to be at the top of the world in as short as 4 hours!

The great thing about experiencing Everest Base Camp on a helicopter tour is that many of them depart from Kathmandu.

This helicopter day tour offers multiple landings, and includes hotel pickup and drop off from Kathmandu. There’s also an option to include breakfast at Hotel Everest View if you’re after an extra special experience. You can read the whole review I wrote on this article.

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18. Take a Chandragiri Cable Car Tour

This is one of the best places in Kathamandu to visit, where you will have views of the city from the top. This is a truly amazing trip as you ride effortlessly to the top of Chandragiri Hill (Elev. 2520 m), and will have incredible views of the snow-capped Himalayas and beyond. The ride to the top takes just 10 minutes of truly breath-taking scenery as your gondola rises above the dense jungle below

  • Check prices and availability here and book in advance
  • You can have lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu, while you enjoy outstanding views.
  • They also offer hotel pick-up included, if you decide to go on a tour.

19. Bhojan Griha: Experience authentic Nepali cuisine at its best

Bhojan Griha is a 150-year-old heritage building that used to house the late Royal Priest of the King of Nepal. 

Today, it’s one of Kathmandu’s most authentic Nepalese restaurants. Each dish is prepared using organic ingredients from their own farm! The delicious food is also accompanied by folk dancing and music from Nepal. If you’re looking for a unique Kathmandu experience, this is it!

  • There is a local shop where you can find organic food or handmade souvenirs
  • Besides the great food, you can also experience the traditional folk dances and music from Nepal
  • I really recommend trying their momo, and the Mas Ko Dal (lentil prepared in a special pot served with heated purified butter and herbs) is to die for

20. Attend a Kathmandu Cooking Class: A must-do in Kathmandu

Still talking about the amazing Nepal food, I really recommend attending a Kathmandu Cooking Class. They will teach you a 4-course meal. From momo (Nepalis dumpling) to Dal Fry with Chapati. You cook and eat it all, so it is better you be hungry!

I have done this cooking class in Kathmandu, and I loved it. The classes start right from the basic step—showing love for the ingredients. They will take you to the local vegetable and fruit markets to pick fresh and organic ingredients. The transport will be in a rickshaw, which is so traditional, and also fun.

What I love the most about this class, is that besides learning how to cook like a local, the profit from the cooking school is used to fund social programs for our organization, Journey Nepal, which has been operating since 2012.

  • My recommendation: Check prices and availability and book in advance.
  • Opening hours: Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm.
  • They are located in the center of Kathmandu and offer hotel pick up service
  • The staff are extremely nice and the trained chefs are fully fluent in English

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21. Changu Narayan: The oldest working Temple complex in Kathmandu

The complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes shrines to Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor, Krishna, Lord Shiva, and Vishnu. The main shrine located within the complex is guarded on all sides by pairs of real and mythical beasts. These include elephants, lions, winged lions, and ram-horned griffons.

Unfortunately, Changu Narayan and other buildings in the complex were badly affected by the 2015 earthquake, but restorations are currently underway. 

  • How to get there: Changu Narayan is a 40-minute drive from Kathmandu.
  • Opening hours: 6:30am-6:00pm
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 350 NPR ($2.93), SAARC Nationals; 250 NPR ($2.09), Nepalese; free.
Places in Kathmandu to visit

22. Lalitpur (or Patan)

Lalitpur is the oldest city in the Kathmandu Valley and was originally named Patan. The city was founded during the 3rd century BC and was later expanded during the 6th century. 

It’s the 3rd largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and is known as the ‘City of Beauty. Some of the most popular places to see include Uku Bahal, Durbar Square, Patan Museum, and the Royal Palace. 

  • How to get there: Lalitpur (or Patan) is a 35-minute drive from Kathmandu. I recommend this tour as you can visit Patan and Bhaktapur on the same day.
  • Insider tip: The city is made up of courtyards connected by narrow alleyways. 
  • Where to eat: Honacha is one of Patan’s oldest restaurants – they serve delicious dishes!

23. Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is another of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This ancient city has so many incredible sights to see including Dattatreya Temple, Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, Pujari Math, and Taumadhi Square. This makes one of my favorite places in Kathmandu to visit, so I really recommend you to take a short day trip.

Interestingly enough, Bhaktapur has more temples per sq foot than Kathmandu or Lalitpur. The city is also renowned for its colorful festivals, culture, and traditional dances. Unfortunately, Bhaktapur was heavily damaged during the 2015 earthquake, and to help with restoration costs the entry fee has increased. 

  • How to get there: Bhaktapur is a 40-minute drive from Kathmandu. You can book your tour in advance with this guide.
  • Entry fee: Foreigners; 1500 NPR ($13), SAARC Nationals; 500 NPR ($4.20)
  • Insider tip: Bhaktapur is well known for its festivals (Biska Jatra, Holi & Sila Charhe).
Bhakatpur offers great combination of beautiful architecture and artisans crafting their products

24. Bungmati Village

Bungmati Village is a beautiful Newari village and is virtually untouched when it comes to modern development. Bungmati dates back to the 6th century, so is perfect if you want to see a bit of history. 

The villagers live very simply and traditionally, so it’s a great place to see a more traditional way of life in Nepal. It’s also believed to be the birthplace of the deity Rato Machindranath – the God of Rain. 

  • How to get there: Bungmati Village is a 40-minute drive from Kathmandu.
  • Book in advance: Guided tours of Bungmati Village are available – check here for price
  • Insider tip: The Temple of Machindranath is the main place to visit.
The people in Nepal are friendly and so proud of their culture and heritage

25. Go Hiking in the Kathmandu Valley

Last, but not least of this amazing list of places to visit in Kathmandu, is to add at least one hiking at the Kathmandu Valley. Here you will find some of the best hikes in Nepal, with a mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and breathtaking vistas, you will certainly have an extraordinary trekking experience.

Four of the best hikes in Kathmandu Valley are:

  1. Shivapuri National Park Hike: A serene escape, just a short drive from Kathmandu, this hike offers lush forests, glistening streams, and an opportunity to spot diverse flora and fauna.
  2. Chisapani-Nagarkot Hike: A picturesque trail leading to Nagarkot, renowned for its sunrise views over the Himalayas. Best experienced in spring and autumn.
  3. Phulchoki Hike: Known for its dense rhododendron forests and panoramic vistas. Visit in spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.
  4. Namo Buddha Hike: A spiritual journey to a sacred Buddhist site with incredible mountain views. Ideal in the cooler months of autumn and winter.

The best part? All these hikes are just a short drive away from Kathmandu, making it incredibly convenient to explore these natural wonders. Hiking in Kathmandu Valley is a harmonious blend of tranquility, adventure, and cultural immersion, making it an absolute must for anyone seeking an unforgettable outdoor experience.

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Best Places to Stay in Kathmandu

The good news is that Kathmandu has plenty of options, it depends on your preference and budget. Most of the accommodations in Kathmandu are located around the Thamel district. I stayed in this area, and I highly recommend it – as the best restaurants, bars, shops, and cafes are located here. You can walk to dinner, and also, to some of the main tourist spots in the city.

The good news is that accommodation is very cheap in Nepal it varies from $30 for a 3-star hotel to $200 for luxury accommodation. I use and recommend booking your hotel in Kathmandu with Booking.com as you can check reviews, and have the flexibility to cancel it.


This is the busiest and most visited part of the city. Here you can find hundreds of guest houses, hotels, and hostels. It is the best area to stay in, especially if you are visiting Kathmandu for the first time. Here you can soak in the real Kathmandu, walk the streets while shopping, or just do people’s watching.

MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION | Beautiful Kathmandu (⭐️ 8.3) This is where I stayed and I highly recommend it. The service is excellent, they have a continental breakfast included in the price. The rooms are very comfortable, and the location is excellent. I just walked everywhere, including safe to walk at night if you need to go out and grab a drink or dinner. Rates can be as low as $35 per day.

MID RANGE | Nepali Ghar Hotel (⭐️ 9.0) has a restaurant, bar, and terrace area plus a fitness center. It is a modern boutique hotel, with very nice decor and friendly staff. The location is very convenient and a continental breakfast is included in the price. It has very high reviews on Booking.com

LUXURY | Baber Mahal Vilas (⭐️ 9.3) besides being listed as a luxury, the good news is that the price is not steep, the average is $150 per day. This is a very beautiful hotel, with an excellent restaurant that serves dinner and breakfast. The amenities are great and it is a little oasis inside the Thamel area.


This is a very nice area, located just outside Thamel. Here you can find high-quality and luxurious hotels. This is a quieter neighborhood if you are looking for a relaxing time in Kathmandu. Here you can find restaurants and sweet shops situated in Lazimpat among various shopping outlets.

BUDGET | Hotel Wawa (⭐️ 9.0)is very affordable, ranging as low as $30 per night. Located only 1.4 miles from Hanuman Dhoka, the hotel offers a restaurant, and breakfast buffet style is included in the price.

MID RANGE | Maya Manor Boutique Hotel (⭐️ 8.3) is very well located only 1 mile from Durbar Square, it has a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. This is a beautiful classic building with friendly staff and very reasonable prices. Makes a great option for comfortable on a budget.

LUXURY | Nomad Hotel (⭐️ 8.9) is located at Durbar Square, featuring very comfortable rooms for you to feel very spoiled. The continental breakfast is excellent, and this all without breaking your bank account, as the average price is $150 – not bad for a “luxury” stay!

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How to Get to Kathmandu

✈️ Flight to Kathmandu

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the main international airport in Nepal. If you’re flying into the country, you will generally arrive in the capital first. 

If you’re flying into Kathmandu it’s worth booking a daytime flight and grabbing a window seat, to make the most out of the incredible views.

🚌 Bus to Kathmandu

It’s possible to travel overland into Kathmandu from India, and there are various border crossings. The main border crossing is at Birgunj-Raxaul, which is open to different nationalities. 

The most common way to do this is to take an overland bus from Delhi to Kathmandu, which will cross over this border. The bus takes over 30 hours and costs about $40 (much cheaper than a flight, which can range between $80-$30).

You can also travel overland from Tibet, but there is a requirement that you must be traveling with a guide, on an organized tour.

🚗  Private car/ taxi to Kathmandu

It’s possible to rent a taxi/car with a private driver to take you over the border into Nepal. The journeys generally start from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and can take you either to the border, Kathmandu, or Pokhara. Getting to Kathmandu from Gorakhpur by taxi is going to set you back at around $180.

Places In Kathmandu To Visit Conclusion

I hope you have found these places in Kathmandu to visit helpful for your next adventure. I like to describe Kathmandu as a chaotic city. It is busy, noisy, polluted, and crowded. It can be overwhelmed at first. But when you feel situated, you will just enjoy the amazing explosion of culture, the great food, the friendly people, and the great shopping.

So if you love taking a step outside your comfort zone, you will love it and all the amazing attractions to visit and explore in Kathmandu.

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