Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley
I recently saw a facebook group called “1001 things to do in Kathmandu, Nepal” which gave me an idea to put together a blog post about sightseeing in Kathmandu. If you are planning to visit Nepal, you will probably want to stay a few days in Kathmandu and if you do, here I have listed pictures of places that you could visit.
For those of you who do not know about Kathmandu, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Even though Nepal is known for being the home of Mt. Everest, the elevation of Kathmandu is 1,400 m (4,600 ft). Since the uprising of Maoist in Nepal, people from villages have migrated to Kathmandu city making the population highly dense about 5 million. Due to this uncontrolled growth of the city both in terms of people and infrastructures, the city feels very unsupervised. I like to call it a “city of renters”.
Although too crowded and polluted, Kathmandu is undeniably charming. Kathmandu houses hundreds of temples, stupas, and monasteries showing religious tolerance. Kathmandu is chaotic to say the least but if you get too annoyed by the craziness of Kathmandu, you could always go to other parts of Nepal.
This list is not in any particular order nor are these the only places to see in Kathmandu. (Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of Bhaktapur)
Thangka shops in Boudhanath. Thangka are hand painted art illustrating Buddhist deities.
Basantapur Durbar Square is the old royal palace of Kathmandu Kingdom. You can see a lot of palaces, temples and Sadhus in Basantapur. You can also get photo op opportunities. We took a picture with this Sadhu and he asked for Rs 100. I should have asked for a few business tips from him
There are a number of shops in Basantapur where you can buy handmade decorative items for a reasonable price. However, you must bargain. Unlike in western cultures, in Asia bargaining is an art form. The trick is to have a sense of humor and not take it too seriously.
Sam getting a lot of attention while learning to play bag chal which literally means Tiger’s move. It is a board game that can be played by two people and watched by many
Kal bhairav is a Hindu god.
Bead shop near Asan. There are a number of saris, beads, shoes and vegetable shops at Asan. Ever since I was a kid, I love shopping here.
Thamel is another place that you should not miss. Since it is a tourist district, you can experience a lot of fun here. From being invited to smoke marijuana (illegal in Nepal) to being asked for $$ randomly on the street by street kids, Thamel is very entertaining.
Newroad is downtown where you can find many electronic and other shops. This picture was taken during Nepal bandh which literally means Nepal closes. Often initiated by political parties, during Nepal bandh, you can not run any business or vehicles.
Located north of Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery is on a hill. It is beautiful, well kept and houses 360 monks.
Located in Sanga, the tallest Shiva in the world (that’s what I was told).
Swayambhunath is another famous stupa. Unlike Boudhanath, Swayambhunath is visited by both Buddhists and Hindus.
With children of god at Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the most famous hindu temples around the world. Unfortunately, I don’t have other nice pictures of Pashupatinath. I took a lot of pictures of Bagmati river but it is very contaminated (not shown).