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)

Boudhanath. Boudhanath is one of the famous Buddhist Stupas in Nepal. 25126_1365249964490_4797028_n

Sam and I in Boudhanath.25126_1365248484453_2335281_n

Boudhanath. One of the activities you could do in Boudhanath is feed these pigeons 🙂 34163_1440475565083_1454827_n


Thangka shops in Boudhanath. Thangka are hand painted art illustrating Buddhist deities. 34982_1450657339621_4942581_n

Thangka artists. Thangkas are very detailed and intricate which makes them very difficult to make.35101_1450656539601_2674230_n

Shops in Boudhanath38092_1450658499650_4050290_n

Purchasing incense. 25126_1365257364675_4486625_n

Malls: If you are into shopping, there are dozens of malls in Kathmandu these days. 27107_1367827468926_8197234_n

Eating Dosa (South Indian dish) in City Center31334_1384544926852_3706135_n

Bhatbhateni shopping center. 31808_1415853869556_3786502_n

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 🙂27107_1367941911787_7895314_n

Basantapur with Sammy.27107_1367943071816_4498255_n

Fun pass time at Basantapur: watching people from the top of the stairs.


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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. 27107_1367961952288_1531236_n

Always chaos at Asan.27107_1367962272296_5831982_n

Beautiful kurtas.27107_1367962672306_7204214_n 27107_1367962752308_7045723_n 27107_1367963272321_8069606_n

Flower shop! Marigolds27107_1367963752333_3017964_n

Must make your husband give you a ride on rickshaw.27107_1367964312347_5521249_n


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.24696_1371300235743_4859133_n


There are lots of restaurants and entertainment places in Thamel. Went to check out Pokhara Dohari Nachghar with my parents. Dohari is a type of folk musical activity.  31808_1415874030060_163842_n

Nepali Dinner31808_1415871670001_7436322_n 27107_1369529071465_4531492_n

Stupa at Dharma-Kriti Vihar near Asan. 27107_1369548431949_590802_n

Vegetable market on the street.27107_1369549151967_635169_n

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. 31334_1382467834926_6010105_n

Gold shop in NewRoad. When it comes to gold, people in Nepal buy only 24 carat gold, they don’t mess around 🙂27107_1367829908987_6486589_n

Statue of King Prithivi Narayan Shah (founder of modern Nepal) at Singhadurbar. Singhadurbar is the administrative center of Nepal.31334_1382468714948_4568297_n


Located north of Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery is on a hill. It is beautiful, well kept and  houses 360 monks.




Narayanthan: Hindu temple of lord Vishnu.31334_1384540886751_5356951_n 31334_1384541686771_3031676_n

Located in Sanga, the tallest Shiva in the world (that’s what I was told). 34283_1430840204205_6364073_n

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We went to the opening ceremony of this place. 34305_1430840364209_8332158_n

At another amazing place, Patan. With my friend. 34540_1450646179342_7213177_n

Krishna temple in Patan.34548_1450638539151_1424367_n

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Dhunge dhara (traditional stone spout) in the background. 34662_1450640699205_3320876_n



With a very handsome man. 35065_1450640979212_3371334_n

Bangle shop.35304_1450646779357_7068524_n


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Patan Durbar Square. 38431_1450651659479_736376_n 38494_1450640459199_7142941_n


Swayambhunath is another famous stupa. Unlike Boudhanath, Swayambhunath is visited by both Buddhists and Hindus. 24316_1371832369046_2336170_n

You can find very naughty monkeys around Swayambhunath . 24316_1371836249143_6504469_n

Famous stairs in Swayambhunath . 24316_1371849129465_3014822_n

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Swayambhunath stupa on the top of the hill. 24316_1371852369546_8048576_n

You can view the Kathmandu Valley from the top of the hill at Swayambhunath . Unfortunately, the visibility is very low during some parts of the year due to air pollution. 24316_1371852929560_3587655_n

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). 24796_1372760152240_1719212_n

Founded by Newari community, Kirtipur is an ancient city that has maintained its tradition.  35713_1433676715116_1098066_n

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A view from one of the restaurants in Kirtipur. 37258_1433678955172_6944088_n

Located 32km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a very popular tourist destination. Because of its peaceful ambiance, Nagarkot attracts both domestic and international tourists. 26678_1434582617763_6601962_n

Beautiful hotel at Nagarkot36921_1434583377782_2969605_n 37374_1434626818868_7298833_n 34153_1434627098875_6458477_n 36453_1434626738866_661088_n


One comment

  1. Giri R Aryal says:

    Ramro chha Kathmandu and Nepal..(It’s mind blowing). Take me there right now!!!!