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.
Sam and I in Boudhanath.
Boudhanath. One of the activities you could do in Boudhanath is feed these pigeons 🙂
Thangka shops in Boudhanath. Thangka are hand painted art illustrating Buddhist deities.
Thangka artists. Thangkas are very detailed and intricate which makes them very difficult to make.
Shops in Boudhanath.
Malls: If you are into shopping, there are dozens of malls in Kathmandu these days.
Eating Dosa (South Indian dish) in City Center.
Bhatbhateni shopping center.
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 🙂
Basantapur with Sammy.
Fun pass time at Basantapur: watching people from the top of the stairs.
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.
Always chaos at Asan.
Flower shop! Marigolds
Must make your husband give you a ride on rickshaw.
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.
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.
Stupa at Dharma-Kriti Vihar near Asan.
Vegetable market on the street.
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.
Gold shop in NewRoad. When it comes to gold, people in Nepal buy only 24 carat gold, they don’t mess around 🙂
Statue of King Prithivi Narayan Shah (founder of modern Nepal) at Singhadurbar. Singhadurbar is the administrative center of Nepal.
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.
Located in Sanga, the tallest Shiva in the world (that’s what I was told).
We went to the opening ceremony of this place.
At another amazing place, Patan. With my friend.
Krishna temple in Patan.
Dhunge dhara (traditional stone spout) in the background.
With a very handsome man.
Patan Durbar Square.
Swayambhunath is another famous stupa. Unlike Boudhanath, Swayambhunath is visited by both Buddhists and Hindus.
You can find very naughty monkeys around Swayambhunath .
Famous stairs in Swayambhunath .
Swayambhunath stupa on the top of the hill.
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.
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).
Founded by Newari community, Kirtipur is an ancient city that has maintained its tradition.
A view from one of the restaurants in Kirtipur.
Located 32km east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a very popular tourist destination. Because of its peaceful ambiance, Nagarkot attracts both domestic and international tourists.
Beautiful hotel at Nagarkot