Nepal is one of the landlocked countries in SAARC. Nepal is famous as the gateway to the beauty of the Himalayas, but apart from the Himalayas, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is also home to a variety of places to visit. Kathmandu is the capital and largest metropolis of Nepal with a population of about 5 million. If you want to visit Nepal, you have to come to Kathmandu and give the first dharna. Many people do not want to be the first to visit the city like Kathmandu when they come to see the mountains, but Kathmandu is brilliant in its own glory with its tradition, trade, and various architectural monuments.
Sights of Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Temple: The Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal is the most famous of the sacred and famous temples of the Hindus. Pashupatinath was formed to serve Shiva and besides Nepal, many people from India flock here every year to worship Shiva. Saints of various natures can be seen here.\
If you list the famous Buddhist temples in Nepal, Swayambhunath will be between 1 and 3. It is located on a hilltop west of Kathmandu city where you have to cross 365 stone stairs. Of course, before climbing the stairs, you will look at the monkeys. All these monkeys are considered as holy messengers by Nepalis. Their idea is that all these monkeys were born from the head lice of Buddha Deiti Manjushri and they have been here since his time.
This temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Its existence was discovered in the early fifth century. The hope is that the 2015 earthquake did not cause any damage to this place. The temple is heavily crowded with tourists most of the time, so 8am to 8:30 am is the best time to visit the Swayambhunath Temple. Among the parts of the temple are Buddha Amideva Park, stupa or pillar on the west, staircase on the east. The temple is visited for a fixed fee and the local priest pays a separate fee to take you inside the temple and give you an idea of participating in their religious rites.
The Boudhanath Stupa, located at a distance of 8 km from Thamel, is one of the must-see places for Nepalese tourists. It is one of the largest stupas in Asia. It is so big that it can be seen from afar.
Kopan Monastery Kathmandu is a place like a hidden diamond. Tibetan saints come here to meditate. It is possible to get a 180 degree view of the entire city of Kathmandu from Kopan Monastery. Not many people knew about this place before but now after getting publicity, this place is very much appreciated by the tourists for its architectural beauty.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan, Bhaktapur:
The ancient part of Kathmandu is built around Durbar Square in Basantapur, south of Thamel. Until the nineteenth century, the king of Nepal and his family lived here. The place is so steep and a testament to its heritage that in 1989 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Apart from the palace, there are many Hindu and Buddhist temples of the 12th century.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is only 600 meters away from Thamel. Lots of pigeons can be seen here which adds a different sweetness to the trip. There are white Bhairab or Seto Bhairab, Jagannath Temple, Teleju Temple, Indrapur Temple, Mahendrashwar Temple, unfortunately the south side of the temples including the palace was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Yet it is possible to guess its former beauty by looking at the rest of it now. Though the price of tickets for Durbar Square has been increased for the renovation work, it is hoped that it is within the reach of SAARC citizens.
Patan and Bhaktapur have examples of historical significance like two other Durbar Squares near the Kathmandu Valley. Although the quake damaged both places, it was not as severe as Durbar Square.
Thamel is a popular tourist destination in Kathmandu. Thousands of hotels, souvenir shops, hiking shops, restaurants, bars are sitting here to give a glimpse of what a lively thing it is. Rows and rows of shops and peddlers line the streets and sit here from morning till midnight in the hope of attracting tourists. Thamel Marg is the main road in the area which is decorated with colorful flags. Here you can hear the sound of singing bowl and the smell of incense. Mandala Street is another street in Thamel that is famous for its bookstore, coffee shop. From Thamel you can buy Singha Bowl, Pashmina Sheet, Mandala Wall Paint and many more starting from Gorkha Knife.
Garden of Dreams:
The Garden of Dreams is located at Kaiser Mahal in Kathmandu. This is a neo classical garden. The garden was created in 1920 and its design is consistent with all modern European gardens. The place attracts tourists to see the architectural views and the parade of trees.
Singha Durbar is a palace of the Rana dynasty located in the heart of Kathmandu.
Asan Tole or Asan Bazar is a fresh vegetable and fruit market in Nepal. Homemade local drinks rakshi to various spices, local unnamed fruits are all available here. Every day farmers from outside Kathmandu come here to sell their produce. Asan Tolle works like a supermarket outside the city to see local things and people from afar which is able to add a unique dimension to travel. In addition, there are two temples called Annapurna and Krishna near Asan Tol which are famous for their structure and location.
Appropriate time to go to Kathmandu
October and November are the best time to visit Kathmandu. At this time the weather is dry but the cold is less than other times. The sky is clear so you can relax and prepare well for trekking. It is better not to visit Kathmandu in September as there may be various difficulties for the monsoon. Although the weather is dry till April, it is a good winter at that time, but it does not snow in Kathmandu and sometimes the temperature drops to zero degrees, so those who love winter can go at this time if they want. If you don’t like crowds or want to travel at low cost after the season, a good time to visit Kathmandu is from March to mid-April or mid-September.
Although the weather is dry till April, it is a good winter at that time, but it does not snow in Kathmandu and sometimes the temperature drops to zero degrees, so those who love winter can go at this time if they want. If you don’t like crowds or want to travel at low cost after the season, a good time to visit Kathmandu is from March to mid-April or mid-September.