Situated in Kathmandu valley , Kathmandu capital of Nepal offer plenty of things to be seen. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. The valley is historically termed as “Nepal Proper” and has been the home of Newar culture, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills. The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and hosts palaces, mansions and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy. It has been home to the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since 1985. Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic established in 2008; and is part of the Bagmati Zone in Nepalese administrative geography.
Its a place where ancient spirit still exist. Surrunded with lovely landscape Kathmandu is one of the most visited places in Asia. Especially those who love to hike Kathmandu i ideal place.
Things to do in Kathmandu
Thamel is a district right in the heart of Kathmandu that offers everything that tourists could possibly need, from restaurants and bars, to shops peddling maps and outdoor gear, to affordable accommodations. The area is immensely popular among backpackers and budget travelers, although it is a bit more touristy than other areas of the city. Be sure to check it out, but you’ll need to venture elsewhere to get a sense of the real Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the best place in the country to try this Nepalese and Tibetan specialty: vegetables or minced meat wrapped in dough, which are then either fried or steamed and accompanied by a spicy sauce. For budget momo options, don’t miss out on a freshly steamed batch from a street-seller, or try the scrumptious fried pork and chicken options at Thakali Bhanchha, a Nepali-Tibetan restaurant overlooking central Thamel.
For a more upmarket option, go for the Bhutanese take on these tasty dumplings at Dechenling. Their specialty steamed pork momos are extraordinary. Ignore the waitresses’ warnings about them being “smelly” – something probably got lost in translation, as they smell as marvelous as they taste.
While Kathmandu Durbar Square gets most of the temple attention the rest of city if filled with ancient temples. Aside from the big favorites like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath do make sure to check out Kathmandu’s heritage walks. Of particular note is Kathmandu’s old city. Leading through historic squares like Ason Chowk, Indra Chowk to Janal Bahal. Saturdays are best utilized for these walks due to traffic. But do try to locate Itum Bahal’s heritage street to catch a glimpse of Kathmandu few others do.
Amid the chaos of Kathmandu there is a historic garden with Edwardian buildings and murmuring fountains. People sprawl on the lawns and admire the pergolas built early last century under Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana. The food served at the Kaiser cafe is excellent, and includes sumptuous steaks.
This touristy but must-be-seen plaza in the heart of the old town is filled with medieval religious and royal buildings, interspersed with vegetable hawkers, sadhus (holy men), vendors selling candy floss on giant sticks and people clustered on the steps of the many-tiered ornate structures, watching the world go by. Set in front of the old royal palace, Durbar Square was once the home of the Shah and Malla kings, and its past grandeur is still profoundly resonant today.
Jumla and Rara lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas is ringed with pine, spruce and juniper forest. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers.
For more hiking and trekking options you can check around the Kathmandu valley You will be seeing the stunning mountains views with out climbing big hills and with out talking long adventures. This few day hiking around Kathmandu the place like Nagarkot, Chisapani, Kakani, Champadevi, Phulchoki and Bhaktapur sightseeing gives you an chance to view a panoramic mounain insteed of trekking for long time duration.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Kathmandu and Nepal in general are very cheap locations for staying . Dorm rooms range from 5-10$ private rooms range from 15-25$ and hotels range from 30-60$ .