An intoxicating mix of buzzing developing city and cultural heritage, Kathmandu has long been a mecca for travellers, from the tie-died hippies of the 60s to the practically dressed trekkers of today. Days could be spent exploring Kathmandu city with its history spanning nearly 2,000 years, most of which is found in Durbar Square, the traditional heart of the old town and an incredible example of traditional architecture. Listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the square is home to palaces, temples and public spaces of stunning artistic detail, a stark contrast to the popular tourist area of Thamel where restaurants serving lemon cheesecake vie for attention amongst shops selling an assortment of wares, including a good selection of mountaineering gear shops for those heading to Nepal's loftiest peak, the mighty Mount Everest.
As Nepal's only real city, Kathmandu is the starting and finishing point for all our group tours to Nepal. Brimming with cultural heritage and architectural treasures, guided sightseeing in Kathmandu includes the ancient hill-top religious complex of Swayambhunath where Buddha's eyes look out over the city from the stupa, and Bodhnath stupa, the largest spherical stupa in Nepal.
You'll also enjoy a visit to Patan Durbar Square, overflowing with marvellous Newa architecture showcasing striking brick work and a unique style of wood carving rarely seen outside of Nepal. Our Nepal group tours also feature free time in Kathmandu for those wanting to make the most of the city's cosmopolitan flavour.