The great monument of Swayambhunath located in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Tours and Travels

About Kathmandu

Resembling a medieval city of temples, shrines and living gods, Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, a meeting place of a dozen ethnic groups and once one of the most important points on the caravan routes between Tibet and India. Said to have been founded by king Gun Kamdev in 723 AD, one of the more likely theories of how the city got its name is that it was named after Kastha-Mandap, a pagoda carved from a single tree.

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Kathmandu Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Hotels

If you are planning a Kathmandu holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Dwarikas Hotel Kathmandu

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

A luxurious and elegant retreat, the Dwarikas Hotel offers a truly authentic Nepalese experience. The spacious, well appointed rooms and suites are beautifully designed, with traditional fabrics and custom designed furniture. Guests can enjoy informal or fine dining at the hotel's three restaurants and bars, which privovide a range of sumptuous cuisine, rejuvenate with daily yoga sessions and indulge in a range of traditional massages at the spa. The hotel is located to the west of the Bagmati River in the east of the city - just a short drive to Durbar Square.

Holy Himalaya Kathmandu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The newly opened Holy Himalaya is a recently refurbished property in central Thamel. Guest rooms are comfortable and well furnished with a range of modern conveniences. The hotel has an on site multi cuisine restaurant catering to all types of palate as well as a wonderful rooftop garden, where you can wake up with your refreshing morning tea and the beautiful exotic scenery of the surrounding mountains. The accommodation is perfectly located in the heart of the city.

Hotel Shankar Kathmandu

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Built at the turn of the centrury, Hotel Shanker is an old palace, which reflects the aesthetic beauty of its historical past, a visible grandeur perceived in traditional architecture. Guest rooms are classically designed and well appointed with all mod-cons. Dining options at the hotel include a number of in-house restaurants serving up a delectable array of local and international cuisine from delicious curries to fish and chips and lasagne. The hotel is located to the north of the Royal Palace.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Kathmandu Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Kathmandu.

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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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