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.Read More
Sights to see in this mystical city, imbued with history and legend, include Pashupatinath Temple which stands on the banks of the River Bhaginiti, Swayambhunath Pagoda, the colossal Bodhnath and the King‘s Palace with the giant bats hanging from the trees and bamboo. Many festivals take place in Kathmandu as well and it is also the starting point for many adventure activities. New Road is great for shopping, Freak Street, once the home of hippies, is now a restaurant area and Thamel Chowk is also great for its array of eateries and quality shopping.
Durbar Square, in the heart of Kathmandu, is home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The most notable sites are Taleju Temple, one of the oldest temples and an example of Newari architectural style, Kumari Palace, home of the living goddess, Saraswati Temple - the goddess of knowledge and learning and the Sweta Bhairab statue that is only on show during the Indra Jatra festival. Each site has its own unique charm and will lead visitors closer to understanding the incredible cultural heritage of Nepal.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kathmandu
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
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
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.
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.