Whether you are travelling to Kathmandu for the culture, incredible mountain peaks of the Himalayas, or simply passing through, there is plenty to see and do. Whether you’ve got a couple hours or a whole day to spare, here are a few of our tips on how to pass the time.
For fitness fiends: Explore the Kathmandu Valley by bike
If you’ve got a day to spare in Kathmandu and feel like getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city to breathe in some of that fresh country air, then why not consider exploring the Kathmandu Valley on two wheels. You are bound to find plenty of specialist bike shops in town that will happily arrange a day trip for you, taking you out to the valley by bus. Once there you can enjoy cycling through rural villages, terraced rice paddy fields and scatterings of jungle, taking in the stunning landscapes and spectacular mountain views en route.
For serial sightseers: Pay a visit to the Garden of Dreams
Nestled just outside of Thamel – Kathmandu’s tourist hub, travellers can discover the Garden of Dreams, a peaceful escape from the hubbub of the city. This pretty neoclassical garden is made up of ponds and lily pads, green lawns and swaying palm trees and at night, when it is lit up in a glow of lights, it can feel a world away from the chaotic city outside its walls. If visiting during the day, why not enjoy a soothing cup of tea at the Kaiser Cafe, within the garden’s grounds, to complete the experience.
For foodies: Have lunch at a local haunt
Dating back to 1979, Utse is one of the longest-running restaurants in Kathmandu and today remains a strong favourite with locals and foreigners alike. Established as part of a hotel of the same name, the restaurant serves up a selection of traditional Tibetan cuisine in a setting that is reminiscent of a bygone era. Gacok, a hefty stew for two, is a particular favourite made up of noodles, vegetables and meat that has been stewed for hours in a hotpot. This popular local haunt does get busy, so its best to book in advance if you are curious to try it out.
For high rollers: Experience Everest by flight
If trekking isn’t quite your thing but you still want to experience the majesty of Everest, why not opt for a breathtaking scenic flight over its snow-capped peaks. On an hour long flight you can soar above the clouds, taking in spectacular views of glaciers, lakes, rivers, and gorges and as well as incredible Everest, which reaches a staggering height of 29,029 feet making it the tallest mountain in the world.