5 Things You Should be Doing When You Are in Kathmandu, Nepal

It is not just the capital, but also the fast growing regions in Nepal. Yes, Kathmandu might be a huge challenge for the government of Nepal because of the speed at which it is urbanizing, but there is no doubt that it has also become a center of attraction for millions of tourists from around the world. While it might not be the most famous metropolis in the world, it is definitely one that should be visited by anyone who likes to explore places, meet new people, and experience various cultures.
There is a lot to do in Kathmandu, but I will share only what I have had the experience of. So, let me summarize my entire journey into five different things you should do when you are in Kathmandu.

5 Must-dos in Kathmandu, Nepal

1. The Amazing Climb to the Swayambhunath Temple

It has been there for more than 1500 years, and still stood the test of time in every shape and form. The 2015 earthquake shook entire Nepal, but this temple still stands strong. Reaching this historical place of Nepalese deities requires you to climb more than 360 staircase steps. They are solidly built with stone but that’s not the most amazing thing about visiting this place. The most amazing thing is the interaction you will have with the monkeys that like to frequent this place. Be gentle and respectful to them because they are sacred to the local people.

The height of the temple makes its location one of the most memorable ones. On a fine day, you will be mesmerized by the contrast of the white of the dome and golden minarets and decorations. You can find some companies in the area that will help you know about the history of the place and the important stuff you want to know about it. If you do not have a problem, you can even experience the religious rites at the location by being a part of them.

2. Roam around in Thamel

When you go to a different country or city than yours, the first thing you have to look for is some souvenirs for those waiting for you at home. Of course, you can’t return home without some souvenirs for your loved ones and yourself. When looking for something that you can take back with you, there is nothing more appropriate than Thamel. It is a crowded region, which might be an issue for some, but a colorful place full of life. When roaming on the roads of this district, you will feel as though you have turned back the time and came into the past. Once there, pick some thangka artwork, lanterns made of paper, and a lot of accessories and jewelry items.

3. Visit the Past in Durbar Square

It is unfortunate that a lot of amazing and old buildings in this place are no more or heavily damaged. The earthquake of 2015 took a huge toll on the beauty and intactness of this region. However, you can still find a lot here. This place is filled with temples belong not just to the Buddhists but Hindus as well. The temples that you find here have been there for 700 and 800 years. However, the costly tickets might be a little setback for you as you try to visit these old and ancient temples.
Just so you know, visiting the best places in Durbar Square can cost you as much as 1000rs per ticket if you have come from a different country. But there is not just one Durbar Square for you to visit. You have other places where you can find some great temples and historical sites to visit while paying only half the ticket, even if you are from a different country. Of course, you can get in touch with various local companies as well, which will provide you with tours to explore the place deeply.

4. A View of the World’s Highest Mountain Peak

You don’t get the chance to see the best or the biggest of the world every day. However, once you have the opportunity to do it, you must not miss it. This particular activity does not necessarily happen inside Kathmandu, but it definitely starts here. So, what’s the name of the highest mountain in the world? You are right; it is Mount Everest. Have you ever thought of getting a look for this hundreds of thousands of years old titan of the world? Once you are in Kathmandu, you have the perfect opportunity to see this immenseness and its splendor with your very own eyes.
So, you can book a tour that lasts around three hours with a flight duration of about 40 to 50 minutes. Get a feel of peeking at the highest mountain in the world, and also pick up your certificate at the end of the trip.

5. Be at the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple

It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus all around the world. The best thing about visiting this temple is that it is built on a huge area, so you will be exploring for quite some time. If you are visiting this temple, you might as well read a bit about Shiva, a very sacred name in Hinduism. You will love the fact that the Bagmati River passes through this temple – you can imagine the size of the temple from this.

If you like witnessing the happenings from different cultures, you might want to get a glimpse of cremations taking place beside the river. At peak hours, it can get a bit crowded, but the place does not lose its feel of being 1500 years old.

Final Thoughts

Nepal is unique in what it has to offer to its visitors. Man-made sky-piercing skyscrapers are not the reasons for visiting this country. However, if you love cultural diversity, historical places, and the art of nature, there might be no other country better than Nepal. So, while you are in Kathmandu, make sure you visit these places. But if you have more time, do not restrict yourself to these five things only.  

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