Places to visit in Kathmandu

Places to visit in Kathmandu

Straight out of dreamland, Kathmandu is one of those places in this world, where you can feel so close to nature that you’ll be spending more time outdoors than you have spent in recent times. 

While there are literally infinite marvels to give your eyes the phototherapy, here’s a list of top things to see in Kathmandu, specially curated for you:

Go for a day trip to Bhaktapur

Of the three durbar squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a medieval secret left in the pages of time. You literally would love to wander around in the cobblestone streets, red-brick buildings, huge city doors, and a raw-rustic plus the original vibe, you would enjoy being here.

Get to terms with the beauty of Buddhism

Amongst many others, the Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu is an ecosystem that infuses the virtue of religion with the charm of the outer world. Come here to experience the beautiful architecture of the monastery matched up with gorgeous landscaping and techniques of Buddhism that bring all the way more harmony to your mind and soul.

Experience the calm and silence at Kopan Monastery , Pixabay/truthseeker08

Explore the marvels of Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath stupa, both architectural marvels, have immense popularity in all of Kathmandu. Just the sonorous temple bells tearing absolute silence, light morning sun, and amazing views you get to explore while you are here make it all that worthwhile. The marvelous built of these two temples is enough reason for you to be out there and have a closer look at them. 

Boudhanath Stupa right before the downpour.

Spice it up when you go and visit the local markets

Local handicrafts, spices, and all kinds of souvenirs, the bazaars of Kathmandu are gleaming with enthusiasm at all times. So when you head out in the day, grab a camera and get ready to capture all kinds of colors in these markets. Wood handicrafts of Kathmandu especially hold great importance because of their intricacy and beauty done to the detail. 

Local handicrafts displayed at one of the roadside shop at Kathmandu Darbar Square.

Dodge the monkeys at the Swayambhunath Temple

The temple with a golden roof, this is one place in Kathmandu that can offer you splendid views of the city. But if we take something more than that, then maybe it’s the monkeys or the outstanding ways in which it has been built that grabs your attention to it more. Here’s a pro tip, do the hike right before sunset, and you’ll be blessed with some mesmerizing sunset hues and the bokeh of city lights shimmering all around you.

The watchful eyes at Swayambhunath Temple, Pixabay/ sippakorn

Reboot the senses at the Garden of Dreams

A thing of ultra amazement, this huge lush cluster of gardens and lawns is exactly what you would ask for when hustle in your schedule has squeezed you out. It’s refreshing to be here, spend quality time with the greens and maybe have a great breakfast under the shade of some trees. At Kaiser Cafe inside this garden, you sure can enjoy a great variety of sandwiches and crepes. Maybe grab a book too.

Give Kathmandu a shot at time travel

Talk about Kathmandu, and Durbar Square makes it to the list. Well, this one’s obvious, it’s the city center and all of what Kathmandu is and was lies into the Durbar Square, the kingdom’s place of stay (Hanuman Dhoka), multiple beautiful temples that the city worships in, and museums of the past, you’ll find all of it here. So do you care for an evening stroll down the Kathmandu Durbar Square? Yes, of course.

A walk around the Kathmandu Darbar Square.

Patan’s a beauty of all kinds, see it for yourself

When you go around Patan, you’d be welcomed with a warmth that comes to this place so naturally. It’s one marvel of a neighborhood in Kathmandu, which is home to multiple temples, buildings boasting of their Newari architecture, crematories, it’s very own Durbar square and impressive views of the valley and hills. Walk in the small alleyways of this gorgeous town, to taste the most authentic sweets and snacks, freshly prepared by the locals.

Patan darbar square, the intricate architecture gleaming in the night lights.

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