What to see in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Attractions

A holiday in Kathmandu is now easy to arrange, but this fabled city was once one of the world's most inaccessible destinations. Travel to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, to start expeditions into the rest of the country and to experience this beautifully-situated city with its vibrant traditions, well-preserved architecture, and fascinating Buddhist and Hindu culture. A holiday in Kathmandu attracts mainly independent travellers intent on undertaking adventure trips in Nepal like trekking, rafting and mountain climbing, but the city has its share of diversions and tourist attractions, with more temples and monasteries than any traveller could possibly hope to visit. Must-see sites include Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, the Swayambhunath Stupa and the Boudhanath Stupa. There are also many sites close to the city which make for exciting excursions.

The city has plenty of restaurants in its Thamel tourist district, and shopping in Kathmandu offers visitors a variety of goods ranging from authentic local handicrafts to religious souvenirs. There are many shops selling hand-woven cotton fabric and clothing, and popular Nepalese souvenirs include Tibetan carpets, thangkas and paubhas (scroll paintings), Terai baskets and traditional rice paper. Kashmiri shawls, Tibetan robes and embroidered kaftans are also very popular, and there is a lot of religious paraphernalia for sale at Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. However, the most sought-after treasures are the rare lime-green tourmaline gems.

Boudhanath Stupa

The Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley, standing at about 131 feet (40m) tall, and one of…

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Durbar Square

Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durbar Square is the religious and social heart of Kathmandu's old city and…

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Pashupatinath Temple

One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath is one of the major temples devoted to Shiva (Pashupatinath)…

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Swayambhunath Stupa

The golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu Stupa is adorned with a colourful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns…

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