Kathmandu is a busy, energetic and crowded city in the heart of Nepal. The capital of the country usually is the first stop for most of the travelers and is rich in history, culture and temples.
It’s the perfect city for people that love history and religion. In 2015 the city suffered an earthquake and some places are still destroyed.
We wrote this article to help you to plan your 2 days in Kathmandu.
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1. THAMEL NEIGHBORHOOD
Thamel is considered the touristic point where you will find most of the hostels, guesthouses, trekking stores, restaurants and souvenir shops. It’s safe to stay and quite centric to walk around.Walk in the small streets and explore the small temples that you will find every corner made by wood. Thamel is the place where you can organize your trekking tour and get some gear if you need to.
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2. BOUDHANATH STUPA
Located 7 Km from Kathmandu, this is one of the biggest stupas in Asia and a place you can’t miss. Sacred place for local people and pilgrims, you will see how devoted people are in Nepal.
The entrance fee is NPR 400 (approx. €3,20) for foreigners.
3. MONKEY TEMPLE
Swayambhunath or Monkey temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place has the best views from the top, a 360 degree panoramic view to the city and the surrounding mountains. Be careful with the monkeys because they are everywhere, specially if you carry food with you!
The entrance fee are NPR 200 (approx. €1,60) for foreigners.
4. GARDEN OF DREAMS
An amazing place to escape the busy city lifestyle. A peaceful botanic garden where you can enjoy the nature and have a quiet time. The entrance fee is NPR 200 (approx. €1,60) per person.
5. DURBAR SQUARE
Unfortunately this square was damaged by the 2015th earthquake. When we visited in May 2019 there was some temples in refurbishment. Durbar Square is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The entrance fee is NPR 1000 (approx. €8,05) for foreigners and free for the locals.
Located near Thamel, this square is a collection of temples and stupas rich in history.
6. PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE
This was the first Hindu temple in Kathmandu and the most important for devotees of Shiva. Was dedicated to the God Shiva and is a place where you can assist to some Hindu rituals and cremations on the banks of the river.
Apart of this attractions when you are walking you will find more about culture, rituals and how locals live. Markets, vendors in the street, art shops and amazing places for food are really easy to find around Thamel and Durbar square.People are friendly and with a smile. It’s a nice city to start your adventure in Nepal and see the first cultural contrasts!!
Are you ready for the adventure?!
IT’S BED TIME!! 💤 WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU?
Luxury – Aloft Kathmandu Thamel – This 5 stars hotel is the perfect place if you want to stay in the middle of Thamel neighborhood with all the luxury.
Mid-Budget – Beautiful Kathmandu Hotel – A cheap and cheerful, centrally located hotel where you can enjoy a good swim in the pool.
Backpacker – 4 Seasons Hostel – Perfect place for backpackers, right in the city center, cheap and very friendly place.
If you don’t know what kind of accommodation that you prefer, just click here, where you have a lot of excellent options.
Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
SARA & JORGE