Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is a melting point of different culture and traditions. Also known as city of temple, it is simply an ideal spot to discover the ancient culture and to embrace the nature. It may be native people with their colorful attires in Bhaktpur or some fiesta, no matter what this place has the surprises you have been looking forward to. The every corner of this city has something to fascinate you.
The valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art.
Kathmandu is also entry point to various short treks and one-day trip to nearby hill stations -Nagarkot or Dhulikhel. This is not all. The place is also perfect for shopping or simply to get some souvenirs that you want to take home. Thamel in Kathmandu has hundreds of shops local craft and artwork. The popular buys of most the tourists include hand-woven carpet, Pashmina products, traditional Nepali paper, picture frames, windows and so on.
Hungry, after a long sight-seeing? The modern restaurants in Dubarmarga and Thamel have different delicacies to offer. Besides, if you are planning to have local cuisine, the local restaurants have hundreds of mouth watering cuisines to startle your taste-buds.
The climate of the Kathmandu city is sub-tropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate: summer temperatures average between 25 to 36 °C, in winter around – 3 to 15 °C.
Access to Kathmandu is very easy and simple. A capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu can be reach by bus or by air transport. The only international Airport of Nepal is located in Kathmandu, making it the most accessible destination.
Places To Visit
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Established during the Malla period in the 16th Century; this square is the center of religious, social and economic activities. As the Shah King also lived in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu from 1768 to 1888, Durbar Square continued to have an important role. Kathmandu Durbar Square is also included in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO. It features Taleju Temple, stone inscription of 17th century, Kumari Ghar and Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
Pashupati Nath Temple: Standing as a symbol of religion with astonishing architectural beauty since 400 A.d., this temple is regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Also known as Monkey Temple by tourists, it is the most ancient and enigmatic holy shrines in Kathmandu. Lofy white dome at a top of wooded hill is visible from many parts of the valley. According to stone inscription, the stupa was in existence from the 5th Century A.D.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Founded in the 12th century, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is popular for different pagoda and shikhara style temples along with a fifty-fice window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley highlighting art and architecture of medieval period.