Kathmandu is the largest and capital city of Nepal with a population of around 1 million. It is also known as the “City of Temples” with the existence of the oldest Pagoda known as Pashupatinath Temple. A bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) above sea level.
The valley is historically termed as “Nepal Mandala” and has been the home of Nepali people, an urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills. Kathmandu is regarded as the center of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy.
Composed of a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. It is also the home of the Newars. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu.
Tourism is a crucial part of the country’s economy. In 2013, Tripadvisor ranked Kathmandu as the third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world and topmost in Asia.
Even more, Kathmandu is the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas, and home to seven world heritage namely the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan and Bhaktapur; the Stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath; and the temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.
So if you are around Kathmandu valley and want to make your days more thrilling, just stick with this content. Here is the list of things you should be doing while visiting Kathmandu valley. Here we go………..
Hanging around religious places
An oldest and sacred city is full of important historical, religious, cultural and monumental sites. If you are exploring spiritual sites around Kathmandu valley be sure to visit the highly-rated sites. T
here are all kinds of temples and religious places for people from different castes and religions who reside in each of the cities. It holds a lot of religious secrets, meanings, places and historical monuments that are open to all the visitors. Religious sites you should be visiting are as follows:
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Swayambhunath Stupa
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Budhanilkantha Temple
Exploring Historic Durbar Square
There are two major historic Durbar Squares around in the Kathmandu Valley namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Places are worth seeing and don’t forget to thank me later.
Kathmandu Durbar Square the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It was believed that this place was the palaces of Mall and Shah Kings who ruled over the city in ancient times. UNESCO enlisted Kathmandu Durbar Square as a Natural Heritage. The major attractions of this sites are:
- Taleju Temple
- Krishna Temple
- Jaganath Temple
- Stone Column
- Degutalle Temple
- Enormous Bell
On the other hand, I must talk about Bhaktapur Durbar Square which has historical significance like Kathmandu Durbar Square. The ancient city Bhaktapur lies in the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa.
It is regarded as the resident of traditional Nepali culture, custom and unique arts of wooden and potteries. The historical site around signifies medieval age culture and tradition of Nepal. This ancient city is mostly occupied by indigenous Newari people. The major attractions of this sites are:
- Nge Nyapa Jhya Laayko(55 Window Palace)
- Vatsala Temple
- Nyatapola Temple
- Bhairava Nath Temple
- Lun Dhwakha(Golden Gate)
- Lion’s Gate
- Mini Pashupati Temple
A Real Beauty of Thamel
Thamel which lies in Kathmandu Valley is one of the hot-spot places you should be visiting during your arrival in the valley. Its been a center of the tourist industry in Kathmandu over the decades.
From shops to the grocery store, trekking stores to cloth store, travel agency to hotels & restaurant all lies around Thamel. Likewise, Thamel probably is the best place to enjoy the nightlife when you are in the Kathmandu valley. Major attractions of Thamel are:
- Live Music & Performance
- Big Bazaar & Shopping
- Traditional & Continental Cuisine
- Better Accommodation Services
- Bars & Clubs
- Natural Therapy
- Exploring Heritage around Thamel
Try Local Food(Nepali Cuisine)
Are you in Nepal and you got stuck what to eat & what not to eat during the visit? Be sure you will be in love after you try different Nepali Cuisine. Nepalese cuisine is influenced by Tibetan & Indian Dishes but has its many own distinctive dishes.
Daal Bhaat Tarkari is Nepalese food whereas Momos, chowmein is widely consumed fast food. Don’t forget to give a try on this stuff whenever you are in Nepal. Here are some of the list you should try during your visit:
- Daal Bhat Tarkari
- Didho with Local Kukhura
- Newari Cuisine
- Thakali Cuisine
- Sel Roti
Trekking Around Kathmandu Valley
If you don’t have enough time or energy to trek, not enough bucks and want short and sweet treks, feel lucky when you are around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley offers a wide range of trekking trails and destinations that could be your lifetime thrilling experience. You can experience one or more days trek around the valley.
Sub-alpine forests, chirping sounds of birds, scenic view of hamlets, rivers are the satisfying things you can feel during short around Kathmandu. Similarly here are some of the best places you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Kathmandu. One thing, don’t forget to thank me later after your completion of the short trek.
- Godawari-Phulchoki Hike
- Chisapani Hike
- Nagarkot Hike
- Hike around Shivapuri
Art Spaces, Galleries & Museum
Nepalese Painting marks the beginning with the religious paintings, galleries of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Likewise, art is renowned for its unique, religious aesthetic, reflective of the country’s rich cultural heritage and connecting Buddhist ideology with Hindu representation.
Even more, it truly shows a Nepalese identity. Several places around Thamel, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Patan you can feel the essence of Nepalese arts & painting.
On the other hand with a fascinating and diverse culture, Nepal holds a great significance in arts and culture. Nepalese arts are showcased and preserved in museums. You can truly feel the true beauty of Nepalese arts & culture. Likewise, here are some of the best museum you shouldn’t miss when you are around Kathmandu valley:
- Patan Museum
- Narayanhiti Palace Museum
- National Museum of Nepal
- National Art Gallery
- Woodcraft Gallery
- Music Museum of Nepal
As our country, Nepal is solely focused on attracting millions of visitors and the government already declared 2020 A.D as a Tourism Year. Visit Nepal 2020 welcomes people to come to Nepal and explore the divine natural beauty of the country for a lifetime experience. Furthermore, let’s make this campaign successful and feel the essence of the true beauty of Nepal.
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