A site on a hill overlooking the city with a large stupa and other Buddhist and Hindu iconography. One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. There are 350 steps to the top - the back route is less steep but the views on the way up are not as nice. Aside from the views over the city and the ancient carvings in every available space, it's crowded with monkeys mingling with the visitors. The base of the hill is a 30 minute walk from Thamel (make sure you have a map as there are several confusing intersections along the way), or take a taxi or rickshaw. As with the Boudha Stupa, are plenty of Buddhist and Tibetan-inspired trinkets for sale. There are also drinks for sale at the top, and at least one small restaurant selling momos. For those that have their own transport or have difficulty climbing stairs there is a parking lot at the back entrance that significantly reduces the number of stairs that need to be climbed to gain access to the main compound. This is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
Narayanhity" comes from Narayana, a form of the Hindu god Lord Vishnu, and Hiti, meaning "water spout" (Vishnu's temple is located opposite the palace, and the water spout is located east of the main entrance to the precinct). Narayanhity was a new palace, in front of the old palace built in 1915, and was built in 1970 in the form of a contemporary Pagoda. It was built on the occasion of the marriage of King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah, then heir apparent to the throne. The palace area covers (30 hectares) and is fully secured with gates on all sides. This is the former Royal palace which was turned partly into a Museum and partly into the Foreign Ministry in 2009 after the abolition of the monarchy. Now you can visit the splendid Halls of the main building of the palace. Giant fruit bats hanging from the tall trees and 20 foot-tall bamboo around the otherwise modern (and still well secured) former palace are a sight, especially around sunset when the bats depart en masse.
is the largest and only international airport in Nepal. For Domestic Flight Information phone=+977 1 4113299. - Facilities: Foreign Exchange (one bank counter at the departure lounge and three bank counters at the arrival lounge), TIA Office Information Services, pre-paid taxi. Nepal Tourism Board Information counter. HAN (Hotel Association of Nepal) Counter: You can book any hotel of your choice from here. Get your hotel voucher and proceed to the assigned hotel. You can collect pamphlets and tourism information. You may be offered free copies of "Nepal Traveler" an informative magazine which has information about Nepal distributed by smart beautiful ladies just as you step out of the Custom area. -CIP Lounge (for business travellers, paying Rs 200 per person), two press rooms, cargo facilities, post office, souvenir shop, medical services, internet services
A five star hotel located in a converted palace on Durbar Marg. This is a landmark since Nepal first opened to tourism at the end of WW ll. At that time the King was living in exile in Kolkata and was ask to return to govern the nation. He asked Boris Lesonavich, a Russian also in exile to come to Nepal and establish tourist accommodation in Kathmandu. He established the Palace Hotel in a large Rana's palace that was available. He named the nar "The Yak and Yeti". Early Everest expeditions put up there and used the grounds to organise their gear for the climb. The present hotel is located at the site of an old palace that was at one time the foreign post office for Kathmandu. The present day hotel was built up around and incorporating the old buildings.
This in an historical building. This building was constructed in the early 19th century by General Bhimsen Thapa. It is the most important museum in the country, housing an extensive collection of weapons, art and antiquities of historic and cultural importance. The museum was established in 1928 as a collection house of war trophies and weapons, and the initial name of this museum was Chhauni Silkhana, meaning "the stone house of arms and ammunition". Given its focus, the museum contains an extensive quantity of weapons, including locally made firearms used in wars, leather cannons from the 18th–19th century, and medieval and modern works in wood, bronze, stone and paintings.
Kantipath. Probably the best for all types of reference, academic texts, tourist books and maps. Mandala also publishes books on sociology, anthropology, culture, politics and history of Nepal. It also a centre for most scholars visiting Nepal and patrons are encouraged to take part in the lively and informative discussions that frequently occur in the shop in the evening. The most reliable shop for The Economist and International Herald Tribune. Located on the east side of Kantipath just south of the Mountain Hotel and Nabil Bank building
One of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. This huge stupa is one of the largest in the world. This is another World Heritage Site. - Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu. - The base of the stupa has 108 small depictions of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha. It is surrounded with a brick wall with 147 niches, each with four or five prayer wheels engraved with the mantra, om mani padme hum. At the northern entrance where visitors must pass is a shrine dedicated to Ajima, the goddess of smallpox.
SIM cards are available from NCell for NPR150 and you will also need to show your passport, provide a passport photo and thumb prints. Recharge cards for NCell can be purchased almost everywhere. Look for the white and violet NCell signs on the front of shops selling these cards. Data packages are also available. It's worth noting that on some treks you will be in remote areas with no internet or phone service. Don't be surprised. Coverage in populated areas is good.
Thamel. The original guesthouse now with rooms ranging from basic to almost-fancy. Restaurant and bar. The axis on the compass of Thamel, all other addresses are given in relation to this hotel. Rates from 8 - 160 USD. Wi-Fi internet access (semi-reliable) from lobby, garden and some rooms for 75 NPR/hr. Otherwise, 4 computers with internet access until midnight, 60 R/hour. The guest house has a sister concern in Pokhara.
Beautifully renovated Newari house in Patan, just on the side of Patan Durbar square. Traditional Homes Swotha has seven comfortable and spacious rooms. All rooms have comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Most also have their own private balcony. Upstairs, the sunny terrace has a panoramic view of Patan’s pagoda-strewn roofscape, and beyond it a glimpse of the Himalayas.
This is a 17th-century pagoda-shaped building. Its carved wood windows provide a specimen of the art of woodworking which has been highly developed in the Kathmandu Valley since ancient times. The upper part was destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1934, and its height was shortened when it was repaired. It was originally a courthouse. A shrine to Nāsa Dya, the god of music, exists on the ground floor.
The hotel has a quaint and homely Tibetan theme and rooms are also clean, hygienic and comfortable. The hotel has a restaurant on the ground floor that serves Tibetan/Chinese/Continental cuisine (open 06:00 to 22:00), in addition to a rooftop terrace. There are standard/deluxe/super deluxe rooms from 15 - 35 USD. Deluxe rooms include attached shower/bath with 24 hr hot water and cable TV. Good value.
Complementary Breakfast & Free Airport pick up. Room service. - All rooms are furnished with contemporary furniture and hardwood floors, an electric kettle. Private bathrooms have a hairdryer, hot/cold shower facilities and free toiletries. A comfortable seating area and cable TV are included and all rooms are fully air-conditioned. Free Wi-Fi. Massage option at the spa. 24 hour concierge.
Outside of Thamel, near the Swayambunath (Monkey) Temple, this place is quiet, full of backpackers, and serves incredible food. Rs 300/ night including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi, cool roof terrace, bar, Canadian managed. Impossible to find as they don't really advertise. Get a taxi or walk to Buddha Park near Swayambunath and call (+977 1 428 4647) from there, they'll come pick you up.
Two beautifully designed homes with a bar, cozy lounge area, weight room, movie hall, dining hall and communal kitchen. They also have 24 hr hot shower. The staff treat you like family, and the owners, brothers Shiva and Tashi, are generous hosts (Shiva is afantastic cook). There's also a guard at the door, free and strong Wi-Fi and people congregate on the roftop lounge nightly.
A social enterprise tour platform that enables locals in developing countries to create their own tour/ course. Check out their momos cooking course, mask carving, pottery, stone carving or dal bhat cooking courses, among many others on their website. Simply book on their website and a facilitator (usually a local university student) will arrive to pick you up for your course.
Irish dishes, a great variety of beer (also Guinness) and whisky (international and local), Irish Coffee (also Creamy Irish Coffee) cocktails, mocktails, energy cocktails, summer cocktails, shooters (try "Irish Flag"). During the cold season, you can also find "hot winter drinks". Friday nights live music, dart. Well trained, friendly staff. Run under German management.
An important Hindu temple to Shiva in the form of Lord of the Beasts. It's the location of cremation ghats (steps) on the banks of the Bagmati River. You will also see sadhus, a busy market for religious items and a holy cave. Morning is a great time to go. While entrance to the temple is allowed for Hindus only, the surrounding forest area provides much to explore.
This is a newly opened hostel with modern facility established by a group of Elbrus Home. It has modern rooms with television, Wi-Fi, internet access, nice terrace, restaurant. There is solar hot water and separate solar powered for lights during power outages. Breakfast is included. Extremely rude and unfriendly staff. No hot water. Wi-Fi is very slow.
Very friendly and helpful staff, lived in Kathmandu all their lives, rooms are large, clean, and have hot water when power is on. Rooms cost from NPR300. Double for NPR800. Has free bag storage while you go on a trek, so long as you spend a night or two. The best thing is this place has free Wi-Fi that doesn't shut off - even when the power goes down
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Very nice and one of the oldest hotels in the area, recently renovated and perfectly clean. Located near to the old city and the main transportation lines. Very efficient staff, especially for Nepal. The hotel includes a very reasonably priced restaurant with excellent burgers and Momos. A private clinic is located nearby. Free Wi-fi.
Five star hotel. It also has Al Fresco, the most authentic Italian restaurant in Kathmandu. Although the hotel is rated as a 5 star, it takes a generous person to give it that rating, however that is relative to the other hotels. Double confirm your rooms for preferences (smoking or non-smoking) and do not get a ground floor room.
Himalayan Blues Festival is one of the most acclaimed music festival in Kathmandu. It takes place in the months of October–November in Kathmandu. It boasts of having the best venues like the Garden of Dreams and Patan Museum. It also happens in many bars and different hotel venues. It features musicians from all around the world.
In the north Thamel (about 20 metres down from the Map of Thamel), 4 minutes' walk from the centre of Thamel. Clean, peaceful place with free Wifi, computers, garden restaurant & friendly staff. In the hotel there is also the office of Alpine Club of Himalaya, where you can book tours, etc. Rooms rates begin at 15USD.
Excellent food at modest prices, including live music on most nights. Carry on straight past Helena's, around the "chicane", where the road bends then straightens out again, and turn the next right. It is signposted but the sign's fairly small. Everest summitters can eat here for free. Extraphone=+977-1-4248692
24 hour front desk and room service, daily housekeeping, private bathroom for each unit, safe, luggage storage, free wireless internet service. Laundry and dry cleaning service. Air conditioning and heating. Cable tv. Baby - sitting service. Doctor on call. Airport transfer (free airport pick up). Tour desk
Located on the main street from/through Thamel into Durbar Square (which is about 5-10 minutes away on foot, or a 50 NPR rickshaw or taxi ride). Clean, hygienic and comfortable rooms, including en-suites with hot showers most of the time. The website quotes rooms from 50 USD, but this is negotiable.
Relax in this beautiful and peaceful walled garden close to Thamel and the former Royal Palace. Beautifully renovated in partnership with Austrian Govt. Currently has two pavilions depicting two of the six annual seasons in the Hindu calendar. It has several expensive cafes and a bar. Nice toilets.
Rooms are good, clean and comfortable, as long as the window does not face the main street. It is about 10 minutes walking from Thamel, so the environment is not as hectic, but the bars are still at a walking distance. It includes unlimited free use of internet in the two computers on the lobby
This is a three-storeyed temple enshrining an image of Gorakhnath. It was built in the 16th century in pagoda style. The name of Kathmandu is a derivative of the word Kasthamandap. It was built under the reign of King Laxmi Narsingha Malla. It was originally built as a rest house for travelers.
Organizes tours that take guests to visit and learn from Nepal's change makers, eg, social entrepreneurs, artists, activists and other innovators. There are prearranged tours (usually 2 days including a networking session in the evening) on specific issues - or you can design your own.
turn it into a Documentation Centre – documenting what artists, photographers, architects, anthropologists and Samskritists from abroad had contributed in the second half of the 20th century to identify, highlight and preserve the cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.
Clean 4 story home run by friendly, traditional Nepali Buddhist family. 8 km SE of Thamel & 7 km SW of the airport. 15min walk to Durbar Square. 50 m walk to bus stop/taxis. Organic veggie lunch & dinner (NRP100). 24h Wi-Fi. Great views from roof & upper floors.
The Indian visa centre is just before the embassy (09:30-noon for deposit; closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays). People start to queue 1-2 hr before opening usually. 700nrs for re-entry endorsement, 3600 for tourist visa up to 6 months, 1900 for transit visa.
contains artifacts related to the King Tribhuvan (1906–1955). It has a variety of pieces including his personal belongings, letters and papers, memorabilia related to events he was involved in and a rare collection of photos and paintings of Royal family members.
They specialize in medieval history and religious traditions of the Kathmandu Valley. The archives have a collection of some 6,000 loose-leaf handwritten books and 1,000 palm-leaf manuscripts (mostly in Sanskrit or Nepal Bhasa) and a manuscript dated to 1464.
a roadside shelter is linked with the founding of Nepal Sambat. This is where the porters from Bhaktapur are said to have rested with their loads of sand. The procession of the goddess Dāgin, which is held during the Yenya festival, starts from this house.
This Museum is dedicated to king Mahendra of Nepal (1920–1972). It includes his personal belongings such as decorations, stamps, coins and personal notes and manuscripts, but it also has structural reconstructions of his cabinet room and office chamber.
The only Arizona style Mexican food in KTM. Serves burritos, chimichangas, nachos, fried ice cream, thick shakes, and sopapillas. A party of 10 or more gets free chips and salsa. Thursday nights kids eat free with the purchase of one adult size entree.
5 star hotel with 290 rooms and suites. The hotel offers a health and beauty spa, swimming pool, wading pool for children and an outdoor whirlpool. The hotel is 4 km from Tribhuvan International Airport and within walking distance of Baudha Stupa.
Excellent food, great service, and modest prices. It is claimed to have the tallest rooftop restaurant in Kathmandu, and the views from there of the city, especially at night, are reported to be worth the climb. Serves Western and regional cuisine.
Friendly and helpful staff. Pretty rooms with private bathrooms with 24/7 running hot and cold shower system. Restaurant, travel desk, 24-hour reception. Free Wi-Fi in room and lobby. Free airport pick up. +Mobile:+977 985 107 1593 (Yogesh lama)
is the largest and most well established English language bookshop in Kathmandu. They have great sections on Buddhism, including a whole room devoted to vajrayana, as well as an encyclopedic selection on books devoted to subjects on Nepal.
It has a nice rooftop garden restaurant with good food and helpful staff. Newly renovated rooms with clean private bathrooms that have hot/cold showers. Theres also free Wi-Fi in rooms, restaurant and lobby. Airport pick-up and drop-off.
A very friendly owner and staff who are very helpful and even run a travel agency inside the hotel for all your trekking needs. Comfortable good sized rooms with excellent views over Thamel and the Kathmandu valley from the roof.
Has clean and relatively quiet rooms. Special rooms in top floor have small garden area. Free internet and friendly staff. Other facilities in room include air-con, TV, hot water, clean and comfortable. Some rooms have balconies.
One of the largest libraries in Nepal situated within Tribhuvan University premise at Kirtipur. You can get there by regular bus or micro-bus for Kirtipur. It has a large collection of old and new books, journals and newspaper.
3 beds, 4 beds in a room available and suitable for families, bigger groups & large families on budget. A diner, bar, laundry, barber, provision store are nearby and it is walking distance easily to Ratna Park for trips.
Ratomato Organics BBQ Bistro is a continental restaurant which caters an array of nutritious and flavourful delicacies. Most of the produce is sourced locally from an organic farm in Kirtipur and other local farmers.
Located in a three storied building which contains an impressive collection of traditional utensils and handmade dolls and items typical of a medieval Newar house, giving an important insight into Nepalese history.
A fair four-star hotel with unique charm of old newari palace architecture. Has a swimming pool and the renowned restaurant "Krishnarpan" which serves elaborate multi course Nepali dinner (only on reservation)..
Excellent wood fired pizza. Pleasant decor with good coffee & hot chocolate. Draught Everest beer, when available. A relaxing, upscale place for when you need to escape from Kathmandu for an evening. Free Wi-Fi.
A busy, fun bar with pool tables, a wide selection of cocktails and beers as well as friendly staff. Very much a tourist hang out. However avoided by local expats after several incidents with aggressive rats.
Lovely rooms in this clean, comfortable hotel in Thamel. Great location. Good rooftop area to sit and relax and eat. Simple but delicious food served in the restaurant. Helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Nice family run guesthouse in a quiet street just south of central Thamel, lovely big rooms, simple furnishings, clean and with hot water 24hrs. Great garden area to relax and friendly family.
Jawalakhel. Located next to New Orleans Cafe in Jawalakhel, this bookshop is housed in an old 1930s building and combines a great collection of fiction with a marvelously cosy environment.
In the north Thamel. Clean, peaceful place with free Wi-Fi, computers, garden restaurant and friendly staff. Also has an office of Alpine Club of Himalaya, where you can book tours, etc.
This museum has a sizeable collection of different species of animals, butterflies, and plants. The museum is noted for its display of species, from prehistoric shells to stuffed animals
Unique in Kathmandu suburbs. 20 minutes from the center of the capital. No noise, fresh air and panoramic views of the Himalayas, city and on top Chobhar ancient village hill (1420 m)
great Indian food at affordable prices, situated near the Chikusa Cafe on the Jyatha street. friendly staff and a tummy full of Indian food (including naans) and cheap tea for NPR125.
Buses: India (Patna, Gorakhpur, Varanasi (₹1,350, India-Nepal friendship Bus Service, leaves Varanasi at 1pm and arrives to Kathmandu at 5am), and Lucknow), Pokhara, and Chitwan
Laid back sports bar version of Cocktail Bar. They have one decent TV with lots of channels so good place to watch sporting events. Free popcorn and 2-for-1 happy hour drinks.
Not to be mistaken for the pricier and up-scale, but not so peaceful name brother, Kathmandu Guesthouse. This guesthouse is in a more peaceful area just outside Thamel.
- Formerly a Rana palace bought over in 1964. Luxurious 100 year old palace hotel. 4.5 acre property in the heart of the city. A typically Nepali Maharaja's Palace.
is a celebrated stone water spout. The alley was once famed by its nickname Pie Alley for the many pie shops here during the hippie days of the 1960s and 1970s
Friendly staff who will always try and help you out. On the edge of Thamel, easy to find. Internet is availbale at the entrance as well as a laundry service.
Electronic Accessories (one shop), Gents Ladies and kids (two shop), Gents Wear (six shops), Ladies Wear (nine shops), Shoe's shop (seven units), Food Court
Fun and friendly guest house on the edge of Thamel but with dubious business practices and not particularly clean. Water was orange colour and no hot water.
Statues, temples and the Rana museum. Located in the Hanuman Dhoka former palace complex, the courtyard was used for royal coronations as recently as 2001.
hosts the work of contemporary painters and sculptors, and regularly organizes exhibitions. It also runs morning and evening classes in the schools of art.
One of the oldest temples in the square, this three-roofed temple with its pyramid shaped bases, is an example of the typical Newari architectural style.
Nice ensuite rooms with small TV, Wi-Fi, nice roof terrace. Solar powered batteries for some lights and Wi-Fi during power outages. Breakfast included.
- Four-star international hotel with all the amenities. Located on Durbar Marg. Good conference facilities. Wi-Fi and business centre are expensive.
A nice bar in Freak Street on several floors. Each floor has a its own atmosphere. It is also possible to have shishas at the first floor.
Family run hotel. The owner and his wife are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are old but clean. Wifi, hot water, roof top available.
Thamel. Operating 1984 has rooms 102. 24 hours room service, free Wi-Fi,coffee shop, beauty parlour and travel desk. Rate 16-96 USD.
is one of the more important Ganesh shrines in Kathmandu. A notable feature of this temple is the absence of the usual pinnacle.
This gallery contains artwork of both national and international artists and extensive halls regularly used for art exhibitions
Decent rooms and good service. Hot water, TV and hot food. Quieter location in Chhetrapati Chowk, great views and balconies.
Basic pub grub and Nepali attempt at Mexican, often with live traditional music. Popular with English teachers and expats.
Nepali coffee, Sandwiches and crêpes. Strawberry lassi is a specialty. Now they have Wi-Fi too; just ask for the password.
It is Israeli run and has a wide variety of good, safe vegetarian food, especially good if you are craving a salad.
An idol of Bhagwan Vishnu in a sleeping position surrounded by water is an extraordinary cool and calm experience.
- resto-lounge- global gourmet cuisine- specialty coffees- refreshing cocktail-free wi fi -scrumptious desserts
dates from the 17th century. It contains shops on the ground floor and a hymn singing hall on the upper floor.
Historic street where western hippies seeking enlightenment would stay. Now just a few restaurants and hotels.
A good variety of well-made food, including pasta, Nepali and salads. Pleasant Newari courtyard setting
For discount lodging and economic accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. - cool place in town!
This building is a three-sided courtyard. There is a temple dedicated to Mahadev at the center.
A Historical Temple, made by Prime Minister Shree Teen Jang Bahadur Rana Kunwar in late 1870s.
An enviable location near the major shopping and business area focused on backpackers.
nice garden and free wi-fi and very friendly staff around. Hot water available 24 hrs
Buses: India (Patna, Gorakhpur, Varanasi (₹1,200), and Lucknow), Pokhara, and Chitwan
The entrance to the Consular Section is to the left of the main entrance.
A huge pipal tree formed a sanctuary here. There is an image of Pachali
Decent cheap guesthouse just outside Thamel, quiet area, nice terrace.
Managing director Bhuwan gives a warm welcome. Free airport pickup.
Surrounded by dance bars, but nice rooftop and rooms.
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A Suspension Bridge over Bishnumati River
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Banking Office (address:Thapathali)
24 hours hot water and free WiFi
According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 2.5 million inhabitants, and the agglomerate has a population of more than 3 million inhabitants. The metropolitan city area is 50.67 square kilometres (19.56 sq mi) and has a population density of 3000 per km² and 17000 per km square in city. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal's population. Historically, the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining areas were known as Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, were established. During the Rana and Shah eras, British historians called the valley itself "Nepal Proper". Today, Kathmandu is not only the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, but also the headquarters of the Central Development Region of Nepal. The Central Region comprises three zones: Bagmati, Narayani, and Janakpur. Kathmandu is located in the Bagmati Zone. Kathmandu is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is also the nerve center of the country's economy. It has the most advanced infrastructure of any urban area in Nepal, and its economy is focused on tourism, which accounted for 3.8% of Nepal's GDP in 1995–96. Tourism in Kathmandu declined thereafter during a period of political unrest, but since then has improved. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by TripAdvisor,and ranked first in Asia. The city has a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years, as inferred from inscriptions found in the valley. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Most of Kathmandu's people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are people of other religious beliefs as well, giving Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the most commonly spoken language in the city. English is understood by Kathmandu's educated residents. Kathmandu's sister cities (Lalitpur Patan) and Bhaktapur are integral to Kathmandu's cultural heritage, tourism industry, and economy; therefore UNESCO's World Heritage Site lists all three cities' monuments and attractions together under one heading, "Kathmandu Valley-UNESCO World Heritage Site".