Kathmandu Stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place. Yes, you have to learn to become a part of its magical mayhem – because with a bit of patience you will learn to lose yourself within it. Spend a few days there uncovering its charms rather than rapidly passing through.
Exploring Kathmandu is like stepping back in time. Here you will find a haven of old, decaying yet decadent architecture; wonky but still stable structures; the intricate details of carved wooden doorways and window frames; shop fronts so low that you can easily miss the treasures inside. Kathmandu is also known to be a treasure trove of artistic and religious deity sculptures made from wood, stone and other materials scattered around the city.
Kathmandu is as fascinating as it is frantic; as charming as it is chaotic. A melting pot of culture, history and religion, its exotic atmosphere is unique and not easily forgotten
Some interesting places within Kathmandu…
- Swayambhu (स्वयम्भू) aka Monkey Temple
- Boudha Stupa in Boudha (बौद्ध)
- Narayanhiti Palace Museum
- Thamel Chowk
- Freak Street
- Pashupatinath temple
- Garden of Dreams / Kaiser Mahal
- BuddaNeelkanth Temple (Narangdham)
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
Other places around Kathmandu…