Here are 9 Top Places to Visit in Kathmandu and what is Kathmandu known for. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal and is famous for its religious monuments. It is specially famous for the various number of temples, monasteries, and stupas all around the city. The things the visitors can do in Kathmandu is to take a stroll to Thamel or watch the beautiful peaks of Mount Everest.
The best area to stay in Kathmandu is definitely Thamel area. It houses hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and shops that tourists would love strolling around in the streets of Thamel. Also Durbar Square is closer from Thamel.
Besides these one can go for trekking and also whitewater rafting in Trishuli.
If you are asking how many days are enough to visit Nepal then it would really depend which places you want to visit. If you want to visit only Kathmandu Valley then you can visit all the places in Kathmandu within 3 – 4 days.
What is famous food in Nepal?
Nepal is mostly famous for its Dal Bhat, Momos, Sel Roti and Newari Cuisines.
Now we will look at best places to visit in Kathmandu and top tourist attractions of Kathmandu.
9 Top Places to Visit in Kathmandu – What is Kathmandu known for?
- Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is around 11 km from the center of Kathmandu and falls on the north east side of the city. As of 1979, Boudha Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it is the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu.
The stupa has a massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Thousands of pilgrims from different religions gather here daily.
The Boudhanath Stupa was built after AD 600, when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, converted to Buddhism.
- Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple which is located along the banks of Bagmati River. This temple complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites’s list in 1979.
The temple was created in the 5th century by Licchavi King Prachanda Dev after the previous building was consumed by termites.
- Swayambhunath Temple
Swayambhunath Temple is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill and is in the west side of Kathmandu city. It is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period.
Swayambhunath is famously known as the monkey temple, this tourist destination receives pilgrims and tourists from every parts of the world.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On 25 April 2015, an earthquake with magnitude of 7.9 which hit the region severely damaged the Square.
- Garden of Dreams
Garden of Dreams is a neo-classical garden which was built in 1920. It consists of 6,895 square metres of gardens with three pavilions, an amphitheater, ponds, pergolas, and urns.
The garden was designed by Kishore Narshingh.
Normal entry into Garden of Dreams is Rs. 150 per person for Nepali and Rs. 400 per person for Non-Nepali.
- Kumari Bahal or Kumari Ghar
Kumari is the tradition of worshiping young prepubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions.
The palace where the Kumari lives is called Kumari Bahal or Kumari Ghar while she is the chosen Devi, is a beautiful ancient palace. The palace is a three-story traditional structure made of wood and red bricks with intricately carved windows, doors, and balconies.
- Hanuman Dhoka
Located in Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings. It also houses structures of the Shah dynasty in the Durbar Square of central Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hanuman Dhoka is spread over five acres.
It is the entry gate to the palace, where a standing statue of Hanuman guards the palace.
- Narayanhiti Palace
Narayanhiti Palace is a former royal palace which was home to the monarchs of the country. It was the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.
The Narayanhiti Palace was converted to Narayanhiti Palace Museum in 2008.
- Budhanilkantha Temple
Budhanilkantha Temple is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple can be identified by a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu.
The statue in Budhanilkantha is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal.
Devotees along with tourists visit the temple in large numbers. During the occasion of Haribondhini Ekadashi Mela which is held annually on the 11th day of Kartik month of the Hindus.
The temple is open from 5am to 6 pm.
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