Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu

    Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu

    3-star

    Thamel1.3 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.0.Superb73 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
  • Ramada Encore by Wyndham Kathmandu Thamel

    Ramada Encore by Wyndham Kathmandu Thamel

    Sundhara3.8 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating2.0.Poor1 Hotels.com guest review
    Ramada Encore by Wyndham Kathmandu Thamel
  • Kumari Boutique Hotel

    Kumari Boutique Hotel

    3-star

    Thamel1.8 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.6.Exceptional122 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Oasis Kathmandu Hotel

    Oasis Kathmandu Hotel

    3-star

    Thamel1.4 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb121 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Oasis Kathmandu Hotel
  • Kathmandu Marriott Hotel

    Kathmandu Marriott Hotel

    5-star

    Naxal1.7 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional25 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
  • Hotel Mulberry

    Hotel Mulberry

    4-star

    Thamel1.6 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional71 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hotel Mulberry
  • Hotel Shanker

    Hotel Shanker

    4-star
    VIP

    Lazimpat0.9 kilometer to city centre

    Guest rating8.4.Very good135 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hotel Shanker
  • Hotel Friend's Home

    Hotel Friend's Home

    3.5-star

    Thamel1.8 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb82 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hotel Friend's Home
  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala

    4-star

    Boudhha2.6 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating9.2.Superb42 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hotel Shambala
  • Kathmandu Guest House by KGH Group

    Kathmandu Guest House by KGH Group

    3.5-star

    Thamel1.5 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.6.Fabulous66 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Kathmandu Guest House by KGH Group
  • Hotel Yog

    Hotel Yog

    1-star

    Thamel1.5 kilometers to city centre

    Hotel Yog
  • Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

    Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

    5-star

    Lazimpat0.8 kilometer to city centre

    Guest rating7.6.Good31 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
  • Aloft Kathmandu Thamel

    Aloft Kathmandu Thamel

    4.5-star

    Thamel1.3 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.0.Very good12 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Aloft Kathmandu Thamel
  • Hotel Gold International

    Hotel Gold International

    3-star

    Sundhara2.5 kilometers to city centre

    Hotel Gold International
  • Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

    5-star

    Boudhha3.8 kilometers to city centre

    Guest rating8.4.Very good78 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
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Exploring Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu, visitors instantly know that they are in for one memorable travel experience. If you are sitting on the right side of the plane, you will get treated to the most stunning of views: one long uninterrupted wall of the highest mountain range in the world—the Himalayas.

The first stop for most travellers to Nepal is the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The sprawling city of Kathmandu lies within a valley, the largest piece of flat land in the Nepal Himalaya. Outside of it is a crumpled landscape of valleys, lakes and, of course, some of the highest peaks on Earth, including the highest one of them, Mount Everest.

While many who come to Nepal invariably explore the outdoors, it will be worth nothing that its gateway, Kathmandu, is worth a few days of exploration, too. Some of the oldest, most fascinating religious and cultural sites of the Himalayas can be found in this valley. The whole valley is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hotels in the city centre include the five-star Radisson, or the older Yak and Yeti, sited on Durbar Marg.

Sights nearby

Culture and religion are displayed prominently in the streets of Kathmandu. Temples and palaces are worth seeing here. Then, there's also activities such as trekking, meditation and massages.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is the first temple anyone in Kathmandu should visit. Hindus believe this is where the national deity, from whom the name of the temple is derived, resides. The Bagmati River, a river regarded as sacred by the locals, passes through here. Thus, the temple is also the site of fluvial rituals and cremations. The upscale Hyatt Regency is located here.

Boudhanath
Boudhanath, with its large white mound and thousands of prayer flags, is one of the most prominent structures in a city dotted with hundreds of other towering religious temples and stupas. This Buddhist site is a very important one as it is situated along the ancient route that facilitated trade between Tibet, Nepal and India.

Durbar Squares
The urban sprawl of the Kathmandu Valley covers not only Kathmandu but also Patan and Bhaktapur. Each of the three cities has its own Durbar Square in the city centre. A durbar square is a plaza in front of ancient royal palaces often riddled with a number of pagodas and religious structures.

Trekking
Treks close to the Kathmandu Valley are very much doable. The area of Nagarkot is popular because of its proximity to the valley and the Himalayan views it offers. There are mountain lodges here for those wishing to spend a night or two.

Meditation and Massages
Courses on meditation and yoga are also popular in Kathmandu and many schools, like the Bikram Yoga College of India and Pathik Foundation, are right within the city. Massages and spas are great places to spend a day relaxing, especially if you just came from a multi-day hike in the mountains near Kathmandu. One of the most noteworthy institutions is The Himalayan Healers in Lazimpat.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Exciting nightlife awaits visitors staying in the tourist district of Thamel. This chaotic little district north of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is home to dozens of cafés, restaurants, guest houses and bars, all of which become very busy during the trekking seasons of spring and autumn. Local favourites such as the Nepali vegetarian curry dal baht or the aromatic tea chai masala as well as restaurants serving Western and Asian cuisines are available. The long established Kathmandu Guest House is a great place to stay here, and has its own restaurant. Clothing, silver wear, pashmina, carpets, and cultural artefacts are among the top buys here, with Thamel and Durbar Square home to tourist-friendly shops.

Public transport

The only international airport in Nepal is Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. It is well-connected to several flight hubs in Asia such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong and many others. For tourists, getting around the city can be done via taxis and rickshaws. Most of the taxis and rickshaws in town, however, are not metered, so negotiating a price is advised.

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