When people plan a visit to Nepal, their prime focus is visiting places mainly outside the valley. Many are oblivious of the fact that Kathmandu Valley too is worth unravelling; ergo they do not get an opportunity to discern the attractions inside the capital city.
The Kathmandu Valley is comprised of three important cities- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur which initially were individually run and ruled by Malla Kings (from the 12th to the 18th century). Since myriad of dynasties have ruled the Kathmandu Valley, the valley is an amalgamation of rich cultures, diverse ethnicity and inimitable architectural heritage.
Visiting a new country can indeed be a bit stressful and overwhelming. There are so many things you want to discover and learn about, albeit usually, there is little time. Hence, if you want to have a wholesome travel experience in Kathmandu we suggest you to read on.
If you are in the Kathmandu Valley you must go visit the heritage sites around as Kathmandu is known for its mesmerizing architectural heritage. You could go visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square; a remarkable legacy of traditional architecture. The durbar square is definitely regal looking as it holds the places of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled the city, along with that the meticulously hand carved windows and structures help you understand the unmatchable workmanship of the craftsmen. Whether you relish discerning places of architectural and historical importance or are super enthusiastic about clicking an artistic photo for your Insta feed, a visit to the Kathmandu Durbar Square will not disappoint you.
Similarly, Pashupatinath’s spiritual vibes, and the overwhelmingly positive energy projected by it will undoubtedly cleanse your soul. In addition the intricate wood and metal work of the temple will leave you mesmerized and awe-struck. One can also view Hindus cremating dead bodies of their loved ones on the banks of the Bagmati River. This sight might be bizarre yet an extremely staggering one for people who are discerning such a vision for the first time. Pashupatinath should definitely be in you “places to visit in Kathmandu” list, especially in the evening during aarati time. Full moon evenings in Pashupati are equally engaging as a rich folk band also livens up the evening with a traditional concert.
There are myriad of similar heritage sites in and around the valley, yet each of them have their own unique story, structure and importance making each site worth a visit.
If you have keen interest in history, mythology and ancient architecture you should definitely go visit places such as the Swaymbunath, Patan Durbar Square, and Changunaryan etc.
If you land up in Kathmandu visiting Thamel should be a must as, Thamel and unlimited fun are literal synonyms. There are a lots of cozy cafes around Thamel, where you can sit down with a good book , enjoy a hot cup of coffee along with some classic Nepali Cuisine . La Dolce Vita will be a great option if you want to relish some authentic Italian delicacies and The Roadhouse Café will be perfect for some mouthwatering pizza and pasta is located just below Hotel Roadhouse.
Well, if you are in mood for some adventure you should go for a classic hunger hunt and try some Nepali street food; taste some appetizing chat and panipuri on the streets of Newroad. If you rather like subtler flavors, go grab a plate of some Narayan Daiko Masangalli ko Famous Mo:Mo, near Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Now, let’s say you want to escape the hustle bustle of the city but do not plan to go outside the valley; the perfect place for you to stopover would be “The Garden of Dreams”. Garden of Dreams is one such place where people who are fond of tranquil spaces, can sit back, laze, read a book or gaze at the variety of plants and flowers. The Garden is built in a classic Edwardian style and as its name suggests, is regal and almost ethereal.
Garden of Dreams is indeed a good idea, if you are in search of a serene atmosphere in a busy city or are basically a “typical nature enthusiast”. Furthermore, visting the Botanical Garden; a home to myriad species of plants and herbs, could be a good alternative.
There is actually so much to do around Kathmandu -unravelling the valley itself is much more worthwhile and pleasing than people perceive it to be. So if you are in Nepal or plan to visit it one day, make it a point to stay in Kathmandu and explore the city too.