The city of Kathmandu is a sensory overload of sorts. With a perfect blend of rich colours, delicious smell of a variety of tradition food and the sound of the bells of the temples and Buddhist monasteries, it is always bustling with backpackers from all over the world. It is intoxicating, heavenly, medieval and magnificent.
This endlessly fascinating city had to face the fury of mother nature in the 2015 earthquakes, which destroyed several temples in Kathmandu’s UNESCO enlisted Durbar square, but fortunately most areas emerged unharmed. Walk through the narrow alleys and witness Kathmandu’s eternally rich culture and artistic heritage in the various monasteries and temples overflowing with marigold, with the fragrant incense, courtyards painted with the traditional rangolis and the peppy cafes having a spirit of transcontinental culture and live music.
It is the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. It was established in 900 A.D. and is thus historically and culturally rich and diverse. Within the radius of 15km, Kathmandu has the densest UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites among the capitals of the world.
Here we list some of the things to do while you are in Kathmandu:
1) Visit Durbar square
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still takes place even today.
2) Visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath
Not only is Pashupatinath the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, It is one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India each year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal.
The famous temple of Pashupathinath in the evening
Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in the world, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Built in 5th century BC, it is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
3) Visit Bhaktapur City
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. Here you can visit The Golden Gate and The palace of Fifty-Five Windows.
4) River rafting in Trishuli river
With beautiful views and stunning flows, Nepal’s rivers offer white-water rafting opportunities. The mountains, rivers and everything in between creates a wealth of unlimited world class opportunities for great river rafting, kayaking. Combine adventure with learning and experience with playfulness.
5) Bungee Jumping
Love adrenaline rushes? Butterflies in your stomach? Want to experience flying? Wish to overcome your fear of heights? You can do all this here!
6) Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari
Have a rendezvous with nature in this rich Wildlife National Park. It has been granted the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its grassy plains, marshland and dense forests are home to the famous One-horned Rhinos and the Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are lucky you might even be able to spot sloth bear, wild elephant and leopards.
7) Visit Pokhara
Pokhara will overwhelm you with one of the best photo spots in the world. While you tread along the shores of the Fewa lake you will be surrounded by a panoramic view over the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif that reflect in this lake. The blend of beautiful colours created by the wooden boats and paragliders that are sailing, flying and rowing over the lake will possibly be one of the highlights of your travel experience in Nepal.
8) Everest Base Camp
No place is more spectacular than the Everest region. It is where four of the world’s six tallest peaks rise above everything else. On Everest Base Camp Trek, we experience astounding mountain views, get glimpses of the life of the world-famous climbers (the Sherpas), enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site, and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries before accomplishing our ultimate goal-reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. But nothing beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips travellers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty Everest up close.”
9) Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp trek has always been a very popular choice of most of the adventure trekkers in the world. A walk, all the way up to the altitude of 4,243meter not just greets trekkers with mesmerizing view of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Gandharwa Chuli , Patal Hiun Chuli and other peaks rising above 7000 and 8000meter, but also with a stunning landscape that present the glimpses of heaven on earth. Moreover, the area is extremely prettified with the beautiful settlement of people en route to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna.
10) Peak Climbing
Summiting a peak can be altogether a different experience. There are no words for that feeling of when reach the top and conquer not just the mountain, but also conquer yourself. Its that divine feeling of overcoming all your shortcomings and rising above your fear and your doubts. Nepal offers not just Everest, but several other peaks that you can summit, including Island Peak (5150 m) and Mera Peak (6476 m).
For Nepal, its often said “Once is Never enough”. You wish to come back to this place again and again. And we agree to it!