Transcend around 10 best places to visit in Kathmandu in 10 Photos.
Nepal is not just limited to trekking and mountaineering. There is more beyond Annapurna region and Everest region. One can go for short treks or even roam around Kathmandu city to see the temples and UNESCO World heritage sites.
But if you want to add a little bit of extra activities to make your stay in Nepal more memorable and peaceful then there are the best places to visit in Kathmandu. Toss in their perfect blend of culture, religion and tradition like never before.
A short day trip near Kathmandu city, takes you away from the chaotic bustling of the city dwellers and lands you in the best natural places around Kathmandu. The simplicity of life they are living on will surely awestruck you.
Let’s take a look at these best places to visit in Kathmandu via dreamy photos.
Like said before, we have hand-picked the best places to visit in Kathmandu. Without further ado, lets give them a look.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Courtyard
Farming in Panauti Village
Situated just less than an hour’s drive from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Panauti is one of the best places to visit near Kathmandu. The historical town of Bhaktapur transparently shows the ancient history of the Newar Kingdom ruled by the Malla kings.
Whereas Panauti is the best destination near Kathmandu valley for one night. It is a Newari town reflecting an ancient Nepali-Newari community. Their livelihood depends upon agriculture where you will be having organic home-cooked meal and living a life with locals.
Major Highlights of Bhaktapur and Panauti Sight Seeing
Distance from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur- 36 min (16.1 km)
Distance from Kathmandu to Panauti-1 hr 17 min (34.0 km)
Nagi Gompa- Shivapuri Hike, Short hiking trail in kathmandu
Photo Courtesy of Jamuna khatri
Nagi Gompa – Shivapuri is perfect for a short hike in Kathmandu valley. Nagi Gompa is the Tibetan Buddhist convent home to more than 100 nuns’ that is located inside the Shivapuri Conservation Area. The hiking trial of Shivapuri is perfect for beginners as well. From there you will see the Kathmandu valley from atop.
Major Highlights of Nagi Gompa Shivapuri Hike
Changu Narayan Temple
Changunarayn temple is the nearest place to visit in Kathmandu. It is also regarded as the old temple of Kathmandu dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated on the hilltop, you can actually see the entire Kathmandu Valley and lush green fields. Changu Narayan temple is also a popular picnic spot near Kathmandu.
Major Highlights of Changu Narayan Temple
Distance from Kathmandu to Changu Narayan- 1 hour
Royal Mountain travel, one of the best tour operators in Nepal, has a special day trip from Changunarayan to Nagarkot hike. You will be hiking for 4-5 hours in the ridge and deciduous forest.
Himalayan Range from Nagarkot
Nagarkot is one of the places that you must visit while staying in Kathmandu. This hill station is packed with lush green hills, the Himalayan range, and a pleasant environment. Nagarkot is mainly known for jaw-dropping views of Mt. Everest and sunrise and sunset. Nagarkot is also a perfect place to visit near Kathmandu for coupules or with friends.
Major Highlights Nagarkot
You can customize the day trip to Nagarkot as per your requirements and schedule. Contact us for details
Pashupatinath Temple- Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal. Listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Each day thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath temple making it one of the must visit places while staying in Kathmandu.
Major highlights of Pashupatinath Temple
Boudhanath Stupa Kathmandu Nepal
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Buddhist stupas in Nepal and the world. Built around the 14th century, it reflects the grace, purity and beauty of Buddhist belief. The whitewashed Mandala of peace, and the glided tower painted with Buddha’s eyes, the monument represent the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment, i.e. earth, water, fire, air, void, and 13 stages that human beings should pass through to achieve Nirvana.
Major Highlights of Boudhanath Stupa Kathmandu
Facts- The synthetic prayer flags of Boudhanath Stupa is replaced with the biodegradable ones, a step towards a greener alternative and sustainability.
Jagannath Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square
UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Kathmandu Durbar Square is the best place to visit in Kathmandu. Also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, it holds a significant site for Buddhist and Hindu rituals, the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, holy ceremonies, and royal events.
Major Highlights of Kathmandu Durbar Square
Did you know you can roam around the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Thamel in Rickshaw? it s a whole new experience to roam around small alleys that reflects ancient culture and architectures
Patan Durbar Square Nepal
Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley. Situated in Lalitpur, this UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is famous for Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.
Major highlights in Patan Durbar Square
Pro Tip – Do not forget to try Newari Dishes while roaming around in Patan. It is super delicious but spicy; so better to carry some sweets with you 😊
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Panoramic Panauti Cycling Tour
If you want to spice up your stay in Kathmandu with a little bit of adventure, then Cycling in Panauti is the perfect one. Cycling over the rugged trails (perfect for beginners too), head uphill in the forest to explore the dramatic view of Panauti village, lush greenery, an ancient city and medieval houses and some glimpse of Himalayan ranges too.
Major Highlights of Panauti Cycling Tour
Dinner with Local Family in Nepal
Learn to cook nepali dishes in the Nepalese Way
Having dinner with a local family is surely one of the best things to do in Kathmandu. You will get to know the answer to the popular saying “Dal Bhat Power 24 hour” or why Nepali people is so fond of rice. The perfect blend of rice, lentils, curry and spicy tangy pickles mixed with your own hand gives more flavor which is truly satisfying and super delicious.
Major Highlights of dinner with local family in Nepal
Pro Tip- Use your right hand just like a Nepali people instead of using a spoon 😊
Sep 23, 2021
n another step toward normalcy, the Government of Nepal, on 23 September, has announced to reopen the on-arrival visa for foreign travelers.
May 17, 2019
On 15th May 2019 Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own record of scaling the summit of Mt. Everest for 22 times. It was his 23rd time on 15th May
May 16, 2022
Gautam International Airport, Nepal's second international airport finally begins its operation in Bhairahawa, Lumbini.
Jul 19, 2021
It has been a long time, but the old and closest friend has resumed its flights, with the Singapore Airlines logo, in the international airport of Nepal.
Jun 13, 2019
Community Homestay Network was awarded Resilience through cultural diversity award on 31 May 2019 by International Institute for Peace through Tourism ( IIPT ) at the ASIAN RESILIENCE SUMMIT, Nepal 2019
Aug 3, 2021
Manang has been the first region in Nepal to achieve total vaccination for its entire population above 18 years of age.
Nov 30, 2021
Global tourist arrivals saw a 58 percent jump in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2020, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Aug 30, 2021
The Everest Region is open for "fully" vaccinated domestic and international visitors. Such anticipated good news was announced on 23rd August as the Khumbu Pasanglhamu Municipality vaccinated 98% of its total population above 18 years of age
Jul 13, 2017
Nepal has been placed on the list the 40 most beautiful countries in the world by CN Traveler. The US-based popular media group in June has placed Nepal on 27th of the list along with rest countries.
Oct 30, 2019
Recognizing efforts by Royal Mountain Travel (RMT) to bring the benefits of tourism to local communities, G adventures awarded RMT with the Ripple Effect award on September 28, 2019.
Mar 5, 2020
As a sustainable tour operator, Royal Mountain Travel (RMT) recognizes that it has a responsibility to promote the sustainability of the destinations in its itineraries.
Jul 4, 2019
Royal Mountain Travel and Community Homestay Network have always worked to empower the locals from different communities and with the same motto of supporting the local communities, Royal Mountain Travel started the Community Hike in 2016 which is now benefiting a lot of locals in different ways.