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The city seated in the great Himalayas, Kathmandu, is the capital city of Nepal. It is the largest, busiest, populated, yet very beautiful city. Kathmandu is tucked in the story of divinity and godly power and is therefore often known as the playground of gods. Nepal is a secular country, Kathmandu itself is home to hundreds and thousands of temples, Masjid, monasteries, and churches. Kathmandu is a very religious, historical, and cultural city; it has always been the center of arts, culture, economy, and history for many years. There is no doubt, Kathmandu is the most visited city and one of the best tourist destinations. And the tourists here are not only national but also many people from different parts of the world visit Nepal, just to explore the beautiful Kathmandu valley. Also, Kathmandu is a gateway to tourism in Nepal. There are so many places within Kathmandu itself that will leave you speechless and mesmerized by its beauty. Whether they are people or places, you will never be disappointed, and totally fall in love with them. A few places you do not want to miss when you explore Kathmandu are described below. 

Kathmandu durbar square– It is one of the important and holy sites for Hindus and Buddhists where holy ceremonies, Kingly coronation, and royal events are done. Kathmandu Durbar square is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most explored places in Kathmandu. This beautiful place is surrounded by ancient statues, ponds, water fountains, etc. Within the area of Durbar Square is a site of an old royal palace which is commonly known as Hanuman Dhoka. Hanuman Dhoka was a home to kings of the Shah and Malla dynasty who ruled the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. Now the place has been greatly conserved and turned into a museum. Thousands of people visit this museum and also the Durbar square surrounding it. During the devastating earthquake of 2015, many buildings and statues of Durbar square were severely damaged, but thanks to the Nepal government it has been gradually rising again. The outer complex of the Durbar square has many pagoda-style temples, with meticulously carved facades made by ancient Newar artists. Many kings added those temples during their rule of the city. Among those temples, the most popular is Kumari Bahal. Kumari Bahal is a Newari 3-storied temple at the southern edge of Kathmandu Durbar square. It was built by Jayaprakash Malla. This temple is the home to Kumari, a living Goddess of Nepal. Besides Kumari Bahal, there are other sites to explore within Durbar square including Mahadev temple, Shiva Parbati Temple, Kal Bhairav, Jagganath temple, Taleju Temple, etc. This sacred site of Hindu is a very popular destination for national and international tourists. 

Pasupatinath temple– Kathmandu is certainly filled with cultural heritages. Among many temples, Pasupatinath is the most important, holiest, and most visited temple of not only Kathmandu but in Nepal. In fact, many Hindu people from India, and other countries visit Pasupatinath yearly. It is the most sacred temple for Hindus and is dedicated to Pasupati, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is the oldest Hindu temple and is located on the western bank of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Pasupatinath is very big and has many small temples within the area. However, the main temple of Pasupati is built in Nepalese Pagoda style which has all the features like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters, and copper and gold coverings of the roof. The temple stands on the square base platform and has a height of 23m 7cm from the base to the pinnacle. Pasupatinath has 4 main doors which are all covered with silver sheets and a golden pinnacle (Gajur). There are two Garbhagrihas inner and outer, the inner Garbhagriha is where the idol (Mukhalinga with a silver Yoni base bound with a silver serpent) is placed and the outer is an open space like a corridor. Thousands of people visit this holy temple on occasions like Maha Shiva Ratri, Teej festival, etc. These are the festival celebrated by Hindu. Pasupatinath is open for all religions and caste, but the main temple of Pasupatinath where we worship is only open for Hindus. There are also several platforms for funeral pyres along the right bank of the Bagmati River. Cremation is a common activity in that area. You also get to see and meet unique Sadhus who specifically have yellow paintings in their bodies. Most of them are tourist-friendly and very polite. This sacred temple of Hindu is one of the very popular world heritage sites in Nepal. 

Thamel– Thamel is the number one tourist hot spot in Nepal within Kathmandu. It is filled with tour agents, international restaurants, and 5-star hotels. Most of the international tourists end up in Thamel as it is a place with most facilities. Thamel is also one of the oldest towns of Kathmandu and was previously known as Tabitha Bahal. The old buildings in Thamel are designed as traditional Newari houses. Thamel is one of the very few places in Nepal which offers entertaining nightlife as it has many clubs, bars, restaurants, casinos, cafes with live music, etc. you also get to see many shops and vendors where hundreds of people come for shopping. There are so many things one can do in this place. All the clothing for trekking, peak climbing, trekking gears, shoes, etc is available in this area. Besides, you also get to taste some international food, and drinks in many restaurants. Also, when you get tired of the hustle, you get to meditate and stretch your body in some of the renowned meditation and yoga centers, and all within one place, Thamel.

Swayambhunath Stupa– As much as Kathmandu is rich in temples, it is also rich in stupas and monasteries. One of the most popular stupa in Kathmandu is the Swayambhunath stupa. It is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha. The stupa consists of a dome at its base which represents an entire world and above it is a cubical structure painted with the eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions. Pentagonal toran are present above each of the four sides with statues engraved in them. There are 13 tiers above and behind the torans and above all the tiers there is a small space where the Gajur is present. It is deeply believed that the thirteen pinnacles on the top symbolize the sentient that one has to go through the thirteen stages of spiritual realizations to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood Besides the religious value, Swayambhunath also offers a beautiful view of Kathmandu city as the place is located in height. The place offers peace, freedom, and joy to its visitors.


  • Explore the busiest and largest city of Nepal
  • Explore many temples, monasteries, and stupas
  • Explore the beautiful, and busy highways of Kathmandu
  • Explore some world heritage sites of Nepal.


1. Kathmandu Durbar Square (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
• Start your day by visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Explore the ancient statues, ponds, and water fountains within the square.
• Visit Hanuman Dhoka, the old royal palace turned museum, showcasing the history of Shah and Malla dynasties.
• Discover pagoda-style temples, including the famous Kumari Bahal, home to the living Goddess Kumari.
• Take in the intricate architecture and historical significance of Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parbati Temple, Kal Bhairav, Jagganath Temple, Taleju Temple, and more.
2. Lunch at a Local Restaurant (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
• Head to a local restaurant in the vicinity for a taste of traditional Nepali cuisine or international dishes available in the area.
3. Pashupatinath Temple (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
• Visit Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple in Kathmandu.
• Explore the main temple, built in Nepalese Pagoda style, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
• Witness the religious rituals and ceremonies taking place on the banks of the Bagmati River.
• Observe the unique Sadhus with yellow body paintings and interact with them.
4. Thamel Exploration (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
• Head to Thamel, the bustling tourist hotspot, known for its vibrant atmosphere and facilities.
• Shop for trekking gear, clothing, and souvenirs in the local shops and markets.
• Relax in one of the international restaurants or cafes, enjoying a variety of food options.
• Explore the vibrant nightlife with clubs, bars, and live music venues.
5. Swayambhunath Stupa (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
• Conclude your day with a visit to Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple.
• Climb the stairs to the stupa and enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu city.
• Experience the spiritual ambiance and peaceful surroundings.
• Witness the sunset over the city from this elevated vantage point.
6. Dinner in Thamel (8:30 PM onward)
• Return to Thamel for dinner, choosing from a variety of local and international dining options.
• Reflect on the day's cultural and religious experiences while enjoying a delicious meal.


Cost Includes

  • Airport/Hotel Transportation (via car)
  • Admission Charges
  • Private Lodging
  • Car Commute
  • Meal Package (inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Expert Guide proficient in English
  • Taxes and Relevant Fees

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Charges
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Personal Expenditures


What is Kathmandu Durbar Square?

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a historical, religious, and cultural hub in the capital city of Nepal. It features ancient statues, ponds, pagoda-style temples, and the old royal palace known as Hanuman Dhoka, which has been converted into a museum.

What is the significance of Pashupatinath Temple?

Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple in Kathmandu, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the Bagmati River’s western bank, it features Nepalese Pagoda-style architecture, and the temple complex includes smaller shrines. The temple is a major pilgrimage site, attracting visitors during Hindu festivals like Maha Shiva Ratri and Teej.

Why is Thamel a popular tourist spot?

Thamel is a vibrant and popular tourist area in Kathmandu, known for its international restaurants, tour agencies, 5-star hotels, and entertainment options. It offers a bustling nightlife with clubs, bars, casinos, and live music venues. Thamel is also a hub for shopping, especially for trekking gear, clothing, and souvenirs.

What is Swayambhunath Stupa, and why is it significant?

Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kathmandu. It features a dome representing the world, a cubical structure with Buddha’s eyes, and pentagonal torans. The stupa holds religious importance for Tibetan Buddhists and offers a beautiful view of Kathmandu city from its elevated location.

Can non-Hindus visit Pashupatinath Temple?

Yes, Pashupatinath Temple is open to people of all religions and castes. However, the main temple, where worship takes place, is reserved for Hindus. Non-Hindus can explore the temple complex and witness various rituals along the Bagmati River.

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