Kathmandu Travel Guide

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Kathmandu Highlights

  • Pro
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    XKuger says…

     There are dime a dozen trekking outfits and decent variety of food and fairly cheap 

  • Con
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    mtncorg says…

     Incredible traffic, pollution and and overwhelmed infrastructure 

  • In a nutshell
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     A very nice and crazy place 

Kathmandu Things to Do

  • Durbar Square

    durbar square is kathmandu's vibrant heart, with amazing ancient temples, a royal palace and the kumar devi's house. each temple and stupa presents the richest intricate carvings you can imagine. The square is closed to traffic, so it is pleasant to explore. Entrance is 750 rupees,, vut this includes the royal palace museum.

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  • Pashupatinath

    Pashupatinaths temple and cremation ghats is a truly amzing sight. the temple, one of the holiest in the city for hindu people, cannot be visited, but you can go to the ghats and see the purification ceremonies and the cremations. These happen continuously day and night, since people tend to be remated only an hour or two after their deaths......

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  • Mountain Flight

    Several local airlines offer 45 minute flights every morning around the Himalayas in a small plane. I talked to a lot of people who took this and were disappointed the plane doesn't get closer to Mount Everest. But they do point it out and other famous mountains from the window and even let you into the cockpit for pictures. As I wasn't up for...

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Kathmandu Hotels

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Kathmandu Restaurants

  • Rum Doodle

    Rum Doodle is an institution, and the clientele are mountain high-fliers, post-trek trekking parties, guides, Everest climbers (they can eat here for free the rest of their lives!), local tourism business people, general visitors looking for a place with a name, and generally those going for good Thamelish food. Note that at the high season and...

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  • The Third Eye

    I had fantastic Indian food here, but they offer much more than that. I went to the rooftop and ordered a beer and dinner. The rooftop is really lovely, but so is the restaurant. Very reasonable prices for such good quality and service, and very clean bathrooms! I was very happy to see that, as I hadn't really seen a clean bathroom on this trip to...

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  • oven-fired pizzas

    good pizza in cosy surroundings... oven-fired... as good as you may get in northern italy. nice wooden decor of the restaurant, and fast enough service - but the place is a bit big and too crowded for my taste. I'm talking about the Thamel location, sicne there are three more in town. pizza with ham and yak cheese

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Kathmandu Nightlife

  • Rum Doodle

    This has been a Kathmandu institution where trekkers from all over the world who have climbed or attempted to climb Mt Everest or Annapurna come over to celebrate their achievement. Yeti footprints cutouts are handed over to the revelers for their signatures as a token memento. The food is an average fare and quite expensive for a Nepali hangout....

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  • just another Irish Pub

    On our last night we ended up in Paddy Foley's Irish Pub.. for two reasons: I wanted to drink an Everest beer and we wanted to spend a night out (well, parts of it, at least). In Thamel everything seems to die out after 10 PM, except for some go-go bars, so we ere left wth this pub as the only option. There was a local band playing western music...

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  • Classy Garden Cafe/Nightspot

    Every place is deserted & depressing, as are all the shop owners and nearly everyone else, at the end of rainy season here. One can forget all that in the extensive courtyard of Electric Pagoda, where the many trees & plants make the air cleaner, the music & decor are tasteful, and the cobblestones & wrought iron tables & chairs, with umbrellas,...

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Kathmandu Transportation

  • Taxi's

    First thing I learned from my other travel is that don't believe in taxi meter. I used taxi to get to a local town called Balaju. The driver was nice. I made sure we had a fixed price before we started driving. Balaju is not a typical tourist town but it is a great place to be. There was a local inn I found from one of my friend who visited there...

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  • Bicycles

    Nowadays, you should consider biking in Kathmandu as OUT, it is simply too polluted and dangerous. There ae some good routes out of the city centre and into the surrounding countryside/ridges, but as a city mode of transport, forget it.

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  • the airport

    Getting through the airport formalities in Kathmandu is quite simple: most nationalities can get a visa on arrival, for either 15 days (25 dollars, in 2014) or 30 days (50 dollars). Expect to queue up for a while, though - or else get a visa in your home country before you fly there. When you leav e it's a different story, although the airport is...

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Kathmandu Shopping

  • Thamel Area

    I didn't really pay attention to the specific names of any shops, but Thamel area is full of small, privately owned shops selling trekking clothes, felt bags and hats, scarves, meditation bowls, paper lanterns and all sorts of other things made from handmade paper, Buddist statues, jewelry, clothes, anything you can imagine. Everyone is willing to...

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  • Pilgrim's Books

    It was our first and only night at Kathmandu and our guide offered us free time before dinner. Either we could split from the group or go with them and see that famous bar in which famous mountaineers hang out and the Pilgrim’s Book Store. We –two girls- chose to go our way and went shopping. Then, we saw this bookstore on our last day on this...

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  • Thamel is touristy, but for good reason

    I didn't really pay attention to the specific names of any shops, but Thamel area is full of small, privately owned shops selling trekking clothes, felt bags and hats, scarves, meditation bowls, paper lanterns and all sorts of other things made from handmade paper, Buddist statues, jewelry, clothes, anything you can imagine. Everyone is willing to...

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Kathmandu Local Customs

  • Festivals

    What a great time I had in Kathmandu with the Holi Festival. It is a public holiday and people are just enjoying themselves with water and coloured powders! You will be a mess if you join them on the streets (which you should do). So, old clothes are important and protect your camera if you take it with you. I was invited to join a family in the...

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  • best views over the Himalayas

    For the best views over the Himalayas, as you fly into Kathmandu, choose a seat on the left of the plane, whereas when you leave the country book one on the right, especially if your flight is in the morning... unless you'll be flying towards China you will not see Mt Everest, but what you will get are amazing views over the Annapurma and other...

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  • ROYAL KUMARI OF KHATMANDU

    Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists revere and worship the Kumari, who lives in Kumari Ghar, her palace in the centre of Kathmandu. Kumari means virgin and the girl is chosen from the Newari Shakya community via a rigorous selection procedure. Five buddhist priests will search for suitable candidates who have not lost any teeth, shed blood, or been...

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Kathmandu Warnings and Dangers

  • Maoist

    My first day in Kathmandu meant my first contact with the maoists – they were “requiring” a general strike, apparently because they were not satisfied with the ambassadors recently appointed to a number of European capitals. Groups of teenaged boys marching down the boulevards with red flags with communist symbols, quarrelling with shopkeepers who...

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  • Stay away from this shop

    There is a very small shop in Boudhanath area which sells beads. It is not even a shop, it is opened in the corridor that leads inside a building. I happen to purchase prayer beads from this shop on New Years Day of Nepal (April?) and the owner assured me that the price was reasonable. I have no grudges against retailer making some money for...

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  • Bring a flashlight

    Stores close between 8-9 pm and when they do, the streets become quite dark especially if there happens to be a power outage at the same moment. Try to be back at your hotel beforehand or if that's not possible, be sure to have a flashlight and have a companion. While KTM is generally safe, it's always best not to tempt fate by making yourself an...

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Kathmandu Tourist Traps

  • Volunteering in Nepal

    I wanted to help women and children in Nepal.I searched dozens of organisations and settled on Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN).They looked good and trustworthy on their internet site. Once there it was nothing but disapointment. They put me up for 2 nights in a bug infested hostel room.The 'training' was barely 2 days and off to the Jitpur...

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  • Hotel taxis

    Taxis organised by your hotel, frequently red-licenceplated (private cars) are by far more exoensive than a regular taxi hailed from the street. Sometimes the driver has no clue about where you are going, not knowing KTM from a tourism or taxi driver perspective. The hotel may just be using gthe boss' private car instead of letting it stay idle....

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  • Thamel, the tourist district of...

    Generally, Thamel is seen as foreign land by most Nepalis. They even come here to watch the foreigners!You will find the place interesting and fairly efficient and easy to start with, but after a few days you begin the tire of the place. Very loud, noisy, lots of huslers, sellers, providers. It is even more expensive than delsewhere in Nepal.Worst...

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Kathmandu What to Pack

  • Make sure you pack some water proof...

    The roads in Kathmandu are bad, and it rains quite frequently. Even in summer when it gets too hot, it rains afterwards, making the roads terrible to walk on. So make sure you pack some all weather shoes/sandals. You can also buy the same there if you wish. You get many cheap ones there. You get good trekking equipment there and it is cheaper...

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  • Electricity Problems

    You can buy in Kathmandu Good variety found in Kathmandu at good prices Can find what you need Do bring a torch light with. As it gets dark, power failures are very common and the streets can be very dark. It is actually important to have a light source with you.

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  • Watch what you breathe!

    If you wish to visit any/all of the Durbar squares, prepare to walk through narrow, dusty alleys where you share the path with motorcycles and cars that belch a lot of fumes. To be sure you don't choke to death before you reach the square, bring and use a face mask that snugly covers both nose and mouth. Wear sunglasses too, to protect your eyes...

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Kathmandu Off The Beaten Path

  • Everest HardWare shop-best gear and made...

    If you need any clothing gear hot and cold (down jacket sleeping bag, duffels, shirts, pants, shorts) you need to check out Everest Hardware shop. All items are made in the shop located in heart of Kathmandu city. Great quality of items for a great price as well. Loved my gear from there!!http://www.everesthardwear.com.np/Everest Hard Wear Industry...

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  • New version of Annapurna trek

    Annapurna trekking is one of the most famous trekking destination in the world due to its 25km long dramatic mountain chain, alpine desert, cultivated terraces, turbulent rivers gorge, crystal clear lake, waterfall and many more natural resources as well as the distinct culture & life style of the people found there. On this trek we have chosen the...

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  • Surrounding velleys and mountains

    You may find many terrace fields and green valleys once you come out of Kathmandu towards Pokhara by road. There are forests, rivers and mountains everywhere. People live in harmony with nature.

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Kathmandu Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting on the Trishuli

    There are many agencies and hotels in Kathmandu that will book you for a couple of hours rafting a few hours drive from Kathmandu. I don't remember the name of my company but could not really recommend them if I could. The transportation out there was OK but they literally stood in the road to hitch me a ride back to Kathmandu. They also served...

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  • Trekking in Nepal

    We did a four day trek from NayaPul, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, back to NayaPul. The trek was moderately challenging, with almost all uphill on day 2 and mostly downhill on day 3 and 4. The scenery was stunning, the villages were charming, and tea houses we stayed in were cozy and clean. But trekking in Nepal varies widely and I suggest you research...

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  • Dolpo Trekking

    Dolpo is one of the best known isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal.Dolpo preserves one of the last names of traditional Tibetan Culture. Dolpo trekking region is surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year.Dolpo is close to Tibet, where...

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Kathmandu Favorites

  • Thamel

    Thamel is the tourist enclave: most of the guesthouses and hotels (budget to mid-range, with a 4 stars thrown) are located there and, although deprived of any charm, it is a convenient place to stay. It's full of restaurants and shops and - above all - is totally ignored by local people, which means that the air is not polluted and one can actually...

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  • Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal as well as its largest urban agglomerate of Nepal, which means that most of the traffic congregates there - and the air reaches high levels of pollutions... despite beeing at 1400 metres above sea level, it is located in a valley the pollution seems to stagnate there, so it is often not pleasant to breathe -...

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  • Home Staying in Thamel!

    When I go to Kathmandu I always stay in Thamel. Although it's a crowded place and I like to spend time in a quiet environment I love the crowd in Thamel. Thamel is full of shops from where everyone will get something to take with them as a memory of Nepal. I love to see the Americans or the Germans or the Aussies singing a Nepali song.

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