Kathmandu Travel Guide

  • Thamel
    Thamel
    by PierreZA
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    Flowers @ Pashupatnath
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Kathmandu Things to Do

  • Durbar Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple is easily identified as a temple of Vishnu (Narayan) by the fine Garuda kneeling before it with his hands in the namaste position.The small three-storied Temple, built in 1680 by Prithvi Bendra Malla, is the oldest temple in the group adjacent to the south-west corner of the palace. Although badly damaged in the 1934...

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  • Shree Pashupatinath Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath about 5 kms north-east of Kathmandu, is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupathinath is the guardian spirit and the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal.Lord Shiva is known by many different names; and Pashupati is one. Pashu means leaving beings, and Pati...

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  • Bodhnath Stupa

    Boudhanath Stupa was the best part of the trip in Kathmanu, a sense of calm and spirituality can be found at Boudhanath Stupa. it is one of the holiest sites in Kathmandu. I suggest an early morning arrival (7-8AM); at that time you will see Tibetan monks in burgundy robes, elders, children and locals alike participating in morning prayers. It is a...

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Kathmandu Restaurants

  • Rum Doodle

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant in the heart of Thamel can hang with just about any restaurant in Kathmandu. It is next to Yin Yang, is a long running favorite that retains an old Kathmandu flavor. There is a rooftop terrace and the Indian food is to die for; try the butter chicken masala or spaghetti because they are the best in Kathmandu. I loved the place!...

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  • The kathmandu kitchen

    5 out of 5 stars

    I been there twice i try dalbhat and second i try sizzler, sizzler is awesome with fire also there side dish (french fries and noodle) its very delicious and staff also friendly.if i will nepal i don't miss that place and food ...

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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

    One of the most interesting ways to get around the city is by rickshaw (apart from cycling yourself) whether it is a motorised type or a pedal type. There are now battery operated rickshaws that don't pollute the city.You can flag down a rickshaw or go to a rickshaw waiting area, but more than likely you will be asked if you need a ride by many...

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  • MOST INTERESTING WAY OF GETTING AROUND

    One of the most interesting ways to get around the city is by rickshaw (apart from cycling yourself) whether it is a motorised type or a pedal type. There are now battery operated rickshaws that don't pollute the city.You can flag down a rickshaw or go to a rickshaw waiting area, but more than likely you will be asked if you need a ride by many...

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Kathmandu Shopping

  • Thamel Area

    The owner of the shop, Mr Shakti, is a very nice gentleman and seems quite honest with his prices. The Nepalese multicoloured precious stone necklaces are nice to buy. You can only find this type of necklace in Nepal and India. Silk bed spreads and wall hangings start at $15 USA and the pashmina shawls start at $6 USA. For a seven strand necklace,...

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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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  • Thankas and other nepali souvenirs

    I entered the shop because Spanish was spoken and felt curiosity. I greeted Manolo. Probably prices are like everywhere else, but I did not buy anything. Thankas perhaps. Normal price, you can bargain.

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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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  • Welcome, Bienvenue, Bienvenido

    At the airport of Kathmandu I found this sign greeting all the visitors in the six United Nations official languages: Arabic, Chinese, Englisn, French, Russian and Spanish.

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  • No worry, chicken curry

    Our trekking guide shared this little piece of advice with us that I found very useful - "No worry, chicken curry". It is very possible that things won't work as planned - food will take too long, room may not be available, electricity will be off when you want to charge your phone, etc. At those times, just remember this expression and relax, look...

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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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  • Feel safe, there are many Women Police...

    You do not feel any danger in Kathmandu. It is a very safe place. Beautiful young Police girsl will take care of your security.

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  • AVOID DEMONSTRATIONS

    Needless to say, avoid demonstrations in Kathmandu as you never know when they may turn nasty, or baton wielding police come to break it up. If you see what appears to be a demonstration forming head the other way.

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Kathmandu Tourist Traps

  • Communicating in English ain't enough to...

    Yes, people do speak English almost anywhere you go and if you hired a guide he/she will also speak it. But it will be just enough for you to get the most basic information. From what I've observed about many other guides, you won't be able to get much about culture, history or have a decent conversation. Of course, I could be wrong in some cases....

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  • 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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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

  • Don't add guest houses reservation to...

    If you do order a package with a guide and/or porter, don't waste your money pre-ordering meals and rooms. Yes, rooms can get sold out, especially during peak season or in smaller villages. But you can ask your guide to call a day or two earlier even while you're trekking, or call yourself. Every stop has a map with phone numbers of various guest...

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  • 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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  • 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

  • Getting Indian Visa in Kathmandu

    Indian Embassy is not far from Thamel area. You can walk there, about 10 minutes.In that street you can make passport pictures, and all the documents will be prepared for a small fee. It will take you 7 days to get the Indian visa. Indian visa is granted within a week. There are cafeterias around where you can have breakfast.

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  • People work hard in Kathmandu

    I saw how people worked hard in Kathmandu for a few rupees. People are nice, in spite of working hard.

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  • Aankhi Jhya:Unique traditional window

    This unique traditional window is called 'Aankhi Jhya'. We can see extensive woodcarving in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur Durbar Squares. Aankhi means in Nepali the eye and Jhyal means Window so a window having small hole like our eyes. Through this window you can see what's happening outside but for others its impossible to see you inside.

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