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City Guide Kathmandu, Nepal

Visiting Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the centre of everything in Nepal – tourism, restaurants, hotels and, as it is where the majority of tourists travel to, it is the gateway to the Himalayas. Travelling from the west, it can be a bit of a shock on first arrival as the diversity between both cultures is instantly noticeable.

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Kathmandu City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Kathmandu is a tricky city. You will love it if you approach it with courage, energy, and an open mind. It is hectic and dirty and busy and occasional very hot and stinky. Many travelers spend two days shopping in Thamel and flee. To each their own, but I encourage you to really get to know this city. Be sure to visit places lik Pashupathinath, Swoyambhunath, Boddhanath, and be sure to take the time to walk around nearby neighborhoods. Allow yourself to feel overwhelmed and in awe.

    Insider Tip:Don't get stuck in Thamel! There is so much to that city. One of the best things to do is walk to your destination! Thamel to Swoyambunath takes less than 45 minutes, and you see so much of the city you otherwise miss. If you're in Nepal you'll probably go trekking anyways, so it's best to warm those legs up.

  • 70%

    evangraham6365

    Chaotic city good for a few temples before starting trekking

    City can be extremely dirty and chaotic, but does offer cheap eats and some good bargains if you hunt.

    Insider Tip:I'd only stay for 2 days to see the different temples before heading onwards. Definitely preferred Pokhara over this busy and dirty city.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Thamel is for the tourist people and for nightlife

    Kathmandu have a nice places to visit with good energy but overall it is difficult to find this places as it is not so many from them. Thamel is the center for tourist but it is more for shopping and nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Buy ear plug and cover for your mouth because of the cars horning and the pollution.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Not much for an Indian Traveller || Value for money as base for trekking

    Kathmandu as a city is not much from tier 2 cities in India. There is not much for Indian travellers except if you are very religious and want to explore the spread of Hinduism . The temple of Pashupatinath is not very grand and is comparable to Kashi in Varanasi. The palaces and old city is a one time visit Kathmandu serves as a really good base for trekking further into the Himalayas due to availability of cheap accos and gear across the town.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Traveling to Kathmandu

    As one of those exotic names we have all heard and few have actually visited, I had no idea what to expect when I flew into Kathmandu. Its a large international city with challenging traffic and friendly people. The history and sightseeing is plentiful with Buddhist and Hindu temples, shopping bazaars, and trekking into the Himalayas. In some ways it is an ancient city with timeless festivals and in others its as modern as a jet flight around the world's tallest mountain.

    Insider Tip:The visa process was very confusing at the airport with no one speaking English but with English signs instructing visitors. You need a passport photo for the visa and they have a photo booth for that then get in the correct line for the length of stay you are planning on.

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