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

  • 70%


    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.

  • 90%


    Ahhh Kathmandu

    Kathmandu is so hard to describe to someone who has never been there! It's complete madness, the roads are crumbling, the electricity is very hit and miss, there's poverty, rubbish, awful taxi drivers... but ultimately an atmosphere you'll never forget! It's so intense, particularly the temples, and so incredible and full of life. It's definitely a love/hate kind of place. But you will never, ever forget it.

    Insider Tip:Of course Boudha! Kopan Monastery to get away from it all. Purple Haze on a Friday night. Explore the valleys, do a homestay, get out of Thamel!!

  • 80%



    A very busy place full of life and places to see! and if you get tried of this busy place its also a great place to use as a base for trips to Pokhara for example, the people are great the have all made my trip so easy IL be back, as the great man said:)

    Insider Tip:Smile your on holiday :)

  • 90%


    Great Central Location, Friendly Staff

    Excellent Central location in Thamel. Every thing you need is close by - there is a supermarket just 1 minutes walk and thee are lots of great places to eat nearby. Very spacious room (single double). Staff were friendly and happy yo help with travel tips and tours... i had a late flight and they were very accommodating. .

  • 100%


    Kathmandu - high up but no heaven

    Kathmandu is very polluted, dirty, and noisy. Don't take a look at the rivers if you don't want to get your heart broken. The city is crowded with people selling all kinds of things. Cars drive recklessly and honk loudly all the time. Nonetheless, Kathmandu is very vibrant. Don't plan and expect to see what is written in the book. Just find a map and a compass. Put them somewhere in the backpack. Don't use them. Then, walk in one direction and get lost. There is much to see.

    Insider Tip:Learn to take the microbus. That would save you a lot of money.

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