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%


    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%


    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%


    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%


    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!!

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