Best Places to Visit in Kathmandu

  • Jan 15, 2022

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, and it is also known as the city of temples. This part of Nepal has got lots of significant histories and historical landmarks. Kathmandu is also the main entry point of foreign travelers, and one of the biggest tourist destinations of Nepal.

Captivated with precise architecture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites, several restaurants presenting world-class cuisine, numerous hotels and markets had made Kathmandu the best place to explore and relax.

Stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into a different world that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime. Kathmandu has a lot to offer than one can even imagine. And, one week also is not enough to explore every corner of this bustling city. Find some of the best places to visit in Kathmandu Valley.

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square/Basantapur. It is one of the main attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The name Hanuman Dhoka Durbar is originated from the statue of Hanuman set up by King Pratap Malla at the passage of the regal royal residence in 1672 A.D.

Kathmandu Durbar Squire in Kathmandu Valley !

There are many temples, shrines, courtyards, and a palace inside the Durbar square that reflects the art and architecture of medieval times. You can take a look at the full-day Kathmandu Day Tour if you are interested to visit Kathmandu Durbar Squire in Kathmandu.

Swayambhunath Stupa

Legends say that The Swayambhu was conceived out of a lotus blossom that sprouted amidst a lake that once spread over the Kathmandu Valley. The biggest picture of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal sits on a pedestal on the western limit of Swayambhu. Behind the ridge is a temple committed to Manjusri or Saraswati - the Goddess of learning. Chaityas, statues, and holy places of Buddhist and Hindu divinities fill the stupa complex.

Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu !

The Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the places that you should not miss visiting on your Nepal Holidays. Take a look at the Glimpse of Nepal Package, if you are planning to visit Kathmandu.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan is also popularly known as Lalitpur, the most seasoned of all the three urban communities of Kathmandu valley. It is best known for its dominating legacy. It is most likely one of the established Buddhist towns on the planet. The city is encompassed by 4 Stupas as 4 corners of Patan, one at each side. These stupas are said to have been built by the well-known Emperor Ashoka.

Patan Durbar Squire in Kathmandu Valley !

To describe the excellence of Patan, a western woman essayist stated that - "Patan implies forever itself and Patan Durbar Square is the dynamite sight of Asia for sure". See the Patan & Bhaktapur Day Tour, if you are planning to travel to Nepal.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Famous for its religion, culture, and verifiable legacy, Bhaktapur is an open exhibition hall. This town is wealthy in antique arts, religious monuments, astounding social conventions, handicrafts, and ancient statues.

Bhaktapur Durbar Squire !

Moreover, the city is likewise acclaimed as a city of divine lives. Bhaktapur has a bunch of sanctuaries, pagodas, landmarks, yards, squares, conventional houses, aesthetic stones, taps, and additionally Buddhist cloisters built on various occasions of history. Take a look at Spirit of Nepal that includes a tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Squire.

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple is known as the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The statue inside the temple shows Vishnu as Narayan, the creator of all life. However, the delightfully improved metal-plate entryway is opened for ceremonies, and only Hindus are allowed to enter.

Chagunarayan Temple

Moreover, the Garuda figure facing the west entryway is said to date from the fifth century. The Chagunarayan Temple is one of the places that you should not miss seeing on your Nepal tour. Take a look at the Nagarkot & Chagunarayan Temple Tour for the detail.

Pashupatinath Temple

Devoted to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most vital religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built-in the fifth century, and later redesigned by Malla rulers, the site itself is said to have existed from the earliest starting point of the thousand years when a Shiva lingam was found here.

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

The biggest temple complex in Nepal, it extends on the two sides of the Bagmati River which is viewed as heavenly by Hindus. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the most visited places in Kathmandu. Find the detailed itinerary of the Kathmandu Transit Tour, which also included a visit to Pashupatinath Temple.

Boudhanath Stupa

Located 8 km toward the east of downtown Kathmandu, Boudhanath is a standout amongst the most imposing tourist spots in Kathmandu. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in South Asia.

Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu Valley

With incalculable religious communities encompassing it, Boudhanath is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. See the Taste of Nepal itinerary to know more about the itinerary and cost of the tour.

Kopan Monastery

On a peak north of Bodhnath, Kopan is famous among outsiders for its courses in Tibetan Buddhism. Kopan Monastery was established by Lama named ‘Thubten Yeshe’, who passed away in 1984, prompting an overall search for his reincarnation.

A youthful Spanish kid, Osel Torres, was proclaimed to be the reincarnated lama. Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche never again lives at Kopan (he later disavowed his promises to wind up a cinematographer in Ibiza).

The Garden of Dreams

A neo-traditional authentic garden, Garden of Dreams is one of the popular sites inside Kathmandu for spending a few hours.

The Garden was renowned as 'The Garden of Six Seasons, which was made by late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in mid-1920. After the fruition of this Garden, it was considered as a standout amongst the most modern private greenhouses of that time.

Narayanhiti Palace Exhibition Hall

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the previous regal royal residence that is the principal focus of Kathmandu. The Narayanhiti Palace was transformed into a historical center and was made open to the general public.

People from everywhere throughout the world can visit this museum. Still many sections of this museum are prohibited to enter by the public and strongly guarded by the army.


The Budhanilkantha statue of the Hindu god Vishnu was discovered around 10 kilometers from the main point of Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill, which is the biggest and most precise stone carving of Nepal. The Budhanilkantha statue is 5 meters long and lies in a leaning back position inside a recessed tank of water (representing the cosmic sea) that is 13 meters long.

Called the Sleeping Vishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statute describes the god leaning back on the winding curls of the inestimable snake (Shesha is the everlasting, multi-headed lord of the snake deities known as Nagas, and is the devotee of Vishnu).

Balaji Garden

Balaju Garden is located three kilometers northwest of Kathmandu and is a tranquil park perfect for unwinding yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life. Built-in the eighteenth century, the recreation center has a line of 22 stone water gushes, and every one of them has an ornamentally carved crocodile head.

Balaju Garden in Kathmandu

Particularly for the royal family who was prohibited from visiting the real Budhanilkantha temple, one of its replicas was built here so that royal family members can visit here instead.


Kirtipur presents an incredible Newari culture, the indigenous culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Likewise, Kirtipur is the starting point of several days hiking to close hills like Champa Devi from where the impressive view of the Himalayas can be seen on a clear day. Moreover, the town presents ancient homes and temples constructed with precise architecture.

Enjoy the best Newari food while you are here and explore the town on the cycle for a better experience.


Bungmati (Bungamati) is the origination of Rato Machhendranath, viewed as the supporter of the valley, and the huge shikhara–style temple is the focal point of the town square.

The chowk around the temple is a standout amongst the most places in the valley – where one can see the core of a working Newari town. Find a tour of Bungmati with the cost, itinerary, etc.


Khokana is another pleasant Newar town located south of Kathmandu valley. This Newar town is mainstream for cultivating mustard seed, and its products like mustard oil.

The famous Rudrayani temple is located here and has an excellent design with its pagoda style. Just opposite this temple, there is a goat-sacrificing pond, and every year during a festival, locals sacrifice goats here as a gift to the ditties. We also have a day tour to Khokana Village, if you are interested to visit Khokana Village.

Pharping Monastery

Pharping is a flourishing Newari town whose ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites have been assumed to control by vast numbers of Tibetans. A circuit of these religious destinations makes a convincing outing from Kathmandu.

Pharping Monastery in Kathmandu Valley

Increasingly Buddhist religious communities are opening up around here consistently, some of which acknowledge outside dharma understudies as well. A perfect place to rejuvenate in the tranquility and blessed aroma of the monasteries. Find a Day Tour which also includes a visit to Pharping Monastery.

Dakshinkali Temple

Dakshinkali Temple is a standout amongst the most popular sanctuaries in Nepal. This temple is committed to Kali, the dreadful incarnation of Lord Shiva's wife, Parwati. This Dakshinkali temple is located southwest of Kathmandu, which is a forty-five minutes’ drive-by vehicle.

Dakshinkali Temple in Kathmandu Valley !

Hundreds of devotees gather in a vast mass particularly on Tuesday and Saturday where they more often sacrifice cocks and male goats. The Dashain celebration in October month is an authentic celebration here. The Tour of Dakshinkali is available on this page.

White (Seto) Gumpa

Seto Gumba (White Gumba) is a unique architecture alongside religious significance. It is located at Druk Amitabha Mountain. Encompassed by distinctive territory and rich green valley known as Seto Gumba presents excellent dawn and restless twilight.

The entire view (Birds eye perspective) of Kathmandu valley can be seen from here most astoundingly. On the off chance that you are looking for fervor just as tranquility, this is the perfect place that you can visit.

Chandragiri Hill

Chandragiri Hill, seven kilometers from Thankot, lies on the South-West of Kathmandu Valley and is 2,551 meters above sea level. On a clear morning, one can see captivating views of the Himalayan Ranges from Annapurna to Everest.

There are also options for hiking like you can hit the trail to Chitlang and several other places from here. There are numerous hotels and restaurants located up here to make the trip more joyful and comfortable.


Kakani is a town in the Nuwakot District of the Bagmati Zone. This place is well known for all-encompassing mountains views of Annapurna (8,091 m), Manasalu (8,156 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), and several other mountains.

One can likewise observe the common excellence of the Kathmandu Valley, the general population, and their way of life and conventions.


Kulekhani is located in the Makwanpur district, and it is one of the famous places for fishing, hiking, trekking, and boating. Moreover, Kulekhani is also widely known for its hydropower plant.

The region presents a beautiful landscape view. One can reach Kulekhani in several different ways but, a drive through the Dakshinkali- Hetauda highway and hiking of around 19-20 km from Naubise are the two main ways.

Lakuri Bhanjyang

Lakuri Bhanjyang is heaven located 13 kilometers up from the Garko (Lalitpur). It is a standout among the most beautiful sites in Lalitpur. Lakuri Bhanjyang is famous for its breathtaking dawn views along with the Himalaya Ranges when the climate is clear.

People regularly visit Sakurai to see the stunning sunrise. The entire view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur can be seen from Sakurai.


Nepal is a Himalayan country, and Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. There are many other places to see in Kathmandu valley. Some of the best are given above, and there are many other cities and regions to visit in Nepal. There are many places to visit in Nepal, and There are many places to visit in Pokhara Valley. Furthermore, The Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are the best popular treks in Nepal.



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I am Arjun Rijal, Founder director of Escape Nepal Holidays P. Ltd & working as a travel planner/consultant for Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Travel & I love hiking, trekking, and traveling.

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