Kathmandu Travel Guide
Tribes: Who likes this place?
What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to?Join now
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 72%Local Culture
- 72%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 72%History Buffs
- 64%Family Travelers
- 51%Budget Travelers
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (72)
- KathmanduMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 03, 2013
Kathmandu certainly has its critics but I love this town. It has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. The air quality can be quite poor but it is hard not to love the ambience, food, and cultural attractions. More than just stop over to / from a trek or a long road trip to Lhasa. Kathmandu and the surrounding valley are well worth a few days.
- KathmanduMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 18, 2013
Once an anchor on the infamous overlander's trail in the 1960's and 70's, Kathmandu's days of 10 rupee beds and ad hoc hippie communes may be over, but not so far past that you can't still see their legacy. Kathmandu is the classic traveller's city: extremely cheap, wonderfully scenic, and chock full of the comforts of home. Any kind of international cuisine is available here -- tasty Thai curries, smoky espresso, or real pizza; indeed, it's easy for visitors (particularly those arriving from India) to crash-land for a while in the pleasure dome of Thamel (the city's tourist district), eating and drinking and shopping themselves into a stupor. Still, venturing out into the alleys and temples and bazaars of the medieval city is one of the highlights of the subcontinent, and the surrounding Kathmandu Valley has enough draws to keep a visitor busy on daytrips for a week or more. It's one of the most richly historic cities in Asia, and an absolute must-see for any visitor to the region.
- KathmanduOct 11, 2013
Kathmandu is a beutiful place holds many spiritual as well as histonical monuments and stories.
Best visiting time is Oct to Apr
Better to take advice from a tour agency.
www.mynepaltours.com are serving its guest since last 10 years, having a team of expert travellers and providing end to end travel services to its guests.
- KathmanduApr 26, 2013
This the most amazing sight of the mountains in Nepal. Take a mountain tour. I highly recommend , it is so worth it, trip of your life time. Cost about $180 for 1 hour tour around the Himalayans. 3 different airlines does the tour - I took Sirmik. Airlines, get to go the cockpit to see the view. Pilot was great. Something not to be
missed if in Nepal.
- KathmanduMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Nov 12, 2013
Ever wondered what it's like to be trapped for hours within an immobile taxi in the heart of an ancient Himalayan city after consuming 2 full pots of tea? Well, little known fact: the answer -- life altering!
It’s oddball memories such as these -- ones that involved me haphazardly bolting from the cab through jam-packed streets in order to run into a Nepali bank, only to then cut in line and desperately attempt communication with a local teller to gain access the most coveted of all sites in town: their squat toilet! -- that burned the city of Kathmandu into my brain and make me smile whenever visions of my epic Nepal adventure in 2011 creep back into my brain.
This immense, bustling city is a must-do for anyone with a bit of adventure in their hearts. A crossroads in the world of Himalayan trekking, modern day Kathmandu and the high mountain valley of the same name (containing two of Nepal’s equally notable sister-cities: Patan and Bhaktapur) are home to a kaleidoscope of treats for any traveler. Whether you’re just passing through on your way to start a trek or have a couple days in transit before heading down into the jungles of the south, or anything in between, you will not regret the stop. And given flight schedules, you may have no choice in the matter.
What to do? As if 7 extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites within the valley aren’t enough to keep you busy? Trust me, they are. You’ll wander endless alleyways full of antiquities in Patan, pass a peaceful afternoon among Hindu or Buddhist temples, take photos among the boisterous monkeys Swayambunath Stupa, experience local artisans practicing trades of old in the heart of Bhaktapur, or head high to enjoy views of the world-famous Himalayan Peaks from the valley rim (or for the bold, take in the spectacle from a plane above!). Whether you’re in search of history, a shopper with an eye for ancient craft, spiritually-minded, or an adventurer at heart, Kathmandu is the place to start and end. Give yourself a couple of days to get lost here, then do just that. And be sure you make time to roam on foot, with an eye for the locals in their day-to-day lives. A smile from an old man in a doorway, a child peeking at you from an intricate, ancient window frame above, a pot or two of tea with modern Nepali youth in a central plaza...you’ll find yourself at a true crossroads in time. And the memories will last a lifetime.
1) If you are sensitive to noise or crowds, be thoughtful about the accommodations you choose. I was grateful to have a respite from the madness of the modern city at the end of each day. You may be too.
2) Bring comfortable shoes. And stay out of the way! The roads can provide adventures of all kinds. Keep your eyes open to the street activity going on around you.
3) If you can afford to splurge, be sure to check out Dwarika's Hotel restaurant, Krishnarpan. Ranging from 2 to 26 courses with vegetables pulled from their own farm, this is a slow dining experience reminiscent of ancient Nepali feasts. At 22-courses alone, I thought I might in fact explode. All I can say is, good luck. But SO worth it.
4) Never miss a chance to use the bathroom.
- KathmanduMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2Nov 24, 2012
fascinating city, worth going there, outside thamel not very touristic but interesting, not only the touristic hot spots are interesting. just walking around or walk to the tourist places can be more exiting than to go by bus or taxi.
Trips that include
By Balram Dhaugoda
By Steph Uniacke
By Ekaterina Rumiantseva
Aliases: Katmandu, Catmandu