Top 5 Things To Do in Kathmandu
Mountains are where the peace of mind resides. Mountain regions are the perfect spot for you to simply sit back, relax and reflect upon yourself. In the fast life, you’ve been living all this while, there is no doubt that it might become difficult for you to find out time for yourself. A mountainous surrounding can help you reconnect with your thoughts without any extra effort. The tranquillity and the peace that the landscape offers is incomparable and beyond words. One of the perfect places to feel such sublimity is the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
Kathmandu, the largest city in Nepal along with being the capital city, is a popular place that attracts a great number of tourists from across the globe. It has an extremely rich history, art and culture which give it the title of “City of Temples”. It has important pilgrimage sites for the followers of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy who come in large numbers to pay their reverences and respects. It is a perfect blend of the traditional and the modern and checks all the boxes for the perfect tourist place. Now, without any further delay, we present to you below a 10/10 list for things that you can do in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath is considered to be one of the largest Stupas in the world. Standing upright for more than a hundred years, it is a magnificent symbol of Buddhist belief. The structure consists of an extremely giant dome that sits on mandala shaped steps. The base of the structure is decorated with a pair of eyes on each of the direction implying the omnipresence of Buddha. This great work marker of Nepalese architecture brings in a lot of followers as well as admiring tourists round the year
- Pashupatinath Temple
Considered to be one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva, it is one of the largest temple complexes in Nepal. It was built in the 5th century and is constructed in Pagoda style architecture. It has a gilded roof; four of its sides are covered with silver and also consists of innumerable beautiful wooden carvings. It is the perfect place to experience unmatched religious and cultural awakening. It located in the northwest of Kathmandu, on the banks of Bagmati River. It is also enlisted as one of the eight UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley.
- Durbar Square
Titled a UNESCO World Heritage, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three squares in the Kathmandu valley. Within it, there are a great number of ancient statues, ponds, courtyards like Mohan Chok, etc. The inner complex of the square is the spot for the Old Royal Palaces which has historically housed the dynasties of the Shahs and the Mallas. It also has a great number of temples within it and is also surrounded by local markets. The structure has gone through significant damage in the devastating earthquake 2015, but it still stands upright, to this day, showing its magnificently strong roots.
- Local Markets
Is a trip even wholesome if you haven’t checked out the local markets of that place? Kathmandu is a brilliant hub of beautiful local markets. One of them is the market located on the New Road which is situated in the east of Durbar Square. It is a hub for luxury items of high quality. Then there is Freak Street which is situated in the south of Durbar Square. It is a great place to buy Tibetan woolens and things like caps and bags. Makhan Tole is “the” place to buy the art souvenirs you want to take back home. It offers a great blend of Tibetan and Nepalese local art culture. Another famous market square is Indira Chowk. Deriving its name from the Hindu God Indra, the place attracts a stream of pilgrims and shoppers. It is believed to be the market for good quality textiles. They have a wide range of shawls, scarves, woolen clothes, etc. The Nepali cashmere can be bought from the market at very low prices.
- Trekking in Kathmandu
Trekking is a must-do, when you are in Kathmandu. It offers a myriad of awe striking treks that can make you experience the best time of your life.
- Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest is, hands down, one of the most attractive tourist destinations there ever was. Standing at an altitude of 29,035 ft. it offers the perfect ambiance to the people and allows them to enjoy each and every inch of the scenic beauty.
Everest base camp trek is one of the most famous trek routes in Nepal. It takes you through the Khumbu valley while simultaneously providing a brilliant view to the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The trek is usually 14-16 days long.
- Annapurna Circuit trek
This one is yet another famous trek route. It is also said to be one of the most challenging treks of all time. The route is somewhere between 160 km to 230 km and is a 14-21 days affair.
Now that we have done half of your work, book your tickets, pack your bags and leave for ‘the’ trip of your life.