9 Most Beautiful Places To Visit in Kathmandu

places to visit in Kathmandu
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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Nepal is home to the highest peak of mountains. Mountaineering, trekking, rafting and other adventures are the major attractions for visitors in Nepal. Kathmandu is also one of the major tourist destinations in Nepal.  The Capital City ‘Kathmandu’ is the gateway to the Himalayan country. Kathmandu Valley is popular for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Temples, stupas, monuments, and old cities are the other attractions for tourists. There are many places to visit near Kathmandu. The following are the most prominent places to visit in Kathmandu Valley.

1. Thamel

people walking in thamel street at night
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Thamel is the main attraction for tourists. The place has several hotels, clubs, craft shops, cafes, trekking gear shops, etc. You can get everything in Thamel. The evenings in Thamel is always colorful. Thamel is the most happening places in Kathmandu. It is the best place to enjoy night-life in Kathmandu.

Things to do in Thamel

  • Shopping
  • Enjoy Nightlife
  • Spa and Fitness
  • Rickshaw Tour
  • Eating out in Thamel

2. Kathmandu Durbar Square

beautiful heritage site

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a beautiful heritage site. The square is surrounded by ancient Newari architecture, high temples, popular shrines and the old royal palace. The Square was damaged due to the earthquake on 25 April 2015.

Things to do in Kathmandu Durbar Square

  • Explore the old cities
  • Visit Museum
  • Explore Old Nepalese architecture

3. Pashupatinath Temple

crowd of devotees in pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath is the sacred temple. Every year, this temple attracts thousands of Hindus followers and others. Some tourist comes to see the religion, art, and culture. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the prominent places to visit in Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pashupatinath Temple

  • Attend the “aarati” in the evening(an everyday event worshipping the gods)
  • Explore Hindu Culture

4. Swayambhunath

ancient religious swayambhu stupa
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Swayambhunath or Swayambu is the oldest religious site in Nepal which is located on a sacred hilltop. Swayambu got it’s nickname “Monkey Temple”. The complex has a stupa, shrines temples, monastery, museum and a library. The temple can be reached through the long staircase or the next way can be through the vehicles.

Things to do in Swayambhunath

  • Visit Natural History Museum of Nepal
  • Take a walk experience of  365 steps

5. Boudhanath

largest spherical stupa

Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world. The stupa is located in the center of a small square and the whole area is a fascinating world in itself. Boudha is best known for its unique architecture. It is one of the famous places to visit in Kathmandu.

Things to do in Boudhanath

  • Laphing is the must-try food and popular in Boudhanath
  • Experience the local culture

6. Garden of Dreams

neo-classical historical garden in Kathmandu
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The Garden of Dreams is situated in the midst of Kathmandu city, at the entrance of Thamel. The garden includes pavilions, amphitheater, central ponds, and urns. It was built in the 1920s. The Garden of Dreams remains one of the most peaceful and beautiful gardens.

Things to do in Gardens of Dreams

  • Enjoy private moment
  • Feel peace environment

7. Chandragiri Hills

tourists in chandragiri hills
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Chandragiri Hills lies on the west side of Kathmandu Valley. The hill is famous for panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest. A cable car is the shortest transportation to reach the hill. You can go by vehicles or short hike to Chandragiri. The route is also popular for hiking to Chitlang and Kulekhani.

Things to do in Chandragiri Hills

  • Ride in Cable Car
  • Short Hike
  • Enjoy mountain views

8. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

tourist in UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bhaktapur is rich in ancient arts and cultural heritage.  It is one of the major tourist attractions of Kathmandu valley. The major attraction of this place are; 55 window palace, Vatsala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairava Nath Temple, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate and Mini Pashupati Temple. 2015 earthquake has damaged many buildings in the square and reconstruction is going on.

Things to do in Bhaktapur Durbar Square

  • Visit Museum
  • Popular for ‘Juju Dhau’ (Royal Sweet Yoghurt)
  • Watch Bhaktapur’s famous pottery

9. Patan Durbar Square

beautiful heritage site
image by Alexander Shafir

Patan Durbar Square is the main attraction of Lalitpur district. It is one of the oldest known Buddhist cities. Patan is rich in cultural heritage, making of metallic and stone carvings, etc. Patan is one of the nearest places to visit in Kathmandu.

Things to do in Patan Durbar Square

  • Patan Museum
  • Explore Local Culture


These 9 are the best places to visit in Kathmandu Valley.  Explore the beauty of Nepal. You can find more places to visit around Kathmandu and there is still plenty of exciting things to do in Kathmandu. 



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