• Last Updated on May 11, 2022

Best Places to Visit in Kathmandu

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 travellers, 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.

Kal Bhairav in Kathmandu Durbar Square

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, or Half Day tour in kathmandu, 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

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 which 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.

Changu Narayan 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

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.


The above are the major places to visit in Kathmandu. However, there are several other places to see in Kathmandu, let us know if you are planning to visit Kathmandu and want to visit other places to travel in Kathmandu.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

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