Places to visit in Kathmandu?
Kathmandu, the largest city in the Himalayas, is the capital city of Nepal. There are many places to visit in Kathmandu. If you are visiting the country, your journey will start from this city as the country’s only international airport is here.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
The most significant square in all Kathmandu is famous for its stunning Newari temples and palaces. Some of those buildings dated from the 14th century and initially built as part of a complex of royal ceremonies. Today the square is a lively spot where locals mix with curious tourists. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the best places to visit in Kathmandu. Although part of the square took substantial damage during the earthquake, some of these buildings are still in good condition.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River, Patan is the second-largest city in the valley. Patan Durbar Square is a spectacular place you cannot miss during your visit to Nepal. Even after the earthquake, the square boasts some of the most exquisite palaces and temples around the country. The most typical buildings are the Golden Temple (built around 1400), the octagonal Krishna temple (built-in around 1647) and the Shankar Narayan temple with two elephants at its entrance. One of the best places to visit in Kathmandu! The famous Patan Museum exhibits bronze and copper statues of gods from both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
The old town of Bhaktapur, located just a few kilometers from Kathmandu, is famous for the variety and height of its impressive temples. The most famous is the five-story Nyatapola temple which reaches 30 meters high. The temple, dedicated to Siddhi Lakshmi and built in 1702, remains one of the highest in the Kathmandu valley after surviving the earthquake of 2015.
SWAYAMBHUNATH (Monkey Temple)
This complex initially consisted of a large stupa surrounded by several shrines and temples. Later, a Tibetan monastery, a museum, and a library. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath is the second-largest Stupa in Kathmandu after Boudhanath, as well as the perfect place to observe the fantastic ceremonies and practices of the pilgrims. The temple is built on the top of a hill and has a great view of Kathmandu. Beware of monkeys while climbing the access stairs because they can get close if you are carrying the food! This complex a during the earthquake of 2015, some of the buildings, including the main stupa, remain standing. One of the places to visit in Kathmandu.
With a diameter of 120 meters, Boudhanath Stupa is the largest temple in Nepal and an important site of pilgrimage for hundreds of Buddhists. Located just 7 kilometers from Kathmandu, the stupa was assigned UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. This place has a pure Himalayan culture with a strong presence of Tibetans, Sherpas, and Buddhist monks and nuns. It is the most sacred place for Tibetans outside Tibet. The area surrounds many other monasteries, shops, and restaurants of Tibetan culture. This site also took massive damage from 2015 quake, but with the completion of rebuilding work you can see the magnificent beauty of the stupa again. The Stupa is one of the places to visit in Kathmandu right now.