Kathmandu is mesmerizing. It may be your favorite destination if you will to see cultural diversity. You can choose to explore Kathmandu’s street food with a local, carve stone with a local artisan, or even learn to cook Nepali momos and Dal Bhat in the friendly hospitality.
Visit Swoyambhu Nath Stupa
Swayambhu literally means “self-existent one”. This tourist place in Kathmandu is an ancient architectural marvel. This religious site is located 3 km to the west of Kathmandu. It is one of the holiest Buddhist religious sites of the country. The hillock is assumed to be created from a primordial lake, which was present in the region, around 2000 years ago. The temple is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Take a round at Thamel
The streets of this lively area are lined with shops overflowing with brightly colored clothing, jewelry, paper lanterns, thangka paintings, wood carvings, bronze statues, music, and books. Thamel takes on a whole different vibe as its streets glow with the warmth of a multitude of lights and the sound of live music drifts from its bars.
Take a workshop/ class
Nepal Cooking School in Thamel provides sought-after cooking classes as well. Profits are used to fund social programs that empower women and girls in a remote village. It will be a good idea to try some making of cuisines. I assure you that this will be of great experience.
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square
Explore the culture or history of Kathmandu by visiting the Durbar Square. Located in front of the former Kathmandu Palace Kingdom, the Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is originally known for vivid showcases of artists and craftsmen.
Visit Pashupati Nath
Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath draws devotees from the Indian subcontinent along with a motley collection of painted sadhus (Hindu ascetics). The main temple is off-limits to anyone who’s not Hindu but you can wander about the rest of the vast grounds.
Boudha Nath Stupa
Boudhanath is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It’s an important center of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is surrounded by different shops that offer you range of products like souvenirs, thanka painting, Buddhist statues, buddhist religious pooja materials. Colorful prayer flag around the stupa beautiful smell of incense and soft music of Buddhist prayer, devotees chanting prayers, burning butter lamp give you peace of mind. Also, there are many restaurants and cafe with different cuisine.
On the outskirts of Kathmandu, just as the city fades to fields, thousands of Nepalis stream into Whoopee Land. Whirling rides, water slides, and pop music offer an escape from the chaos of the city. Kathmandu is filling with spaces like this, where those who can afford it, usually tourists and the middle class, can escape.