One of the best things to do in Kathmandu is to make the best use of the terrain and go hiking. Choose from caves, waterfalls, base camps and vast expanses of pine trees to explore, and hike away to glory here! You can follow trails to places like Namobuddha, Phulchowki
, Amitabha Monastery
, Champadevi, Chisapani and Sundarijal, and return to the city in a day. The stunning views of the mountains and the valleys will make you swoon! If you're feeling even more adventurous, you can go hiking from Kathmandu and hope to scale the towering peaks, right from Everest to Langtang. The basecamps are located close to the city. Thrill junkies are bound to love this city, as it offers white water rafting, rock climbing, endurance trails and bungee jumping. Conquer your fears in Kathmandu!
They say not all who wander are lost. But if you're in Kathmandu to find yourself and discover your own being, you're in the right place. The area is dotted with magnificent monasteries where you can stay and interact with the monks. If you're feeling up to it, you can even hike to these monasteries, and give both your mind and body a lasting workout. Kopan Monastery
, Pranidhi Purna Mahavihar Monastery, Tharlam Monastery and Seto Gumba are a few lasting abodes of the Buddhist monks, who can help you de-stress, rediscover your life and contemplate the meaning of human existence. The Swayambhunath Temple
, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is serene and tranquil. Emerge from your tour to Kathmandu spiritually 'woke' after visiting these monasteries!
Wildlife lovers are bound to fall in love with Kathmandu, as the city is as wild as it is a metropolis! There are two National Parks located just 10 kilometres away from the city - Langtang National Park and Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Boasting of 18 ecosystems, 250 species of birds and 46 species of mammals, Langtang National Park
is truly nature's abode. Bird watching and camping overnight are also allowed here - let the wild take over during your stay at Langtang! Shivapuri Nagarjun Park stuns with its many gurgling streams, mighty Bhagmati and Bishnumati rivers, and sacred temples within the premises. Try to spot the Himalayan black bear and the Indian leopard when you're there. The city is dotted with gardens as well - go to the Garden of Dreams
for a dreamy day!
The views from the valley are truly picturesque and breathtaking. One sight is enough to fall truly, madly and deeply in love with Kathmandu. There are numerous viewpoints in the city, especially on treks and hikes. History buffs will make Kathmandu their own, as it has a very interesting origin story. Tales have it that a Chinese saint by name Manjushree first laid eyes on what was to become Kathmandu valley near a place called Nagarjuna Cave, which is said to have been visited even by the Buddha! The Mahasiddha cave also offers such snippets of history. In the city, the National Museum, the National History Museum of Nepal
, and the Narayanhiti Palace
give you insights into the country's royal past - right from the times of the erstwhile rulers, to the tribes, to incidents of the recent past.
It is sadly ironic that sometimes, nature herself has turned adversary to Nepal. The country's history has been dented by natural calamities - the most recent one being the devastating earthquake in 2015, which wreaked havoc on life and property. While many monasteries and temples were damaged by this, the resilience and grit showed by the people deserves commendation. Many locations have been repaired, and some are in the process right now. The city has built itself back, and stood as an example of determination, persistence and faith - something the tourists can also learn from.
Kathmandu is one of the best places to visit in Asia, with its unique combination of nature, spirituality, adventure and self-discovery. Discover yourself as you discover the city - Kathmandu calls out to you.