Here are the top 40 tourist attractions to see in Kathmandu:

1. Boudhanath Stupa

4.5 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Situated at a distance of about 11 kilometres from the city centre of Kathmandu, Boudhanath Stupa dominates the Kathmandu skyline with its gargantuan spherical shape. Thousands of pilgrims from different religions gather here daily. They perform a ritualistic circumnavigation, known as the 'kora', of the colossal dome. It is believed that anyone who circumambulates the stupa with no ill thoughts in their hearts receives good karma. Moreover, the gates of hell are permanently closed for them!

2. Pashupatinath Temple

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

One of the holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple is stretched across both the banks of the beautiful and sacred Bagmati River on the eastern fringes of the capital city of Kathmandu. The magnificent sanctum devoted to Lord Shiva draws in thousands of devotees who come to offer their prayers and seek blessings from him. Sprawled over a large area with temples and ashrams, it is believed that the Jyotirlinga housed in the Pashupatinath temple is the head of the body which is made up of the twelve Jyotirlinga in India. In 1979, the magnificent temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Swayambhunath Temple

4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Perched on top of the Semgu Hill located in the outskirts to the west of the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhu Temple temple is one of the most important eligious shrines in the city of Kathmandu. With a wite dome stupa and an array of shrines, this place draws people to it daily. Circumnavigating the temple in a clockwise direction is a common practice among the pilgrims since it is believed to wash away all the sins. The sanctum is one of the holiest sites among the Buddhists and Tibetans and is second only to the Lord Boudha for them.

4. Thamel

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Thamel has been and continues to be, one of the most popular and crowded commercial hubs in Kathmandu City of Nepal. Be it cultural monuments or discotheques, cosy restaurants or magnificent temples, narrow alleys of Thamel have continued to serve the tourist industry of the country for over four decades.

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5. Kathmandu Durbar Square

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square. The place which has witnessed and received one king after the other as they sat and ruled over Nepal a long time ago, where new rulers were crowned while the steady beats of drums and trumpets filled the place. The regal Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in the country. Till date, the place remains the most remarkable legacy of Kathmandu's traditional architecture. Even though the unfortunate earthquake of 2015 took its toll on the building and around half a dozen places within the premises collapsed, it has still retained its original glory. Three squares - A former elephant stable Basantapur square, main Durbar square on the west and another part of Durbar Square that houses the entrance to Hanuman Dhoka which are loosely connected make up the Durbar Square area.

6. Garden of Dreams Kathmandu

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu, also referred to as the 'Swapna Bageecha' and 'garden of six seasons is a neo-classical garden in Kathmandu built by Kishore Narshingh in1920. The garden has a magnificent amphitheatre, urns, gorgeous pavilions, paved perimeter paths, pergolas, and ponds that draw in locals and tourists alike.

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7. Langtang National Park

3.6 /5

51 km
from city center
7 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

With trekking trails, lush greenery, and a variety of species of flora and fauna, the Langtang National Park is the fourth national park that was established in Nepal in 1976. The Langtang National Park is situated at an approximate distance of 32 kilometres to the north of the capital city of Kathmandu and is connected to the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet.

8. Kumari Bahal

2 km
from city center
8 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Kumari Bahal, the palace where the Kumari lives while she is the chosen Devi, is a beautiful ancient palace. It is a three-story traditional structure made of wood and red bricks with intricately carved windows, doors, and balconies which quite resemble a Buddhist Vihara. This structure was built in the mid-1700s by Jaya Prakash Malla and also houses a stupa with symbols of Goddess Saraswati and a huge chariot that is used to take the Kumari around the city during the annual festival of Indra Jatra.

9. Hanuman Dhoka

2 km
from city center
9 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Once the royal palace of Malla kings and Shah dynasty, Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of ancient structures with some as old as mid 16th Century. Located in the Darbar Square of Kathmandu, it is locally known as Hanuman Dhoka Darbar, the name of which is derived from an antique idol of Lord Hanuman (Monkey God) near the main entrance of an ancient palace. 'Dhoka' means door in the local language. Spread over an area of 5 acres, Hanuman Dhoka was severely destroyed during the earthquake in 2015.

10. Narayanhiti Palace

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located to the east of the famed Kaiser Mahal near Thamel, the Narayanhiti Palace Museum is a former royal palace which was home to the monarchs of the country. It is historically important because of the 'Royal Family Assasination' of 2001.

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11. Budhanilkantha Temple

8 km
from city center
11 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Budhanilkantha Temple is an open-air shrine located at the foothills of the Shivpuri Hill in Kathmandu Valley. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and houses an exceptional idol of the presiding deity seen in a reclining posture in a pool of water. It is the largest stone statue in Nepal that attracts not just devotees but also tourists in large numbers, especially during the occasion of Haribondhini Ekadashi Mela which is held annually on the 11th day of Kartik month of the Hindus (October/ November).

12. Asan Tole

2 km
from city center
12 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Asan Tole is a famous market street in the city of Asan, Kathmandu. The six spoked juncture of the street is always bustling with people selling everything from vegetables and fishes to clothes, jewellery and spices. It is a place where one can experience the daily life of Nepali people.

13. Kopan Monastery

5 km
from city center
13 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located on the picturesque Kopan Hills (20 minutes drive from the city centre) on the fringes of Kathmandu, Kopan Monastery is a stunning Tibetan Buddhist Monastery established between the late 1960s and early 1970s by the founders of the Foundation of the Preservation of the Mahayana (FPMT). It is a well-known tourist attraction and draws people who are interested in learning Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. One can choose to enrol in a short-term (7 days) course to get a gist of this ancient way of living. The facilities are humble but ensure that everyone leaves feeling calm and composed.

14. Indra Chowk

2 km
from city center
14 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Indra Chowk is a bustling maze of streets in Kathmandu that tourists can witness. Located on the India-Tibet trade route, it is a bustling commercial and ceremonial area having many shops where the local traders sell fresh regional produce. The moving crowds, the colourful shops and the sounds of this bustling marketplace are unique to Nepal. Observe the carved doors and windows of the shops and houses or just grab of Lassi. During the festive season, Indra Chowk becomes a ceremonial place, and several religious processions go through it.

15. Taudaha Lake

9 km
from city center
15 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Taudaha Lake is a famous freshwater lake surrounded by hills covered with dense forests. The lake is full of fishes and is also a heaven for birdwatchers because of the migratory birds in the area. As per a legend, Taudaha is one of the lakes that were formed from the waters of a large lake after a mythical character cut the hill behind it and let the water flow away.

16. Phulchowki

3 km
from city center
16 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Phulchowki is the highest hill located in Kathmandu Valley (2791 metres) known for its hike. The mountain is covered by a natural garden full of beautiful wild roses, yellow jasmine, iris and other native flowers. It takes a few hours to reach the top and return and is, therefore, much advisable to those who are travelling on a time crunch. The climb through the rough terrain covered with dense forests will be worth it after one reaches the top and gets to see the breathtaking view of the valley.

17. The Last Resort

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
17 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

The Last Resort, perched on top of the elevated gorge is located three-hours away from Kathmandu. The Last Resort is Nestled amid terraced slopes with Bhote Kosi River flowing closeby. This magnificent resort is perfect for relaxing, undertaking adventure activities, lounging at the plunge pool or reading the book amidst the beautiful nature.

18. Kathesimbhu Stupa

2 km
from city center
18 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, the Kathesimbhu Stupa is famous for being the copy of the Swayanbhunath Temple. The courtyard, also called the Swayambhunath Complex, is quite a surprise when tourists find it while exploring the region. It comprises of a stunningly grand 16th-century stupa installed in between smaller stupas. The entrance is marked by a concrete gate, and there are no compound walls to the attraction.

19. Dakshinkali Temple

3.5 /5

14 km
from city center
19 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Situated at a distance of 22 kilometres from Kathmandu, the Dakshinkali Temple is located only a kilometre away from the village of Pharping. The place of worship is one of the most important temples in Nepal and is dedicated to the fierce and feared Goddess Kali. The fame of this temple lies in its rituals and traditions. Twice a week, animals are sacrificed at this religious place - uncastrated male goats and cockerels in particular – as an offering to the ferocious spouse of Lord Shiva. The temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a devotee of Kali.

20. The Crematoria

3 km
from city center
20 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located near the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of Bagmati River, the crematoria is the place in Kathmandu where Nepali Hindus go to have their last rites. People of different beliefs perform varied kind of funeral practises here. Visitors can sit on the other bank of the river and observe the last rites.

21. Patan

21 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Patan is the third largest city in Nepal right after Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is now known as Lalitpur. Both names Patan and Patan are derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lalitapattan’. The city is located just across the river Bagmati from Kathmandu. Patan has a Durbar Square that is full of statues, temples, and palaces. In addition, Durbar Square also has the ‘Patan museum’ which is a must-see attraction. It is a traditional centre for handicrafts and is also a place to purchase traditional jewellery, Buddha statues, and masks.

22. Kala Bhairav Kathmandu

2 km
from city center
22 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Kala Bhairav is a grand temple located at Kathmandu Durbar Square in the religious complex of Hanuman Dhoka, dedicated to a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. In this form, the lord is depicted carrying the decapitated head of Shani, wearing an ornamental snake, tiger skin and a ritual apron made of human bones. The 12-foot image here was sculpted in the 6th century and is regarded as the largest in the world. The place of worship is an open-air area in the complex and has a gigantic 12-foot tall idol of Kala Bhairav. The idol and the structures that surround it are made of stone and were carved in the 5th century. It was discovered by King Pratap of the Malla dynasty amidst paddy fields in the 17th century. Back in the time, people believed that anyone who would lie down in front of the idol would attain freedom from their lives. This may not be necessarily true. However, locals still continue worshipping this grand and fierce incarnation of Lord Shiva with all their devotion.

23. Jagannath Temple Kathmandu

2 km
from city center
23 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Jagannath Temple, located in the very famous Kathmandu Darbar Square, is most famous for its architecture and religious significance. One thing that draws tourists in large numbers is the exquisite erotic carving all over the structure. It was built in the early 16th century during the reign of King Mahendra of the Mala dynasty and is one of the oldest shrines in the city. From what remains now, one can get a gist of how fascinating the structure would have been. It is a two-storey building raised over a platform and built in the traditional pagoda-style architecture mostly made of wood and bricks. Some parts of the temple were damaged in an earthquake in 2015. However, some portions have been restored and open for the tourists to explore.

24. National Museum of Nepal

3.7 /5

4 km
from city center
24 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Also known as the Rashtriya Sangrahalaya among the locals, the National Museum is one of the prime attractions situated in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This century-old museum has preserved and revered the exhibits through all these years to uphold the rich historical significance of Nepal. Home to three buildings - the Historical Museum Building, the Buddhist Art Gallery, and the Juddha Jayatia Kala Shala - this monument houses cultural, historical, and philatelic sections, including weapons, artworks, coins, statues, postage stamps, and several species of plants and animals.

25. White Monastery

5 km
from city center
25 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

White Monastery or Seto Gomba, also known as Amitabha Monastery, is a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal, offering a mix of religious importance and natural anesthetic. The vivid terrain and the lush green landscape of the surrounding make the sunset and sunrise here, a treat to watch. Visitors can observe the whole of the Kathmandu Valley from this place. The soothing atmosphere draws most travellers wanting to soak up some tranquillity after exploring the bustling city of Kathmandu.

26. Vajrayogini Temple

5 km
from city center
26 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located on a hilltop, the Vajrayogini or Bajrayogini Temple is a Tantrik Temple dedicated to the Buddhist Tantric Goddess in Nepal. It is also known as Bodhisattva's Temple and is situated in Sankhu, a small place in the Kathmandu Valley. One needs to climb a stone stairway to reach the temple complex, but once there, every visitor is bound to be fascinated with the beauty of the ancient temple complex that includes stonework, wood carvings, metalwork, smaller temples, caves and a stupa belonging to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni.

27. Basantapur Tower

2 km
from city center
27 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Basantapur Tower was the tallest tower in Kathmandu Durbar Square once. Basantapur Tower is an 18th-century monument built during the reign of King Prithvi Narayan of the Shah Dynasty. It has nine storeys, the top two floors of which were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake that hit Nepal. The levels have been restored, and tourists can explore the tower from the outside and the inside. Most of it is hidden behind scaffoldings, and one needs to take a closer look to see the ancient carvings on the restored wooden structure. The entrance is through Lohan Chowk up a narrow staircase, and one can enjoy a fabulous view of Kathmandu through the windows on every floor.

28. Taleju Temple

2 km
from city center
28 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

The magnificent Taleju temple, located in Durbar Square of Kathmandu, is dedicated to the clan Goddess of Malla kings, Devi Taleju Bhawani. Traditionally, entry into the temple was restricted to kings but has now been extended to the Hindus. It is believed that the temple was constructed in the shape of a Yantra (a form of Mandala) as was directed by the Devi herself. In the middle of Durbar Square, the temple, set atop a pedestal, is a stunning sight. The Degu Taleju Temple is not open to all. However, on the ninth day of Dasain, the Hindu Devotees can enter to offer prayers to the Goddess. Everyone else can explore the shrine from the outside.

29. Royal Botanical Gardens Kathmandu

14 km
from city center
29 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

The national botanical garden is located at the base of Phulchowki hill, covering an area of 82 hectares and is surrounded by beautiful evergreen natural forests. Various indigenous plants such as ornamental plants, rock plants, rose cultivars, trees and shrubs, lilies, ferns, medicinal plants and native flora, aquatics, cacti, orchids are housed here for display.

30. Akash Bhairav Temple Kathmandu

2 km
from city center
30 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Akash Bhairav is also known as the 'Lord of the sky'. Located merely 5 minutes away from Kathmandu Durbar Square, devotees worship Akash Bhairav with great dedication because it is believed that worshipping him ensures strength, safety and goodwill for Nepal and its people. Indra Jatra, an annual 8-day festival devoted to the god, is also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Followers from all over the world come to Kathmandu to be a part of the important pooja rituals performed during this time of the year.

31. Seto Machindranath Temple

2 km
from city center
31 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Seto Machindranath Temple is a Hindu and Buddhist temple located in Jana Bahal. The temple is believed to be built around 10th century and houses the idol of Seto Machindranath, also known as Janabaha Dyo. During the month of Chaitra, a three days long chariot procession festival of the Lord is held here.

32. Tribhuvan Museum

2 km
from city center
32 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located inside the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the Tribhuvan Museum contains the personal artefacts of Nepali King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah. This part of the palace was built in the late 19th century and suffered huge damage during the 2015 earthquake. It is believed that the Late King used to sit here and observe the problems and prosperity of his people.

33. Shiva-Parvati Temple

3 km
from city center
33 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

The glorious temple of Lord Shiva and his Consort Goddess Parvati, the Shiva Parvati Temple is located in the religious area of Durbar Square. It is as important as the Kumari Bahal or the Kasthamandap and is often visited by pilgrims and tourists. Built in 18th century by Bahadur Shah, every inch of the temple wall is covered in immensely intricate carvings. From a distance in the outer portion of the Durbar Square, one would notice someone looking down a window of a two-storey pagoda style building that opens into a courtyard. It is, in fact, the idols of Shiva and Parvati installed in the window right in the centre of the top floor of the temple. The striking idols coloured in white and blue are seen wearing colourful accessories and blessing the visitors. 

34. Kaiser Library

1 km
from city center
34 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Kaiser Library or Keshar Library is located in Kathmandu's Kaiser Mahal, containing over 45,000 books from the personal collection of the Field Marshal Kaiser Shumsher Rana. It was established in 1969 and has a wide range of books covering subjects including history, law, art, religion, philosophy, etc. It was as a famous tourist attraction, but after Nepal was struck by an earthquake in 2015, the library took a major hit. Although the ground floor has been restored and opened to the public, the grandeur of the place is more or less lost. One may still visit to check out the collection of books and artefacts that were recovered and restored.

35. Stone Inscription

0 km
from city center
35 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

The stone inscriptions in Kathmandu, dates back to Licchavi period from 5th to 9th century, and are regarded as the primary source of Nepal? history. They mostly consists of royal edicts, dedicatory notes on Hindu and buddhist Temples walls, stupas, statues, water spouts and other architectural structures. The inscriptions are multilingual and are written in Nepali, English, French and Persian.

36. Casino Royale Kathmandu

1 km
from city center
36 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Casino Royale is set inside hotel Yeti & Yak, surrounded by enchanting fountains, beautiful gardens and with the decor in royal gold. The warmly lit red-carpeted entrance might make one feel like a celebrity. As one strut ahead, they would notice how the sounds of slot machines, cards, chips and the chatter on the gaming tables stimulate their senses. The ambience quite resembles a carnival and is perfect for those interested in trying their luck at the games.

37. Annapurna Temple, Kathmandu

2 km
from city center
37 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Annapurna Temple located at Asan Tole, Kathmandu is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of abundance. Her name stands for Food (Anna) and Fulfil (purna) and symbolises that her blessings fulfil every wish and always provides abundance. At the glorious temple, an old bowl full of grain sits at the centre, representing the Goddess. It is believed that walking around the shrine, touching a coin to the heads and then throwing it into the temple will bring prosperity and abundance of all worldly goods.

38. Siddhartha Art Gallery

3 km
from city center
38 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Siddhartha Art Gallery, home to a wide range of contemporary Nepali art, was established with the intention of providing a platform to the native artists for displaying their works. For the past twenty years, the gallery has been continuously striving to promote contemporary art in Nepal and work as a catalyst for change to support the artists. They also provide services for the investor in art through evaluation and restoration of artefacts. It is the best place to be for art lovers and for those who wish to know and understand the history of the evolution of Nepalese art.

39. Hiking Around Kathmandu

39 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Hikes are comfortable walking or climbing trips, usually ending in a day or two. If you're in Kathmandu for a short while but still want to get a whiff of pristine mountain air, a hike is your best bet - they're cheap, noteworthy, gorgeous and do wonders for your health as well! Discover the 10 best trails for hiking in Kathmandu, and choose the one you like the most. Strap those hiking boots on!

40. Casinos

40 out of 40
places to visit in Kathmandu

Kathmandu has many exciting casinos to offer to its tourists. The best thing is that these casinos are open on all days of the week for 24 hours! These high-end casinos have amazing packages to lure customers along with the free flow of drinks and much more. And there have been many tourists who have won handsome amounts. So, be the next one to follow up and return home as a millionaire.

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