Places To Visit In Kathmandu

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Here are the top 38 tourist attractions to see in Kathmandu:

1. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

3.8

3 kms
from city center

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1 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Flowers, conches, cymbals and bells, whispers that muted desires tell. The ambience of the Pashupatinath Temple is ethereal with the prayers that leave the lips of the devotees and mingle with the melodious ring of the bell and rise with the scented smoke of the burning incense. One of the holiest H...

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2. Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

3.8

2 kms
from city center

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2 out of 38
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 squ...

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3. Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

4.5

4 kms
from city center

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3 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Watching over Kathmandu like a guardian angel, the Boudhanath Stupa dominates the skyline with its gargantuan spherical shape. The massive mandala of this magisterial stupa makes it the largest in Nepal and the continent. Situated at a distance of about 11 kilometres from the central regio...

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4. Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams

3.7

1 kms
from city center

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4 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Contrary to the popular saying, "What's in a name?" the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu is indeed a sprawling historical garden which seems to be a place that is straight out of a dream. Also referred to as the 'Swapna Bageecha', this place is one of the most tranquil enclaves in Kathmandu. Away from ...

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5. Swayambhunath Temple

Swayambhunath Temple

4.3

3 kms
from city center

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5 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

As the first rays of the sun fall on the glittering golden spire, the Swayambhu Temple steals away the spotlight as it unveils its glorious features and stands with an enigma that is impossible to miss. Perched on top of the Semgu Hill located in the outskirts to the west of the Kathmandu Valley, th...

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6. Thamel

Thamel

3.6

1 kms
from city center

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6 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Thamel has been and continues to be, one of the most popular centres in Kathmandu City of Nepal. In addition to being a famed tourist spot in the capital, Thamel is also one of the oldest areas. Be it cultural monuments or discotheques, cosy restaurants or magnificent temples, Thamel is a thriving t...

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7. Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park

3.6

51 kms
from city center

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7 out of 38
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 ...

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8. Budhanilkantha Temple

Budhanilkantha Temple

8 kms
from city center

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8 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a land of rich culture, beautiful people, splendid surroundings and fascinating legends that draw tourists in large numbers every year. Some of these are unique to the region like the Budhanilkantha Temple which is an open-air shrine located at the foothills of the Shivpuri Hill. It is ...

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9. The Last Resort

The Last Resort

3.5

1 kms
from city center

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9 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

A pleasant three-hour drive from Kathmandu with scenic views throughout, The Last Resort is perched on top of the elevated gorge of the wild and gushing Bhote Kosi River which lies close to the Tibetan border. Nestled in the midst of meticulous terraced slopes, it is encompassed by lush jungles...

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10. Narayanhiti Palace

Narayanhiti Palace

4.2

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

As a page was turned in the book of Nepal's history, the monarchy was replaced by democracy. Of the few things which stand as witnesses to this enormous change, the Narayanhiti Palace Museum is one. Located to the east of the famed Kaiser Mahal in close proximity to Thamel, the museum is a former ro...

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11. Taudaha Lake

Taudaha Lake

9 kms
from city center

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11 out of 38
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 scenic beauty of the lake makes it a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. As per a legend, Taudaha is one of the lakes that were formed from the waters of a colossal...

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12. Kathesimbhu Stupa

Kathesimbhu Stupa

2 kms
from city center

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12 out of 38
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 in...

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13. Hanuman Dhoka

Hanuman Dhoka

2 kms
from city center

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13 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Once the royal palace of Malla kings and Shah dynasty, Hanuman Dhoka is a collection of ancient monuments with some as old as mid 16th Century. This makes it a famous tourist attraction as it is a major influential factor in the religious circuit of the region. It is locally known as Hanuman Dh...

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14. Casino Royale

Casino Royale

1 kms
from city center

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14 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Casino Royal is a famous adult gaming zone in the region. It is set inside a stunning palace surrounded by enchanting fountains, beautiful gardens and has decor in royal gold making it quite a fancy attraction. The warmly lit red-carpeted entrance might make one fe...

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15. Phulchowki

Phulchowki

3 kms
from city center

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15 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Phulchowki is the highest hill located in Kathmandu and is the destination for the most striking and thrilling hike of the valley. The hike is famous for the magnificent landscape view and for bird watching. The mountain is covered by a natural garden full of beautiful wild roses, yellow jasmine, ir...

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16. Dakshinkali Temple

Dakshinkali Temple

3.5

14 kms
from city center

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16 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Situated at a distance of 22 kilometres from Kathmandu, the Dakshinkali Temple is seated in the heart of a valley, only a kilometre away from the quaint village of Pharping. As the darkness of the night fades and gives way to the bright morning, this magnificent temple comes alive with a fusion of r...

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17. The Crematoria

The Crematoria

3 kms
from city center

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17 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Located near the Pashupatinath Temple, 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 and enjoy the somber and peaceful ambience of the place while embracing the har...

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18. Asan Tole

Asan Tole

2 kms
from city center

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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, jewelries and spices. It is a place where one can experience the daily life of Nepali people.

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19. Kumari Bahal

Kumari Bahal

2 kms
from city center

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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...

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20. Kopan Monastery

Kopan Monastery

5 kms
from city center

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20 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Located on the picturesque Kopan Hills, 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 dra...

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21. Indra Chowk

Indra Chowk

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Indra Chowk is a bustling square 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 t...

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22. Kala Bhairav

Kala Bhairav

2 kms
from city center

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22 out of 38
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 o...

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23. Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple

2 kms
from city center

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23 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Jagannath Temple, located in the very famous Kathmandu Darbar Square, is most famous for its architecture and religious significance. 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 ...

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24. National Museum of Nepal

National Museum of Nepal

3.7

4 kms
from city center

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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. What makes this museum so wonderful is that it has preserved and revered the exhibits through all these years in a genuine attempt to uphol...

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25. Vajrayogini Temple

Vajrayogini Temple

5 kms
from city center

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25 out of 38
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 compl...

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26. Basantapur Tower

Basantapur Tower

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is quite famous for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Several monuments, located all over the city are worth a visit to know this aspect of Nepal. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one complex that has some of these important monuments. It is also called the Basantapur Durbar Kshetra...

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27. Taleju Temple

Taleju Temple

2 kms
from city center

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27 out of 38
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 shap...

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28. Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

14 kms
from city center

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28 out of 38
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 n...

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29. Akash Bhairav Temple

Akash Bhairav Temple

2 kms
from city center

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29 out of 38
Places To Visit in Kathmandu

A significant deity worshipped in Kathmandu is the Akash Bhairav who is also known as the 'Lord of the sky'. There is a temple dedicated to him merely 5 minutes away from Kathmandu Durbar Square, known as the Akash Bhairav Temple. Devotees worship Akash Bhairav with great dedication becaus...

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30. White Monastery

White Monastery

5 kms
from city center

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30 out of 38
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...

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31. Seto Machindranath Temple

Seto Machindranath Temple

2 kms
from city center

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31 out of 38
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...

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32. Tribhuvan Museum

Tribhuvan Museum

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

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

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33. Shiva-Parvati Temple

Shiva-Parvati Temple

3 kms
from city center

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33 out of 38
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 i...

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34. Kaiser Library

Kaiser Library

1 kms
from city center

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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, ...

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35. Stone Inscription

Stone Inscription

0 kms
from city center

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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 stru...

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36. Annapurna Temple, Kathmandu

Annapurna Temple, Kathmandu

2 kms
from city center

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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. Her importance, therefore, is believed to have been the ...

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37. Siddhartha Art Gallery

Siddhartha Art Gallery

3 kms
from city center

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37 out of 38
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...

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38. Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

10 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Kathmandu

Changu Narayan is a synonymous word with both the old Nepalese temple and the village that surrounds it. Located in the Bhaktapur district some 12 km east of Kathmandu, the existence of this temple is more or less the only reason the village called Changu Narayan is known to the outside world. Chang...

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