Kathmandu Sightseeing

Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is a busy and fascinating place. But with its close proximity to Everest and the Kathmandu Valley, it’s also a convenient place to base yourself as you explore the Himalayas. Kathmandu is full of non-stop surprises – chance encounters with friendly locals, delicious street foods, and stunning temples to explore. While you’re busy with your Kathmandu sightseeing, take the opportunity to live in the moment and soak up the experiences.

While in the city, take the time to learn more about the area’s history and culture. The place is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for example, such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square – the ancient seat of Nepalese royalty. Then there’s Pashupatinath, the most significant Hindu temple to Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Head to the heritage site of Swoyambhunath, an ancient religious complex in the Kathmandu Valley. There is a Monkey Temple here, where holy monkeys live! Take a cable car to the Manakamana temple on the hillside, where you’ll not only see this structure’s beautiful architecture but also some epic views of the area. Another important spot to visit is Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha. Looking for a religious pilgrimage? You can do that on a Kathmandu sightseeing trip as well.

Another sort of religious pilgrimage will take you to the famous temple of Muktinath. It’s situated in the district of Mustang in the north-central part of Nepal, at an altitude of 3710 metres above sea level. The Pagoda style of the temple signifies its reverence by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Its translated name means “Place of salvation.” It’s believed that Guru Rimpoche (the founder of Tibetan Buddhism) once meditated here and gained a lifetime of spiritual knowledge. Give it a shot!

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Did you know that you could arrange a homestay with a Nepalese family in the Kathmandu Valley? It’s the best way to get to know the locals, hands down. Experience the unique opportunity of being part of an ethnic Nepalese village, such as the Sirubari village in the mountains. Many of the villages in the valley still preserve their ancient cultural practices, although Kathmandu remains a fairly modern city. You can also experience other medieval cities famous for their arts and architecture, like Patan and Bhaktapur.

Of course, if you’ve come for the Himalayas, trips to the mountains can be arranged as well. With an experienced guide, you can hike to the Mount Everest base camp (but you should be in excellent shape to do so). Then there’s the Langtang Himal area in the northern part of the Kathmandu Valley, bordering Tibet. The highest peak in the area is Shisapangma, at 8027 metres high. There are also many exciting alpine plants to take note of as you hike and trek your way around.

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