Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is located at the bottom of Kathmandu Valley at the confluence between the Bagmati River and the Bixing Martinique River. The city is surrounded by mountains. It leans against the Himalayas in the north and faces the warm Indian Ocean in the south at an altitude of 1370 meters. The city is a famous tourist attraction around the world with a year-round balmy climate and an annual average temperature of about 20℃.
Durbar Square is the most famous square in Kathmandu and also a perfect place to check out temples in Nepal. Ancient constructions built between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries can be found here with over 50 temples and palaces standing on the square. In 1970, after the royal family moved to the new palace of Narayanhity, the old palace was turned into a museum for visitors in which the portraits of kings and various possessions and photos of King Tribhuvan are displayed. Temples in the Durbar Square are similar in appearance, and include the living goddess temple, Narayan temple, Shiva temple, Shiva-Bawa di temple houses, Pula Tabou Mara King statue, Hannu Man monkey shrine and Krishna temple.
Address:The square, adjacent to the Tamil district, can be reached in ten minutes on foot along New Road.
The courtyard, built in 1920 by the son of the then prime minister, was originally designed to be his mansion. The design of the courtyard is a perfect reflection of the builders' talent. The Western European architectural style is perfectly combined with local Nepalese characteristics in a unique manner. The courtyard is predominantly white in color. The main features such as the houses, pavilions, ponds and sculptures were built with white stone to reveal the purity and holiness of a dream. Meanwhile, architectural designers created a dreamy picture with the perfect contrast between the colors of various imported rare plants and the pure white buildings.
Address:The white entrance from Terry David Road (Tridevi Marg). It can be reached in 5–10 minutes on foot from the Tamil district.
Bhaktapur Palace Square
Also known as Bhaktapur, it is one of the top three towns of Kathmandu and located about 13 km east of Kathmandu city. It was called the capital of the independent Mara kingdom from the 13th to the 18th century. The city is referred to as an 'open-air museum'. Its square is surrounded by ancient buildings and temples, among which the towering and elegantly shaped Virginia Tabora temple is extraordinarily striking.
Address:Khauma Tol, Bhaktapur 44800
It is not an exaggeration to call Kathmandu a shopping paradise. The various exotic souvenirs sold in Nepal mainly feature musical instruments and decorations used by Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus, as well as local handicrafts. Kathmandu is a place where shoppers can buy unusual products. In addition, children peddle Gurkha knives, belts and copper. Street peddlers appear in all places for tourists. They stand on the steps of temples with cheap, antique-looking products and souvenirs. Handicrafts are most worthy of buying.
The Tamil district is the most vibrant area in Kathmandu, where the streets are lined with a variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, supermarkets, outdoor supplies stores and various handicraft shops. Moreover, a variety of small traders selling goods can be often seen in the street. Affordability, convenient transportation and premium overall services make it a base where many backpackers gather. After living here for a day or two, you will be struck by the notable business atmosphere of Kathmandu.
Address:Kathmandu Tamil blocks (Thamel).
New Road, a favorite shopping place for local people, is said to be the most boisterous commercial street in Kathmandu. The congested and crowded street is lined with dazzling shops, electrical appliances, watches, gold and silver jewelry, bakeries, etc. In addition, imports from South Korea, China and Thailand are also available, making it a favorite of youngsters.
Address:New Road the main commercial road in Kathmandu (New Road).
Eating in Nepal provides great enjoyment. Exotic restaurants stand everywhere in Kathmandu, and you can taste premium cuisines from many countries including India, China, Japan, Italy and France, meeting the needs of tourists from all over the world. Among the cuisines, European dishes are the most popular. In fact, Nepal itself has not developed its own cuisine, with the exception of the delicate and palatable Newari, which is served only in private banquets. Nepal cuisine is no more than a variety of Indian local dishes. It also features some dishes evolved from Chinese Tibetan cuisine.
One of Nepal's specialties is cooked rice with hyacinth bean paste and tarkari. Open your fingers at dinner and then hold the food together. Deliver it to your mouth after making the food tighter by applying a little pressure with your fingers.
Recommended restaurant:Bhanachha Ghar Ban Qiajia Er
Address:PO Box 3011, Ka.
It is similar to the Chinese little steamed bun and a very popular daily cuisine among Nepalese. It is available in different flavors in almost all restaurants.
Recommended restaurant:Bhojan Griha
Address:PO Box 536, Dil.
According to Nepal's traffic rules, cars drive on the left. Moreover, all the cars are left-hand-drive. The Central Bus Terminal is located on the ring road of the north city, distributing buses to the western and remote areas like Pokhara and Gorkha. The Urban Bus Terminal is located in the Tundikhel square in the south city, distributing buses to suburban areas like Kodari, a small town next to China. Tourist buses are available in the Kamul district. Entering the country from Zhangmu port in Lhasa in Tibet, you can directly reach Kathmandu by car. Kathmandu is Nepal's traffic transit station, from where there are shuttle buses to major cities within the territory of Nepal such as Pokhara, Chitwan and Bhaktapur, bringing great convenience to visitors.
For travelers, the most convenient way of traveling is to take a taxi. You should insist on being charged by meter because the price through bartering is always higher. In the eastern corner of the Tamil district there are many taxis waiting for passengers.
Power consumption: 220 V/50 Hz
Telephone area code+00977-1
There are two main seasons in Kathmandu: The rainy season lasts from June to September and the dry season from October to the following May. The climate is pleasant with an annual average temperature of about 20℃ and the annual precipitation around 1450 mm.