Things to do in Kathmandu Valley
Attraction around Kathmandu valley
Visit Swayambhunath Stupa or Monkey Temple:
Swayambhunath popularly known as the monkey temple is situated in the hilltop of Kathmandu & it was said to have been built over 2,000 years ago. Swayambhunath has one of the city’s best panoramic views. From here you could enjoy the view of the entire Kathmandu valley. This is one of the famous Buddhist religious sites. The main attraction of this place is the world peace pond, Swayambhu Mahachaitya, Stupas, Maratima temple. You could enjoy monkey activities in this place.
Visit Boudhanath Stupa:
A 36-meter-high Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline and is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. Boudha Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. It is a very famous and holy place for both Hindu and Buddhists People as it says it entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage. The stupa is considered to have been built in the 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple:
The Pashupatinath Temple is the largest Hindu temple and is considered to be the holiest of all Hindu Temples. In the Pashupatinath area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. It is believed that this temple was built long before the Christian era began. The Pashupati Temple was built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla king. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square:
Kathmandu Durbar Square, is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square reminds the history of Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. It has one of the world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings, making for a stunning open-air museum. Although the square was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes, there is still an array of architectural gems to see. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds Hindu temples, pagoda-style palace i.e. Kumari temple, Gaddi Baithak, Kasthamandap, Black Bhairav statue, Nasal Chowk, Basantapur Dabali and Taleju Temple.
Visit Narayanhiti Palace Museum:
Explore the history of Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the former royal palace, serving as the primary residence for the country’s monarchs. This tour gives you a glimpse of how the royal family used to live, including their prized possessions and the general history of Nepal. The word Narayanhiti is made up of two words ‘Narayan’ and ‘Hiti’. ‘Narayan’ is a form of the Hindu god “Vishnu” whose temple is located opposite the palace. ‘Hiti’ means “water spout”, one of which is located to the east of the main entrance of the palace.
Visit Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square, which lies in the heart of the Patan City & it was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Patan is the oldest of all three cities in Kathmandu valley and it’s known for famous sites and unique architectures. Patan Durbar Square situated southeast of Kathmandu which is famed for its wealth of Buddhist and Hindu temples with an abundance of a fine bronze gateway and wonderful carvings. The major attractions of Patan Durbar Square are the stone temple of Lord Krishna, pagoda style temples, the Royal Bath with many carvings on stone, Viswanath temple and the temple of Bhimsen with a magnificent golden balcony overlooking the square.
Visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the Bhaktapur city of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur is referred to as the Living Heritage, City of Culture, An Open Museum, Nepal's Cultural Gem also renowned for its colourful festivals, the craftsmanship of its locales, beautiful monuments and brilliant handicrafts. This place is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the country which highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the most charming places, as it highlights the ancient history of the kings, perched on top of stone monoliths. The main interests of attraction in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, the palaces of 55 windows, the Batsala temple and the bell of barking dog etc.
Visit Changu Narayan temple:
Changunarayan is the most important temple in Kathmandu from the artistic, religious, cultural and historical perspective. The Changu Narayan Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is situated at the top of the Bhaktapur district. A fifth-century stone inscription in the temple proclaims it as one of the oldest temples in Kathmandu Valley. A stone inscription which is located in the temple compound and it tells the story of victorious King Mandev. The temple now covers sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history. When you reach the temple your mind will get mesmerized by the beauty of the temple and eye-catching view of mountains and valleys.
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue:
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is the world’s tallest Shiva statue in standing pose and is the world’s fortieth-tallest statue, four places after the Statue of Liberty. The statue is 143 feet (43.5 m) in height and is made using copper, zinc, concrete, and steel. It is situated in Sanga close to Bhaktapur and about 20 km far from Kathmandu. The color of the statue is copper and the face is serene, pleasant and welcoming to the believers and travellers. Due to the number of visitors, the statue has contributed to the religious tourism in Nepal, both locally and internationally.
Mount Everest Flight Tour:
A Mount Everest flight, one of the world’s most exclusive day tours to see the Himalayan peaks. A flight that takes you deep into the Himalayas, flying into valleys as close as five nautical miles from Everest itself which is a lifetime experience. Easily arranged, you can get eye-to-eye with Mt. Everest and the world’s highest peaks within minutes!
The flight usually lasts between 50 minutes up to an hour. The planes take off from TIA, Kathmandu. During the flight, you will catch a glimpse of 20 of the highest peaks to the East of Nepal including Mt. Everest. And finally, the plane flew back to Kathmandu.
Nagarkot is one of the famous Hill stations which is located 32 km east of the Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 2175m from the sea level. It is the second-highest point in the Kathmandu valley, which is a magnificent place for sunrise and sunset view of major peaks of eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest on clear days. Nagarkot Hill station is famous for its nature and beautiful landscapes but it is also a popular destination for travellers who do not have enough time to hike or trek into Himalaya. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees & it offers the breathtaking views of Khumbu ranges, Langtang ranges, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar and Mt. Everest.
Visit Namo Buddha Monastery:
The Namo Buddha Monastery is also known as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery lies at a hilltop and is famed to be known as one of the prime tourist attractions of Nepal. The main stupa at the hilltop is world heritage monuments of UNESCO from where visitors can enjoy the great views of mountains and green fields. Namo Buddha implies to greetings offered to the Lord Buddha, with respect and love. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery is another most important Buddhist pilgrimage and is easily accessible and located at a distance of about 40 km southeast of Kathmandu valley. The environment around the monastery is clean with fresh air, the cool temperature which helps monks or visitors find the perfect place for meditation & spiritual practice.
Dhulikhel is a very popular hill station located 32 km east of Kathmandu valley. Dhulikhel has to offer natural scenery and is full of ancient heritage and rich traditional culture. Dhulikhel is a close traditional Newar town of remarkable architectural consistency with its four to five-storeyed brick mansions built in an almost Victorian style. Dhulikhel has a glorious past which can be witnessed in the lovely buildings and intricate wood carvings found along the shop-lined streets and in the temples. Dhulikhel is famous for the finest panoramic views of more than 20 Himalayan peaks stretching from Mt. Dhaulagiri in the far west to Mt. Everest in the east.
Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, it sits perfectly well with the historical background of this medieval city. Panauti stands on the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, and thus by default qualifies as a site of holy pilgrimage. You will be really happy by visiting Panauti. Panauti remains as in their original state almost all the houses are decorated with wood-carved on doors, windows, and simplicity of people.
Visit Kopan Monastery:
The Kopan Monastery is located atop a hill on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is about a half-hour drive from the city centre. A spectacular view of the city and the whole valley is seen from the monastery. The monastery is surrounded by forested areas and peaceful quiet location.
Kopan Monastery is predominantly covered with Bodhi trees. The view across this monastery is simply magical. The monastery is the popular destination for visitors as it conducts recreational activities exclusively for its visitors. It has accommodated some 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers. Kapan monastery has become especially famous for teaching the basics of meditation and Buddhism to visit Western foreigners.
Visit White Monastery/Seto Gumba:
White Monastery or Seto Gomba, also known as Amitabha Monastery located in the northeast of Kathmandu. White Monastery is one of the famous and most visited places in Kathmandu offering a mix of religious importance and natural anaesthetic. This monastery is rich in Buddhist Cultural Heritage and is renowned for the Tibetan Culture and rich architecture, where you will see colourful statues and Buddhist paintings. The environment inside the monastery is very calm and peaceful and you can observe the whole of the Kathmandu Valley from this place.
Visit Chandragiri Hills by cable car:
Chandragiri is located in the south-west of the capital city Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,540 meters and it is one of Nepal's most loved day-trip destinations. Chandragiri can be reached via Cable car, driving or trekking. For most visitors, it begins from Chandragiri hill station by cable car which takes 10 – 12 minutes to reach the top. It is an easy, thrilling and fun-filled experience exploring in the cable car. Chandragiri Hill has a significant meaning for Kathmandu valley. The legend tells that the great King Prithvi Narayan Shah was allured by Chandragiri hill station while returning to his Kingdom Gorkha from his maternal home in Makwanpur. The main attraction of Chandragiri Hill is the mountaintop, with an excellent combination of natural beauty and cultural significance.