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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the activities one can do in Kathmandu?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Experience and discover the air of vibrancy, soothing serenity, colourful culture and strong traditional beliefs of Kathmandu. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is the largest city in the country. Shaped similar to a traditional Khukri knife, the city's intriguing history dates back to two thousand years. Busy with a host of cultural groups, diverse ethnicities and brilliant architecture, the city will surely surprise you.
From its grand monuments and ancient temples to its enthralling casinos, it is a beautiful mix of urbanism and simplicity.


  • Durbar Square

    Widely popular and a much sought after holiday destination, the center of the city is adorned with an ancient square known as the Durbar Square. Crowded with temples and palaces, this place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heart of the city's life and energy, the square will give you a peek into the life of locals.

  • Swayambhunath

    Be it the beautiful pilgrimage town of
    Boudhanath or the splendid Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu is a haven for explorers and art enthusiasts. The ancient religious complex of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple comprising of 365 stairs is an amazing site with its notorious gangs of Rhesus Macaques or the Old World Monkeys.


  • Trek

    The hub of adventure, Kathmandu is listed as one of the best places for heart racing and adrenaline pumping activities. Mountaineers and backpackers are in for a special treat, with Kathmandu being the starting point for a number of arduous and difficult treks. The land that is home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the world, you can experience everything from low altitude trekking, village trekking to high altitude trekking.

    Given below are few places in and around Kathmandu that are very popular as trekking destinations:

  • Mount Everest Trekking
  • Kanchanjunga Base camp trekking
  • Tsum valley trekking
  • Langtang valley trekking
  • Dolpa trekking
  • Annapurna circuit trekking

However, there are certain areas under the restricted section in Kathmandu that require trekking permits and you can visit these places only in groups.


  • For party hoppers, the alluring and dazzling nightlife of the city will not disappoint. The lively casinos are settled in the city's best hotels and offer a myriad of intriguing games, foot tapping music and a barrage of appetizing beverages. From Poker, Roulette, Pontoon to Blackjack, the Casinos transport you to another world of fun and frolic.


  • Away from the hullabaloo, the city is also a throbbing spiritual center. A strong fusion of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs is reflected in the many ancient and modern temples, festivals and life style. Peacefully co-existing, people of both faiths induce in the city a calm and serene vibrancy. Visit Pashupati Nath, Taleju Temple or the splendid Budhanilkantha temple, as these different places of worship offer you a distinct and unique experience.

Spirituality, adventure, natural beauty and magnificent architecture, Kathmandu offers this and a lot more. Lose yourself in the architecture, art and traditions of this vintage yet urban city.

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