10 Places To Visit In Kathmandu, Nepal

Nidhi Kadere

Boudhanath Stupa

It is believed that Boudha was constructed in 600 AD, around the time when the Tibetan King embraced Buddhism. That is why Boudha holds immense importance for Buddhists and is considered a sacred place.

Boudhanath Stupa | Shutterstock

Durbar Square

The Durbar Square in Kathmandu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is sometimes confused with the village of Bhaktapur. It is a collection of temples and stupas, such as the Seto (White) Bhairab, Jagannath Temple, Taleju Temple, Indrapur Temple, and Mahendreshwar Temple.

Durbar Square on one of the quieter days | Shutterstock


This magnificent historic site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is adorned with prayer flags and surrounded by temples, stupas, and statues, including the Great Thunderbolt, the Eastern Stairway, Western Stupa, and Buddha Amideva Park.

A monkey looks on with the Swayambunath complex walls behind it. | Shutterstock


You can find restaurants, souvenir shops, hiking stores and street vendors selling delicious food here. However, be prepared to be approached by street vendors trying to sell you flutes and exotic souvenirs such as Pashminas, Singing bowls and Prayer Flags.

A man riding bicycle underneath colorful flags at Thamel. | Shutterstock

Freak Street

Known today as Jochne Marg, It was the hub for tourists in the 1960s and 1970s, similar to Thamel today. The place was home to amazing restaurants such as Kumari Restaurant and Snowman.

A shop at the Freak Street | Shutterstock

Asan Tole

Asan Tole is like an outdoor supermarket where you can find a variety of items ranging from exotic spices, marigolds, and yak off-cuts to bottles of homebrew (Rakshi) sold by the litre.

A busy Asan Tole Market in Kathmandu | Shutterstock


Located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is a highly sacred Hindu temple where Sadhus perform various rituals and cremations along the river.

A view of the Pashupatinath Temple | Shutterstock

Garden Of Dreams

It is a tranquil oasis situated south of Thamel along Tridevi Marg in Kathmandu. It is referred to as a "neo-classical" garden and was established in the early 1920s to provide a peaceful haven for both locals and tourists.

Garden of Dreams is akin to any European garden by design. | Shutterstock

Kopan Monastery

Kopan is a spiritual centre for Tibetan Buddhism where pilgrims and tourists come to meditate and relax. Presently, the Kopan Monastery accommodates 360 students, teachers, monks, and lamas who come to learn Tibetan Buddhism.

A vivid front view of the Kopan Monastery | Shutterstock

Kumari Bahal

This is the living place of Kumari Devi, is a living goddess and holds immense significance for the people of Kathmandu. It can be quite difficult to catch a glimpse of this young girl unless you attend the Indra Jatra Festival in September.

The Kumari Chowk, the courtyard of the Kumari Bahal | Shutterstock

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