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|Destination Airport||Tribhuvan Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||KTM|
|Destination City Name||Kathmandu|
If one word could sum up the mystery, wonder and chaos of Nepal it would surely be Kathmandu. The city known as the gateway to the Himalayas is a riot of sights, sounds and smells that will overwhelm your senses. There is astonishing architecture, fine cuisine and of course the Himalayan backdrop.
Trekking season in Nepal is October and November and demand for flights to Nepal is high. The city also hosts several festivals in the autumn, including Teej, the women’s festival, Idra Jatra, the harvest festival, Tihar, the festival of lights, and the two-week Dashain festival.
Winter is cool, but the weather is dry and is a good time to visit Kathmandu. Things begin to get busy in spring, with more religious festivals. Summers are warm but can be very, very wet, making it impossible to leave the city.
Planning ahead is essential if you intend to visit Kathmandu in the autumn high season, but there are plenty of ways to ensure you find a cheap flight when you book with Expedia.
Kathmandu has the only international airport in Nepal and all flights from the UK are connecting, so using the ‘Nearby airports’ option when searching for flights could unlock different routes. The ‘Show flexible dates’ option will also find the best deals on different days, when flight schedules may be different.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities to Kathmandu include:
Nepal only has one international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, three miles from Kathmandu. There are money changing and tourist information desks and some tea shops, but it has limited facilities. It is a good idea to arrange transfers in advance – if not you may have to haggle over a taxi or brave the overcrowded and chaotic bus service.
The narrow streets and alleys of Kathmandu are a great place to explore on foot, and you are sure to stumble across something unexpected. There are also taxis, tuk-tuks and cycle rickshaws for hire but be ready to haggle. The bus service can be hard to navigate.
Hiring a car or motorbike is possible, it gives you the freedom to explore beyond the city but driving in Kathmandu can be a stressful and dangerous business.
Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka in the heart of the old town were badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake but restoration work continues and the wonderful array of temples and buildings in the complex is still staggering.
Step out of the Kathmandu chaos and visit the tranquil, walled Garden of Dreams in the busy Thamel area of town.
The heaving Asan Tole marketplace encapsulates Kathmandu. Check out the amazing local produce and marvel at the hustle and bustle.
Be prepared to haggle in Kathmandu, especially at the tourist sites where you will be approached by ‘guides’. Saying no is not easy, but don’t lose your cool.