Nepal may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window


Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Travelers are strongly advised to seek information before traveling to Nepal until further notice.

Nepal’s capital is an alluring blend of sacred monuments, medieval landmarks and lively shopping districts as well as being a gateway to Kathmandu Valley.

A cacophony of sights, sounds and smells welcomes visitors to Kathmandu. It is a spellbinding combination of medieval center, holy city, shops and breathtaking natural scenery. Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, set in the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. Wander its maze of winding streets to discover centuries-old traditions amid stunning Newari architecture.

A great place to start your visit is at Kathmandu Durbar Square, the city’s architecturally impressive historic and religious heart. Spot multi-tiered pagoda temples, colorful shrines and exotic wood carvings. Highlights include the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari House, Kasthamandap and Maju Deval Temple. Weave between rickshaws, cows and holy men as you stroll through the square’s surrounding alleyways. Bargain for fresh fruit and flowers at the markets and peak into courtyards to see carpets of sundried chilies.

A short walk north of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the Thamel district. Within this popular backpacker hangout you’ll find a variety of guesthouses and hotels, bakeries, bars and restaurants. Explore the bazaars, where shops sell everything from prayer beads and bronze Buddha statues to pashmina scarves, incense and spices. Escape the noise at the serene Garden of Dreams and then learn about Nepal’s royal and political history at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the palace where Nepal’s monarchs used to live.

South of Durbar Square is Freak Street, a bohemian enclave home of chic cafés. Discover more temples and street hawkers at Indra Chowk and relax in Ratna Park, one of the few green spaces in the city center.

Be sure to visit Kathmandu’s ancient sacred landmarks. Climb the 365-step staircase to the magical Swayambhunath. Spin prayer wheels as you walk around the Boudhanath stupa with monks and devotees. Watch ancient Hindu rituals at Pashupatinath Temple and glean insights into the lives of Buddhist monks at Kopan Monastery.

Reach Kathmandu by flying to Tribhuvan International Airport and get around on foot, rickshaw, public buses and low-cost taxis. Save some time to visit Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot, some of the atmospheric towns scattered around the Kathmandu Valley. For adventurists, Kathmandu is also the jumping off point for treks to Everest Base Camp.

Where to stay in Kathmandu

Popular places to visit in Kathmandu

Top things to do in Kathmandu

Reviews of Kathmandu


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 43.24324324324324%
4 - Good
4 - Good 44.5945945945946%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 9.45945945945946%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 2.7027027027027026%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

Great place to explore. Some real air quality and environmental problems.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

I’m still discovering the City It is fascinating Not certain on safety or cleanliness but everyone I’ve met so far has been friendly The hotel is an Oasis in an unusual area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

Much cleaner and less dusty that in the past after a major road resurfacing project. Still an amazing experience and Nepali people are so friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Nov 2019

Loads of amazing and cheap restaurants in Kathmandu.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Kathmandu is a great place. I would probably only visit for short periods as the busyness and crowds are pretty hectic. As well the air pollution is quite bad at times. Lots to see and do. Many great places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

What an amazing and chilled place. The locals are all friendly and helpful but the traffic is horrendous at times. However, you just go with the flow.

Cities near Kathmandu