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Lying in the magical realm of the Himalayas, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Being the largest city in the country, the city has no dearth of tourist attractions to fascinate tourists with. People from all around the world visit this tourist destination to find peace and quiet. But, the most important factor that makes Kathmandu a major tourist destination in the region is that it is a part of the kingdom of Himalayas, which ensures a memorable holiday experience.
Kathmandu is a destination where you find peace and comfort which makes it a perfect destination for relaxation. There are resorts in Kathmandu where you can enjoy luxury amenities and all comforts at very affordable tariffs. Waking up to crisp breeze and fiery sunrises, ensuring a day filled with joy and ecstasy; and treating your eyes with magical dusks when the setting sun adds various tones to the sky – such experiences are not uncommon in Kathmandu. The fresh air and the refreshing greenery of the city are exactly what you need to rejuvenate your body and soul.
The city of Kathmandu has held within its ambit uncountable treasures for only explorers to unveil. Whether you wish to cover all the major attractions in the city during your visit or want to tread beyond the beaten path to explore the unexplored, Kathmandu has enough in store for you. Apart from being a place with rich natural biodiversity, Kathmandu also boasts a rich cultural scene with a perfect amalgamation of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The spectrum of religious places in Kathmandu covers a number of Hindu Temples as well as vibrant Buddhist stupas. The presence of these marvellous structures in Kathmandu makes it a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces. Any architecture buff is sure to have some enjoyable moments in Kathmandu.
Since Kathmandu is located amidst Himalayas, you can be sure of witnessing some visual treats when you are here. Some of the most prominent mountains that add grace to the landscape of Kathmandu are Ganesh Mountain and Langtang Mountain ranges. However, if you move a little further to the nearby places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you can even get to witness the mightiest of all – Mount Everest and trek to the Everest base camp. That is also the reason why Kathmandu can be found on any photographer’s bucket list, especially in Asia. It is, without a doubt, a scenic place and the landscapes that surround it are perfectly picturesque. Indulging in landscape photography here is definitely going to be a great decision for your Instagram handle.
Kathmandu is also a great choice of destination for adventure junkies as some of the greatest Himalayan treks have their trails lying close to the city. Just visit Kathmandu and embark on a journey of solace and self-discovery in the higher mountains where adrenaline-pumping action awaits you to fill your mind with thrill. However, the list of adventure activities in Kathmandu also covers various other activities like paragliding, boating, camping, and wildlife tours.
The days never get too warm even during summers and the nights do not get too cold even during winters in Kathmandu. The city enjoys an elevation of 4,590 feet, which guarantees a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for tourism at any given time. However, it is best to visit Kathmandu in October or November because during these months, the skies are clear, the landscapes become verdant and climate is perfect.
Nepal shares borders with China/Tibet to the north, and India to the south, east and west. Nepali is the spoken language of Nepal, although English is widely spoken in all major tourist hotspots.
Places to visit in and nearby Kathmandu
Chitwan National Park
Changu Narayan Temple
Visiting Kathmandu is easy as there are many Travel options
Nepal has one international airport, Tribhuvan Airport. It is located in East Kathmandu, Bagmati Pradesh, Nepal.
Taking a train from India (New Delhi to Gorakhpur) followed by a bus to the border is a viable option. There is also an existing rail route between India and Nepal that commences at Jayanagar in Bihar till Janakpurdham, in Nepal’s Mithila region.
Buses to and from other parts of Nepal including Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Chitwan and also to neighbouring countries India operate in Nepal. Kakkarbhitta (West Bengal), Biratnagar (Bihar), Birgunj (Bihar), Sunauli, Nepalgunj, Dhanagadi and Mahendranagar (from Uttar Pradesh border) are all border towns that are entry points into Nepal by road. Take a bus or a cab or even drive in (Indian Nationals do not require a visa).
Best time to Visit
December to February: This can be very cold, especially at night, with average temperatures of 6°C in Namche Bazaar. But you’ll be rewarded with clear skies, incredible panoramas and quieter trekking trails, as there are fewer visitors. High altitude trekking is not recommended at this time. You can also visit the place in the month of February for it augments spring season when the air is refreshing and you can find flowers and fruits in plenty.
March to May: The temperature in spring is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have a tryst with the mountain views.
June to August: This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. The weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost everyday with occasional thunderstorms in the evening.
September to November: The is the best time to visit Nepal, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. It is the festival season as well and so you can find gaiety in the air. The weather remains dry until about April, with temperatures varying between regions.