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Kathmandu. Visiting and staying in Kathmandu Nepal. Things to see, places of interest, what to do in Kathmandu.

If you are visiting Nepal allow several days in Kathmandu for sightseeing and shopping. This ancient city is full of wonders and is a joy to explore.

There’s great Nepali and international food and shops selling crafts and trekking gear, real and fake, at incredible prices.

The big must-see places in Kathmandu should include at least one of the Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, the backpacker district, Thamel, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath temples and stupas.

For other places to visit in Nepal, or trips to take from Kathmandu, see our Nepal travel blog round-up page.

Swayambhunath. (The #1 Must-See Temple in Kathmandu)

The Swayambhunath Stupa, an icon of Nepal, is an ancient religious structure on a hilltop in the Kathmandu Valley.  It stands about 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu City and is a must-see for anyone thinking of going to Nepal.  This has to be the most famous and beautiful temple in Kathmandu. The Monkey Temple or …

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Arriving and Staying in Thamel Kathmandu (With Video)

It’s so good to be back in Kathmandu! This is our third visit to Nepal and it will be our longest. We are in possession of 3 month tourist visas and have plans to make the most of them. Empty time stretches ahead of us, no more rush, stress or anxious preparations. Let’s just do …

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Golden Temple Nepal. Rat Temple in Kathmandu

The Golden Temple and Buddhist monastery Hiraṇyavarṇa Mahāvihāra also Kwa Bahahas existed in Kathmandu since 1409. The temple is just off the Patan Durbar Square, to the north. You can find it down a narrow alleyway. It has two entrances, the narrow stone entrance below is guarded by 2 stone lions, the gateway itself was sculpted …

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