Kathmandu (Nepal)

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and named after its location (the Valley of Kathmandu). The city was considered inaccessible in the ancient times, but today it is Nepal's main arrival point for tourists. Kathmandu has a very long history (over 2000 years) and the city is full of temples, museums and palaces. The city's most famous attractions are the Durbar-market, which is in its entirety a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and full of historic temples, statues, palaces and squares.

Population: 700,000
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: Nepali
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 100 (poliisi), 102 (ambulanssi), 101 (palokunta)
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Electric plugs: C, D, M
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: Tipping is not expected. However you can leave a 5 to 10% tip if you like.
Time in destination: Dec 15, 2019, 10:32:05 AM

Location map

Weather Forecast

Sun
15.12

Fair

61°F

Mon
16.12

Clear sky

61°F

Tue
17.12

Clear sky

61°F

Wed
18.12

Clear sky

59°F

Thu
19.12

Clear sky

59°F

Fri
20.12

Clear sky

61°F

Sat
21.12

Partly cloudy

63°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Kathmandu's climate varies with its topography and altitude. It ranges from the tropical to the arctic. The mid-land regions are pleasant almost all year round, although the winter nights are cool. The most rainy days are in July and August but these are still great, with the rain spreading pleasantness on the lush green vegetation.

The best time to visit is from September to November, where the weather is highly pleasant and so are the mountain views. This is the peak season for trekking as the mountain views are guaranteed, so you'd better book your flight.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 61.2 73.6 48.6 1
February 65.1 78.4 51.8 1
March 73.4 87.8 59.2 1
April 80.8 95.2 66.9 2
May 82.8 95.0 70.2 4
June 83.8 94.8 73.2 7
July 82.8 90.5 74.8 16
August 83.1 91.0 75.6 12
September 82.8 90.5 74.8 10
October 79.7 88.9 70.2 3
November 72.3 84.2 60.4 0
December 63.9 76.6 51.1 1

More information: Kathmandu forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Kathmandu 11 most important sights:

  • Boudhanath Stupa: Bouddhanath Stupa is the most-liked sightseeing place in Kathmandu.
  • Swayambhunath Temple: Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Kopan Monastery: Hundreds of monks and nuns live at this monastery, which offers meditation courses year-round.
  • Ace the Himalaya - Private Day Tours: Takes visitors through the woods, over crevasses and along the laps of enormous mountains, where no roads lead and no one but the most adventurous dare to tread.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal.
  • Garden of Dreams: A neo-classical historical garden.
  • Durbar Square: Monuments, temples and wandering animals dot this bustling town square.
  • Hanuman Dhoka Square: Real monkeys live in this square, built to honor the mischievous and courageous monkey god Hanuman.
  • Thamel: Distinguished by its narrow streets crowded with various shops and vendors.
  • The Crematoria: Crematoria
  • Basantapur Tower: The tallest of four towers (or "durbars") built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

Recommendation for one day:

  1. In the morning you can go to the Boudhanath Stupa, the most popular sightseeing spot in Kathmandu.
  2. Visit Kopan Monastery, home to hundreds of monks and nuns, it offers meditation courses year round.
  3. At The Crematoria, you can witness the rituals of the Hindu people as they prepare the bodies of their deceased loved ones. It is a solemn and sacred place, but is without a doubt, a place worth visiting.
  4. After that, definitely go Kathmandu Paragliding and enjoy flying like a bird.
  5. Have a great time in the evening at the Irish Pub at Thamel.

More information: Kathmandu sights on map

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Accommodation Area

The recommended accommodation areas for Kathmandu are:

Cheap area: Patan

Central location: Thamal

Beach area: Magalluf beach, Sol Katmandu Park and Resort

Nightlife: Durbar Marg, Chakshibari Marg

More information: Recommended districts of Kathmandu on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Kathmandu is a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $32.56, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $80.98, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $22.12
  • Hotel (3 stars): $34.71
  • Hotel (4 stars): $84.30
  • Hotel (5 stars): $150.11
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $5.58
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $8.93
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.66
  • Meal, McDonalds: $6.66
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $2.22

More information: Kathmandu price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Kathmandu destination map

Safety

Kathmandu has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 65.9 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 83.4 (better than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 48.7 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Kathmandu safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

More information: Car rental Asia