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.
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.
More information: Kathmandu forecast and weather conditions monthly
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:
- In the morning you can go to the Boudhanath Stupa, the most popular sightseeing spot in Kathmandu.
- Visit Kopan Monastery, home to hundreds of monks and nuns, it offers meditation courses year round.
- 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.
- After that, definitely go Kathmandu Paragliding and enjoy flying like a bird.
- Have a great time in the evening at the Irish Pub at Thamel.
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
Compared to prices worldwide, Kathmandu is a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $32.14, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $79.94, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $21.84
- Hotel (3 stars): $34.26
- Hotel (4 stars): $83.22
- Hotel (5 stars): $148.19
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $5.28
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $8.59
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.64
- Meal, McDonalds: $6.14
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $2.42
Kathmandu has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 65.0 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 87.9 (better than United states average 70.3)
- Walking alone at night: 51.2 (better than United states average 41.2)
More information: Kathmandu safety
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.