Being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu has much more in its womb than just a few well-known sites such as Durbar Square, and Thamel Street. These sites undoubtedly attract thousands of visitors every year, but I am not going to write about them in this blog.
In this blog post I am going to share some unique and authentic things to see and do in Kathmandu do for curious travellers who like to travel off the standard tourist trail. Is that you? Well, then have a further read.
- Try some delicious local food
The charming little backstreets of the capital city are a bank for delicious local food (not to mention momos, dal bhat), carved stones and wood showpieces from the local artisans and other souvenirs such as a wooden mask, etc. Try out the Nepalese dishes such as Choila and Bara at Bota Simply Momo which is the ultimate destination for momos. If you would like to try a whole array of local food then hop on a food tour to explore what Nepal has to offer.
When in Nepal you can’t leave the country without eating the famous momo (traditional Nepalese dumplings). A great place to sample them is Utsav Restaurant, which is the place to go for authentic Nepalese food and some of the best momos in Kathmandu. It has an established reputation, and while eating you can enjoy classic Nepalese performances. Other nice ones are Momo’s Cave for veg momo’s and the Sumai Open Momo located in Ghangri Cafe.
2. Visit an oasis in the heart of Kathmandu
The Garden of Dreams is a delightful garden immaculately cared for. It is a welcome relief in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. It has a park-like setting, complete with fountains and a pond filled with koi and lotus blossoms. There are some restaurants where you can grab a bite if you are hungry. The entrance fee is NPR 200.
3. Visit Asan Market
4. Have an amazing view of Kathmandu
5. Take a scenic flight
Take an express flight with Yeti airlines to relish the golden opportunity of having a closer inspection of the Himalayas. From this scenic plane, you can soar over and have a look at the extensive eastern Himalayan mountain range (World’s tallest and fabled mountain chain including Everest). Taking the front row would enable you to have a look into the cockpit of the plane from your seat itself which would be really interesting. Make to the top of the Himalayas without struggling for the same.
6. Visit Panauti to get a peek into history
The place is the oldest town in Nepal where you can have a peek into the prosperous history of the medieval city. The place has temples of Newari- style constructed in a traditional brick structure.
Since 1996, the place awaits its status of becoming a UNESCO site. Considered as a holy pilgrim
located in Panauti is the Indreshwar Temple. It was also an essential’s stop along the age-old Salt trade route between India and Tibet.
One of the attractions at the tail end of the monsoon, before the arrival of autumn, is the intense green of the rice paddies. There are also a number of hiking trails around Panauti that are wonderful to explore. Panauti is great for spending a few days. You can check our Community Homestay for example to stay with locals.
Moreover, celebrated here once in every 12 years is the grand Makar Mela during which people take a dip in Triveni River.
How to get there
Direct buses to Panauti depart from the old bus park (Ratna) in Kathmandu city every 15 minutes or so for 60 rupees (1.5 hours). These buses will continue on to Panauti bus park.
7. Cycling from Kathmandu to Shivapuri National Park
The crowded city of Kathmandu may seem to be an inappropriate spot for biking but you may enjoy mountain biking from Kathmandu to Shivapuri National Park area passing through monasteries and rolling hills. The Nagarjuna ban and Nagarkot areas offer unlimited trails and rough road that can be assessed through biking. Cycling from Thamel to Kakani via Mudkhu and cycling off road back through the forest of Shivapuri will be great experience for a day trip.
8. Fine-tune your skills of trekking/ rock climbing
Pharping ( Hattiban) located in the southwest hills of the valley has famous monasteries and natural climbing cliffs. The limestone cliffs here offer single – pitch climbing routes for sports climbing.
Nagarjun Forest is another great area on the western side of the valley that offers both hiking and climbing sports avenue that can be explored on rented motorcycles too. Motorcycle accessories can also be hired from local vendors.
9) See the Katmandu region from above
10. Visit the old freak street
By : Jessica Smith
Jessica is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, She Believes that a healthy diet is a key to healthy living.