10 Unique things to do in Kathmandu only for the curious traveller

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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.

  1. 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

Asian market is located between Thamel and Durbar Square. A fascinating place to visit and see how the locals trade and live in Kathmandu. If you visit early morning you can make exceptional pictures of this local market and go away with some nice fruits too. There is a spectacular temple in the corner, not far from the stalls where they sell incense

4. Have an amazing view of Kathmandu

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The view of Kathmandu from the top is astonishing. And the temple itself is also beautiful. It is a climb of 365 steps, but well worth it.

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

If making your way on the mountains is your call, then you can give scaling them a try in Kathmandu area.

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

For any curious adventure seeker, paragliding is a must try in Kathmandu. Just 45 minutes drive from kathmandy you will find Godawari. It offers and aerial and breathtaking view along with a thrilling experience. Anoter spot for paragliding is lakuri Bhanjyan which is famous for hiking and trekking

10. Visit the old freak street

Freak Street Kathmandu was the epicenter of the hippies and their final destination back in the 60s and 70s. It is a highly intriguing mix of culture, art, and architecture. Nowadays it is not as wild as in the past, but still worth checking out. It is located near Durbar Square.

Looking for a place to stay in Kathmandu? Try the gorgeous hotel Yak & Yeti or when looking for a more authentic place to stay try the homestay of Babu and Belku with amazing views of the valley.

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.

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