Kathmandu

A fascinating city sheltered in a mountain valley, Kathmandu is the historical centre of Nepal, its bustling streets testament to an ancient culture defined by a complex blend of Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Why visit Kathmandu ?

  • Get a blessing from a sadhu at the sacred temple of Pashupatinath
  • Climb the 365 steps up to the stunning 5th Century Swayambhunath temple
  • Go bargain hunting for pashminas in the narrow streets of Thamel
  • Take a scenic flight over the snowy peak of Mount Everest
  • Wander around the remarkable UNESCO designated buildings of Bhaktapur

Originally three distinct cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – were the major centres of political and military power in the Kathmandu Valley and each boasts its own artistic and architectural traditions apparent in the historic temples and palaces.

A guided walking tour of each area, including the magnificent Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple complex, is the best way to gain an intimate insight into a part of the world which seems at times unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Shopping is another big draw in Kathmandu and some excellent thangkas (traditional paintings), block prints, Tibetan carpets, wool jackets, pashminas and jewellery can be found in the markets where you can practice your haggling skills.

LOCATION

NEPAL KEY INFO

Visa

A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT + 5 Hours 45 mins

Flight Time

10 hours with one stop

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