What is the first thought that comes in your mind when you hear about Kathmandu? – When I was a kid, the sound of Kathmandu seemed as if it had something to do with martial arts but in reality Kathmandu is all about traditional cultures, architectural structures, mountains, peace, calm, and so much more.
It is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around one million. It is the center of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy and tourism is the spotlight.
Air: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, is the largest and only international airport in Nepal, located 5.5km east of the popular tourist neighborhood of Thamel.
If you fly in, be sure to pick up a Kathmandu Valley map at the airport. The first thing some visitors notice about Kathmandu is the general lack of street names except for major roads such as Tri Devi & Ring Road (loops around the city) and address numbers.
Bus: There is frequent and cheap bus service between Kathmandu and nearly all parts of Nepal. However, due to poor roads and frequent delays the buses are some of the slowest and least comfortable in South Asia. If you are the one who loves to have an unexpected trip, you might want to make your trip memorable by choosing the roadway for sure.
Places to Visit :
· Garden of Dreams
As per my personal view, it is called Garden of Dreams as it is an ideal and yet peaceful place to visit in the middle of a bustling city. The Garden was famous as the garden of Six Seasons which was created by Late Field Marshal Kaiser Shumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920. Rana garden was created in the early 20th century as a private garden of a Field Marshall who also owned the neighboring Kaiser Library.Tour the beautifully designed garden, read a book, get a coffee or a meal and relax!
Pashupatinath is an unmatched mix of cultural and spiritual experiences filled with believers and religious priests. Pashupatinath is also one of the few living cultural heritage sites in the world. Unlike other cultural sites or museums, Pashupatinath is the centre of energy with active participation of people at all times of the day, every day.
Kumari Ghar is a palace in the centre of the Kathmandu city, next to the Durbar square where a royal Kumari selected from several Kumaris resides. As I mentioned in the beginning, Historical Architectures will be found in abundance here. The complex has 50 temples and is distributed in two quadrangles of the Durbar Square The squares were severely damaged in the April 2015 earthquake. It would be a History lecture if I go on, I suggest you to visit the same and see how creative a man’s vision can be.
Boudhanath, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, along with the Swayambhunath. It is a very popular tourist site surrounded with thousands of prayer flags hoisted up from the top of the stupa downwards and dot the perimeter of the complex.
The pond is one of Kathmandu’s most famous landmarks and is known for its religious and aesthetic significance. It is a historic artificial pond nestled in the heart of Kathmandu, built by king Pratap Malla in 1670 AD for his beloved queen after she lost her son. The name is so catchy, and the place is too. It is a magnificent place with a story of its own.
Nepal is the land of the Himalayas which offers plenty of travel options for its breathtaking adventurous activities, massive mountains, architectural importance and most importantly- natural beauty. One of the most amazing features which make Nepal one of the most popular tourist destinations is trekking. Those mountains up there have their own way of speaking and connecting to you. It is as if you can feel the mountains speak to you in the most subtle and comfort way. It is as if this is where the world ends, and the horizon begins. I had my most calming experience here in Kathmandu and this is a must-go place for every traveller out there.
Add this destination to your bucket list as it will be the ideal destination for a vacation!