Kathmandu, a mythical city
The capital Kathmandu, a starting point for getting to know the country, introduces us to the authentic Nepalese way of life. It is a two-speed city, with one foot in the 21st century and the other in the Middle Ages. Everything, people, buildings and objects oscillate between past and present, while an incredible relaxation inspired by the West characterizes the locals. A beautiful city with dozens of Hindu and Buddhist temples, ornate pagodas, royal palaces, squares and colorful public markets. It is a fact that you will be captivated by the cultural wealth and contradiction of this place. Durbar Square, the palace square in the old part of Kathmandu, is always in the spotlight, being the most important attraction of the city.
The Hanla Dhoka Royal Palace of the Malla Dynasty itself, the other medieval buildings, stupas and pagodas that flood the square are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a walk there is a must. Visit the Svayabunath Stupa, where the Buddha's painted eyes are constantly watching those climbing the worn stone steps. It is located at the top of a hill and the view of the valley and the city of Kathmandu is literally breathtaking. It is perhaps the most recognizable sanctuary of the region's Buddhist tradition and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse historic city with stunning Newari architecture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhist religious attractions combined with friendly accommodation and restaurants. Kathmandu is like entering another world that everyone should experience at least once in their life.
Food and local cuisine
Nepalese cuisine has many influences from Tibet because of the refugees who have taken refuge in the country. The restaurants are numerous and cover almost all cuisines of the world from classic Nepalese, Chinese, international, Indian, but also Bhutanese. In Kathmandu, as in all of Nepal, the most popular food is "dal bhat tarkari". It is a thick lentil soup, boiled white rice and two types of curry, with or without meat, and is served in separate bowls on the large, usually metal tray, with pickles and thin pies. We suggest you try Tibetan dishes, such as stuffed "momos" pasta, buffalo steaks (and here the cow is sacred), or chicken also hot, but also lamb with lots of spices and yogurt. Also try the Nepalese beers San Miguel, Star and Tiger, the local raki and arak (potato) drinks, the Tibetan tongba and the delicious darjeeling tea with milk and lots of sugar.
The best season to visit Kathmandu
October and November are the best months to visit Kathmandu, as you will encounter sunny days and clear skies, making them ideal months for those who want to go hiking. Between March and May you will enjoy the spring weather. The monsoon season is from mid-June to mid-September.
How to move around Kathmandu
Transfer from/to Kathmandu
Kathmandu Airport is 6 km east of the city center. From the airport, the city center is only 20 '- 30' by car. The easiest way is to take a taxi. When you leave the airport, you will see many taxis outside waiting for customers or you could also pre-book inside the airport.
For our transportation in Kathmandu you can choose buses that serve transfers to and from the major attractions. If you want to rent a car, you will meet many car rental companies in the city. Alternatively, you can board a taxi or auto rickshaw (local taxi tricycle).