Things to do in kathmandu
Among things to do in Kathmandu, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durbar Square is warranted. Though parts of it have been devastated by the earthquake, it still remains largely unscathed. An erstwhile royal palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom renowned for its sprawling courtyards, temples and typical Himalayan architecture, Durbar Square brings in plenty of history lovers to its scared portals. To get a sense of Kathmandu’s street-life, stroll the backstreets and experience its timeless culture and artistic heritage revealed in an assortment of temples with open gardens, patches of marigold blossoms, little cafes selling buffalo dim sums and soups, tiny artisan workshops, and quaint souvenir shops selling t-shirts, trinkets, perfume oil, lampshades, hand-painted tea boxes among other bric-a-brac.
On a sightseeing tour, there are several places to visit in Kathmandu, but of them the Pashupatinath Temple and the Bodhnath Stupa should top your itinerary. Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Tibetan Buddhist stupa give you a peek into Nepal’s spiritual traditions. Find out more about the daily rituals in both the cultures, meet with a monk and learn his story. This structure from the 17th century along the banks of River Bagmati is an iconic monument to Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world. There are plenty of rooftop cafes in the vicinity, and once you wrap up your tour, it isn’t a bad idea to grab some traditional lunch at one such place, overlooking the stupa.