Kathmandu - this mystical city is an abode for several medieval temples, art galleries, and museums which will enthrall you with its amazing architecture. Take a stroll around the city of Kathmandu to witness the timeless artistic and cultural heritage. This largest city of Nepal has a Durbar Square which is crowded with temples and palaces including the incarnation of the Kasthamandap or the ‘Wooden house’. You can also visit the Pashupatinath temple
, Budda Neelkanth Temple, and Kaiser Mahal (Garden of Dreams). Swayambhu (Monkey Temple) is another place of interest including many temples, a stupa, and variety of shrines dating back to Licchavi period. The temple complex also has a museum, Tibetan monastery, and a library. The National Museum has a vast collection of weapons, art, and antiques. Special performances by various musicians during Gunla (traditional music festival) and Jazzmandu (Jazz festival) are a treat for the music buffs. Adventure freaks can enjoy river rafting, trekking, jungle adventures, etc.
Useful Tips for Tourists Traveling to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a favorite hub for shopaholics as it is a home to several shopping centers, luxury boutiques, bargain outlets, and markets. The creativity used in making local items like statues, jewelry, artistic paintings, and other items are attention-grabbing. Every shop or place has a unique product to offer. For example, the Traditional Craftsman's Colony in Patan is known for Nepalese handicraft as well as carved wooden goods, jewelry, gemstones, etc. Explore Bhaktapur district which is popular for pottery, dolls, and puppets. Head to Civil Mall (the biggest mall in Kathmandu) which boasts of a wide range of products at various prices. Visit Durbar Marg to buy branded clothes and Thamel area to shop for souvenirs and handicrafts. For budget-friendly local items such as accessories and apparels, you can visit the New Road area.
What to eat
Tourists will be spoilt for choice when they visit places like OR2K, Yangling Tibetan restaurant, Baan Thai, Burger Shack, Roadhouse Café, etc. to satiate their hunger. Treat your palate to some delicious items like momos, pizzas, burgers, seafood, European cuisine, etc. Bhojan Griha restaurant located in Dilli Bazar offers traditional Nepali food such as momocha (meat filled dumplings), aloo tareko, machha tareko - kukhura ko masu (fish fry - chicken curry), etc. You can enjoy Nepali folk music and dance while eating as you are seated on the bright-colored cotton cushions. The delightful atmosphere at Kamasutra bar is ideal to quench your thirst by gulping down a drink. You must also taste the local food such as Yomari (steamed rice flour dumplings having sweet filling), Dal bhat (thick lentil soup), and Thupka (noodle soup) which are served at most of the restaurants in the city.
A few common phrases
Nepali is the most-widely used language in Kathmandu. It is better you learn a few phrases to interact with the residents before you travel to Kathmandu.
Namaste / Namaskar.
• Thank you:
• I need your help:
Malaai sahayog chaiyo.
• Where is the toilet?:
Shauchalaya kata cha?
• How much is this?
Yes ko kati parchha?
Dos and Don’ts
• Do greet people by saying ‘Namaste’, a prayer-like gesture.
• Do remove your footwear before entering a temple, house, or monastery.
• When you buy an antique replica, do collect a receipt of validity. Else, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country.
Emergency contact numbers
• Police: 100 / 4228435
• Fire: 101
• Ambulance: 4228094
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Kathmandu?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets
to Kathmandu are China Eastern Airlines
, China Southern Airlines, and Turkish Airlines
Q. What is the time zone used in Nepal?
The time zone of Queensland is GMT +5.45.
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Kathmandu?
From Toronto to Kathmandu, the most popular airlines are Air Canada, Jet Airways
, and China Eastern Airlines.
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Kathmandu flight?
The shortest time for a connecting Toronto to Kathmandu flight is 22 hours and 10 minutes, approximately.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Kathmandu?
Popular places to visit in Kathmandu are Boudhanath Stupa, Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Royal Botanical Gardens, and Kopan Monastery.
Q. What is the currency of Nepal?
The currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee.
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