Kathmandu (population: 1 million) bombards your senses with all kinds of sounds, smells and scenes that often leave you frustrated or exhausted. Like all other cities in the Indian subcontinent, you need to give it a chance to grow onto you. Spend a day or two visiting those old-world temples, crossing crowded junctions and exploring ancient bazaars, and you suddenly realize that everything that left you frustrated suddenly feels incredibly alluring. The 2015 earthquake caused massive destruction in and around the city, but true to its nature, the city managed to endure the calamity. Today, Kathmandu has been deemed safe for travel and hidden temples that promised delightful scenes have begun enchanting travelers once more.
On the Top of the World
The Kathmandu or Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Heritage Sites where kings were once crowned, is the most famous attractions in the city. The Boudhnath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa, surrounded by ancient carvings and monkeys, are equally popular. Once you’re done with these to city icons, think about exploring the Kathmandu Valley or make your way to the fabled Everest Base Camp to see Mount Everest. End your journey with a trip to the Patan Museum, known for having the finest collection of religious arts in Asia. Another way to end the trip to Kathmandu would be to spend a day Hotel Hyatt’s outdoor swimming area – the perfect way to chill and relax before departing.
Getting Around Kathmandu
The ideal mode of transportation in Kathmandu is a taxi. Cycle rickshaws are also available for shorter trips, but are generally not cheaper than taxis.