Kathmandu is an ancient city with deep cultural and religious roots. There are 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. So, it will be quite hard to distinctly point out the best places to visit in Kathmandu. However, we think these five places capture the sentiment of Kathmandu quite well.
Let me admit. More than 80% of Nepali are Hindus. Pashupatinath, the lord of animals, is a Hindu Lord. So, that covers for Hindu belief. If you see and explore Pashupatinath, there are chances that you understand Nepalis better.
The modern Buddhism started after Gautam Buddha, who was a prince of a small kingdom in Kapilvastu, that lies in modern Nepal. But still, most of the Nepalis are Hindus. Buddhism is a distant second in terms of followers. However, there are many Buddhist landmarks in Nepal and Boudhanath Stupa is one. It is the largest Stupa in Nepal.
You are in Nepal and want to see the modern face of Nepal, go to Thamel Thamel is the tourist hub of Kathmandu. So, the place – its stores, bars, pubs – are all here to provide you with somethings that you do not want to miss. This place also has plenty of shops to buy souvenirs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
This place is also called Hanuman Dhoka and it is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. This used to be the place from where the Kings of ancient Kathmandu Kingdom used to rule.
Nepal is famous for its tall mountains. So, if you cannot even see the snow capped mountains, your trip will be incomplete. Hence, once in Kathmandu, head for Nagarkot from where you can enjoy the Himalayan views.