Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, is located at approximately 1400m above sea level in the Himalayas, north of the Bagmati river in the Kathmandu Valley. When it is sunny, you can enjoy views of the mountain range and appreciate beautiful sunsets. As you walk around Thamel district, all the cars, bicycles, rigshaws and people share the narrow roads. The small stores packed with souvenirs, the street food, and the many guesthouses and bars make this district a great place to stay in Kathmandu.
The ancient India-Tibet trade routes passed by Kathamandu, leaving the city with a history, cultural richness and diversity that you can see in its architecture and art. Many squares and temples were influenced by Hindu and Buddhist religions, therefore bringing tourists from all over the world to the city.
Here, I share with you 3 historical sites to visit in Kathmandu and tips:
1- Wear proper clothing to visit these sites: women must cover the shoulders and not have any clothing above the knee.
2- Walk clockwise around stupas.
3-Always take your shoes off
Located west of the capital, this site is located on a small hill that gives you a panoramic view of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is among the oldest sites in Nepal and continues to be an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist. The stupa has Lord Buddha’s eyes painted on looking in all directions.
Since 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. In addition, it is one of the largest circular stupas in the work. Enjoy a cup of masala tea and watch people walk clockwise around the stupa, with their mala beads in hands, the incense smell everywhere, and prayer wheels turning.
This Hindu temple is located 5km north-east of Kathmandu on the banks of the Bagmati river. It is dedicated to Pashupatinath and encompasses 518 temples and monuments. However, some are restricted and tourists are not allowed in certain areas. Pashupatinath was declared a UNESCO site in 1979.