8 Things To Do in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, a unique natural, cultural, religious and architectural mix has lots of things to do to fill your To Do list while you are traveling in Nepal.
Nothing speaks more of an amusing experience than having a bucket list of activities in city like Kathmandu. From food tours to city tours, Kathmandu has it all. Here are some things to do that you must do while you are in Kathmandu.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Witness the Diverse Culture
- Enjoy Local and Authentic Food
- Hop onto Cycling and Hiking
- Go on a City Tour
- Enjoy Evening Aarti
- Try Rock Climbing
- Enjoy the Vivid Nightlife
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The must do activity when you are in Kathmandu is to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These historic sites have well captivated the religious and spiritual importance. They are always on top of a visitor’s list to see directly the historical background that has built Kathmandu to its present. So, do pay a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa while you are in Kathmandu.
Witness the Diverse Culture
People from different ethnical groups residing together in Kathmandu City. All of them have different cultures and their own way of worshiping their gods.
If you go to Swet Bhairab in Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will find devotees giving offerings to Gods themselves. But if you go to Boudhanatha Stupa, you will see the devotees lighting incense and butter lamps, and engaging in prayers. A variety of culture and celebration is well-harmonized which shows how a lot of cultural difference does not break apart the nation but brings us closer. This is an enriching experience to witness in Kathmandu.
Enjoy Local and Authentic Food
A place is incomplete without food. And there is a great variety of food in Kathmandu. You can enjoy local and authentic food of different ethnicities from sweet to savory.Newari cuisine sold by street vendors is also a delicacy to enjoy. Try it in the local alleys and hotels, also the most famous momo from Tibetan cuisine. People in Nepal eat Dal, Bhaat, Tarkari, Achaar which is a plate of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickles twice a day.
So, one of the most local things you could do in Kathmandu is to try out all the foods available here.
Hop onto Cycling and Hiking
Kathmandu has mind-refreshing pathways for cycling and hiking. The only National park of the valley, Shivapuri National park offers different hiking routes for you. Also, the hills like Champadevi and Chandragiri have multiple hiking routes too.
Starting a day with cycling is just amazing. The fresh morning air with morning sun on your journey would awaken your senses for the rest of the day. On the way, you will find some people beginning their days with a morning walk, and the active ones will be on their cycles too. So, experiencing Kathmandu under the morning sun would be a spectacular experience for you.
Go on a City Tour
Take a trip to as many places in one go as possible, from city highlights to specific heritage sites. Having limited time doesn’t need to stop you from stopping by the best city areas. A city tour is an unmissable thing to do while you are in Kathmandu. Since the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu is widespread across the city, it will be fun to catch it here and there while you are enjoying the city life on the streets of it.
Enjoy Evening Aarti
Observe the grandiose worship ritual from the staircases of Pashupatinath Temple and be present in the moment. The evening aarati that happens in Pashupatinath is such a touching ritual with a mass gathering to watch, that it becomes a spiritual experience. This grand manner will elevate your expectations of how intense a worship ritual can be.
Try Wall Climbing
The city offers something for the adventure seekers as well. If you want a thrilling experience with less difficulty, then you can try wall climbing in Thamel. There is a 50 meters height wall for the climbers. Or if you want to dare yourself, you can go cliff climbing. Pharping has a natural cliff that offers an energetic climbing route.
Enjoy the Vivid Nightlife
Thamel has a lot of clubs, pubs, and hotels. So, the nightlife in Kathmandu stays alive through the night till the morning. People enjoy dancing with their friends with live music blasting in the background and taking a rest in the hotels around. That is why it is very convenient to dance the night away and come back to doze off in a cozy bed here.
Kathmandu being the busiest city in the country has a lot of sparks in itself to make people want to visit over and over again. The locals themselves enjoy spending their time doing these things. There is space for everything in Kathmandu, but make sure that you explore the local food here because our dal, bhaat, and tarkari will surely take over your taste buds.
And the scenario from fun to cultural experience, from day to night has something for all. So, miss out on these things to do in Kathmandu and create wonderful memories.