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Kathmandu Valley

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The Kathmandu Valley is a region of 230 sq.miles (600 sq. km.) in the the Bagmati zone in central Nepal, and is home to three of the largest cities in Nepal, including Kathmandu itself, as well as hundreds of smaller towns and villages.

Buddhist Temple of Boudhanath, Kathmandu


  • Kathmandu
  • Boudhanath-(Boudha) Largest Buddhist Stupa in Tibet, a very important place of pilgrimage & meditation for Tibetan Buddhists, local Nepalis, & tourists. Dozens of Buddhist Monasteries/nunneries are in the area.
  • Bhaktapur -City of Devotees. No motorized vehicles in the city. Walk or ride bicycles only.
  • Patan - located near to Kathmandu, Historic, Beautiful Patan Durbar Square was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Towns and villages[edit]

  • Khokana -"Khokana is a unique village which can be taken as a model of a medieval settlement pattern with a system of drainage and chowks. It houses chaityas and a Mother Goddess temple. The mustard-oil seed industry has become the living heritage of the village." UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Bungmati
  • Chapagaon
  • Chobhar - Ancient hill village, origins from the 12th century.
  • Daksinkali - Holy river gorge and site of weekly animal sacrifices. Hindu temple complex south of Kathmandu on the Bagmati River where it enters a gorge through the Mahabharat Range
  • Dhulikhel - Small town 30km south-east of Kathmandu in the heart of small hills and green valleys - perfect startpoint for short hikes. Try a 3-hours walk to the hill-top monastery of Namo Buddha.
  • Panauti - one of the oldest towns in Nepal, consisting of many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier.
  • Kirtipur - is one of the oldest settlements in the Kathmandu Valley. Located right next to Patan.
  • Kakani
  • Nagarkot - (altitude: 2,000 m). Approximately 30 kms away from Kathmandu by car. It is just the place for a quick getaway from the bustling capital for some relaxation and outdoor activities. A great place to watch the sunrise
  • Changunarayan - small village and home to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Valley.
  • Parping - sacred caves associated with Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park - a Nepalese protected area at the north side the Kathmandu valleys
  • Pokhara - Popular lakeside tourist town 200 km west of Kathmandu and trekking centre. Has great views of snow capped mountains + lots of restaurants and clubs.



Get in[edit]

Air or Bus

Get around[edit]

Hire a taxi or ride the buses to get around the Kathmandu Valley.

Bike rental is also available at decent prices in Thamel area.


Nepal Tourism Board - lots of info about Kathmandu valley for tourists:

See[edit][add listing]

  • Adithnath Temple - Renovated in the 15th Cent., Adithnath is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Boudhanath - Sacred buddhist site - the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal home to dozens of monasteries & nunneries.
  • Chobhar Caves - Tectonic Limestone formations measuring some 1250 meters.
  • Chobhar Gorge - Gorge through which all the waters of Kathmandu Lake were drained.
  • Gorkhanath Caves
  • Pashpatinath - Sacred Hindu place on the river with temples, monkees, & royal cremation ghats.
  • Swayambhunath - the monkey temple in Kathmandu.


Lots of travel agents who can help plan itineraries

Do[edit][add listing]

Bring your manners with you. Tip those who serve you generously. Don't take people's pictures without their permission.


  • Meditation and/or yoga plenty of classes in many areas - see below, also look for notices or ask around.
  • A few words of Nepali "Don kney Batt" = thank you. They say "Namaste" as a greeting or farewell - A not watered down translation: the divine in me, recognizes the divine in you.


  • Rangjung Yeshe Institute, [1]. An international institute for Buddhist higher studies in Baudha - modeled on a traditional Tibetan Buddhist College. The Institute is affiliated with Kathmandu University, and located on the premises of the monastery Ka-Nying [short for "Kagyu and Nyingma"] Shedrup Ling. It offers bachelors and masters degrees in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language (Tibetan, Nepali, and Sanskrit), as well as six week stand alone intensive courses in each.
  • Kopan Monastery, [2]. Founded by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa as the core of what has become an international network of Gelugpa dharma centers, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Located near Baudha, Kopan offers ten-day meditation courses regularly throughout the year, and a month-long course (for which it is famous) every November-to-December. Reservations are necessary.

Meditation Courses[edit]

  • Pathik Foundation, [3]. Meditation, Ancient Yog Methods discovered by various Saints from Eastern and Western world (Gautam Buddha, Guru Nanak, Meera Bai, Saheb Kabir, Osho .....), Practice of Collective Living for Higher Conciousness. (Dhawalagiri Avash Chetra, Matatirtha, Satungal) Patron : Dr. T.N. Pathik
  • Nepal Vipassana Centers, [4]. Vipassana Meditation (a popular Buddhist Meditation) as taught by S. N. Goenka.
  • Osho Tapoban Forest Retreat, [5]. Nagarjun Forest (Raniban).

Yoga Courses[edit]

  • Bikram Yoga College of India, [6] Daily hot yoga classes in the heart of Thamel on a drop-in or monthly basis.
  • Nepal Yoga Academy [7]. Yoga teacher training with views of the Sankhu Valley near Kathmandu. A range of courses offered. Yoga Alliance certified.
  • Patanjali Yoga Center, [8]. The first residential school of Yoga in Nepal.
  • Satyananda Yoga Centre, [9]. Group and individual courses. Yoga Camps.
  • Yoga With Chintamani [10]. Individual yoga tuition, group classes and a wide range yogic services from Dr Chintamani Gautam (Nepal's 1st PhD in yoga). See website for retreat centres.

Massage Courses[edit]

  • The Healing Hands Center, [11]. Classes in Ancient Massage / Thai Massage. Five-day course, ten-day course and one-month professional course, runs every month and recognized by THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International) worldwide and Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC).


  • TU Central Library, [12]. It is one of the largest library of Nepal situated within Tribhuvan University premise at Kirtipur. You can get there by regular bus or micro-bus for Kirtipur. It has a large collection of old and new books, journals and newspaper.
  • British Council Library [13] It is in Lainchaur beside British Embassy.


  • KEEP [14] Kathmandu Environmental Education Project have a center in Kathmandu (behind Kilroy's), which provides environmental information about Nepal. They provide books for trekkers to record their experiences in for others to read before they set off. You can ask to see a BBC film entitled "Bearing the Burden" about Nepalese porters. They also provide a water bottle refill service that is also cheaper than buying new bottles (Rs 10). You can also buy there some biodegradable soap and iodine for your trek.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lassi, Asan. Cold, sweet Lassi on a hot scorching day  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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