Since we are going to visit the historical places of Kathmandu, we will be covering mostly the old temples, monasteries that have been here for ages.
At first, we would go to Durbar Square situated at the heart of Kathmandu. There are dozens of temples, monuments, and statues all around the Durbar square which dates back to the 16th century. Even the former royal palace of the Malla kings, known asHanumandhoka is here. Another major attraction here is Kasthamandap, a temple made is made from the woods of a single tree. You will also get a chance to meet or see the only living goddess in Nepal, Kumari. You can also visit the famous freak street nearby which is a popular place for budget tourist shopping. It used to be the hippie’s meet-up point before Thamel overshadowed this place with exotic hotels and restaurants.
SwayambhunathStupa (Monkey Temple)
Moving from Durbar square we will take a short ride towards the west of the city to reach SwayambhunathStupa which is located on a hilltop. Since it is located on a hilltop you can watch the panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley and the green hills surrounding it. During winter, if there is not any fog or thick clouds you might even be able to snow-capped mountains from Swayambhu. This place is one of the oldest historical sites in the UNESCO world heritage sites from Nepal as images back to 460 AD, 13th century. You will find old Buddhist monuments and Stupa’s here with Monks roaming around. Also, there are some monkeys around this place because the area is covered with green forest. This is the reason why it is also called the monkey temple.
Towards the east of Kathmandu city is one of the most sacred places for Hindu pilgrims, Pashupatinath Temple. Inside the main temple, non-Hindu tourists are not allowed but anyone visits the surrounding shrines and views the temple from a nearby spot. The temple lies on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. The main temple is golden pagoda tier roofs and four silver doors. Alike Swayambhunath this temple is also surrounded by lovely forest and lush vegetation. During the month of February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva) millions of domestic and international pilgrims come to this place.
After Pashupatinath comes again another Buddhist Stupa.BouddhanathStupa here is also famous as the “Little Tibet”. This Stupa is a vast white dome with alow tier from where you can walk up near the top. You will have a peaceful time with the lovely views of the culture. There are Souvenir shops, stores, monasteries, and restaurants around the Stupa. You can experience the nightlife here with Tibetiantea in the evening.
This brings us to the end of our tour but if we complete our city historical tour early and you want to see the nightlife of Kathmandu and sit at a place to chill, you can go to the Thamel area where there are lots of hotel and restaurants which offer great food and service. You are more likely to want to spend more days traveling around here or return back soon after the completion of your tour.