UNESCO has listed 4 World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are listed as UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. 7 sites in Kathmandu Valley are counted together as one and Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha is listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Hence, the Top 35 visiting places near Kathmandu, makes Kathmandu the hub for tourist.

Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Valley is bowl-shaped. It is central lower part stands at around 1300 meters above sea level. Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by four mountain ranges: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. The major river flowing through the Kathmandu Valley is the Bagmati. In other words, Bagmati Jalandhar chhetra is known as Kathmandu Valley.

The valley is made up of the Kathmandu District, Lalitpur District, and Bhaktapur District covering an area of 220 square miles (570 sq. km). The valley is a cultural and political hub of Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1979.

Unique Kathmandu Durbar Square

Centered in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square has Hanuman Dhoka, Degutale Temple, Taleju Mandir, Nasal Chowk, Nine-story Basantapur Tower, Panch Mukhi Hanuman Temple, Mul Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Tribhuvan Museum, King Mahendra Memorial Museum and Kal Bhairab temple in its vicinity.

Hindu Mythology boasts that if a person interprets 17th-century stone inscriptions written in 15 different languages on the walls of the palace of Hanuman Dhoka, there would be instant flooding of milk from the wall. Hanuman Dhoka was the former Royal Palace of the Malla kings and later was passed on to the Shah dynasty. The royal family lived in the Hanuman Dhoka Palace till 1886 and thereafter shifted to Narayanhiti Palace.

However, the palace is still used for ritual and ceremonial occasions. A new King is crowned inside the palace. The palace has a 17th-century statue of Hanuman to the left of the palace entrance. And a fantastic sculpture of Lord Narasimha. The palace bears the historical reminisce of the Royal family, culture, and religion of Nepal. Museums inside the palace let one explore the culture, religion, customs, tradition, architecture, history of Royal palaces, etc.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur lies in the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, Bhaktapur is regarded as the abode of ancient Nepali culture, custom, and alluring art pieces of excellent craftsmanship. Each historical monument represents the medieval culture, religion, and customs of Nepal. The Newari populace has largely dominated Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by Western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple, and fifty-five windowed Malla palaces are the living pride of Bhaktapur. The place houses the finest restaurants and hotels to cater to the needs and requirements of tourists.

Top 35 visiting places near Kathmandu: Patan Durbar Square

Lying connected 5 km Southeast of Kathmandu Valley by Bagmati River, 459 hectares of Patan is bounded by 4 stupas built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC as recorded in history. Patan is also called Lalitpur.

There are several legends attached to the origin of the term, Lalitpur. One such legend says that in ancient times Kathmandu was engulfed with severe drought and three people were assigned to summon God Red Machhendranath from Kamaru Kamachhya, a place in Assam, India, into the valley for rainfalls. Among the three people, one was a farmer named Lalit who was believed to have contributed more. When the rain finally poured into the valley, people as a sign of gratitude Sanskritized the valley after his name and the term ‘pur’ meaning township, and was finally named Lalitpur.

In the center of Patan, at the Intersection of its main crossroads is the medieval Palace Square, locally known as Mangal Bazaar for its Sanskrit connotation of being auspicious, or simply as “Manga” its root in Old Newari meaning “Center”. In this complex, for more than two centuries the dynasty of the late Mallas held the privilege to embellish the square with an impressive choice of other monuments, pillars, and minor shrines.

Although some of the palace’s earlier history is lacking in evidence and conclusive detail and the existing inscriptions are shrouded in obscure devotional language its past is not “unknown” to the people of Patan. It is full of legend and myth, often with a different version of the same story or two conflicts in one.

The Palace area must have already been a center of royal power during, the first millennium as testified by a stone inscription (date 643 AD) in the main courtyard (Keshav Narayan Chowk) of the Museum.

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Another myth of this complex, a small river once flowed along what is now the palace front. It is still underground as stormwater and sewer drain since Malla times. A Buddhist monastery was built on its bank where a bright flame had auspiciously emanated from the waters. At a later time, the monastery was shifted to another location to make space for an extension of the Palace. So every year during the holy month of Gunla (Aug- Sep) a Buddha image is immersed in the consecrated water of a copper vessel placed directly in front of the Golden Door and worshipped by the faithful.

In 1630 AD the Palace was called “Chaukot”, denoting a castle or fort with four towers, the built recollection of which are the two surviving tower pavilions at the corner of the Palace’s front wing.

The existing palace is the work of King Vishnu Malla dated 1734 AD. During the ancient period, there was a fort in that settlement. Thus, the historicity of the palace can be traced a long time back. The first mention of “Chaukot” in a historical document is from the time of King Siddhi Narasimha Malla in 1630 AD. The palace was renovated by King Srinivas Malla in 1674 AD and also by Vishnu Malla in 1734 AD. Since 1997 AD Medieval Patan Royal Palace has been transformed into the Patan Museum. Another tale boasts that the valley was named after King Yalamber.


It is 3 km away from the West of Kathmandu. The ancient tale has it that thousands of years ago Swayambhunath was an island. Later a stupa was built. King Manadeva contributed to the making of the stupa in 460. After the invasions by the Mughals, it was distorted and had to undergo renovation in the 14th century.

King Pratap Malla in the 17th century further enhanced the architecture and also added a stairway to get to the stupa. At present, the stupa is a solid hemisphere of brick and clay, supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and has Lord Buddha’s eyes adorned on all four sides of the spire base. Buddhists regard it as the holiest place. Swayambhunath also offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu valley.

Great Thunderbolt: At the top of the eastern 365 stairway is an enormous, brass-plated Dorje (thunderbolt), one of the core symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Known as a vajra in Sanskrit, the thunderbolt is a Tantric symbol of the power of enlightenment, which destroys ignorance but is itself indestructible. In rituals, the Dorje is used to indicate male power, while female power is represented by a ceremonial bell.

Around the pedestal supporting the symbol are the animals of the Tibetan calendar. The plinth was formerly flanked by the Anantapur and Pratapura temples, two slender, Indian-style shikhara towers built by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century, but sadly the Anantapur temple collapsed in the 2015 earthquake (it’s rebuilt).

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Western Stupa: The west from the main stupa, you will reach a smaller stupa near the tourist parking. Just behind is a gompa surrounded by rest houses for pilgrims and an important shrine to Saraswati, the goddess of learning. At exam time, many scholars come here to improve their chances, and schoolchildren fill the place during Basanta Panchami, the Festival of Knowledge.

Buddha Amideva Park: This compound frequented by Tibetan pilgrims contains three enormous shining golden statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, a four-armed Chenresig (Amitava), and Guru Rinpoche, constructed in 2003.

Pashupatinath Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built in the 1st or 2nd century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.

The largest temple complex in Nepal, it stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River which is considered holy by Hindus. The main pagoda-style temple has a gilded roof, and four sides covered in silver, and wood carvings of the finest quality. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath.

Nearby is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva’s consort, Sati Devi. The cremation of Hindus takes place on raised platforms along the river. Only Hindus are allowed inside the gates of the main temple. The inner sanctum has a Shiva lingam and outside sits the largest statue of Nandi the bull, the vehicle of Shiva. There are hundreds of Shiva lingam within the compound. The big Maha Shivaratri festival in spring attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees from within Nepal and from India.

Experience this highly recommended religious hub for a mix of religious, cultural, and spiritual experiences. Located 3 km northeast of Kathmandu on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple area also includes Deupatan, Jaya Bageshori, Gaurighat (Holy Bath), and Kutumbahal, Gaushala, Pingalasthan, and Sleshmantak forest. There are around 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva), and 12 Jyotirlinga (phallic shrines) to explore.

It is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindus are performed. The site and events at cremation are not for the faint-hearted; still, visitors are seen watching curiously from across the river from the hill.

Spiritual site Boudhanath

Boudhanath epitomizes Tibetan Buddhism. It lies 8 km East of Kathmandu and was built by Licchavis King Man Dev in the 5th century A.D. Its colossal and ancient stupa is regarded as one of the world’s biggest stupa. And has been built on a stepped octagonal base and inset with alcoves representing Buddha and his teachings.

After the Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energized the stupa. The stupa is surrounded by various temples or ‘gompas’. The atmosphere of the whole place lightens up with zest as the fragrance of incense drifts through the air. The chanting of monks and the creaking of prayer wheels can be heard while strolling around the base. It is one of the prime sites for pilgrims and tourists in the country.

Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala or diagram of the Buddhist cosmos. As in all Tibetan mandalas, four of the Dhyani Buddhas mark the cardinal points, with the fifth, Vairocana, enshrined in the center (in the white hemisphere of the stupa). The five Buddhas also personify the five elements (sky, water, earth, fire, and air), which are represented in the stupa’s architecture.

There are other symbolic numbers here as well: the nine levels of Boudhanath Stupa represent the mythical Mt. Meru, the center of the cosmos; and the 13 rings from the base to the pinnacle symbolize the path to enlightenment, or “Bodhi” hence the stupa’s name.

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At the bottom, the stupa is surrounded by an irregular 16-sided wall, with frescoes in the niches. In addition to the Five Dhyani Buddhas, Boudhanath Stupa is closely associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Padmapani), whose 108 forms are depicted in sculptures around the base. The mantra of Avalokiteshvara (Om Mani Padme Hum) is carved on the prayer wheels beside the images of Avalokiteshvara around the base of the stupa. The base of the stupa consists of three large platforms, decreasing in size. These platforms symbolize the body, brain, and speech. Boudhanath is topped with a square tower bearing the omnipresent Buddha eyes on all four sides.

Instead of a nose is a question-mark-type symbol that is the Nepali character for the number 1, symbolizing unity and the one way to reach enlightenment through the Buddha’s teachings. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha. Surrounding Boudhanath stupas are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.


Two-tiered Changunarayan temple is 15 kilometers away from Kathmandu city. Changu Narayan is considered to be the oldest temple in Nepal. It remains a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works. The two-story roofed temple stands on a high plinth of stone. It has an architectural style like traditional Nepali temples. Many similar features are found at Gokarna Mahadev. The temple is surrounded by sculptures and art related to Lord Vishnu. Also, we can find the temples of Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor, and Krishna inside the courtyard of the main temple.

There are four entrances to the temple and these gates are guarded by life-size pairs of animals such as lions, sarabhas, griffins, and elephants on each side of the entrance. The ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the other idols are carved in the struts, which support the roof.

The entrance door is gilded with carvings of Nāaga (snakes). On the main entrance gate (i.e. western entrance gate), we can find the Chakra, Sankha, Kamal, and Khadga all at the top of a stone pillar. These stone pillars have an inscription in Sanskrit. This inscription is considered to be the oldest inscription in Nepal. The stone inscription pillar was erected by Licchavi (kingdom) King Manadeva in 464 AD. The following monument is located while visiting the temple from the right side after entering from the main entrance (Eastern gate) to the courtyard.

Namo Buddha:

It is situated 40 km from Kathmandu valley is the hilltop village of Namo Buddha. The Namo Buddha Day tour takes you to the Buddhist pilgrimage site which is situated at the hilltop of Panauti in the Kavre District. The main attraction of this tour at Namo Buddha is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery. Young monks studying here are also part of this monastery.

Hiking to Namo Buddha is an easy one and ideal for those who strive to walk for at least a few hours. History has it that once a prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a hungry tigress that could not feed several of its cubs. A stone tablet has been there, which is said to mark the place where this historical event took place. A festival is held in this place during November.


Matatirtha is now part of Chandragiri Municipality. The word Matatirtha comes from two Sanskrit words, “Mata” meaning mother, and “tirtha” meaning a sacred place. Matatirtha is a sacred place and is famous because of its religious aspects and values. Only the people who don’t have their mothers take a dip into the sacred pond and perform religious rituals in the temple. Basically, it is a Hindu temple but people from different religion visit and worship there.

Gokarna temple:

Legends explain how Lord Shiva was roaming the Gokarna forests in the disguise of a deer and when the Gods and lord Vishnu came down looking for him. They recognized him and “captured” him by the horns. In the process, the horn broke into three pieces and the spot where Brahma buried these pieces is where the temple is located. The inscriptions found at Gokarneshwor Temple, which in its current form was built in 1582 AD by a Gopiran Bharo, describe the origins of the spot well before the Lichhavi period. Hence, People visit this temple in memory of their fathers on Gokarna Aunsi, which falls around September.

Kailashnath Mahadev:

Inaugurated on the 21st of June 2010, Kailashnath Mahadev in Sangha, on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavre districts, is known to be the tallest Shiva idol in Asia. The Shiva idol itself is said to measure 108 feet high. The number 108 has special significance in Hindu mythology. The Shiva idol can be also seen on the way to Dhulikhel.

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Bisankhu Narayan:

Bishankhu Narayan is one of the four famous Narayan’s of the Kathmandu Valley and was built by Haridutta Varma at Bandegoun, near Godawari. The object of worship is a plain rock, and the structure of the temple itself is simple and unadorned. According to legend, the hillock near the temple was formed when Lord Vishnu destroyed the demon Bhasmasura.

Bhasmasur, having attained from Lord Shiva the power to turn anybody he touched into ashes, had tried to test the power upon the deity himself. Lord Vishnu quite skilfully convinced the demon to test the power upon him and thus turned him into a mound of ashes. Also, The temple is especially popular among local devotees during the festival of Thuli Ekadashi.

Ichangu Narayan:

This Narayan stays beyond Ichangu village (opposite sides of Swyanbhu). It is a two-storeyed temple surrounded by stonewalls. Two stone taps were built, one outside the temple, and the other inside which meant that one had to clean up before going inside. So, this Narayan must be clean, indeed, and the whole area was clean too. Protected by trees, walls, and people; this place seemed a nice place to pass the time.

Budhanilkantha/Shes Narayan:

The real temple of Shes Narayan is on the way to Dakshinkali, but Budhanilkantha is also called Shes Narayan because he lies on shes (snakes). Lying just below the Shivapuri hill and only nine kilometers away from the main city. This place is one of the most visited sites in the Kathmandu Valley. The main attraction is a huge Vishnu sleeping or just lazily floating in the water. This amazing Narayan is five meters long and lies in a thirteen-meter-long tank.

The features of the great Lord are beautifully carved and the deity is said to be built in the seventh or eighth century by the Licchavis. It is believed that the deity was lost and rediscovered by a farmer. Being the most famous and the most interesting among the four, this Narayan seemed to attract more people. However, only Hindus are allowed to walk down the steps and touch the sleeping Lord.

Ashok Binayak:

It is a Hindu temple located in Kathmandu Durbar Square in Maru Tole. This temple is of Lord Ganesha also known as Binayak. The god is worshipped as the god of luck by Hindus. The temple hosts one of the four original Ganesh shrines of Kathmandu Valley. It is a popular place of worship for Hindus. It is worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists. Therefore, The temple is visited on Tuesdays every week as it is the day that is considered the day of Ganesh.

Surya Binayak:

The Temple of Bhaktapur is one of the four Binayak temples. This temple has great historical and cultural significance. The temple was built in the time of the Lichhavi King Vishnu Dev Verma. He is also considered the god of literature, wisdom, and worldly success. And his head symbolizes the soul while his body symbolizes earthly existence. The idol of Lord Ganesh in the temple is red, as is the case in most of the temples around Nepal.

Chandra Binayak:

Chabahil Ganesh lies near the Chabahil stupa and is also known as Chandra Binayak and Rakta Binayak. The temple is a fine structure constructed in the Nepalese style and is adorned with two roofs. The idol housed within, however, is a very simple two-handed depiction of the deity. It is believed that the Chabahil Ganesh can cure all wounds on the human body and also fulfill the desires of its devotees.

Jala Binayak:

The Jal Binayak Temple at Chobhar Gorge is a short walk from the mirror image of Adinath Lakeshore. The Persons seeking strength go to worship Ganesh at Jal Binayak. Whole Newar families, dressed in bright saris and smart suits, perfumed and wearing jewelry, often make pilgrimages here. The main Image of the shrine is a massive rock.

Kapan Monastery:

One of the most popular monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism is the Kapan Monastery which is perched on a hill not far north of Boudha. Each year a large number of foreigners arrive here to study Buddhism and meditation. Kapan Monastery was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe who died in 1984. Interestingly, a small Spanish boy named Osel Torres became his successor after he was declared a reincarnation of the great Lama. However, reincarnation does not reside in Kapan anymore.

The spiritual program at Kapan offers introductory-level courses in what is known as the Discover Buddhism series, dealing with the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. The series known as the Next Step series, leads to a deeper exploration of these principles.

Seto Gumba (Druk Amitabh Mountain):

Located amid vivid terrain and lush GREEN valley Seto Gumba (Druk Amitabh Mountain) or white monastery is a heaven to witness the sunrise and sunset. Just located on the outskirts of the valley Seto Gumba are a panoramic kaleidoscope of colors and rich culture that showcases the valley most spectacularly. It splurges vivid colors in murals, statues, and paintings professing Buddhism and its techniques. One can get nostalgic in the presence of finding and seeing the explicit environment that melds you in its presence.

Winds shouting out loud the music of scenic views and panoramic existence makes you think of what life and you will lose time in absence. By the smell, sounds, and prayer flags that spread around the message of peace, patience, and calmness. Also, more interesting are the visuals that overlook the valley in a synchronizing way of contouring the old cultural heritage with the increasing encroachment of the concrete jungle.

Pharping Dakshinkali:

About 19km south of Kathmandu is a culturally prosperous and thriving Newai town identified with the sacred site of Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava, known as lotus-born God) attained the level of a Mahamudra vidyadhara and an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites that have been taken by a large number of Tibetans and other Nepalese Buddhist devotees. This village is famous for religious Buddhist monasteries, Shesnarayan temple, Bajra Yogini temple, Gorakhnath temple, and Guru Padmasambhava meditation cave. It is believed that he got enlightenment at Asur Cave.

Recently numerous Buddhist monasteries have been built in the area. The best way to visit the Pharping is to join other pilgrims on the clockwise pilgrimage circuit. Dakshin Kali Temple is one of the main temples of Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped. This is especially seen during the Dashain festival.


Chandragiri Hill is seven kilometers from Thankot. And lies on the southwest side of Kathmandu Valley which is 2551 meters above sea level. This hill is connected with both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. The hill provides panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest.

Chandragiri Hill is one of the four passes of Kathmandu. And so is connected with the unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah. Before the Tribhuvan Highway was built, travelers used the historic trade route passing through Kulekhani, Chitlang, Chandragiri Pass, and Thankot. King Ranajit Malla of Bhaktapur was so distressed that he was driven to compose a lament filled with regret at having trusted the Gorkhali king.

According to eyewitnesses, Malla wept uncontrollably when he paused at the hilltop of Chandragiri on the valley rim for one last look at his former kingdom. From Chandragiri, the route descends south and exits the valley to continue to Kashi.

The Bhaleshwar Mahadev temple of Lord Shiva is on top of the hill. Legend says that King Prithivi Narayan Shah worshipped in the temple before conquering the valley during his unification campaign.

Chandragiri Cable Car is a gondola lift transportation system located in Chandragiri. Opened in 2016, the Chandragiri Cable Car runs from Thankot to Chandragiri Hills. The 2.4 km (9,095 ft) line has two stations. Also, The cable car system consists of 38 gondolas that can carry 1,000 people per hour.

Chobhar Hill:

The path to the top of this gentle hill starts near the back of the Bagmati at the hill’s base. An impressive example of natural engineering and skillful design. The wide stone-paved track adjusts beautifully to the contour of the slope. Similarly, After a series of steps and a pair of gates, it enters the courtyard of a Buddhist temple known as Adinath Lokeshwor.

The most remarkable features of this triple-roofed structure in the 15th century and reconstructed in 1640 are the numerous water vessels, pots, and pans nailed to boards all over the building. Below the golden Torana depicting six Buddhas, the masked face of the Red Machhendra stares out from the main that cuts through the hill, emerging at the Manjushri cave below.


Godavari is situated 11 km east of Lalitpur, the Botanical Gardens of Nepal at Godavari. With its rushing streams and shady meadows, it is a popular picnic spot and bird watching. As well as a dating spot among teenagers and a time-spending area for family as well. It also has a notable collection of orchids, cacti, and ferns found in this area.

Similarly, A quiet path leads to the Godavari Kunda, a spring where the sacred water of the Godavari River pours from the mountains and can be found. A huge festival takes place at the Godawari temple once every 12 years. Hence, Pilgrims from around the country participate in the fair which is named Maha Kumbha Mela.


Panauti is Situated about 6 km southeast of Banepa, The beautiful village of Panauti is located between Punyemati and Roshi Khola. It is said that the then king Ananda Deva installed four dikapalas (guardian deities) in four directions and founded Panauti by uniting the then scattered small villages with seven hundred people in Kaligat in the year (1006 AD). The local people believe that the Basuki Naga (serpent deity) has occupied the area of Panauti to protect them from evils and keep them safe.

Hence, people are not allowed to use this as the sound might disturb the sleep of the deity. It is also believed that the village itself rests upon one which is why not a single house was broken or dismantled during the great earthquake in 1990 BS (1934 AD). It is also one of the very important trade centers lying next to Banepa as it lies in a small valley surrounded by villages. However, most of the people here are involved in farming.

Panauti was founded by Ananta Malla (1274-1310) AD; others believe that there is a golden scripture dated 1385, which is located within the Indreshwar temple stating that King Harisingh Dev founded the town.

The Indreshwar temple is one of the largest and tallest pagoda-style temples in Nepal. It was originally built over a lingam in 1294, making it the oldest surviving temple in Nepal. The roof struts embellishing the two lower stories of the temple are distinct Nepalese wood-carving and architecture. Thus, The upper section of the temple is hung with pots and pans, offerings from young married couples hoping for a happy and prosperous family life.


Kirtipur is an ancient city in Nepal. It is located in the southwest of Kathmandu. The name Kirtipur comes from Kirti (Glory) and pur (city). It is also said that once a queen named ‘Kirti’ ruled over this place. So, it might have been named after the same queen since ‘pur’ means a city, and it states Kirtipur means the city of ‘Kirti’. Originally a Newari foundation, Kirtipur is still a center of Newari culture.

Bungamati and Khokana:

Bungamati, a classical medieval village that lies across the Bagmati River from Chobar, is dominated by the huge Shikhara, Rato Machhindranath temple of its major attraction, Exploring the pedestrian-only street is a great way to pass a few hours and tourists have yet to arrive en masse, so we have to walk gently through the town. Many locals work as woodcarvers and there are numerous craft workshops and showrooms around the village.

It is believed that Bungmati is the birthplace of Rato Macchindranth, the patron of Patan who lives in Rato Machhindranath temple for six months of a year, and the rest of the time the deity resides in Rato Machhindranath temple in Patan. Other sights to visit around the village are Bungamati Culture Museum, Dey Pukha (central pond), and Karya Binak Temple on the way to Khokana. Also, The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha.

Narayanhiti Palace:

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the former royal palace in the center of Kathmandu. It is the palace that long served as a primary residence for the country’s monarchs. , Narayanhiti, in Narayanhiti Palace, is made up of two words ‘Narayan’ and ‘hiti’. ‘Naryan’ is a form of the Hindu god “Lord Vishnu” whose temple is located opposite the palace. And ‘hiti’ means “water spout” which is also located to the east of the main entrance in the precincts of the palace. And which has a legend associated with it.

The entire enclosure surrounded by a compound wall, located in the north-central part of Kathmandu, is called the Narayanhiti Palace. It was a new palace, in front of the old palace of 1915 vintage, built in 1970 in the form of a contemporary Pagoda. It was built on the occasion of the marriage of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah, the then-heir apparent to the throne. The southern gate of the palace is located at the crossing of Prithvipath and Darbarmarg roads. The palace area covers 30 hectares (74 acres) and is fully secured with gate-controlled walls on all sides.

The palace, as previously discussed in Kathmandu’s history, was the scene of a gruesome tragedy, termed “Nepal’s greatest tragedy”, On June 1, 2001, the then king Birendra, Queen Aishwarya, and his family members were killed in a massacre. In 2008, the Shah monarchy ended and Nepal ceased to be a monarchy the royal palace in Kathmandu was converted into a museum open to the public in February 2009. Finally, the average citizens of Nepal and the rest of the world can get a glimpse of what it was like to live as the king of Nepal. The Narayanhiti Palace was now the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

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Thus, Nepali citizens: Rs 100 • Students: Rs 20 • SAARC nations, Chinese: Rs 250 • Others: Rs 500. The Narayanhiti Palace Museum is open every day except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and public holidays.


The paved road beyond Boudha one of the old trade routes to Tibet rolls eastwards as far as Sankhu. It’s still one of the valley’s larger traditional Newari towns, but its location, in a rural corner hard up against the forested hills, gives it a pleasant backwater feel. There’s an old bazaar area to the east of the main north-south road, but the area is worth visiting mainly for its temple to Bajra Yogini, whose gilded roof glints from a grove of trees on the wooded hillside north of town.

Similarly, Sankhu is also the site of the month-long worship of the God Madhav Narayan. The vrata (fasting) is a tribute to God through fasting, meditation, and ritual bathing by women and men. Similarly, It begins on the full moon of Poush and ends on the full moon of the Nepali month of Magh.

Kathmandu Day Hiking

A day hiking tour is one of the easy ways you can explore nearby hillsides of Kathmandu Valley such as Nagarkot, Nagarjun, Phulchowki, Champa Devi, Kakani, Namo Buddha, etc. This day hiking can be done by any individual regardless of age or physical fitness. Day hiking is especially a good option for those tourists who have limited time to see the green hills, Himalayan scenery, village lifestyles, and wildlife. Thus, It is also ideal for those coming to Nepal for a short visit or business purposes.

Champa Devi Hiking Tour:

It is situated at an elevation of 2285m southwest of Kathmandu. Champadevi is a pilgrimage site having a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu shrine. Early in the morning, you drive from Kathmandu about an hour to Pharping. Which is 16 kilometers south of Kathmandu and lies on the way to Dakshinkali Temple.

Phulchowki Hiking Tour:

Phulchowki is situated at an elevation of 2782m. It is the highest hill in the Southen East of Kathmandu valley. Hiking in this area is most interesting in terms of vegetation.

Shivapuri Hiking:

Shivapuri situated at an elevation of 2732m and north of Kathmandu is the second-highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Bagdwar, the source of the holy river Bagmati, is located near Shivapuri. Shivapuri entrance gate, you enter the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife area. You commence your hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check-post is located.

Top 35 visiting places near Kathmandu

Nagarjun Hiking:

Nagarjuna Jamachho is known as Shivarpuri National Park and is a very suitable day hiking place near the center of Kathmandu. Deep Forest National Park covering 159 square kilometers is rich in flora and fauna as well as numerous bird species.

On top of the hill, Jamacho lies at an altitude of 2128 meters. It provides the best view of the northern Himalayan range and Kathmandu valley. A Jamacho monastery lies on top of the hill and is sacred for Buddhist pilgrimage. Therefore, there are several specific dates to gather more people for the special function of Jamacho Monastery.

Nagarkot Hiking:

You can spend your time amidst the natural surroundings of Nagarkot. This will offer you panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas. In clear weather, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and beauty.

Dhulikhel Hiking:

Dhulikhel is also famous for its mountain views. What makes it different is that views from Dhulikhel are more astounding than from anywhere. It is a hill station on the eastern side of Kathmandu. 32 km away where can drive in just 1 and a half hours. Once in Dhulikhel, we have a choice of doing either a day hike to nearby villages or continuing towards Nagarkot (5-6 hours).

The plan of the city has been based on ancient Hindu planning doctrine with the position, shape, scale, and dominance between buildings, temples, and public squares all having their meaning and harmony. After breakfast, we drive 32 km east of Kathmandu to Dhulikhel. Similarly, The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Then to the north are views of many of the world’s highest mountains.

Explore the Charm of Kathmandu Valley with a 5-Day Hiking Adventure

Embark on a captivating journey near Kathmandu, immersing yourself in the rich landscapes and cultural treasures of the Kathmandu Valley. This 5-day hike offers a unique experience, allowing you to witness breathtaking mountain vistas, visit quaint Nepali villages, and indulge in the region’s history without straying too far from the capital.

Discover the Enchanting Kathmandu Valley

The Kathmandu Valley, inhabited since 900 BC, boasts a fascinating history. The valley’s oldest artifacts date back to a few hundred years BC, and legendary stories abound, such as the establishment of a city by Lord Krishna and the triumph over the demon Banasur.

Historical Significance and Stupas

Charumati, the daughter of Maurya emperor Ashoka, is credited with erecting four stupas around Patan, reflecting the ancient history present within the valley. The Licchavis, whose inscriptions date to 464 AD, further contribute to the historical tapestry of the region.

Easy and Enjoyable Hiking Experience

The hike near Kathmandu is designed for the convenience of tourists, providing an accessible trekking option for families, friends, and groups. Organized as a tea house trek, the trails around the Kathmandu Valley offer encounters with typical Nepali villages, lush greenery, majestic Himalayan views, and visits to temples and monasteries.

Tailored Itineraries and Accommodations

Whether you prefer a budget or deluxe experience, we can customize an itinerary to suit your requirements. With a range of hotels available, your journey can be tailored to your preferences, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable adventure.

Highlights of the 5-Day Hike near Kathmandu

  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views and explore rural Nepali villages.
  • Traverse Brahmin, Tamang, and Newari villages, savoring authentic local cuisine.
  • Immerse yourself in the magical city’s blend of beauty, nature, and wildlife.
  • Witness a 360 panoramic view of the Massive Himalayas from Dhaulagiri to Mahalangur range.
  • Capture amazing landscapes, mountain ranges, and rice terraces, creating a photographer’s paradise.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Panauti (1.5 hrs), explore Panauti city, and trek to Balthali village resort (2/3 hrs).
  • Day 2: Trek from Balthali to Namobuddha (5/6 hrs), visit ancient monasteries with a 2700-year-old Stupa.
  • Day 3: Trek from Namobuddha to Nagarkot (2188m) (7/8 hrs).
  • Day 4: Trek from Nagarkot to Chisapani (7/8 hrs).
  • Day 5: Trek from Chisapani to Budhanilkantha (7/8 hrs) via Shivapuri hill and drive back to Kathmandu.