This article also appeared in Malindo Magazine
Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, and is home to some of the world’s most visited palaces and temples. Packed with plenty of history and culture, it also offers a beautiful selection of scenic views that are completely unique and mesmerising. From the famous architecture at Durbar Square to the majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, Kathmandu is bound to take your breath away. So if you’re planning a visit, here are the top 5 things you should try to squeeze into your itinerary.
Just because Kathmandu is filled with temples and monasteries does not mean it is a quiet little city. On the contrary, it is really noisy – and Thamel embodies the vibrant, loud side of the city that brims with culture and chaos. If you want to get a good taste of Kathmandu, come to Thamel. The streets are lined with a wide variety of shops selling souvenirs, tattoo services, local Nepalese cuisine and other merchandise.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Located on the south-west side of the Royal Palace is Durbar Square. It once housed kings and royal families in beautiful palaces, but it was badly affected by the tragic earthquake in 2015 and has been trying to recover from its loss ever since. While some of the architecture is undergoing reconstruction, there is still plenty of beauty to behold. Tourists flock here from all parts of the globe to appreciate its rich history and architecture.
Spanning a diameter of 120 metres and, Boudhanath Stupa is Nepal’s largest temple. It gained the UNESCO world heritage status in 1979 and is bordered by prayer wheels and prayer flags. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon after the morning tour groups have dispersed. You can find the five statues of Dhyani Buddhas in there, each representing the elements of fire, water, earth, air and ether. Around the Boudhanath Stupa are a range of monasteries and shops where you can purchase interesting Tibetan artifacts.
Garden Of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams lives up to its moniker. Created in early 1920, the garden was once known as the garden of Six Seasons and viewed as one of the most pristine and private gardens of its time. Today, it still contains well-manicured lawns and sprawling greens that can make anyone fall in love at first sight. It is a calm enclave in the middle of the bustling Kathmandu city.
At an elevation of 2195 metres, this mountain is not exactly an easy hike, but it’s definitely worth the view. Nagarkot is situated on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley and well-known for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains especially at sunrise and sunset. You can see the snow-capped peaks rising up to the clouds against the glorious blue backdrop. Nagarkot is also enveloped by a thick army of pine trees, which makes for a wonderful photo opportunity.
You’d definitely need to start training for a hike up the Nagarkot or any other mountain, for that matter. Hiking the Nagarkot is a two-day journey, so it’s always best to start training early. Contact personal trainers on Kaodim to receive free quotes from fitness coaches and receive professional advice so you won’t risk injuring yourself during your workout routines.
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