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The eaves of the pagodas, the smells from the street stalls and the vibrant people all combine to make Kathmandu a truly intoxicating and evocative city.

Historical Kathmandu

Formerly three separate kingdoms, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, these city-states were united during the late 18th century to create modern Nepal but still retain their individual characters.

Today the city’s centre is Durbar square where temples, palaces and golden gates combine into a magical outdoor theatre.

Explore Kathmandu

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Take time to explore the narrow streets, further squares and temples and you will finally reach Bhaktapur and Potters' Square.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kathmandu

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kathmandu, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Kathmandu

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kathmandu. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu

      Dwarika's Hotel

      First Class

      Part hotel, part museum, Dwarika’s combines traditional style and heaps of character with excellent service and modern facilities, making a fascinating place to stay while you explore the many attractions of Kathmandu.

    • Kathmandu Guest House, Kathmandu

      Kathmandu Guest House

      Medium

      A converted Rana dynasty mansion, Kathmandu Guest House has become somewhat of an institution. One of Kathmandu's most popular hotels due to its location in the busy hub of Thamel.

    • The Inn, Patan

      The Inn

      Medium

      An exquisitely converted traditional Newari house, the Inn is a charming heritage hotel in the heart of Patan, the "City of Fine Arts".

    • Hyatt Hotel, Kathmandu

      Hyatt Hotel

      First Class

      The Hyatt Regency is a luxury 5 star city hotel. The rooms are modern in design, well appointed and comfortable. For a city hotel it has surprisingly much character and it comes with all the facilities one would expect from a Hyatt property including a choice of dining options.

    • Hotel Tibet International, Kathmandu

      Hotel Tibet International

      Medium

      Situated in Boudnath just five minutes walk from Boundath Stupa, Hotel Tibet International has all of the modern facilities needed from a hotel along with loads of Tibetan decor and charm.

    • Yak and Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu

      Yak & Yeti

      First Class

      Yak and Yeti is a large 5 star property situated in the heart of Kathmandu. The hotel is famous for the many woodcarvings and chandeliers dating back hundreds of years. Facilities include a good pool, health club, casino and a couple of good restaurants.

    • Roof top at the Tibet Hotel, Kathmandu

      Tibet Hotel

      Medium

      This lovely little property is full of character and located only a 15 minutes walk from the Thamel area; the tourist heart of Kathmandu. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff helpful. Many of the rooms have recently been renovated with nice bathrooms and comfortable beds.

    Ideas for experiencing Kathmandu

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kathmandu, and which use the best local guides.

    • Changu Narayan Temple

      Bhaktapur & Changu Narayan Temple

      Kathmandu

      Bhaktapur lies only a short distance from the capital, but it could be another planet, so great is the difference in the atmosphere and sense of history.

    • Sadhus, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu

      Bodnath stupa & Pashupatinath

      Kathmandu

      Drive a short distance from Kathmandu to Bodnath where you will see one of the largest stupas in Nepal. A small Tibetan settlement has developed around this important religious sight.

    • Views of Mt Everest 8850m, Nepal

      Scenic Everest Flight

      Kathmandu

      Take one of the scenic mountain flights to view the high peaks of the Everest and Makalu ranges.