Visit Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Away from the architectural complexities of Durbar Square, the simplicity of the towering white Buddhist stupas at Bodnath and Swayambhunath are striking.
Swayambhunath and Bodnath stupa
Swayambhunath plays host to both playful monkeys and magnificent views across the valley, while Bodnath stupa is encircled by Tibetan shops, hotels, houses and temples.
Sacred site of Pashupatinath
Visiting Bodnath can be combined with nearby Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu site outside of India, where the burning funeral pyres lie on the banks of the River Bagmati.
Medieval mountain villages - Dhulikel and Nagarkot
Going further out of the valley are Dhulikel and Nagarkot: beautiful, medieval mountain villages that offer wonderful vistas at sunrise and sunset.
Places to visit in Kathmandu Valley
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Kathmandu Valley, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Kathmandu Valley
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kathmandu Valley, 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.
Map of Kathmandu Valley
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Kathmandu Valley
- Bhaktapur Kathmandu Valley
- Dhulikhel Kathmandu Valley
- Kathmandu Kathmandu Valley
- Nagarkot Kathmandu Valley
- Terai 44 miles away
- Kurintar 50 miles away
- Chitwan National Park 57 miles away
- Bandipur 63 miles away
- Seti River 65 miles away
- Mende 81 miles away
- Namche Bazaar 82 miles away
- Monjo 83 miles away
- Lukla 83 miles away
- Tashinga 84 miles away
- Pangboche 88 miles away
- Everest Base Camp 93 miles away
- Pokhara 94 miles away
- The Everest region 97 miles away
- Tanchock 102 miles away
- Dhampus 103 miles away
- Birethanti 103 miles away
- Annapurna 106 miles away
- Ghandruk 108 miles away
- Lumbini 131 miles away
- Bardia National Park 239 miles away
Photos of Kathmandu Valley
Accommodation choices for Kathmandu Valley
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kathmandu Valley. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This lovely property is situated among pristine forests of pine, rhododendron and apple trees 45 minutes from Kathmandu and 30 minutes from Dhulikhel city. The resort is spread across gentle slopes and has 36 comfortable rooms.
The Bhadgaon Guest House is located right on one of Bhaktapur's main squares and is great for exploring the city. The hotel features simple but comfortable guest rooms that are built in a traditional Newari style with plenty of character.
Hotel Heritage in Bhaktapur is an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage.
Mystic Mountain is nestled in the hillsides around Nagarkot village and is in a prime location for enjoying sweeping Himalaya vistas, especially at sunrise and sunset.
The Fort Resort has the best views of the Himalaya in Nagarkot. The main building is built using traditional Nepali architecture, and the small cottages have lovely wood-beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Delicious local food is served in the restaurant or on the main terrace.
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.
An exquisitely converted traditional Newari house, the Inn is a charming heritage hotel in the heart of Patan, the "City of Fine Arts".
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 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.
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.