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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 — Dhulikhel and Nagarkot

Potter's Square, BhaktapurGoing further out of the valley are Dhulikhel and Nagarkot: beautiful, medieval mountain villages that offer wonderful vistas at sunrise and sunset.

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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.

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    Places in and around 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.

    • Executive Suite

      Dwarika's Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resort

      First Class

      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.

    • Garden Restaurant, Bhadgaon Guest House, Bhaktapur

      Bhadgaon Guest House


      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.

    • Superior Room, Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur

      Hotel Heritage


      Hotel Heritage in Bhaktapur is an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage.

    • Mystic Mountain, Nagarkot

      Hotel Mystic Mountain


      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.

    • Cottage, The Fort, Nagarkot

      The Fort Resort


      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.

    • Kathmandu Guest House, Kathmandu

      Kathmandu Guest House


      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


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

    • 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.

    • Hotel Tibet International, Kathmandu

      Hotel Tibet International


      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.

    • 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.