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.
Bodnath stupa & Pashupatinath
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. Many Tibetan Buddhist festivals take place here, and you can visit the Tibetan monastery close by.
From Bodnath you can drive or walk (one hour) to Pashupatinath, a deeply religious pilgrimage centre for Hindus. This is where important Hindu figures from all over Nepal are cremated publicly. Although a fascinating scene, these should be viewed from a discreet distance.
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Photos of Bodnath stupa & Pashupatinath
Other experiences in Kathmandu
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Take one of the scenic mountain flights to view the high peaks of the Everest and Makalu ranges.