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.
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 center is Durbar square where temples, palaces and golden gates combine into a magical outdoor theater.
Take time to explore the narrow streets, further squares and temples and you will finally reach Bhaktapur and Potters' Square.
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.
Map of Kathmandu
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Places near Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Valley 5 miles away
- Bhaktapur 8 miles away
- Nagarkot 13 miles away
- Dhulikhel 16 miles away
- Terai 45 miles away
- Kurintar 45 miles away
- Chitwan National Park 54 miles away
- Bandipur 58 miles away
- Seti River 61 miles away
- Mende 84 miles away
- Namche Bazaar 86 miles away
- Monjo 87 miles away
- Lukla 87 miles away
- Tashinga 88 miles away
- Pokhara 89 miles away
- Pangboche 92 miles away
- Everest Base Camp 96 miles away
- Tanchock 97 miles away
- Dhampus 98 miles away
- Birethanti 98 miles away
- The Everest region 101 miles away
- Annapurna 101 miles away
- Ghandruk 103 miles away
- Lumbini 127 miles away
- Bardia National Park 234 miles away
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.
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.