Best things to do in Kathmandu

There are lots of things to do in Kathmandu Nepal from cultural sightseeing to day hikes, mountain flights, mountain biking, bungee jumping, food tour, shopping, rafting, helicopter tours, massage & spa, yoga, walking tour, cooking classes, sunrise tour; the choices are abundant. Probably the most popular things to do at Kathmandu are sightseeing in Kathmandu Nepal at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu is also often famously known as the ‘city of temples’ where many ancient Hindu temples and shrines including Buddhist stupas and monasteries, old royal palaces are located. Sightseeing in Kathmandu city offers visits to all of these sites which highlight the unique culture, traditions and heritage of Nepal. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu sightseeing places include a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’ situated atop a hill with a great view of the Kathmandu Valley, Pashupatinath – the important Hindu temple on the banks of holy Bagmati River, Boudhanath –the biggest Buddhist stupa inside the Kathmandu Valley. 

Another option of best things to do in Kathmandu city is day hikes in and around Kathmandu Valley. There are several best nature hike that can be done which also provide great Himalayan panorama and to be closer with nature. The hiking trail passes through lush green forests, farmlands, teashops, small villages which also provides a bit of the rural daily lives of Nepal. day hikes in Kathmandu include Nagarkot Changunarayan hike, Nagarkot Dhulikhel hike, Namobuddha hike, Champadevi hike, Nagarjun hike. Nagarkot is the popular hill station closer to Kathmandu City which provides great Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest on a clear day. 

Everest mountain flight tours are other best things to do in Kathmandu city which starts/ends in Kathmandu. The flight is done early in the morning round the year where the flight will take you to the Everest region witnessing some of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. Likewise, if you are looking for a more exciting mountain flight experience then the Everest base camp helicopter tour package is the best choice. The idea is to fly to Everest on a chartered helicopter to witness Mt. Everest. Everest base camp helicopter ride flies pasts Everest Base Camp, the great Khumbu glacier and lands at Kalapathar at 5,550 meters to see Mt. Everest and other peaks from closer proximity.

Mountain biking in Nepal Kathmandu takes you to the edges of Kathmandu Valley paddling your way through villages, farmlands, paddy fields, small towns, green forests. The trip lets you enjoy village life closer to Kathmandu city and also observe a spectacular mountain panorama. Bungee jumping in Kathmandu Nepal can be done after driving to ‘the last resort’ closer to the Tibet-China/Nepal border from Kathmandu. The jump is from a bridge over a 160m high tropical gorge with a raging Himalayan River below. Bungee jump in Kathmandu is most popular among locals and tourists alike. You can try various local delicacies on a food tour in Kathmandu like momo, thukpa, sel roti, samaya baji, syafale, Nepalese national meal ‘dhal bhat tarkari’ etc. Even better go for cooking course in Kathmandu to learn to cook Nepali meals like momo, bhat ‘rice’, daal ‘lentil’, tarkari ‘veges’ etc. Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise with rock bottom prices. You can go for handicrafts to carpets, jewelry as well as trek gears, if you have forgotten something for your trek, at some great prices. There are many shopping mall in Kathmandu nowadays where foreign goods are available at the best rates. The most popular river rafting in Kathmandu is Trishuli River rafting closer to Kathmandu City. Trishuli river rafting package suits anyone from beginners to professionals and is the ultimate white water rafting in Nepal. After a tiring day or after the trek, spa and yoga classes can be attended. Walking tours in Kathmandu lets you explore more deeply and freely walking the age-old streets and markets inside Kathmandu City. If you love nature then go for a sunrise tour to Nagarkot to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest then hike to the road-point and drive back to Kathmandu.               

There are many things to do in Kathmandu for couples as well such as cultural sightseeing, sunrise tour, day hikes, food tour, cooking classes. There are also some great programs for things to do in Kathmandu with family such as sightseeing tours, helicopter tours, mountain flights, day hikes.

What to do in Kathmandu at night?
You can visit many bars, pubs, restaurants that play live music in and around Thamel area. One can also go for some quiet dinners in restaurants around Thamel that serve meals from almost all over the world. Or at the big star hotels for an exclusive dinner. Nepali cultural show with dinner (dinner is Nepali meal ‘dal-bhat-tarkari with meats/veges) is a good choice to spend the evening. You can dine with many performers who perform different varieties of dances from different ethnic communities of Nepal.

What to do in Kathmandu for 1 day?
You can start early morning by going on ‘Everest Mountain flight’ then return back to the hotel, have your breakfast and go for Kathmandu sightseeing visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Alternatively, you can also go for ‘Everest Helicopter flight’ which ends around mid-day. Walking tours can also be done in a day as well as a day’s hike like Nagarkot Changunarayan hike or Nagarkot Dhulikhel hike. Other choices would be mountain biking, bungee jump, Trishuli river rafting. All of these are a day’s program.

What top 10 things to do in Kathmandu Nepal?
The list depends upon the individual interest and choices. Ideal lists in a particular order will be cultural sightseeing, mountain fight by plane, Everest helicopter tour, day’s hike, mountain biking, Trishuli river rafting, walking tour, bungee jump, Nagarkot sunrise tour, village tour.     

What to do in Kathmandu for a week?
One can nicely plan for a week in Kathmandu with cultural sightseeing, Everest flight or helicopter tour, 3 days Nagarkot trek, Trishuli river rafting, village tour, bungee jump, mountain biking depending upon one’s interest and choices. 

What are cool things to do in Kathmandu?
Some of the coolest things are Everest helicopter flight, bungee jump, cultural sightseeing tour, village tour, Nagarkot sunrise tour, food tour, food course tour. 

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