Travel Guide to Kathmandu

Indian Embassy in Kathmandu

Embassy of India

P.O. Box. 292

336, Kapurdhara Marg, Lainchaur

Kathmandu, Nepal

General Telephone: 977-1-4410900

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Kathmandu

Indian nationals travelling to Kathmandu do not require a visa. However, a photo identity proof like passport or Aadhar card is a requirement.

About Kathmandu

Serving as the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Kathmandu offers a pupil-dilating experience to one and all. For many visitors, the first step in Kathmandu is a riot of sights and sounds that can swiftly lead to corporeal overload. Whether you’re exploring the traffic-jammed lanes of the old town in a rickshaw, admiring at the ancient temples or exploring the trekking routes in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an invigorating, astonishing and exhausting place.

Places to Visit in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath

Located in the west of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath is also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. This temple sits atop a hill, bossing most parts of the valley. Swayambhunath is a good site to catch panoramic views of the city. The site of the temple itself has stood as a symbol of faith and harmony for centuries. The grandeur of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. A good number of Hindus and Buddhists visit Swayambhunath throughout the day. This place is perhaps the finest place to witness religious harmony in the country. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Kathmandu.

 

Pashupatinath Temple

Another name on Kathmandu’s points of interest is the Pashupatinath Temple. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu. This Hindu temple complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and plays host to one of the major festivals – Maha Shivaratri that attracts more than 800,000 devotees.

 

Thamel

Thamel is a prevalent tourist district located within the capital city of Kathmandu. It's encompassed of 5-7 main streets and many more smaller ones that traverse the area. Most first-time visitors to Kathmandu usually end up in Thamel after leaving the airport by taxi. Lodging is easily found around this area, and if not, there will be plenty of agents around to help the tourists. Today, Thamel is a vehicle-free area which makes it easy for the tourists to explore the nooks and corners of this favourite tourist place in Kathmandu.

 

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also known as Hanuman Dhoka square. It is one of the most famous places in Kathmandu Valley. Most of the cultural centres of Nepal are concentrated around the Kathmandu valley; among those cultural sites, the important one is the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square. The name Hanuman-dhoka Durbar came from the statue of Hanuman established by the King Pratap Malla at the entrance of the royal palace in 1672 A.D.

How to Reach Kathmandu

Kathmandu is well connected by air from all major cities of India. People planning a visit can book tickets to major international flights flying directly into the city. Kathmandu can also be reached via road from several entry points local across the city. The various land entry points on the India-Nepal border are:

  • Pani Tanki/Kakarbhitta
  • Raxual/Birgunj
  • Sunauli/Belahiya
  • Rupaidiya/ Nepalgunj
  • Mohana/Dhangadi
  • Banbasa/Mahendranagar, Gaddachauki

Travelling in Kathmandu

Government run green buses – Sajha Bus are comfortable and run throughout Kathmandu. These buses stop only at selected bus stops; therefore, one has to identify the nearest Sajha bus stop to board one. Other buses are also available to travel to different parts of Kathmandu.

Hire a taxi to go around in the city. These local taxis are easily recognised by its taxi sign on top and the license plate (black). Private taxis may charge somewhat higher than the local ones. Major hotels also offer night car rental services. Renting a private car through a car rental company or a travel agent is also an option.

Another cheap mode to explore Kathmandu is mountain bike that can be easily picked up on rent. Ordinary bicycles are also available. One can hire them at Rani Pokhari, Thamel, Jhochhen or anywhere else in Kathmandu.

Best Time to Visit Kathmandu

The beginning of Autumn, between the months of September and November, is undoubtedly to be the best time to visit Kathmandu. The mix of summers and winters during these months provide some of the best weather and travel conditions.

What to Pack?

  • 3-4 quick dry, casual outfits
  • A pair or two of conservative shorts to tackle the warm climate
  • 1-2 suit or dress
  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes
  • One warm shawl
  • Underwear’s and socks
  • Sleepwear
  • An umbrella, cap and comfy T-shirts

Top Delicacies

Momos - Believed to have first made in Tibet, momos are small steamed buns usually served with spicy tomato-based sauce (chutney). Apart from regular vegetable and meat fillings, today there are more delicious options such as mashed potato and cheese. You can choose between steamed and fried momos as per your taste.

Yomari - These steamed rice-flour dumplings contain sweet fillings such as chaku and chocolate and are usually in the shape of a fish. Yomari is served with a sweet dip. A prevalent festive dish, Yomari is often eaten around the post-harvest festivity of Yomari Punhi. However, they are available all year round.

Tingmo And Aloo Phing - The arrival of Tibetan refugees to Nepal since the expatriate of the Dalai Lama in 1959 has also fetched an invasion of Tibetan foods, like this dish. Tingmo is a steamed, porous bread, designed for dipping into broths and soups. Aloo phing consists of noodles, vegetables and potatoes in a hot broth. Tingmo And Aloo Phing are best served with sliced radish and rice on the side.

Top Indian Restaurants in Kathmandu

Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop

Address: Thamel Marga, Kathmandu 44600

Contact Number: +977 1-4267554

 

The Ship Restaurant Bar and Lounge

Address: Amrit Marg | Thamel, Kathmandu 0977, Nepal

Contact Number: +977 1-4412561

 

Fusion Kitchen Restaurant

Address: 29 Thamel | Chhuisa Galli, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Contact Number: +977 1-4250614

Shopping List Essentials (Where to Shop in Kathmandu)

Thamel

It’s a shopping hub for travellers. Packed with tiny shops, hotels and lodges aligned at every step, this place surely can’t be missed when planning a day dedicated to shopping. Also, it is the best place to buy trekking gears and is popular among the locals for non-designer clothes inspired by the hippie culture. When here, brush up your bargaining skills as the shopkeepers will be ready to bargain and so should you.

King’s Way

King’s way is one of the poshest areas of Kathmandu. With standalone stores for brands like Adidas, Zara, H&M, Reebok and more, King’s Way is the chosen shopping destination for the brand lovers. The stores and malls around here are comparatively more affluent and expensive than other shopping spots around the city. When in Kathmandu, a good day is a day at King’s Way!

New Road

New Road is an area devoted to shops and is home to a lot of standalone stores that sell almost everything. New Road is the business hub of the city, so be ready to find everything that you need at the cheapest of the price. Popular amongst the natives for clothes and accessories, New Road also hosts a lot of restaurants and eateries.

Healthcare Centres

It is advisable to keep the list of popular healthcare centres to be always prepared for any emergency that may encounter during the trip. As a measure, one should always invest in a travel insurance policy to keep the journey secured from all sides. Here is a list of popular healthcare centres of Kathmandu.

CIWEC Hospital Private Limited

Address: G.P.O. Box 12895, Kapurdhara Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Contact Number: +977 1-4424111

 

Meridian Healthcare Center Pvt. Ltd.

Address: Maharajgunj Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Contact Number: +977 1-4720116

 

Mediplus Health Care Centre Pvt. Ltd.

Address: Sai Baba Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Contact Number: +977 1-4361077

Currency

The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese rupee.

Basics of Local Communication

English Nepali
Good morning Subha - prabhāta
My name is… Mērō nāma…
Where is…? Kahām cha…?
Yes
No Hō'ina
Please Krpayā
Sorry Māpha garnuhōs
How Much is This for? Yō katikō lāgi hō?

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