While talking about Kathmandu, the capital
city of Nepal, the first thing that come to our mind is diversity. The place is the perfect
amalgamation of some busy happening marketplaces and some of the most peaceful religious places
of the world like Pashupatinath Temple, house of living Goddess Kumari-the Kumari bahal,
Boudhanath Stupa etc. At one side, you will be amazed with the city’s
rich culture, breadth-taking Newari architecture, and centuries old Hind and Buddhist religious
sites; on the other hand, the busy Durbar square and Thamel market will attract your
inner shopping bug with its traditional as well as modern products.
Here is a 4 nights and 5 days tour plan of this beautiful city. Let’s explore.
Day-1 On day-1 of your tour 1st reach Kathmandu
city from your home town. Kathmandu is well connected to the world by air. The Tribhuvan
International airport is located 5 km away from the city centre of Kathmandu. You can
easily get a cab to reach your hotel from the airport.
Upon reaching, 1st check into your hotel. After taking little rest, go to taste the
delicious Newari food. Your visit to Kathmandu will be incomplete if you don’t taste the
famous delicious local cuisine from the famous food joints of Thamel market. Some of must
have options are: Momos- the absolute best local dumplings are
the momos. It is a Tibetan food that can be stuffed with chicken, buff or veggies. You
can get it either steamed or fried. Other than momos, there are Thukpa, which
is a noodle soup and you can get it with both vegetables and meat.
Moving on, you can get some sekuwas. Sekuwa is a local grilled kebab, which is mostly
prepared with meat marinated in local herbs and spices. The food is generally roasted
in natural wood fire. It is absolutely delicious and a must eat.
If you have a sweet tooth then don’t forget to taste the famous Newari desert Lakhamari. Day-2
On day-2, morning after breakfast go for local sightseeing tour. It is better to taste the
local round bread which is known as gwaramari in your breakfast. It is delicious.
The day-2 tour is around the city centre. So, if you wish you can hire a local rickshaw
for this day trip. Otherwise can hire a local taxi for the tour. Here I would like to mention
one thing that the bargaining is allowed in Kathmandu. So, before hiring a rickshaw please
do negotiate the price and fix it. The taxi or rickshaw fare may vary depending upon the
traffic condition of the city. Taxi fare can be around 300-400NPR for going one place to
another. In Kathmandu you may also hire a motorbike or bicycle for this day tour.
On this day, first go to visit Kumari bahal. Kumari Bahal is the palace where the Kumari
or the living Goddess, lives while she is the chosen Devi or Goddess. It is a beautiful
old palace built in the mid-1700s by Jaya Prakash Malla. It is a three-story architecture
made of wood and red bricks that shows resemblance to a Buddhist Vihara. The structure also houses
a stupa with symbols of Goddess Saraswati and a huge chariot that is used to take the
Kumari around the city during the annual festival of Indra Jatra. The presence of Kumari is
believed to protect the community and the region. From Kumari Bahal go to visit Hanuman Dhoka.
Hanuman Dhoka was once the royal palace of Malla kings and Shah Dynasty. It is actually
a palace complex with some structures as old as mid-16th Century. It is located in the
Darbar Square Next go to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu
Kingdom. It is one of three Durbar or royal palace Squares in the Kathmandu, all of
which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Several buildings in the Square collapsed
after the major earthquake on 25 April 2015 . Durbar square was surrounded by spectacular
architecture that showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several
centuries. From there go to visit Jagannath Temple.
The Temple is located in Kathmandu Darbar Square and is popular for its architecture
and religious significance. It was built in the early 16th century and is one of the oldest
shrines in the city. Next visit Kala Bhairav of Kathmandu.
Kala Bhairav is a grand temple located at Kathmandu Durbar Square in the religious complex of Hanuman
Dhoka. The temple is dedicated to a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. The place of
worship is an open-air area and has a 12-foot tall idol of Kala Bhairav. The idol and the
structures that surround it are made of stone and were carved in the 5th century.
Next visit Taleju Temple. The magnificent Taleju temple is located in
Durbar Square of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to the clan Goddess of Malla kings, Devi Taleju
Bhawani. Traditionally, entry into the temple was restricted to kings but now it has been
opened to the Hindu devotees. Day-3
On day-3 morning, first go to visit Indra Chowk.
It is located on the India-Tibet trade route and is a busy commercial and ceremonial area
having many shops selling local products. The especially famous product of this place is glass
beads. Next visit Seto Machindranath Temple.
It is a Hindu and Buddhist temple located in Jana Bahal. The temple is believed to be
built around 10th century and houses the idol of Seto Machindranath, also known as Janabaha
Dyo. From there go to visit Annapurna Temple.
Annapurna Temple is located at Asan Tole. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna,
the Goddess of abundance. At the centre of the temple there is an old bowl full of grain
which represents the Goddess. It is believed that walking around the shrine while touching
a coin to the head and then throwing it into the temple will bring prosperity and abundance
of all worldly goods. Next take a tour of Asan Tole.
It is a famous market place of Kathmandu. The most popular products of this market are
vegetables, fishes, clothes, jewelries and spices.
Next visit Katheshimbhu Stupa. Located in the heart of the city, the Kathesimbhu
Stupa is a replica of the Swayanbhunath Temple. If you are a shopaholic then next visit Thamel.
The place is the commercial hub of Kathmandu and you can get all sorts of local products
here. The best options that you can get here are
Pashmina, Thanka, Bead jewellery or Handicrafts. Day-4
On day-4 morning, first go to visit Pashupatinath Temple.
It is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Nepal. The Pashupatinath Temple is located
along both the banks of the beautiful and sacred Bagmati River of Kathmandu. The magnificent
temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple draws thousands of devotees every year who
come to offer their prayers and seek blessings from him.
Next visit Boudhanath Stupa. In1979, Boudhanath Stupa was honoured as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entire complex houses 50 gompas. This stupa is said to be
the resting place of Kassapa Buddha. From there visit Swayambhunath Temple.
Located on top of the Semgu Hill, Swayambhu Temple is one of the most important religious
shrines in the city of Kathmandu. Next go to visit White Monastery.
White Monastery or Seto Gomba is a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. Enjoy a beautiful sunset
from the lush green surroundings of this Monastery. Day-5
On day 5 morning, return back to airport for departure.
Where to stay There are plenty of options available in Kathmandu
where you can put up for the night. A typical mid-range hotel will cost around Rs 3000 to
4000 per day. Food will cost around Rs 500 per person per day.
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