Kathmandu has recently listed by lonely planet as the fifth best city in the world. As the capital city of Nepal which had been devastated by a massive earthquake back in 2015, it was interesting news when it made the headlines of being one of the best cities in the world 4 years later. The answer however is not very complex when you look at this city.
The city of Kathmandu has changed its narrative from broken to reconstruction and rejuvenation. The city that was in ruins some years ago has bounced back miles ahead in the process of returning to its formal glory. This beautiful city surrounded by mountain has numerous things to offer to tourists which we now will describe in detail.
Kathmandu is a very lively city with a home to almost 3 million people. It is the largest metropolis in the Himalayan country Nepal. Kathmandu is a big valley surrounded by hills all around it. The geographic structure and elevation makes Kathmandu temperature one to enjoy. The city is also rich in culture and traditions. Being home for many people that have been accumulated in one place from all over the country, the city is diverse and rich with cultures flourishing within the valley. Numerous festivals and rituals can be witnessed in the Kathmandu valley during all the time of the year.
Many can be taken part while some can be enjoyed with our eyes. People of Kathmandu are very warm and hospitable to travelers as it is deeply rooted in Nepali culture to view highly of fellow travelers. There are also famous world heritage sites in Kathmandu city which consists of ancient and historic landmarks and sacred religious institutions. The Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are historical places in Kathmandu which is the heritage of ancient Malla kingdom that dates back to 1200AD.
The unique traditional architecture, carvings and the ancient relics makes this place a wonder to behold. The other world heritage sites in Nepal’s Kathmandu city includes the Pashupatinath Temple and the Changunarayan Temple which are a sacred religious sites for Hindus where as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa are other world heritage sites in Kathmandu which are important and sacred sites for Buddhist people all over the world.
These world heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu is one of the popular things to do in Kathmandu and Core Treks provides with different Kathmandu travel packages with various options which are even customizable as per traveler’s preference. Kathmandu city tour package will provide you with going around these world heritage sites with an experienced Kathmandu tour guide by your side and give you all the necessary information during the trip.
Other than sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, many activities can be done around this city. One of the enjoyable things to do in Kathmandu is food hunt. The city is filled with restaurants and pubs offering cuisines from all over the world. The traditional Nepali food is also a must try cause why not! Shopping in the streets of Thamel can be quite fun too. The place is filled with travelers and is a famous market among travelers who visit Nepal.
Nepal is considered to be one of the best value-for-money travel destinations in the world and you can see why when you spend your time in Kathmandu. The cost of traveling to Kathmandu is very reasonable. Whether it is food or accommodation or transport, the cost of traveling around Kathmandu is economically friendly yet it provides quality service and unforgettable experience.
Kathmandu offers a wide range of accommodation facilities. There are hostels, guesthouses, lodges, and hotels. A hostel in Kathmandu would cost $3-$5 per night where you’ll get a bed with a shared space. A room would normally have 6-10 beds but hostels are few. Many people want private spaces and that’s what most accommodation services are focused on.
If you’re staying at a guest house in Kathmandu, a room would range from $15-$25 and the services are limited. You should check if they have all the services you need before booking a space for yourself. Then comes the hotels in Kathmandu valley and this has a very diverse selection but it is what we would recommend if you’re looking for a place to say in the cities of Nepal. Hotels would start anywhere from $30 ranging to $200.
A three star hotel’s average cost would range from $50-$70 whereas four star hotel’s room ranges from $70-$100 and a five star hotel’s room costs $100 and above per night. You can see that the cost of hotel in Kathmandu is indeed economically friendly.
Kathmandu is indeed a very lively place and if you’re someone who wants a bit of solitude, there are places on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley where one can enjoy some quality time with beautiful nature surrounding them all around. Places like Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Gokarna have hotels where travelers can go and enjoy some time together, especially if they’re traveling with family in Kathmandu. Yes, Kathmandu is also a great place for a family travel as it has a very pleasing climate with lots of activities for family to do which can be both educational and adventurous.
The city of Kathmandu has certainly made an impressive resume for itself when travel review sites considered it to be one of the best cities in the world to visit and it thoroughly deserves the title. The modern city undergoing development and reconstruction while still preserving its historical heritage and culture is quite impressive. The people, culture, natural beauty and unique ambience of this city make a strong case for itself to be the 5th best city in the world as according to lonely planet.