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Why you should go?
Visit the Himalayan Kingdom for unbelievably rich cultural heritage. There are more temples than homes here and much of Kathmandu Valley is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Durbar Square

Durbar Square contains a series of palaces, courtyards and temples and listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO. Locally also known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. The first palace was built on this site 1,800 years ago and through the centuries the buildings have been continually rebuilt. The square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City.Many souvenirs are for sale in the area so bargain well. 

Pashupatinath Temple

Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, originally constructed on this site 1,600 years ago. The temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and is well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple can be had from the opposite bank of the river.

Mountain Flight (Kathmandu)

While in Nepal and unable to trek into the Himalayas, the easiest way to view the Mighty Himalayas including Mount Everest is by taking the one hour "Mountain Flight” tour from Kathmandu airport. Expect to pay US$110 for a trip. You will get to be inside the cockpit as you are flownwith views that will last a lifetime. 

Patan Museum

Formerly the residence of the Malla kings, the section of the palace surrounding KeshavNarayan Chowk now houses one of the finest collections of religious art in Asia. Initially funded by the Austrian government, the museum is a national treasure and an invaluable introduction to the art, symbolism and architecture of the valley.You need at least an hour, and preferably two, to do this place justice, and it’s worth taking a break at the excellent Museum Café before diving in for another round.

Thamel

Thamel is where the vast majority of travellers stay in Kathmandu these days.It has replaced the famous freak street as the main hangout for backpackers and these days its full of cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops catering to tourists. It´s very practical to stay there as you can find most of the shops with maps, outdoor gear, books and other things you might need for the trip there.Thamel Square is good for souvenir shopping such as purses, backbags, trekking stuff, pashminasand don't miss Himalayan Java (coffee store) at the entrance of the place.

Pokhara

Located 80 miles to the west of Kathmandu, Pokhara’s Lakeside is a stunningly beautiful and surprisingly tranquil traveller’s paradise.  Most people stay in Pokhara to rest for or recuperate from one of the major Annapurna treks. Other activities include: swimming in the lake or in the lakeside pool of one of Pokhara's hotels; the 1-2 hour walk through lush forest on the western shores of the Phewa Tal to the World Peace Pagoda; visiting the extensive International Mountain Museum, taking a course in meditation or yoga or for more adrenaline rush try your hand at paragliding.

Kopan Monastery

The Kopan Monastery is a gated community of Buddhist monks found on a hilltop north of Boudhanath.  Founded by Lamas ThubtenYeshe and ZopaRinpoche in the early 1970s, the Monastery houses 360 monks . The grounds of which also include an enormous Bodhi tree, the Chenreziggompa (temple), statues, prayer wheels, prayer flags (at the top of Kopan Hill) and the colourful Thousand Buddha Relic Stupas. The Monastery also offers daily and longer courses in meditation and yoga, provides panoramic views over the Kathmandu valley also having an immaculately kept garden and great gift shop and café.

Freak Street

Freak Street is where all the backpacker tourism to Nepal started in the 1960's.
This was where all the hippies came to sit and smoke funny tobacco in exotic surroundings.
The street used to be packed with foreigners, but today it has become a fairly quiet street and they have even given it its former name Jochne back (it was offcially called Freak Street for a few years). Worth taking a walk down the street if you are a little interested in history, cause this was really an iconic street in the old hippie days.

The best time to visit Kathmandu is September to November. It is the start of the dry season, the weather is balmy and the air is clean.
 
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While in Nepal it's a good idea to ask permission before taking a photo. It is generally okay outside of temples and during festivals, but never inside temples or at religious ceremonies.
 
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