Nepal’s capital city is not just a city stopover before heading to the great Himalayas, it’s a city full of charm and character. Despite the heavy pollution and total chaos, it is simply incredible and one of the most unique cities I have ever been to. It’s intoxicatingly beautiful.
Before planning to visit Kathmandu, I suggest to read and know more about the place. Or else, you will end up ranting and commenting on how bad your travel experience was. Kathmandu is not a travel destination for everyone.
Arriving from Tribhuvan International Airport and processing our Visa upon arrival, we headed straight to the backpacker and tourist section of Kathmandu called Thamel. The
Thamel is the downtown of Kathmandu wherein everything is within walking distance and offer lots of option for a stay, shopping, food and relaxing. Traditional restaurant and westernized cafes are flooded in this area, including bars and pubs that close to the late night. Known for its narrow alleys and crowded shops, it is surrounded by shops selling trekking and mountain gears, jewelry and souvenir shops. Just a warning, everything is overpriced! Yes, your bargaining skills should come in handy.
Although some parts of the city are heading towards modern urbanization, the beauty of the old city of Kathmandu is very rich in history and architecture. Designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979, the Durbar Square located on the heart of the old town is surrounded by popular shrines, the old royal palace, and the Kumar Chowk. The wooden buildings and temples and pigeons in a flock flying everywhere are picturesque.
By the way, an entrance fee is collected for all travelers visiting the square, only locals are free to roam around the square. The ticket is only valid for one day.
* This is a repost from my old site. The travel happened in March of 2014. Thanks!