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Mar - May, Sep - Nov
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5-6 Days
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About Kathmandu Tourism

Anybody who sets foot in Kathmandu is immediately filled with a sort of euphoria that is unique to the capital city of Nepal. With centuries of history bearing down on its streets, buildings and historical architectures, Kathmandu is one of those idyllic tourist destinations where cultural heritage meets urban thoroughfare and gets mingled as one. Kathmandu, Nepal has always taken pride in its well-balanced, harmonious co-existence of Hinduism and Buddhism, and the same reflects in all of its major attractions and points of interest. Being home to at least 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites and the gateway to the greatest of the Himalayan ranges and peaks, Kathmandu is one of the most popular tourist haunts, not only in Nepal but all across the Himalayas.

Mountain Flight in Kathmandu:

This experience on the Kathmandu trip is something one can hardly ever have elsewhere. Nepal is the home to eight of the top ten tallest peaks of the world. From February to April and again from October to November, these peaks can be seen as clear as daylight, from one majestic range after another, set against the azure blue sky. Mountain flight allows tourists to explore these peaks from the closest proximity possible without having to climb them. From Kathmandu, the flight trips will go around viewpoints of Manaslu, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and several other ranges, and even a glimpse of Everest in the distance.

Adventure Sports in Kathmandu:

The high altitudes and pristine climate of Kathmandu city allowed the growth of several adventure activities here. Bungee jumping over the ferocious mountain rivers and rock climbing with proper training are there in Kathmandu all year long. Mountain biking, trekking, paragliding, and white-water rafting are the other adrenaline-pumping, spine-chilling activities that one with a strong heart can indulge in. Trekking is probably the most popular one, and the trails around Kathmandu valley are quite unparalleled in their beauty. While most people immediately think of Everest as the only option from Kathmandu, it is not true. The Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu treks are quite challenging and nerve-testing treks, so are the ones around Dhaulagiri and French Pass.

Major attractions of Kathmandu:

Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the most sacred sites in Kathmandu and highly revered by Tibetan Buddhists.

Swayambhu Temple: Located on a hilltop in the west of Kathmandu, this is the oldest and most sacred Hindu religious sites in Nepal. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be an awakened deity by Hindu believers.

Pashupatinath Temple:  Yet another Shiva temple, this shrine is located on the banks of Bagmati River. This too is revered by the Hindus for its spiritual significance.

Durbar Square: This is the main center in the city, located in front of the old royal palace of Nepal.  Tourists come here for spending an evening of strolling, shopping, and people-watching.

Garden of Dreams: A well-curated, pristine neo-classical garden located in Kaiser Mahal, this place is one of utmost beauty and rich architecture in Kathmandu.

Festivals in Kathmandu:

Get on a celebration mode on an excursion to Kathmandu while cherishing some amazing moments during its many festivals. With its list of festivals like: Gai Jatra, Indra Jatra, Dashain, Mani Rimdu and more, Nepal tourism offers an enticing sojourn to its visitors.

Gai Jatra:

A carnival of singing, dancing, and laughter, this festival usually falls in July or August.. It is celebrated to commemorate the death of loved ones. In this festival, family members of the deceased parade on the streets while getting dressed as cows.

Indra Jatra:

Being celebrated in the month of September, this eight-day long festival is one of the most revered and exciting festivals of the Newar community. As hundreds of people gather at the Palace Square for the pole-raising ceremony, the chariot of Kumari can be witnessed while it gets taken out through the streets of Kathmandu.

Besides sightseeing and festivals, if someone who wants to make the best of their Kathmandu travel, various casino places are also suggested while on a tour to this amazing destination. The casino is a traditional business in Kathmandu and is part of the city’s urban culture. For shopping, Thamel in Kathmandu is all one needs to visit. From top to bottom, the place is lined up with a variety of shops during the day and iconic bars, making Kathmandu nightlife a dazzling one.

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By Air

The best way to reach Kathmandu is via boarding a flight from India. Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, located only 6 km away from the city is the busiest and most popular one in the country. It is well-connected with multiple Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Bangalore and more, and covers the distance of 800 kms in around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The international terminal connects Kathmandu and consequently Nepal with around 30 cities in Europe and Asia. The best India to Kathmandu flights are mostly operated by Air India and Jet Airways.

By Train

To go from India to Kathmandu via train, one must go through the Delhi-UP route. The nearest railway station to Kathmandu is Gorakhpur in UP which can be easily reached from Delhi. There is no India to Kathmandu Nepal train that reaches the city directly, but this is as close as it gets. There was one between Janakpur in Nepal and Jainagar in India, but the line at present is redundant. From Gorakhpur, the rest of the commute has to be made via road. There are local buses or jeeps to take passengers to the border at Sunauli in 3 hours, and then across the border from Bhairawa, there are overnight buses to Kathmandu.

By Road

There are several roadway connections between India and Kathmandu, and they are quite extensively used by residents of both countries. The Sunaili border crossing, accessible from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is the busiest India-Nepal border. Raxaul crossing near Patna in Bihar is also frequently used, although the town itself is not a very eventful one. There are direct bus services from Delhi, Varanasi or Raxaul to Kathmandu as well, which take from 7-10 hours to reach Kathmandu depending on the starting location. For people living in the east – West Bengal, Sikkim and north-eastern states of India, the Panitanki border is the best option. There are Kathmandu bus services, jeeps and hired cars from Siliguri in WB and Gangtok in Sikkim. The journey takes around 14-16 hours.

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    Koteswara Rao Bontha

    New delhi

    Koteswara's 3 days trip to kathmandu

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    Pbaldock

    Pbaldock's 6 days trip to kathmandu

    So one review, two experiences. SNOWYODA. 10/10 Excellent Snowyoda and Sumit in particular were just fantastic; the holiday was excellent with personal service in perfect English (turns out Sumit has a Masters from Bath Uni) well beyond expectations! They organised a superb two week tour in mid May 2020 and even after we were stranded with the Covid19 lockdown in Nepal, Sumit continued to give support, help, local advice and assistance... Invaluable in such a bad situation. Organising and planning the 14 day tour was so easy, and once there we continued to adapt and tailor the tour to suit our needs. We started in Kathmandu, then flew to Pokhara before taking the car to Bandipur and Chitwan... all fantastic but gliding down the river in a canoe at Chitwan with a cacophony of birdsong was just magical. We finished in Nagarkot with each day starting with sunrise over the Himalayas and Everest; all without leaving you bed. Great hotels, drivers, itineraries in an amazing country and a very safe pair of hands tour operator- Snowyoda. Totally recommended. Thank you Sumit and Sabu. TRAVEL TRIANGLE ... 3/10 very poor. Once we had agreed to book with Snowyoda TT were a nightmare. They sent a link to payment, but it didn’t work, wouldn’t take enough to pay for the tour, etc. So agreed to pay by Bank Transfer... sent the money (£ thousand ++) and 10 days later they hadn’t received it.... very stressful . Had to get my bank to request the money back and it turns out the TT bank account number they gave me didn’t exist, the transfer had been rejected, they did not know. I got the money back, but again they could not send a link to pay that worked....total shambles. In the end I paid Snowyoda direct and it was all as sweet as apple pie after that once TT were not involved.

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    Dhruv Prakash

    Lucknow

    Dhruv's 7 days trip to kathmandu

    Vaishali hotel in kathmandu had week wifi. Initially the driver that we guy didn't know anything. He was totally new and new drivers are not recommended to go on a commercial hill trip. Agency changed the driver and this one also didn't know route to Nagarkoat and chandragiri. Driver was very helpful and experienced otherwise. We missed Lumbini because of inefficiency of driver management. Nagarkoat sunrise and hotel stay Thamel market stay

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    Kavita Kothari

    Jaipur

    Kavita's 7 days trip to kathmandu

    Trip was overall good, enjoyed a lot. Only suggestion for improvement that trip would be much more excellent they mentioned before that inspite of inclusive of conveyance charge we have to pay + inclusive of breakfast charges we have to pay +inclusive of toll charges we have to pay for all these. The trip was planned excellent, and every point was covered. Nepal is a very beautiful and clean place.

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    Lunamohanty Lm

    New delhi

    Lunamohanty's 7 days trip to kathmandu

    Everything was really really fantastic from hotel to cab while picking my parents till dropping them everything was fantastic and well arranged

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    Tushar Raj

    Bengaluru

    Tushar's 7 days trip to kathmandu

    The overall experience was okay but expected a lot from trip.

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    Arjun Pai

    New delhi

    Arjun's 6 days trip to kathmandu

    Our trip to Nepal was a mixed bag of memorable and things that could have been avoided. Let me start with the positives first: 1. Mr. Tripathi had structured the trip well. He had optimised the routes to ensure we spent more time sightseeing than on the road travelling. 2. The paper work for entry to Nepal was quick and we did not face any issue there. 3. The hotel bookings too were seamless and we did not find any issues during check-in and check-out. 4. He stood by to most of his commitments and was always a patient listener. 5. The driver knew the Nepal map at the back of his head and drove safely. The things that could have been better are: 1. The driver should be made aware of all the places that are to be covered. There were certain places that we were told to us but the driver wasn't aware and it always led to confusion. It always ended up with a call to Mr. Tripathi, thus wasting some time during the trip. 2. The driver had a habit of misleading us and had several conflicting arguments to avoid visiting a place despite having promised to us by the agent. He either acted unaware or said that the place wasn't accessible to Indian cabs or he wasn't aware of the route. All these excuses were proven to be lies as he subsequently blurted out that he had visited the place earlier. 3. The driver looked into his comfort than ours, he would first find a parking spot and then make us walk a considerable distance instead of dropping us at the gate and then finding a spot to park. I'm stating this as my parents are old and it was an issue making them walk the extra mile. 4. The driver had a bad habit of chewing pan masala and rolling down the window from time to time to spit out the same. Not only was it annoying but my dad sitting at the back seat was never able to open his side of the window due to this unhygienic behaviour. 5. On day 1, due to the pt. 2 we couldn't see many temples of Lumbini from inside as the place closes by 5:00 pm. On the last day to avoid visiting Doleshwar temple the driver lied that the temple we saw at Darbar Square was the one that we were looking for.

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    ASHUTOSH KUSHWAHA

    Lucknow

    Ashutosh's 6 days trip to kathmandu

    It was really great Nepal trip... Except for chitwan hotel and their facility it was beyond my expected costly . They took 22000 INR for food and jungle safari. I think they took lots of commission in this... Rest pokhra, lumbini and kathmandu was great Pokhra

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    Abhishek Ku Agrawal

    Patna

    Abhishek's 5 days trip to kathmandu

    The whole trip was good and i was happy with the hotel and cab services.

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    Sonalip

    Delhi

    Sonalip's 3 days trip to kathmandu

    The whole trip was fine only the cab driver has few issue rest the trip was nice.

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