Kathmandu Travel Guide
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Information about Kathmandu
Kathmandu is not only the capital of Nepal but also its central spire of culture, heritage, art, economy, and tourism. Because of its charming appeal and also because Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal tourism has become possible and convenient for the travelers from around the world. Do not get fooled by the contemporary urban fabric of the city. If you consult a Kathmandu travel guide before coming, you can see there have been excavations to prove that Kathmandu has stood since the first century AD. Moreover, within the main city, there are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites that include both Hindu and Buddhist heritage sites.
Here are a few pieces of Kathmandu tourist information to help out the travelers:
Weather in Kathmandu:
Kathmandu weather is subtropical in nature. Except for a few stray occasions, over the years, the city has experienced soothing, pleasant summers and winters. It does not get too hot in the summers. The average temperature is around 28-30°C. It is quite mild compared to what the Indian plains just south of Nepal experiences. The winters are cold, with average temperature hovering around 10°C. But it does not go below the freezing point usually. An important Kathmandu travel tip would be to travel between the summers and winters – that is autumn and spring, from March to early May and from September to November.
Nightlife in Kathmandu:
Nightlife in Kathmandu is a happening and sizzling one. Bars and clubs are at large in the Thamel District. A marketplace by the day, the place comes alive with its multiple options for night-time festivities as the sun goes down. One can find all varieties of clubs, restaurants and bars here – Irish pubs, Mayan-themed bars, New Orleans style jazz and blues. Rum Doodle is a must-visit among the lot, because of its history. This is where every Mount Everest climber comes to celebrate their feat. Ason Bazar is a good night-time market to shop from. Another part of Kathmandu nightlife is the casinos –Casino Royale, Casino Everest, and Casino Mahjong are three of the best. Carry a Kathmandu map with you to find the best places.
Food in Kathmandu:
Nepalese food is strongly influenced by the Indian and Tibetan cuisines, but it has its own flavors as well. Dal Chawal is the most common food consumed here, says any Kathmandu tour guide. In the restaurants, one can get it in platter style that comes with salads, papad and vegetable curries or meat dishes. The Newars have their own cuisine and Chatamari, which looks like pizza, is a popular food. Popular Tibetan food Thupka is famous here, and so are masu dishes, which are basically spicy curries, made of chicken, lamb or pork.
Shopping in Kathmandu:
Thamel is the best place to buy cheap products on the Kathmandu guide map. Casual garments, local artifacts, trinkets and souvenirs, bags, watches, accessories, and even trekking gears are found here. Among special items, there are Pashmina shawls, Nepalese dagger or kukris, thangkas, Tibetan curios and silver wares are common. For more posh experiences, one can go for Civil Mall or King’s Road with all the top-notch international brands. The Civil Mall has a multiplex and bowling alley as well. Bhatbhateni Super Market is another place, which is the literal definition of all-things-under-one-roof.
Festivals in Kathmandu:
Kathmandu, in general, celebrates all the Hindu and Buddhist holidays and festivals. Lhosar or Buddhist New Year, Buddha Jayanti, Holi, Dashain or Dussehra, and Tihar or Diwali are the most celebrated ones. Ghode Yatra is a festival unique to the valley, marked by various horse parades, functions, and acrobats performed by Nepalese army. To find out more information about Kathmandu festivals, you have to follow their yearly scheduled by the government.
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FAQ's of kathmandu
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Yes. There are a lot of Indian multi-cuisine restaurants in Kathmandu. Kathmandu
Tourists may avoid the month of January to visit Kathmandu because of extreme cold. Other than that, it is comfortable all year round.
Yes. Tourists can conveniently enter casinos. However, localites are not allowed.
Yes. The localites are friendly and understand both English and Hindi.
Nepalese Rupee is accepted in Kathmandu.
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