Visit the impressive capital of Nepal

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The metropolis of Kathmandu is located at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the densely populated Kathmandu valley. Most tourists crowd in the famous Thamel quarter. Places of interest such as the World Heritage Site Durbar Square and the temple complex Swayambhunath are within walking distance. The tourist buses from Kathmandu to Lumbini, Chitwan and Pokhara start here. However, authentic Nepal can be discovered away from the crowded alleys.
Kathmandu - Kathesimbu Stupa© mazzzur / Depositphotos

Kathmandu presents itself as a melting pot of different cultures and different architectural styles of Asia. Especially the influences from India and China are clearly noticeable. Besides Patan and Bhaktapur, the medieval destination is one of the former royal cities of Nepal. The narrow and winding alleys of the metropolis are mostly populated by artisans. Modern restaurants and charming shops can be found on the New Road.

The heart of the historical Kathmandu is Durbar Square. Each building is dedicated to a Hindu deity. From the Basantapur Kathmandu Tower the Himalayan peaks are said to be visible. The ascent in the "Palace of the Spring" is via the inner courtyard Lohan Chowk. The royal palace in Kathmandu is called Hanuman Dhoka. Until 2001 the coronation ceremony of Nepalese kings took place in Nasal Chowk. The Panch Mukhi Hanuman Temple is only accessible to priests.

Without doubt, a visit to the Swayambhunath Stupa is the highlight of a Kathmandu trip. On the monument with its gilded tower, the third eye of Buddha looks out over the valley in all directions. Mysterious prayer wheels and colourful prayer flags surround the celebrity. A smaller copy of the 1650 building is located in the old town of Kathmandu at Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery, a Tibetan pilgrimage site.

Between Durbar Square and Basantapur Place is the Buhari Bahal. The Kumari lives in the brick building. She embodies the female energy of Kathmandu and is worshipped as a living goddess. She shows her face from 9 to 11 o'clock. The inner courtyard with splendidly carved balconies may be photographed by those present as soon as the Kumari has retired. One of the most quiet places in Kathmandu is the garden of dreams.
Kathmandu - Prayer wheels© anyaberkut / Depositphotos

The Swapna Bagaicha is located 2 minutes away from the Thamel district. The bizarre complex is a popular meeting place for lovers. In the restored ensemble you can enjoy a picnic. The Kaiser Café invites you to linger. Kathmandu is known for its lively markets like the Indra Chowk. Florists offer their wares here. In front of the Machhendranath Temple the pottery market is worth a visit. Trading is expressly desired!

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