Digital nomad Aileen Adalid took a trip to KATHMANDU CITY & VALLEY, which lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of the Indian subcontinent and the broader Asian continent. Here’s her list of the amazing things to do in Kathmandu.
With the help of a local guide, you can take part in a 7-hour Kathmandu day tour which will cover all of the city’s top highlights and UNESCO spots. With such a dynamic city like Kathmandu, there are a lot of attractions or landmarks that are worth seeing, but to start, below are some of the spots that you absolutely must NOT miss!
If you’re looking for the liveliest commercial neighborhood in the city, you only need to head to Thamel which is distinguished for its narrow alleys that are filled with various buildings and vendors: clubs, hotels, hostels, pubs, restaurants, shops, tour operators, and more — you really will find almost everything here!
Let’s face it: a lot of us are NOT prepared to scale the summit of the world’s highest peak; thankfully, as part of your things to do in Kathmandu, there are providers in Nepal that give anyone the chance to get a bit closer to the Himalayas and see the beauty that is Mt. Everest. Lasting from 45 minutes to an hour, most flights start from around $150 and there are 2 options for you to choose from: doing it by helicopter or by plane. There are a lot of tour operators who offer helicopter rides, but when it comes to aerial rides, there are 3 airlines who are well-known for doing it: Buddha Air, Guna Air, and Yeti Air.
As a part of your things to do in Kathmandu, you should make sure that you also grab the chance of enjoying the city’s surrounding natural terrain by doing the following outdoor activities. River rafting – If you seek this kind of adrenaline-pumping activity, you can opt to go for a river rafting tour that goes through Trishuli River which connects the city of Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Wanna fully escape the traffic and urban setting found in Kathmandu? There are several charming towns and cities that you could explore during your time there.
Bhaktapur – Truth be told, it has the best-preserved palace courtyards and old city center in the country.
Lalitpur or Patan – Much like Bhaktapur, Patan has an array of similar architecture; however, the plus side of going here is that it is much closer to Kathmandu city itself so it makes for a great side trip if you’re pressed on time.
Bungamati and Khokana villages – Regrettably, a lot of the key structures in these villages have been destroyed due to the 2015 earthquake — but it is more of a reason why you should come visit in order to help raise tourism and aid them in quickly restoring their temples.
Panauti-This is one of the oldest towns in Nepal and its nostalgic charm remains up to today, making it a great day trip for your things to do in Kathmandu.