Kathmandu is a frenetic but beautiful city, full of culture, history, and delicious food, but unfortunately, Kathmandu doesn’t make it on many travel bucket lists. This may be because it’s just a stop on the way for many travellers who are trekking in Nepal. Not many people visit the country just for Kathmandu, and the travellers in Kathmandu are usually either coming or going – in periods of transition.
Kathmandu is an amazing place and if you haven’t considered visiting it, we’d strongly encourage you to change your mind.
Here are three reasons why Kathmandu is an amazing place to visit:
While Kathmandu does have upper scale shopping malls and some branded boutiques and stores, the real shopping is in the streets Thamel, the tourist backpacking district of the valley.
Aside from the trekking gear and inexpensive knockoffs, you can find authentic, hand woven cashmere, angora, and sheep’s wool. Wood carving stalls, handmade clothing stores, tea booths and spice shops litter the streets and are squeezed in every nook and cranny you could imagine in Thamel.
Kathmandu is a shopper’s mecca.
There is no shortage of sights to see in Nepal, and that is especially true about Kathmandu. Between the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Monkey Temple, and various stupas, as well as palaces and gardens, and informal temples littered throughout the city, you could spend weeks in the Kathmandu valley without being able to get to everything.
Food and Drink
Nepali cuisine is unique and delicious, and there is so much of it to be found in Kathmandu. There are street stalls, pubs, and restaurants that serve global and local cuisine aplenty.
Be sure to try momos, a dumpling-like snack, and try an Everest beer (a trekker’s favourite). Dal bhat is the country’s national dish, and it’s delicious and filling.