Kathmandu Journals

Surrounding Kathmandu

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A travel journal to Kathmandu by SeenThat

Nyatapola Temple Photo, Bhaktapur, Nepal More Photos
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Ancient Town of Bhaktapur

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Attraction | "The most beautiful stone-monsters… "

Ancient Town of Bhaktapur Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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The third largest town in the Kathmandu Valley is fourteen kilometers southeast from the capital and has the best Durbar Squre in it. It features the best conserved temples, the most beautiful stone-monsters, the highest pagodas in the country and the highest entry fee as well – that is if you are not local. The fee is roughly five times higher than for Kathmandu or Patan’s Durbar Squares and equals a local month-salary. I understand that there are different views in the issue of discriminating between tourists and locals and I will not use this space for a debate on the subject. Yet, I’ll describe a legal way of seeing the wonders without paying the fee. Reaching the town is easy. From th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2011

Ancient Town of Bhaktapur
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Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Nyatapola Temple

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Attraction | "Nyatapola, the Five-Tier Pagoda"

Nyatapola Temple Photo, Bhaktapur, Nepal
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The main reasons for visiting the town of Bhaktapur are the relics of the period when it was a city-sized kingdom; these are concentrated in three interlinked squares. The efforts needed for reaching the area are worthy since the structures here are much richer and better conserved than in Kathmandu and Patan.Durbar SquareThis Durbar Square is much larger than Kathmandu's and despite the 1934 earthquake it still has many temples. Just inside the gate on the left, the multi-armed couple Bhairab and Ugrachandi guard another gate and legend tells that after the sculptor completed them in 1701, his hands were cut off to prevent him from creating masterpieces elsewhere. To th...Read More

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Nyatapola Temple
Durbar Square
Bhaktapur, Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple

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Attraction | "Surrounding Kathmandu"

Pashupatinath Temple Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Durbar Square and Thamel are the main stops of most visitors in Kathmandu; Boudhanath – one of the world’s largest stuppas is also a must. Then, Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot are also often visited by travelers waiting for their treks or flights. However, after all these are covered, there are still quite a few attractions surrounding Kathmandu. Here are the main ones:SwayambhunathAs Boudhanath, Swayambhunath is a large stuppa with the observant and colorful eyes of the Buddha drawn on it. However, this one is placed atop a hill and allows seeing large part...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2011

Pashupatinath Temple
Banks of the Bagmati River
Kathmandu, Nepal

Village of Nagarkot

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Attraction | "What is Sarangkot to Pokhara?"

Village of Nagarkot Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Nagarkot is to Kathmandu what Sarangkot is to Pokhara: the closest place to the city from where you can see the whole range of mountains surrounding it. The village is at 2200m and offers good views of the Langtang Range of the Himalayas, just to the north. The highest peaks there are the Langtang Liru (7245m) and the Lunpo Lang (7064m) and the area is the third most popular trekking site in Nepal. The Everest can be seen at the northeast, but you will need an exceptionally clear day for that. If you arrived at Nepal overnight or from an angle in which the mountains were obstructed, then a visit...Read More

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Village of Nagarkot
32 Km East Of Kathmandu
Bhaklapur District, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tribhuvan International Airport

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Attraction | "Kathmandu: Tribhuvan International Airport"

Boudhanat Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reaching NepalA relatively secondary destination in Asia, Nepal is not very well connected with the world. I find it convenient reaching it from Bangkok Index for two reasons: the tickets are competitively priced and the frequency of the flights is high, allowing flexibility in the planning of the trip.There aren’t many choices while traveling to Nepal; Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu is the only international airport in the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2009

Lalitpur

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Temple Photo, Lalitpur, Nepal
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Patan, or Lalitpur as it is usually called, is the second-largest city in the Kathmandu Valley and lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu. The town is much quieter and its main sights can be covered in an easy day walk. It is located just five kilometers south from Thamel and it can be easily reached it by bicycle, taxi, bus, riksha or foot. The last option is the most appealing since along the way are many attractions you will cross: Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, colorful temples and nice local coffee shops. The main attraction of Lalitpur is its Durbar Square; a wise planning will allow a very early visit there because later in the morning the place crowds up. The square has the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2011