Kathmandu is one of the most fascinating cities on this planet. If you can cope with the typical third-world problems and inconveniences associated with crowded and poluted conditions and focus on the history, tradition and religious uniqueness of the place, you will love the city.
And if you like trecking, you'll find a trip to the Base Camp of Mt Everest a worthwhile experience. Also the Himalayan scenic flights are great(if you can afford them)
Kathmandu has a rich culture and an interesting mix of Indian, Western and asian heritage. English is spoken and a visit would enable you see many historical sites whilst at the same time put in a bit of exercise.
The people are friendly so you should be able to ask for help easily.
The dirtiest city I have ever been (and ive been to a few) but not my least favourite! A very hectic, hustle bustle city (particularly Thamel), with a fast paced and touristic mecca feel.
Worth a visit are the main sights around the city, and Patan and Baktapur of course. Thamel is the most hectic but good for meeting people and people watching. Once you get used to the beeping and touts you will begin to see the character in the madness and enjoy the beauty for what it is. Nepalese were slightly less friendly here compared to other parts of Nepal but thats only because in other parts of Nepal and in the low season people will go above and beyond to help you in a friendly manner.
In the Thamel area you should spend 1-2 days for traveling arrangements and "trek" shopping. 1-2 days more a enough for some temples/site-seeing inside Kathmandu.
I had only limited exposure to the city but traveling through it by bus I certainly formed an overall impression of poverty as compared with other capital cities.
Although I did discover small areas of development the general impression is one of neglect and I felt sorry for the ordinary people. It was fascinating to discover the courtyards behind the crumbling facades and I realise that my first impressions may have been misleading.
Kathmandu is capital of Nepal. some area for sightseeing. No value staying there long time. Very crowded, very dirty and most of all very very bad air pollution.
Kathmandu and Kathmandu Valley are magic places where time stopped. I try to return there as often as I can to feel the magic of its streets and temples.
There is still unique chance to see unspoiled places as Swayambunath, Bhaktapur and Patan...
It was our first trip there and we enjoyed it more than anticipated, despite the crowded narrow and polluted streets (lots of people wear mouth masks).
There are many unique and interesting places to see in Kathmandu. Its good to have a local guide at least for the first couple of days to get used to all that's different and learn a few basic rules.
The people are so friendly. The traffic is crazy but somehow they make it work. There are so many temples and stupas to see and so much culture.
Mt Everest fly over is a must!
Stay near Thamel area (Hotel Blue Horizon recommended) and all the shopping area and Narayanhitti Museum is at walkable distance (10 minutes).
Airport is 7 kilometers from Thamel.
Try and taste some traditional Nepalese food its amazing! The Mt Everest scenic flight is a must and all the stupas and temples are amazing
Many interesting places available around Kathmandu. Baktapur Durbar Square an interesting place 45 min driving from KTM worth visiting.
Many places to visit except that the air is not healthy, probably due to the dry cold season. The road infrastructures need to improve.
The road surfaces are not flat, and frequently encounter bumpy rides.
I went before the quakes and the buildings were amazing, some of which have collapsed sadly. I hope the lovely people we met survived.
Great place to buy CDs of local music !
Not much thing to talk about Kathmandu, I think this city is like hub for people who want to find equipments and cloths for trekking.
I didn't find any interesting thing here excepted the Dubar square. It is fabulously beautiful but you don't need to spend a whole day there. And the other left is so so. So for me spending 2 days there was quite enough.
A world away from Western living, but an unmissable experience. A city that is moving in so many directions, some good and some bad.
Go open minded and you will not be disappointed. Preferring the spectacular mountains away from the city a couple of days here was enough for us. Time to take in the temples, Thamel district at night and sort out most kind of adventure activities. Then you will need to get out of the dirt, dust and traffic fumes.
you just need 2 days max and will cover everything from shopping to temple visits, its a dusty city so be prepared to get a mask on.
Buy it from there, its cheap and good
Kathmandu is a crazy city, half way between the medieval times and the modern era. It is full of character, colour and adventure.
I love it dearly. Best shopping in the world for culturally beautiful and artistic finds.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, it is the beginning of Travel spot in Nepal. You should start to prepare everything here.
Kathmandu is very a city that I enjoyed visiting. Unfortunately, my visit was too quick and I would have enjoyed to stay longer.
I really recommend this city and for sure I will fo back there once. However, the pollution is very high...
Seemingly chaotic place, lovely inhabitants. Feel a bit sorry for the people as they have to live in a very polluted environment
oh kathmandu, nice place to stay before leaving nepal, hehe, locals are very nice accommodating & kind based on my experienced
Kathmandu is recovering from the earthquake. Buildings are slowly being restored and people are taking on their lives again.
It is inspiring to see the flexibility and hospitality of the nepali people.
when i stay in Thamel,we had go some villages,we love it too much.there had many oil flower feild very beautiful place.
so kathmandu had many places to go besides the sightseeing as usual.
We saw Kathmandu on Friday night and described it as chaotic, bikes, motorbikes, cars and people all sharing the road.
It was exciting to say the least! The markets and shops were all open the atmosphere was humming as throngs of people made their way home around the town. We had a great meal at a local restaurant and were pleased to get back to the hotel out of the madness. Next day was a national holiday so very quiet and then the earthquake shook us all and left Kathmandu like a ghost town. So sad to see a vibrant city become so quiet.
What an amazing city. Please don't let the recent earthquake put you off. There is so much to see and do in Katmandu.
.. And it is very safe to visit! It isn't as,'flattened' as the media make it out to be!
It is an attractive City because of its mild climate however close to the Everest and rest of the mountains .
This was the main reason we went to Kathmandu and do the mountain flight like many other people from around the world come with the same purpose .
Great city with a mixture of lively fun and great history. A wonderful start and end to any trip to Nepal.
The airport has got to be upgraded. While visa issuance was a breeze, baggage collection was a nightmare.
Perhaps it being a holiday contributed to the chaos on our arrival day. Bags were going to different belts. Eventually, after more than 2 hours, we collected all our bags. It would have been easy for anyone to pick any bag and leave. Improve this, and the first impression becomes positive. The roads in the city were in bad shape, and as a result there is dust everywhere. There is vast potential for tourism growth, and the authorities need to invest more on infrastructure. Modern roads connecting towns are sorely needed, and can be a catalyst to substantial economic growth for the country.