Finding Your Way Around Kathmandu Nepal
Finding Your Way Around Kathmandu, Kathmandu is a city like no other. The first thing to note is that it is incredibly busy, at times even chaotic. The rabbit warren of streets seems to fill up with people from almost nowhere. For some people, the whole thing can feel a little chaotic, but if you’re not averse to picking your way through the crowds, then you might just fall in love with the place. To help you on that journey, here are some of our suggestions for visiting this remarkable city.
Where to Stay
Dwarika’s hotel is a truly special place to call home for the duration of your stay. Although it is at the top end of the price range at around £200 per night for a deluxe room, it’s truly worth every bit of it. This hotel is actually a congregation of houses that sit around a courtyard. The setting is very traditional and looking out onto that beautiful courtyard in the mornings really transports you back in time. A good option for those who are on a bit of a budget is to stay for just one night. Whilst it’s a little slice of heaven to call it home for a week or so, the price can be prohibitive and you can certainly experience everything here in 24 hours. for the mid-range hotel Hotel Jampa is the best place in Thamel, This 3-star hotel offers you the best hospitality.
Stretch Your Legs
Caption: Prayers at Boudhanath Stupa
If all that relaxation is getting a bit much then take a trip to Swayambhunath Stupa. This beautiful temple is the best place to experience the city from a vantage point. The views out across the sprawling metropolis are truly breathtaking. Of course, in order to get there, you’ll have to embark on a short trek up 365 steps – one for each day of the year. Once you reach the top, not only will you be greeted with the aforementioned views, but also with the temple itself and a whole load of monkeys, for whom the temple was built. After all Swayambhunath Stupa literally translates as ‘The Monkey Temple’.
What About the Rain?
Kathmandu is, unfortunately, not immune to the monsoon season. If you’re unlucky with the weather then a good place to make your base for the afternoon is the Casino Royale. This small but perfectly formed casino provides free food and drink for guests, as well as playing host to a small list of poker tournaments. There are plenty of slot machines to choose from, as well as a selection of table games. Better still, if you see the weather brightening up then it’s within walking distance to several of the main attractions, including Basantapur Tower and Jaganath Temple.
Try Some Traditional Food
If you’re after traditional Nepalese food, then head to one of Kathmandu’s many markets. Thamel is a fantastic choice, mostly because it’s absolutely enormous, but also because it sells everything you could possibly want. It’s incredibly busy but wonderfully colorful and there’s something different going on around every corner. Take your time browsing through the stalls of trinkets, but look out for bakeries; there are some famous ones in the maze of narrow streets. Peda and Khajuri are the sweets that you must try, the first a milky and sickly sweet offering and the second a dough-based delight. If you fancy something more savoury then stop in at one of Thamel’s many restaurants for a Nepalese curry.