Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples, stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 m above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley in central Nepal. The valley is historically termed as “Nepal Mandala” and is home to the Newar people. The royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal, you can find palaces, mansions, and gardens of the Nepalese aristocracy. It has been home to the headquarters of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since 1985. Today, it is the seat of government of the Nepalese republic established in 2008 and is part of the Bagmati province.
Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy. It has a multiethnic population with a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy. In 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world and ranked first in Asia.
Best time to visit: September-November
How to reach: Fly to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport or take a cab from India. Buses ply from Patna, Varanasi, Darjeeling, and Gorakhpur to Kathmandu. Read more…