Replete with rich history, culture and heritage, Kathmandu rightly serves as the capital city of Nepal – the picturesque country nestled in the Himalayan foothills. The city has been described as the holy abode of Gods in several ancient texts and is a significant religious centre for two eminent religions of the world – Buddhism and Hinduism. Ancient temples, monasteries and huge palaces depict the architectural and historical vividness of the city. These splendid edifices testify the glorious past of this city, which has seen major cultural influences since its inception. Owing to its prominence on the cultural map of the world, Kathmandu has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with its sister cities – Patan and Bhaktapur. In addition to historical monuments and cultural landmarks, Kathmandu has earned international recognition for its traditional Asian bazaars, unique tourist haunts and picturesque beauty of the snow-clad mountains.
Attractions in Kathmandu
For over four decades, Thamel has served as the centre of tourism in Kathmandu city. This bustling shopping paradise is known for its narrow lanes, small shops and eating outlets that make it a busy tourist haunt.
Kasthamandap holds the stature of being one of the oldest and largest temples in the Kathmandu valley. This pagoda has immense religious significance as it is believed to be the sacred abode of all the 33 crore Hindu Gods.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square, is a huge ensemble of the finest architectural marvels of Nepal. Hindu God Hanuman is considered as the protector of this royal square.
Nestled along the banks of holy River Bagmati, Pashupatinath Temple is an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. Traditional Nepalese architecture and the annual celebration of Shivaratri lend international acclaim to this temple.
Swayambhunath Stupa is a marvellous edifice dating back to 3rd century BC. This Buddhist shrine is known for its massive size and splendid architecture, which make it an integral part of Nepal's much-talked about heritage.
Believed to be built during the 5th century, Boudhanath Stupa is a towering structure that holds sacred status among Buddhists. It is one of the largest stupas in the world and the centre of Tibetan culture in Nepal.
Revered for its rich arts and traditions, Patan is a royal city of the Kathmandu Valley. This cultural centre is dotted with religious monuments and sculpting masterpieces, which make it a delightful destination for patrons of art.
Scenic and sacred, the city of Bhaktapur is a historic gem of Nepal. The city encompasses several Hindu and Buddhist shrines, which speak of splendid architecture, sculpting and artistic excellence of the Himalayan country.
Our Recommended Hotels in Kathmandu
Hotel Manang is a 3-star hotel in Thamel, which is the tourist district of Kathmandu. This hotel lies at a distance of 8 km from Tribhuvan International Airport. There are three categories of rooms in this hotel that are classified into Super Deluxe, Deluxe and Family Suite Rooms. All these rooms are appointed with upscale amenities. For a fine dining experience, guests can visit the restaurants and well-stocked bars in the hotel that serve delicious food and exotic beverages. This property has two well-maintained conference halls that can used to host corporate meetings, private parties, wedding ceremonies and other social events.
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Located in Kathmandu, Hotel Himalaya lies near the business district of the city. The accommodation options in the hotel include 125 well-appointed units that are categorised as Junior Suite, Executive Room and Deluxe Room. The hotel has a terrace-dining space, where a variety of cuisine is served to diners. Along with the dining arrangements, the restaurant also features tea and coffee areas and a well-stocked bar. For recreation, Hotel Himalaya has a swimming pool and tennis court, along with a business centre for corporate guests. There are five well-equipped banquet halls in the hotel, which are used to host conferences, seminars, workshops and private parties.
Crowne Plaza Kathmandu - Soaltee
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Spread over an area of 12 acres, Crowne Plaza Kathmandu - Soaltee is a 5-star property that has five floors and features 282 rooms and 16 suites. It is located in proximity to popular attractions of the city, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Durban Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. There are three speciality restaurants in the premises that serve Italian, Chinese and Awadhi cuisine. The hotel has seven beautifully-designed meeting rooms, where conferences, seminars, corporate meetings and private parties can be hosted. Outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre and sports courts are few facilities in the premises that cater to the wellness and recreation needs of guests.
Hotel Annapurana Kathmandu
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Hotel Annapurna, with a rich history of nearly a century, is located about 5 kilometres from the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. Everyone who stays here can relax in its expansive lawn and connect smart phones and laptops to Wi-Fi-internet. For corporate events, the property offers the Arch Room, Banquet Hall, Kumari Hall and two Meeting Rooms. Guests have the option of relaxing in its swimming pool and exercising in the gymnasium. Arniko Room and Ghar-e-Kebabs serve Chinese and Mughlai and Indian delicacies respectively. The hotel also has dedicated coffee shop, a confectionery and the well-stocked Juneli Bar.
Rooms here are named as Heritage, Deluxe, Corporate Deluxe and Club while Executive, Regency and Deluxe are the names given to its extravagant suites. All these units come with electronic safe, water sprinklers and smoke detectors, hardwood or carpeted floors, wireless internet connection, mini-bars and television sets.
Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu
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Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu, with its long galleries and arched walkways, captures the aesthetic essence of Nepal. To make it easier for guests to reach the property, it offers complimentary pick-up from the airport. The hotel offers its guests fitness and recreational utilities like the Das gymnasium, the Panch Kosha Himalayan Spa and swimming pool. The site also has spacious rooms for business travellers to hold meetings and other corporate events. Guests can satisfy their desire to read at the in-house library that houses numerous books on Nepali culture. Diners can savour Nepali cuisine in Krishnarpan, Japanese delights at Marko's and world cuisine at the Toran eateries, respectively. They can also relax or chat, while sipping alcoholic beverages at the Fusion bar.
Heritage Rooms, Royal Suite and Heritage Suite are the different accommodation options in this luxurious property. All these options have wireless internet connections, televisions, phones and spacious and tiled attached bathrooms.
Malla Hotel Kathmandu
GPO Box 787, Lekhnath Margmore...
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The Malla Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal is located close to the tourism-heavy Thamel marketplace. This hotel, with a contemporary architecture, provides parking, laundry, dry cleaning and maid for special housekeeping. Its recreational and health offerings rest on the shoulders of its in-house gymnasium, spa, sauna, swimming pool, steam room and massages offered by experienced masseurs. Some other exclusive facilities of the property are a barber shop, beauty parlour and shopping arcade. Signature French and Italian dishes are available at The Tara restaurant while The Patio specialises in local cuisine. The forte of the main restaurant of the hotel, The Rendez-Vous, is Indian and Continental food preparations. Guests can sip alcoholic beverages at the in-house bar, The Cocktail Club.
Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, apartments and suites, numbering 195 in total, offer guests a horde of amenities and services. These units face its beautiful gardens and are armed with air-conditioning and heating, telephones, television sets, mini-bars and attached bathrooms.
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The Kathmandu property of Radisson Hotels is located on the street that connects it to Thamel marketplace. This luxury property provides its guests with airport transfers, concierge, travel desk, high-speed internet and all other necessary services. Special attention is given to health and well-being as the in-house gymnasium is armed with modern exercise-machines, steam room, sauna and expert masseurs. The hotel also has a spa, named Tranquillity where guests can enjoy a relaxing body-therapy. Another cool feature at the site is its rooftop swimming pool giving a 360-degree view of the city. Guests can sit in the garden and soak up Nepali culture with folk music and dance performances. The hotel is a dining paradise with 3 restaurants, a coffee-shop, 2 bars and a dedicated confectionery.
Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Premium Rooms, Junior Suites, Deluxe Suites and the signature Radisson Business Class Suites are the various accommodative options. Every chamber offers its occupants 24-hour room service, TVs, mini-bars, beverage makers, deposit boxes and attached bathrooms.
Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu
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Shangri-La Hotel is one of the most notable luxury hotels in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. In addition to common services and amenities, this luxurious property has a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts. Some of the other additional services offered by the hotel to its guests are 24-hour reception, 2 conference rooms and business centre. The hotel also has a well-stocked library, dedicated to Desmon Doig, the founder of the company. Guests can have Chinese food at the Shambala Garden, Indian delights at Saffron Indian Restaurant and snacks and alcoholic beverages at the Lost Horizon Bar.
Executive Suite Rooms, Junior Suite Rooms, Executive Club Rooms and Deluxe Rooms are the various accommodative options in the hotel. All these units feature TVs, safe boxes, phones, mini-bar and separate sitting and sleeping compartments. The attached bathrooms have hairdryers, bathrobes, toiletries, bathtubs and showering areas.
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