For many visitors, Kathmandu is only the place where they arrive for their trekking trip, but there is a lot to do. This is an example 2-day itinerary:
Probably the busiest and most chaotic district in Kathmandu is Thamel. In the winding alleys, you will meet numerous tourists who rummage through the many small shops, look for souvenirs or take a breather in the restaurants, cafés, and bars. Thamel is considered to be the tourist center of Nepal, where you only meet locals at the stalls. Even though Thamel is a tourist destination, this area is ideal for arriving in Nepal and not being overwhelmed by the Nepalese culture. It’s recommended to get your accommodation in this area.
Swayambhu is also known as a monkey temple, the reason for this is the agile fellow inhabitants who sometimes approach visitors in an all too tiresome manner. The temple complex is situated on a hill and offers a good view over the Kathmandu valley when the air is clear. According to the old tradition, this was a lake from which only a few islands protruded. When the waters drained away through the Bodhisattva Manjushri, a lotus flower remained on this hill. It was here that the Stupa was finally erected.
The main entrance to the complex is from the east via a high staircase with over 300 steps. The side entrances from the west are more comfortable, but this path is not nearly as impressive.
Garden of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams, also called the Garden of Six Seasons, is a neo-classical garden built-in 1920. Originally, the garden was laid out for the private use of Emperor Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana. After the Garden of Dreams had fallen into oblivion, it was restored and beautified between 2000 and 2007. On a total of 6,895 square meters, you will find three impressive pavilions and an amphitheater surrounded by various figures, ponds, fountains, and pergolas. The Garden of Dreams is perfect if you are just looking for a few quiet minutes and a bit of relaxation from the chaotic city bustle and noise.
Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which has been enthroned on the hill of the same name above the capital of Nepal since 1969. From up here, you have a unique view of Kathmandu and Patan. Kopan Monastery is actually not only a monastery but consists of two monasteries, one for monks and one for nuns, in which a total of over 800 Buddhists live. At Kopan Monastery you will learn how to meditate and get to know the religious views in various discussion groups. Various vegetarian and vegan meals throughout the day are also included. The monastery has a beautiful park with many figures, a café, a souvenir shop, and a bookstore.
These are suggestions for a 2 day Kathmandu itinerary. If you have more time, consider visiting the beautiful Narayanhity Palace or the city of Patan.
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