Kathmandu is one of the most dreamt about cities and also one of the oldest cities in the world. With more temples than homes and the narrow winding streets in the medieval centre Kathmandu offers something new to discover behind every corner.
A holiday in Kathmandu takes you to the bustling capital of Nepal and the country’s largest city. From the moment you step out of the plane your senses are on overload with the sounds, the smells and the delightful sights of the city. There is plenty to see in Kathmandu, take your time to not only explore the major sights but also wander through the backstreets and experience a Kathmandu that has remained largely unchanged since the Middle Ages.
There are seven major heritage sites in Kathmandu and the surrounding valley, that together make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu Valley: The Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan.
Kathmandu has always been a melting pot for the different ethnic groups of Nepal, and therefore boasts an unbelievably rich cultural heritage. Here you will find a unique symbiosis between Buddhism, Hinduism and Tantrism, as alive today as it has been hundreds of years ago.
In the centre of the old town you will find Durbar Square. Once this square was home to Royalty and great coronations: It is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets dating back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The Temple of the Living Goddess, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, and the Mahadeva and Parvati Temples are worth visiting with plenty of time so you can savour the grand architecture.
Pashupatinath in the northeast of Kathmandu is one of the most important Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. It draws wandering Sadhus from all over India. With its astonishing architectural beauty it stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Its existence dates back to 400 AD. Only a short walk away you can find Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Around here you will experience vibrant and unfettered Tibetan culture from the large community of Tibetan exiles.
From Kathmandu you can book stunning mountain flights to have close views of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,848m, and many other peaks of the Himalayas.
Kathmandu treks and tours
56 days for £782 per person
Make your time abroad worthwhile by volunteering in local communities. This programme offers the possibility to teach English in a Nepalese school. You will be prepared with some lessons on culture and language, and stay with the principal’s family to experience Nepali family life. click to view details
56 days for £1374 per person
This tour gives you the opportunity to live in small communities in Nepal. According to your own skills you will help families in need, work in a local school or participate in other small scale projects. You will take part in your host family’s daily life and experience Nepali culture. click to view details
19 days for £979 per person
This journey will take you to the highlights of Nepal. You will be spoilt with spectacular sunset views in one of the greatest settings on Earth. Take some days to explore the wildlife at Chitwan National Park. This could be your perfect honeymoon package. click to view details
13 days for £1259 per person
Join us on this adventure tour from Lhasa over land to Kathmandu. You will get a deep insight into life in Tibet, see dramatic scenery and pass the highest mountain range on earth. To add even more adventure to your travel take the chance to hike up to Everest Base Camp! click to view details
19 days for £1650 per person
Explore to Asian countries in one holiday: First you will take a tour through Nepal including the sights of Kathmandu, the stunning scenery of Pokhara and spotting wildlife in Chitwan, then go to India to visit Sikkim and Darjeeling, the home of the world’s best tea. click to view details
30 days for £1027 per person
See the sights of Kathmandu and Pokhara and go on exciting safari in Chitwan National Park. Then spend two weeks at an orphanage in Nepal to help with teaching, daily chores and make friends with the children. click to view details
17 days for £1564 per person
Combine sightseeing, adventure and trekking holidays in our classic Nepal tour. Make this a very special holiday with a variety of activities in the diverse country of Nepal. Including four days trekking to Ghorepani with sunrise at Poonhill. click to view details
23 days for £3080 per person
This tour will at take you to Lhasa, to discover the Tibetan capital before driving South. On the way you will visit places of cultural importance and stunning beauty before reaching the Qomolanga region. Here you will test your strength on a tough trek to Everest Base Camps I, II and III in Tibet, a true adventure. click to view details
17 days for £1564 per person
Combine sightseeing, adventure and trekking holidays in our classic Nepal tour. Make this a very special holiday with a variety of activities in the diverse country of Nepal. Including four days trekking to Landrung. click to view details
15 days for £1237 per person
This holiday will take you to the highlights of Nepal and also give you insight to village life in the country. You will visit Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara and several small, traditional villages to meet locals. You have the opportunity to go on a mountain flight to enjoy the Himalayan peaks from the air. click to view details
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