Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

In Nepal, there are around 60 divergent ethnic groups and most of them are concentrated around the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu in a word is the city of “Temples”. They are everywhere some huge and some so small that it can easily be missed.

It’s a city with a lot of simplicity.It’s exactly the place where may find peace in chaos.

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

1.) Pashupatinath Temple

Top things to do in kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple

The Temple is built on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river.It is dedicated to the Hindu God “Lord SHIVA”.Shiva is often considered the god destruction and transformation”. Throughout the year.Worshippers from all over India flock to visit the temple.It is a sacred site for Hindus.

The existence of this temples goes back to 400AD.

Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple.

It is really ironic to see on one side there are prayers for a newborn baby and on another side, there are cremations for the dead.

Just reminds us the beauty of life and death.

2.)Darbar Square

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Darbar Square is where the city comes alive.Its a huge square with lots of red brick temples, shops, ricksha-wallas, and wanderers.It is the cultural heart of Kathmandu.History tells us that  Darbar square was once a palace from where the city’s kings ruled.But what remains today are the backyard lanes, temples telling stories of a century ago.
Surely one of the top  10 things to do in Kathmandu.

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3.)Babas

Sadhus, priests, sage, holy man, yogi are just a few names for these people but I address them as “BABAS”.

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Baba

They have been meditating in the Himalayas for years and are seen mostly in saffron colored clothes.Furthermore, they are also known for smoking Cannabis and are hardcore worshippers of Lord Shiva.

Every time I visit Kathmandu, I meet them for some wisdom and to gain more knowledge of my religion “HINDUISM”.

4.)Eat Nepali Momos

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

MOMOS

Nepali momos are dumplings filled with chicken, buffalo or vegetables which are normally served with a pungent tomato chutney.It is supposed to be dipped in the chutney and eaten in one bite.I munched the chicken chilly Momos and they were really mouth watering.It was that kind of food that made me ask for one more serving of it, but this time less chilly!

The Yangling restaurant in Thamel serves you the best Momos.The restaurant also features in the Lonely planet

Where -Yangling Restaurant
Saat Ghumti Marg, 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1-4701225

5.)Thamel

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Thamel

The neighborhood of Thamel is the hub of backpackers.The whole area is filled with small cafes, pubs, hostels, money exchange shops, travel agents and a lot of camping shops.It’s easy to spot the mountaineers who are getting ready to climb Mount Everest and other mountains in the region.The street life of Thamel is very picturesque and spellbinding with every little street trying to say something.
It is one of the top 10 things to do in Kathmandu.

6.)Drink Gorkha Beer

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Gorkha Beer

Gorkha beer is named after the fearsome Nepalese fighters “The Gorkha”.
The Gorkha tribe was most fearsome, ruthless and till date they are the best soldiers in the army .The label on the Gorkha beer is of Gorkha soldier with slogan
“Dedicated to the Brave “
This is surely one of the top  10 things to do in Kathmandu.

7.)Thakali {Traditional Nepalese Food }

Thakali Thali

Thakali Thali

The thakali thali is a set menu which comprises of the famous Dal-Bhaat-Tarkari i.e Dal and rice, Aloo curry(potato), Saag(spinach), Horseradish pickle , Himalayan Yoghurt , Mango chutney,Buckwheat Papads and black Daal made with Timur (Sichuan Peper).
The Ethnic group “Thakal” come from the north of Nepal and they are especially known for their thakali cuisine.

In Nepal, your food talks about your Traditons and culture.

8.)Ride a Bicycle rickshaw

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Top Things to do in Kathmandu

The best way to uncover Kathmandu is by traveling in a Bicycle rickshaw.Rickshaw rides are fun and environment-friendly.The city center of Kathmandu is a like a puzzle, some places are too far to walk but to near to drive.In that case, these Bicycle Rickshaws are the best choice.Sit back and enjoy the ride.

9.)Kukri

Kukuri

Kukuri

I have seen a lot of knives in the world but this one “Kukri” outdoes them all.The knife with the sharpest blade, one strike enough to put your opponent down.It is used by the soldiers of Indian, Nepalese and British armies.You could find shops of Kukri all over the Kathmandu City.

10.)Kumari

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

Kumari House

Nepal is a country of rich cultures and traditions, one such is the life of Kumari.

Kumari is ideally a 7-year-old girl who is worshipped as a living goddess and she stays in Kumari house.According to the Nepalese culture, she is an incarnation of Hindu Goddess “Taleju” who use to slaughter all the demons.To see a Kumari is sign of good fortune and that is one of the reasons Kumari house is always crowded .It was really an enigmatic experience to see Kumari and try to understand how secretive her life must be as Kumari’s are not allowed to leave the house except festivals .

Hindu God "Bhairav"

Hindu God “Bhairav”

“Hindus view death as rebirth and not the end”- – – RIGVEDA

 

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  1. Interesting,those Momos look yum

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