Kathmandu, the sustained yet historically diversified city of Nepal has been the center of attraction for the Locals and the tourists for ages. Certainly, Kathmandu has a lot to offer from Savouring Cuisines, Lush Hiking Trails, Historic Architectures to Ancient Sacred Temples. If someone tries to do one new thing every day in Kathmandu, even after years he would not run out of ideas.
Here, We have shortlisted ten things a tourist or a resident can do in Kathmandu.
1. Perceive the ‘Sandhya Aarati’
‘Sandhya Aarati’ is a ritual of worship performed every evening in the Pasupatinath Temple by a group of three priests. Durning the Aarati, songs are sung in praise of the deity, with lamps offered in the bank of the holy river, Bagmati. Besides, Hindus believe that Aaraty is performed for hailing the wellness of every living soul. And thank God for the kindness bestowed by him.
It begins at 6 PM and is performed for almost two hours every evening.
In the light of the ambiance created by the Lamps, the Prayers of the Priests with the gathered Devotees during this Evening Aarti is an event worth watching.
2. Climb the ancient ‘365 Stairs’
‘365 Stairs’ is the 365-step-staircase located in the Swayambhunath Maha-Chaitya. Also, some Buddhists believe that one can repay the debt of feeding on their mother’s milk as a child by climbing these stairs uninterruptedly.
In like manner, After moving up the stairs from the very end and at reaching the top, bowing their forehead over the ‘Dorje‘ of the Stupa. People believe the debt will be repaid.
And It’s also of no coincidence that each step signifies each day of the year; conveying the message,
“Every day even if you take a small step towards your goal,
you will surely reach your destination.”
After the struggle of climbing the never-ending Stairs. And upon arriving atop a hillock with the magnificent overlook of the entire Kathmandu valley. For one thing, You will surely be content with your achievement.
Owing to these facts, This is why Swayambhunath is a must-visit place in Kathmandu. As it is among the places, entitled to have access to the best views of the valley.
3. ‘Kora’ around the Holy Stupa
‘Kora’ is the repeated circumambulation around a Sacred Site performed in a clockwise direction.
Buddhists believe this ritual generates merits in their life’s journey. Whereas, Some people find this ritual as a meditative practice and feel their soul cleansed.
In the valley, there are MahaChaityas and Chaityas where one can practice this holy or meditative ritual like Boudhanath Stupa, Syambhunath Stupa, Charumati Stupa (Chabahil), and other such places.
4. Mark the ‘Imperial Durbars’
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square: These Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley once belonged to the three Newari kingdoms inside the Kathmandu Valley before their unification.
Comparatively, They have their way of lifestyle and culture. Museums, Kumari Ghars (the house of the living goddess), and Temples decorates these ancient locations with the touch of Historical & Cultural Significance.
Usually, most people have visited the Durbar Square Areas but have missed the Historic Museums and Sacred Kumar-Ghars of these Locations.
5. Explore the renowned place for Tourist
Thamel has been the center of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over many decades.
It might be a vibrant place but it defines the way of Nepalese Lifestyle. This atmosphere raises Thamel to be a popular location for the Locals & tourists.
Thamel might seem just a goto place but there are lots of things to do in this heart of Kathmandu. From eateries to try, local shops where souvenirs can be bought, Bars & Clubs for the young nights; & Spa and natural therapy for a relaxed evening.
6. Savor the taste of ‘Thakali Cuisine’
Thakali khana is a meal that used to be prepared by the Thakali’s originated from the Thak Khola region of Mustang district in Nepal.
In fact, The traditional Thakali meal involves many different edibles with special pickles, Gundruk, and ghees are also included which is mouth savoring & appetizing. Therefore, A visit to Kathmandu without having a set of Thakali khana is incomplete.
7. Outreach for Calmness
In essence, Outside the congestion of the cities, there are many tranquil Gumbas with a serene environment and a magnificent panoramic view of the valley.
As a matter of fact, Kapan Gumba and Fulhari Gumba are two such recognized and most pre-eminent Gumbas, built on a top of the northern & southern hills from Kathmandu. There, The serene environment on a top of a hill, the pathway filled with evergreen forest and the presence of deities in the Gumbas fill calmness to the souls who visit the place.
8. Exotic Sweets of ‘Budhanilkantha’
Budhanilkantha Temple is famously known as a religious site for Hindu devotees.
Apart from this stature, it is also famously known for the mouth savoring desserts the places at this location offers. Because, Outside the temple lie many tea shops serving breakfasts, lunch and sweet exotic sweets.
However, The best time would be in the mornings to worship at the temple and taste the different sweets and flavourful items this place offers like Jerry, Samosa, Pakoda, Puri-Tarkari, Pehda, Laddu, and others.
9. Snack on fast food Stalls.
Outside the premises of famous malls in the valley like Labim Mall, City Center Mall, and others, there lie food stalls offering hygienic & yet flavourful meals. Ranging from Stick foods to Newari Culture foods.
Moreover, These stalls are one-stop places for people who want their palate filled with mouth savoring delicacies.
10. Hike around the Hills
Hiking around the hills of Kathmandu valley offers magnificent views of the wonderful Himalayas of Nepal. Including Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, and Gaurishankar Himal. Also, Hikers favor Nagarjun, the nearest hill from the Kathmandu Valley covered by thick forest.
Likewise, Shivapuri National Park has many such evergreen forest hills with a tranquil surrounding from the Valley. Another, such hike destination would be the Dada Gau, a beautiful place just a few kilometers from Budhanilkantha.