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Discover cool Kathmandu

Flights to Kathmandu will transport you to a unique and enchanting city that’s like nowhere else on earth.

Wander winding alleyways and browse the bustling markets of Indra Chowk for a unique souvenir to take home with you. Pay a visit to the whitewashed dome of the Boudhanath Stupa, or uncover the city’s history with a trip to the Durbar Squares.

ancient city in kathmandu valley in nepal

You can live like a local by travelling to the old town in a rickshaw to sample delicious dal bhat – Nepal’s favourite dish.

Meanwhile, there are medieval temples and ancient palaces to explore that offer a fascinating window on Kathmandu’s cultural and religious heritage.

In this city of green spaces, serenity is never too far away.

A two-minute walk from Thamel – the beating heart of Kathmandu – will transport you to the Garden of Dreams, one of the city’s most beautiful enclaves.

An hour outside the city is Nagarkot, where you can soak up genuinely breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Book plane tickets to Kathmandu with Etihad Airways and experience a world where memories last a lifetime.

What's the weather like in Kathmandu?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

11°C

1cm

FEB

13°C

2cm

MAR

17°C

3cm

APR

20°C

5cm

MAY

23°C

11cm

JUN

25°C

22cm

JUL

25°C

37cm

AUG

25°C

33cm

SEP

24°C

19cm

OCT

21°C

5cm

NOV

16°C

1cm

DEC

12°C

1cm

Kathmandu tends to be warmest from June to August, with average temperatures of 25°C. The winter months can be very cold, as temperatures can drop to 0°C.

Nepal experiences a monsoon season, which falls in July and August. Fly to Kathmandu from October through to April if you’re looking for cooler, drier weather.

Reasons to visit Kathmandu

boudhanath stupa with colourful prayer flags in kathmandu nepal

Explore enchanting temples

Nepal’s main religions of Buddhism and Hinduism set the backdrop for many of Kathmandu’s notable sites. Boudhanath Stupa, a world heritage site, is a holy place for Buddhists and offers fascinating glimpses into Nepalese culture.

Climb 365 steps to the famous Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath that sits astride a hill to the west of Kathmandu. This temple was founded at the beginning of the 5th century, making it one of the oldest in Nepal.

For more insight into daily temple life, join a tour led by one of the resident monks. You’ll even get the chance to participate in ceremonies and chanting rituals. While there’s no strict dress code, you should generally be conservative in how you dress when you visit these holy sites.

sitting monkey kathmandu nepal

Stroll through ancient cities

Head south from Thamel and wander through narrow streets in Kathmandu’s old city. Hidden within this maze of alleys are shrines and statues that will leave you in awe.

There are three Durbar Squares in and around the city. All UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these are grand plazas that stand in front of former royal palaces dating back to the time when Nepal was divided into three kingdoms.

Comprising temples, statues and ornate fountains, the squares are well worth seeking out. Patan Durbar Square is in the heart of the city of Lalitpur, around half-an-hour from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur Durbar Square can be found in Bhaktapur, about 40 minutes away.

colourful trinkets on sale at a souvenir shop in kathmandu

The real Nepal

Bustling Thamel is home to an array of shops that overflow with brightly-coloured clothing, lanterns, jewellery, carvings and more.

For an authentic shopping experience, visit Asan Tole, located between Durbar Square and Thamel. Here you can buy everything from fresh produce, herbs and spices, to clothing. But it’s the buzzing atmosphere that’s the real draw.

After building up an appetite, head to Lohsha Ghasha, a short walk from Durbar Square, and enjoy home-cooked, traditional Newari cuisine at a reasonable price. Or stop by OR2K in Thamel to eat delicious Newari food the way the locals do – while sitting on the floor.

Things to know before you fly to Kathmandu

plane Airport transfers

The easiest way to get to the city from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) after you fly to Kathmandu is by car – it’s a 20 to 30-minute journey. You can pre-book a transfer with Etihad, or grab a taxi outside. Local taxis found outside are generally good value, but you should agree on a price before departure.

charities Tipping in Kathmandu

Tipping is not customary in Nepal. However, it would be unlikely that anyone would turn down tips, and tour guides have become used to them. If you receive good service, feel free to tip accordingly. Many major hotels and restaurants add a 10 per cent service charge.

globe Saying hello in Kathmandu

‘Namaste’ is used to greet people and is accompanied by placing your hands together in front of you. Shaking hands is common practice between men and between women, but a man should only extend his hand to a woman if she offers it to him first.

currency Local currency

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR), which is different to the rupee used in countries such as Pakistan and India. Most restaurants and hotels in Kathmandu accept major credit cards.

Flying to Kathmandu: FAQs

How do I get around in Kathmandu?

Rickshaws are a cheap and easy way to travel around Kathmandu. Expect to haggle on your fare and ensure you agree on a price before setting off. Taxis are available but more expensive.

How long should I spend in Kathmandu?

Around five days is enough time to see the main sites of Kathmandu. If you want to take it slower, or explore surrounding areas, two weeks gives you ample time to see rural Nepal. For longer treks, three weeks is the ideal length of time to stay.

Where should I stay in Kathmandu?

Thamel is the place to stay if you want to be close to good restaurants and nightlife. There’s a wide variety of hotels and guest houses available here to suit different budgets, depending on what you’re looking for. For a more luxurious stay, look at the hotels in Lazimpat.

Why we love Kathmandu

“There are always things going on in Kathmandu, from the religious ceremonies at the many temples to bartering at the markets of Asan. The locals are friendly and want to ensure you have the best time, and Nepalese foods are delicious – especially the dal bhat.”

Weather in Kathmandu

27 °C
Tuesday31 Mar 2020
26 °C
Wednesday1 Apr 2020
26 °C
Thursday2 Apr 2020
26 °C
Friday3 Apr 2020
26 °C
Saturday4 Apr 2020
26 °C
Sunday5 Apr 2020
27 °C
Monday6 Apr 2020
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