Kathmandu, Nepal’s City of Temples, is unlike any other city in the world. It’s crowded, it’s noisy, it’s sacred, it’s overwhelming, and it’s a place that every traveler should visit. From the world-famous Swayambhunath Temple to Durbar Square and extravagant nights out in the Thamel tourist district, the following are five places every first-time visitor to Kathmandu should see.
Durbar Square, where the Nepali royals once lived centuries ago, is considered one of Kathmandu’s main tourist attractions. The entrance fee for foreigners increased from roughly $2 to $7 for foreigners, but it’s a small price to pay to admire so many temples in one small space. Take in the sacred feeling of the complex of royal palaces, Hanuman Dhoka and temples that date back to the 1500s.