Kathmandu is popularly known as “the city of temples” has a lot more to offer just than the temples, arts, and architecture. There are various spots in Kathmandu to hangout around the weekends and also offer splendid places for sightseeing, hike, and other activities.
Top 4 places to hike in Kathmandu
Shivapuri National Park is the closest National Park of Kathmandu which preserves the various flora and fauna of the country. The hike towards the Shivapuri starts from Budhanilkantha and then goes through the woods until reaching the Nagi Gompa. The hill also offers the beautiful panorama of the Kathmandu Valley together with the snow-capped mountains on the north in case of a clear day.
Chandragiri is the popular hiking destination of Kathmandu. Many people commence the day hike towards Chandragiri to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The trail passes through the jungle and small villages and upon reaching the Chandragiri Hills one can witness the spectacular panorama of the mighty Himalayan Ranges from east to west. If you are thinking to change your daily schedule and go for a day hike and Chandragiri is definitely the one for you.
Jamacho Gumba is situated at the top of the hill in the Shivapuri National Park. Jamacho hike is also among the popular short hike in Kathmandu. The trail towards Jamacho is quite steep and goes through the Jungle. The view tower located at the top of the hill provides the spectacular sight of Kathmandu Valley along with the majestic Himalayas at the north on a clear day.
Champadevi lies southwest of Kathmandu at an elevation of 2280m and is among the popular hiking destination of Kathmandu. The trail here follows the pine forest decorated with the Buddhist prayer flags with the steep ascend. On a clear day, the hill propounds the magnificent view of the mountains including the Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and many more other peaks. Also, the summit offers the bird’s eye view of the valley.
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Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the popular destination of the Kathmandu city as it is the site that is included by UNESCO as the world heritage site. As the devastating earthquake of 2015 swiped away the many relics and monuments of this historical site, one may miss the opportunity to witness a few important and beautiful spots including the Kasthamandap.
Chobhar is located just 9km southwest from the city. Chobhar these days has become more popular for the people of Kathmandu for the day tours with friends and family. The Chobhar Gorge along with the Chobhar caves is the major attraction of Chobhar. The Jal Binayak Temple also attracts the number of pilgrims around this area.
The beautiful Tau Daha (Lake) is really close to the capital city on the way to Dakshinkali Temple. The beautiful lake attracts a lot of domestic and international visitors. The spot is great for the bird lover as one can witness the Siberian Bird from December to January. The tranquil lake houses the abundant species of the fish and birds. Fishing swimming and boating is not allowed on the lake due to its own religious values.
Located 15km northeast of the city, Sundarijal is also among the famous destination. The natural environment, waterfall, and river attract a number of domestic and international visitors to this destination. Sundarijal is also famous for the cannoning. Also, the Sundarijal serves as the starting point for trekkers along with the Langtang Region.
The waterfall at Jhor is among the most beautiful waterfall around the Kathmandu and is located north in the ancient Newar Town, Tokha. Lord Shiva Temple situated at Jhor makes it the pilgrimage site for the religious people. The place is more famous for teenagers to play with the spring water.
Top 5 pilgrimages in Kathmandu
The most sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath is located at the Bank of Holy river Bagmati. The temple lies in the eastern part of the city. The temple is included by UNESCO as the world heritage site in 1979. It is one of the oldest Hindu Temple and houses several temples including the main Pashupatinath Temple and Guhyeshwari Temple. In the backward of the Pashupatinath Temple, there are ghats located on both sides of the Bagmati River where ritual cremations take place.
Boudhanath Stupa stands as the largest stupa of Nepal and also of Asia. It is situated on the northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu and is the sacred place for the Buddhist people. In 1979 UNESCO enlisted the Boudhanath Stupa as the world heritage site. The Ajima/Harati Shrine and the Tamang Gompa is the major attraction of Boudhanath along with the Stupa itself.
Residing at a hilltop in the west of Kathmandu city Swayambhunath Temple offers the spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley. The major attraction of the Swayambhunath includes the Stupa, Valley View Point, Swayambhunath Buddhist Museum, Western Stupa, World Peace Pond, and the Buddha Park. The Swayambhunath Temple is among the sacred site for the Buddhist pilgrims.
Dakshinkali Temple is the temple of Kali, the fearful form of goddess Parbati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The temple is located 22 km southwest of Kathmandu city. The pilgrims mainly visit the temple for two days a week including Tuesday and Saturday where they scarify cocks and male goats. The temple receives many visitors during the major festival Dashain. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu people.
The temple is located at the center of the Kathmandu city and is dedicated to Devi Bhadrakali. The temple is the famous “Shaktpith” of Nepal. Navaratri is the major festival celebrated in Bhadrakali Temple during the major festival Dashain. During 9 days during the Dashain festival, the temple receives the numbers of devotees from all over the nation.