Nepal is bypassed by many travelers, including myself. Nepal is assumed to be an extension of India. However, that is wholly untrue. My biggest mistake I made in Nepal was not planning a long enough trip. Going back and doing a trek is definitely on my bucket list. However, if you only have short time this itinerary for Kathmandu is perfect.
New budget airlines have daily flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and New Delhi, making a short trip to Nepal totally doable.
When To Go
September to late November is peak season. Just after monsoon season, the weather is dry and clear. However, good weather means more tourists!
December, January, and February are the cold months in Nepal. There is a substantial lack of electricity at this time. The roads can be hard to access. As a result, trekking becomes more difficult.
February to April is Nepal’s second biggest tourist season. There are warmer temperatures throughout Nepal.
May to June is the start of the monsoon season. It can also be incredibly hot and humid.
June to August is full monsoon season. Flight delays are common, and trekking becomes more difficult.
5 Days in Kathmandu
First, I arrived in Kathmandu via plane from New Delhi. However, after spending one night in a guesthouse, I booked a flight to Pokhara and spent one week there.
Thamel road is a crowded tourist street filled with vendors and shops selling bright, colorful fabrics, incense, and hiking gear. The street is always buzzing with people, and mopeds weave and honk their way through traffic.
Thamel street is also one of the best places to stay if you are looking for an easily accessible tourist location. All the drivers know it, and it’s very simple to find information on treks and home-stays.
Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred site for Hindu’s. It’s best to watch the burning of the cremations respectfully across the river. Watching the ritual burnings from the gnats on the river’s edge was truly surreal.
Parshupatinath Temple is quite similar to Varanasi on the sacred Ganges river. Funerals for the deceased are held on a daily basis. The bodies are wrapped in cloth and cremated on a wooden pyre.
The Monkey Temple
Climb the 365 steps to the top of the Swayamnhunath Temple, also known as the monkey temple! The temple is located about 3km walking distance to the west of Thamel on a hill. As a result, the temple is known as the monkey temple because of the large amount of furry critters running around. Be careful, they are not very friendly!
The entrance fee to the temple is 200 rps.
Garden of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams remains one of the most beautiful and peaceful enclaves in Kathmandu. Best of all, it’s only a two minute walk from central Thamel!
There are new fountains and ponds, dozens of beautiful gardens, and the original gate.
Wifi is available at 50rps per hour, and the admission fee is 200 rps.
Kwa Bahal or ‘The Golden Temple
This buddhist temple is located in Patan. It is placed in a courtyard, and you must enter through a very narrow passageway. The name originates from the large, gold metal plates that line the interior.
The entrance fee is 50 rps.
It was very peaceful, and one of the little monks showed us his pet turtle, who had received a blessing as well.
Daytrip Out of The City
One of my favorite parts of my Kathmandu trip was hiring a taxi to take us to a local village. It was truly eye-opening to see the extent of the damage from the earthquake to these local villages. Some of the warmest and kindest people I have ever met, the Nepalese are incredibly welcoming to foreigners.
Finally, I had an amazing time in Kathmandu. Nepal is on my must-go-back list due to the never ending kindness of the locals and the beautiful scenery.
Have you visited Kathmandu? Where would you recommend visiting?