Must-see attractions in Around the Kathmandu Valley

  • Godavari Kunda Community Forest

    Around the Kathmandu Valley

    Across the road from Godavari Kunda is a tiny scenic lake that leads to the entrance of a 30-hectare woodland, which is managed by local people and…

  • Bidyapith Temple

    Patan

    Mul Chowk houses the small, gilded, central Bidyapith Temple, beside a wooden post used to secure animals for sacrifices. The central deity is Yantaju, a…

  • Northern Stupa

    Patan

    One of four Ashoka stupas marking the old city limits of Patan. Located beyond the Kumbeshwar Temple, on the way to the Sankhamul Ghats.

  • Stone Lions

    Bhaktapur

    Depending on what theory you subscribe to, this pair of massive, curly haired stone lions are either guarding the Royal Palace or the site of a long lost…

  • Bhandarkhal Water Tank

    Patan

    To the east of Sundari Chowk is the recently restored Bhandarkhal water tank, once the main water supply for the palace and featuring a charming…

  • Lagan (Southern) Stupa

    Patan

    One of four Ashoka stupas marking the old city limits of Patan. Located south of the Lagankhel bus stand, crowning a hilltop and offering good views over…

  • Eastern Stupa

    Patan

    This Buddhist stupa is on the eastern approach to Durbar Sq, and one of four Ashoka stupas showing Patan's old city limits.

  • Aksheshwar Mahavihar

    Patan

    This courtyard-style Buddhist monastery is located behind the grass-covered Western Ashoka Stupa in Pulchowk.

  • Cremation Plinths

    Bhaktapur

    These contemporary cremation plinths are across the river from the Khalna Tole.

  • Western Stupa

    Patan

    One of four Ashoka stupas marking the old city limits of Patan. Covered in grass beside the main road at Pulchowk.

  • City Gate

    Bhaktapur

    Buy your ticket to the left of the arched city gate and show it to the guard as you enter the Durbar Sq.

  • Vatsala Durga Temple

    Bhaktapur

    Beside King Bhupatindra Malla's column and directly in front of the Royal Palace, this stone temple was built by King Jagat Prakash Malla in either 1672…

  • Living Traditions Museum

    Around the Kathmandu Valley

    This well-curated museum, housed in a restored building south of Changu Narayan Temple, features over 400 exhibits covering artefacts and displays on…

  • Zoo

    Patan

    Nepal’s only zoo is in southwestern Patan by the Jawalakhel roundabout. The animals live in better conditions than you might expect and there are always…

  • Tibetan Monastery

    Patan

    This small Tibetan Buddhist monastery is across the road from the Tibetan-refugee Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre.

  • Sankhamul Ghats

    Patan

    A series of ghats on the holy Bagmati River, north of Patan's Durbar Sq.