Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Kathmandu

Hanuman Dhoka

Kathmandu's royal palace, known as the Hanuman Dhoka, was originally founded during the Licchavi period (4th to 8th centuries AD) but the compound was expanded considerably by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. …
Top Choice Temple in Kathmandu

Seto Machhendranath Temple (Jan Bahal)

Southwest of Asan Tole at the junction known as Kel Tole, this temple attracts both Buddhists and Hindus – Buddhists consider Seto (White) Machhendranath to be a form of Avalokiteshvara, while to Hindus he is a rain…
Top Choice Courtyard in Kathmandu

Itum Bahal

The long, rectangular courtyard of the Itum Bahal is the largest bahal (Buddhist monastery courtyard) in the old town and remains a haven of tranquillity in the chaotic surroundings. On the western side of the court…
Top Choice Gardens in Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams

Despite some damage from the 2015 earthquake, the beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha, or Garden of Dreams remains one of the most serene and beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu. It's two minutes' walk and one million …
Top Choice Square in Kathmandu

Indra Chowk

The busy street of Makhan Tole spills into Indra Chowk, the courtyard named after the ancient Vedic deity, Indra. Locals crowd around the square’s newspaper sellers, scanning the day’s news. Indra Chowk is tradition…
Top Choice Square in Kathmandu

Asan Tole

From dawn until dusk the junction of Asan Tole is jammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything from yak tails to coconuts. It’s the busiest square in the city and a fascinating place to linger, if you …
Courtyard in Kathmandu

Kumari Bahal

At the junction of Durbar and Basantapur Sqs, this red-brick, three-storey building is home to the Kumari, the girl who is selected to be the town’s living goddess until she reaches puberty and reverts to being a no…
Museum in Kathmandu

Tribhuvan Museum

The part of the palace west of Nasal Chowk, overlooking the main Durbar Sq area, was constructed by the Ranas in the middle to late part of the 19th century. Ironically, it is now home to a museum that celebrates Ki…
Historic Site in Kathmandu

Durbar Square

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised, and from where they ruled (‘durbar’ means palace). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathma…
Museum in Kathmandu

Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Few things speak clearer to the political changes that have transformed Nepal over the last decade than this walled palace at the northern end of Durbar Marg. King Gyanendra was given 15 days to vacate the property …