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 …
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 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 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 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 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…
Gallery in Kathmandu

National Birendra Art Gallery

The offbeat location of this gallery in a crumbling old Rana palace at the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts is probably more interesting than the dusty collection of Nepali oils and watercolours. The building was undergoi…
Gallery in Kathmandu

Siddhartha Art Gallery

This is the city’s best gallery for contemporary Nepali art, with a wide range of top-notch exhibitions, and worth a visit if you’re shopping at Baber Mahal Revisited.
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…
Library in Kathmandu

Kaiser Library

Also known as the Keshar Library, this place is definitely worth a visit. The main reading room has antique globes, stuffed tiger's heads and suits of armour that you expect to spring to life at any moment. The libr…