Top things to do

Cafe in Chobar

Hira’s Coffee Shop

On the wide lane south of the Adinath Lokeshwar Temple in Chobar village, this intimate and quaint cafe in a village house came through the quake with only minor damage.
Gardens in Godavari

National Botanical Gardens

The verdant botanical gardens are a quiet and peaceful spot for a walk or picnic, except on Friday and Saturday when the place is overrun with schoolkids. The visitor centre has some good exhibits on Nepal’s flora a…
Forest in Godavari

Naudhara Community Forest

The Naudhara Community Forest is 147 hectares of locally managed woodland, established with support from Bird Conservation Nepal ( Guides (who almost certainly won't speak English) can be arra…
in Chobar

Manjushree Park

The newly created Manjushree Park is seeking to repair the damage, done by the now-defunct cement factory, which has scarred the landscape of beauty spot, Chobar Gorge, located 1km southeast of Chobar village. It wi…
Nepali in Kirtipur

Kirtipur View Point Restaurant

Tasty Newari food, cheap beer and fantastic views make this a great stopover. Its rooftop is the prime viewing area, looking out to mountains ahead or Uma Maheshwar Temple to the side, and its set lunch plates, whic…
Museum in Bungamati

Bungamati Culture Museum

On the narrow lane towards the main square is this low-key, dusty museum displaying cultural objects from the area, and some cracks from the earthquake.
Brewery in Godavari

Himalayan Brewery

While no official tours are run here, with prior arrangements you should be able to organise someone to show you around the second oldest brewery in Nepal – established in 1983. It’s a fascinating look behind the sc…
Nepali in Chobar

Kathmandu View Cottage

Reached by turning north off the road into Chobar, this tasteful garden restaurant with tables in bamboo huts looks out over the rooftops of Kathmandu.
Hindu Temple in Chapagaon

Vajra Varahi Temple

Set in a peaceful wood, this important Tantric temple was built in 1665 and it attracts lots of wedding parties, pilgrims and picnickers who descend en masse on Saturdays. Visitors pour milk and offerings over the s…
Forest in Godavari

Godavari Kunda Community Forest

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 provides a haven for 300 species of birds and loads of picnickers.