If you are visiting Kathmandu anytime soon, you’ll most probably go through Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. It is located 5.56km east of Kathmandu City, in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley. It serves as a hub for Agni Air, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Sita Air, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines. There are around 29 air carriers that operate in the airport. It has one terminal each for domestic and international flights. Tribhuvan International Airport serves as the main hub for many expanding businesses in Nepal.
What to see & do in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the largest city and capital of Nepal. It serves as a hub for independent travellers and is a flourishing tourist destination. It is the best spot to start your adventure in Nepal, offering various areas that are perfect for trekking, rafting, jungle adventures, bungee jumping, and more extreme sports. Kathmandu Valley in particular has several excellent trails for trekking and also offers spectacular views from atop the hill. Visit Swayambhu (also known as Monkey Temple) to see its large stupa, as well as other Buddhist and Hindu iconography. It is one of Nepal’s most sacred Buddhist sites. Meanwhile, another sacred site is the Boudha Stupa, especially for Tibetan Buddhists. It is also one of the largest in the world. Narayanhiti Palace Museum was previously used as the Riyal palace, and later turned into a museum and partly into the Foreign Ministry. There’s also the Budda Neelkanth Temple, which houses an Idol of Bhagwan Vishnu in a sleeping position and surrounded by water. Another temple worth visiting is the Pashupatinath, a significant Hindu temple to Shiva, in the form of Lord of Animals. Relax in the Garden of Dreams / Kaiser Mahal. You can find several other temples, as well as palaces, at the ancient Kathmandu Durbar Square. Don’t miss one of the many festivities in Nepal, which are often held in the city. There’s the five-day Tihar, Festival of Lights around October, Bikram Sambat's New Year's in April, the Teej women’s festival, the eight-day Indra Jatra Harvest festival in September, the Himalayan Blues Festival, which features musicians from all over the world, and the national/religious Dashain festival.
How to get around Kathmandu
Navigating around Kathmandu can be a little tricky due to the lack of street names. It is best to pick up a free Kathmandu Valley map at the airport. Getting around Kathmandu is possible, but if you want to get to a specific area, it is recommended to take a public transportation. Rickshaws are found around the areas of Thamel, a popular tourist neighbourhood. There are taxis everywhere, just make sure that you negotiate with the driver first. Taxis park near all major streets and have fare metres. However, it can be a little difficult to find taxis outside Thamel after 11:00 pm.
How to get to Kathmandu
Aside from flying in, you can also take the bus to Kathmandu from nearly all parts of the country. The bus service runs frequently and is cheap. However, the journey can take long due to the poor roads and delays. There are also bus services coming in from the border from India, Pokhara, and Chitwan.
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