Free Things to Do in Kathmandu

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  • loo c
    belgium257 contributions
    stunning place to explore around if you are in Kathmandu. If you are looking for small hike around the Kathmandu then this could be the best for you to explore around
    Written March 9, 2021
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  • Beses NRN
    Belgium2 contributions
    For one or two night is fine. Not Much. It is city center Area for buying trekking gears with many hotels and restaurants
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • Abby D Citron
    Fort Myers, FL34 contributions
    This holy pilgrimage place is like spending a day in the heavens. The history and holiness permeates the air.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • CKF
    CT2,197 contributions
    If you are new to large Asian and middle eastern markets, hang onto your hat (and your belongings)! This bazaar is a wild experience, even for the well-heeled global traveler. You will be packed shoulder to shoulder with bikes, cars, fruit carts, and other people--to name a few things! But the noise, sights, and stalls will be something to remember. Sensory overload for sure! What can't you find at this bazaar?

    Recommend keeping your money close and do not bother with a large camera/any camera.

    Be brave and give it a try! It is sure to result in a story.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • ishwor dhakal
    3 contributions
    Religious place, I suggest to travel early in the morning so that you can see beautiful hills on the way. Dakshinkali Temple is a beautiful place to visit.
    Written September 7, 2022
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  • Rajendra K
    Kathmandu, Nepal11 contributions
    One of the acient holy place in the bed of National park. It has National park in one side while you see whole kathmandu vally on the other side. If you are Hindu than this must be the place to be visited
    Written October 20, 2022
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  • Travelwithme
    Lisbon, Portugal29 contributions
    This place is insane!staff, food accommodation perfekt, quite and cosy! The hotel is located in a old palace wich is perfectly restored! You have to visit this place
    Written May 27, 2021
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  • Isabella S
    Kathmandu, Nepal46 contributions
    Why is this place added twice here? Please fix. And also some locations are hard to find in this. Even with exact spelling from Google maps or such.
    Written February 6, 2022
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  • Karine V
    Loenhout, Belgium412 contributions
    Visiting this monastery gives you a nice impression of the well decorated interior of this traditional building. Also interesting to watch daily life of the monks.
    Written July 10, 2019
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  • Kai Wah
    Malaysia2,787 contributions
    This is a busy shopping district adjacent to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is very busy crowded with people, cars and motorbikes. It is a good place to taste the life of locals in Kathmandu where we could see different vendors selling wide range of stuffs. In our opinion, it is not a conducive place to do shopping since it is busy and chaotic. We were there just to feel the local livelihoods as part of city life in Kathmandu, so it is perfectly fine for us. Suggest to walk to this place since the road is extremely congested. It is walkable from Thamel district on the way to Durbar Square. Not difficult to navigate using Google Map if you purchase the prepaid data SIM card at the airport with fees of NPR800 for 5GB valid for 28 days.
    Written January 5, 2020
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  • Trudi F
    Bunbury, Australia47 contributions
    Incredible, lots of stairs ..so be fit, there is a hand rail but still very hard climb ......it is worth it , incredible view ,love the pray wheels ...make sure you go the ring way ....right to left you spin them ....
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • Ajay Khadka
    Kathmandu, Nepal2 contributions
    Akash Bhairav

    The Aakash Bhairav temple at Indrachowk in Kathmandu is the residence of King Yalamber who is supposed to have achieved the power through tantric and is believed to be appearance of Lord Shiva, but like Banasura, he may possibly have been a disciple of lord Shiva.

    The Aakash Bhairav temple at Indrachowk in Kathmandu is the residence of King Yalamber who is supposed to have achieved the power through tantric and is believed to be appearance of Lord Shiva, but like Banasura, he may possibly have been a disciple of lord Shiva. Many such other add-ons are found in Nepali tradition of the story where Aakash Bhairav was involved in the Kurukshetra war. Akash Bhairav is a Hindu deity, regarded as the “god of the sky”, several large temples in Kathmandu are dedicated to him and also consider as a progenitor of the Maharjan caste, especially the peasant groups. Aakash Bhairav's head has an image that the Buddhists recognize as Buddha and the Hindus identify as Brahma, thus making the idol of Yalamber/Barbarika/Aakash Bhairav worship by everyone. The head of the Aakash Bhairav was excavated many hundred years ago in Kathmandu. The head now exists in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu which isn’t far-off from Durbar Square. It is taken out of the temple once in every year and is blessed by the Kumari- the living goddess lives nearby Kumari Chowk. Worshipping of the Bhairav is generally a symbol of protection and power. For eight continuous days during the celebrations in Indrajatra festival, the temple contains of decorated temple and the deity. This is follow by the Tantrik Puja, the Sagun Puja and the Kal Puja. The worshipper and the deity are held together in an exceptionally 'reciprocal' energetic. Akash Bhairav symbolizes protection and goodwill for the nation and its people as per the belief by the Nepalese people.

    #storytelling #historyofkathmandu #indrachoknewroad #kathmandu #nepal #nepaldiaries
    Written August 9, 2020
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  • barcaranger
    Andorra la Vella, Andorra1,765 contributions
    Despite other areas that are supposed to be traffic free this street actually is which is a relief . There are some cafes some decent shops and a decent place to meet people without getting hassled which I am doing tonight just for that reason as I don’t want a taxi , hash or a massage or even a rickshaw ride ( honestly the hassle is fairly minor compared to many other places but hey ho )
    Written November 21, 2019
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  • Richard M
    Varna, Bulgaria11 contributions
    Where do I begin?
    I cast my mind back some 70 years or so, ( I'm now 76 ). As a young lad, growing up in Willesden NW London, my mother would sometimes quote the first few lines of a poem, ' There is a one eyed yellow Idol, to the north of Kathmandu '.
    To me, then, the name Kathmandu, had a magical sound to it, and it still does.
    Having first come to this magical city in 1997/8, and several times since, it's only this last couple of months that I be learnt that the poem, (written in 1911), is actually based on a real idol, still worshipped by the local people, in the temple way above the village of Sankhu.
    Having read this, I thought that I would like to visit it for myself. Having eventually found the correct bus, with the help of a kindly Nepalese man, amongst the many busses around Ratna Park, I boarded, and it soon departed on the 2 hour bumpy and dusty journey, through mainly built up area.
    It's about 20 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu, and is a typical busy village.
    After a lunch of veg momos, I set off for the temple, due north of the bus park.
    After about a kilometre of fairly easy going, I was directed to a path which dipped between broadleaved trees, then started ascending. After crossing a metalled road the stairs began.
    All 600 or so. I counted them on the way back.
    The temple is not visible until you are almost up to it, being surrounded by many trees, with plenty of small monkeys to keep you company.
    Upon my arrival, there were a couple of ladies sweeping the grounds, a security guard and a Buddhist priest there.
    The temple is used by both Buddhist and Hindu worshippers.
    The priest kindly unlocked golden doors so that I could view the Goddess, and to her right, a smaller Hanuman idol.
    Noon is allowed in or allowed to take photos of them.
    Both idols were dressed in red garments, full length.
    I was allowed to take photos of the outside of the temple, tho.
    So, from my mother's quotes, seventy years ago, I was at the actual place mentioned in poem.
    Much to my great satisfaction 😁🙏🐒
    Written November 20, 2021
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  • Kyale Chn
    Malaysia75 contributions
    Not many tourists will come to this temple, so you can enjoy the quietness and peacefulness of the environment.
    The Buddha statues were beautiful, I feel that this should not be missed especially for those who visit the Swayambhunath as it is just a short walk from there.
    Written November 27, 2019
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