Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal

Kathmandu
Kathmandu is an intoxicating, exhilarating city. Traffic buzzes around the narrow winding streets next to rickshaws, rice and chili are laid out to dry in courtyards, ancient temples are strung with bright orange marigolds and workshops reminiscent of the Middle Ages still line the back streets. The Nepalese capital has been a mecca for travelers for decades, and it is easy to see why. Upon arrival, prepare to be amazed.
open market in Kathmandu
Throw yourself into the heart of the city at Asan Tole, a six-road junction crammed with shoppers and sellers. The popular marketplace is inundated with fresh produce each morning, and the three-story Annapurna Temple towers above the stalls. Dedicated to the goddess of abundance, the temple is visited by locals throughout the day who touch coins to their heads before tossing them into the temple and ringing a bell. A smaller two-story shrine to Ganesh sits next door, and to the south is the Yita Chapel. The rest of the square is outlined by spice shops and cafes. In one, Cat Stevens penned his song “Kathmandu.”
Sadhus the holy people Kathmandu
The most famous street in the city, Freak Street, rush south from Basantapur Square and has drawn crowds of hippies and travelers since the 1960s. Today, the sweet smell of incense fills the air, shops sell the keys to enlightenment, children run by with fluttering prayer wheels and restaurants sell some of the best food in the city.
Hanuman Dhoka Kathmandu
One of the most fascinating sights in Kathmandu is the Hanuman Dhoka, a palace complex that stems from the 4th to 8th centuries. 35 courtyards were originally housed there, but a 1934 earthquake destroyed all but ten. The most famous is the Nasal Chowk, built during the Malla period and used for coronations even today. Visitors walk into the rectangular courtyard through a beautifully carved doorway, then are greeted by a large statue of Vishnu incarnated as a man-lion. A statue of Shiva dominates the eastern corner of the square. From the courtyard, visitors can explore the Malla kings' Audience Chamber, where images of the present royal family are displayed.
Basantapur Tower Kathmandu
West of Nasal Chowk is the Tribhuvan Museum, built during the mid-19th century. The museum is dedicated to King Tribhuvan and his revolt against the Ranas. The kings' study and bedroom are recreated with his personal effects and magnificent thrones. The second half of the museum focuses on King Mahendra and the assassination of King Birendra in 2001. The nine-story Basantapur Tower is also part of the museum, offering amazing views of the capital.
Old buddhistic statues on Bhaktapur Square
Other sights worth exploring in Kathmandu include the Nara Devi Temple, the Bhagwati Temple, the golden Ashok Binayak temple to Ganesh, the Kathesimbhu Stupa, the colorful Jaisi Deval Temple, the Ram Chandra Temple, the Ethnographic Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Mahendreshwar Temple the white neoclassical Gaddi Baithak building, the Lohan Chowk, the Great Bell along Makhan Tole and the Bhimsen Tower. If you still have not had your fill of inspiring and beautiful temples, visit the Degutaleju Temple, the small Mahakala Temple on New Road, the beautifully carved Tana Deval Temple and the domed Kotilingeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Durbar square Patan

Kathmandu Geographical Location