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KATHMANDU TOURISM GUIDE (Hotels, Places, etc...)

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Postby Nepal information » Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:56 am

Places to Visit In Kathmandu

Hanuman Dhoka (Durbar Square)

The square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that are built between the 12th and the 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. It is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple are some of the interesting things to see in this Square.

An intriguing piece here is the 17 th century stone inscription that is set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.It is believed that if anybody deciphers this entire inscription, the milk would flow from the spout, which lies just below the inscripted stone wall. Some people say that the inscription contains coded directions to a treasure King Pratap Malla has buried beneath Mohan chowk of Durbar Square.

There are several museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance feeof Rs. 250 for all the foreign visitors to visit all the museums of the palace building.

Singha Durbar

A grand imposing palace built on the neo-classical style. It was the private residence of Rana Prime Minister. Now it's the Secretariat of His Majesty's Government of Nepal.


Bhadrakali Temple

It is at the eastern edge of the Tudikhel, near Shahid Gate. This temple is one of the main "Shankta or Shaktipeeth" temples of Kathmandu City.

Narayanhity Durbar

It is the Royal Palace of present King, His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shahdev of Nepal. The Shah kings moved to this palace from their old palace in the late 18th century. The new edifice was inaugurated in 1970 on the occasion of the wedding of His Majesty king Birendra Bir Bikram Shahdev.

The palace takes its name from the Narayanhiti, a famous historic waterspout situated at the southern corner of the Palace. The Palace compound is immense, surrounded by high walls and guarded by soldiers.

Swayambhu Stupa

The most ancient and enigmatic of all the Valley's holy shrines lies 2 km west of Kathmandu city, across the Vishnumati river. The golden spire of Swayambhunath stupa crowns a wooded hillock and offers a commanding view of Kathmandu city. On clear days, one can even view a line of Himalayan peaks. The view is splendid at dusk as city lights flicker one by one, and even better when a full moon hangs in the sky.

The establishment of Swayambhunath Stupa goes back to the legendary beginning of the Kathmandu Valley.The legend says that when the bodhisattva Manjushri drained the waters of the lake to reveal the Kathmandu valley, the lotus of the lake was transformed into the hillock and the blazing light became the Swayambhu stupa. Swayambhunath stupa is a World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath Stupa

It is the biggest stupa in the Valley. The stupa, well known as Khasti, is also known as the World Heritage Site. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area. It lies about 6 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu. The Bouddha Area Preservation & Development Committee runs an information center.

Balaju Water Garden

It is situated below Nagarjun Hill about five-kilometer northwest of Kathmandu City. The garden is known for its bank of 22 stone waterspouts (hiti) carved in the shape of sea-dragons. It also consists of religious shrines, fishponds and a replica of the statue of Budhanilkantha. . There is also a swimming pool inside the park.

Budhanilkantha

Situated below Shivapuri hill at the northern end of the valley, Buddhanilkantha temple is 9 km from Kathmandu city. The temple consists of a pond in which lies a great stone figure of the Hindu god Vishnu reclining on the coils of a cosmic serpent. The huge statue of sleeping Vishnu is carved from the single block of black stone of a type not found in the valley. It is believed that ages before the two hardworking farmers (husband and wife) discovered the statue when they were ploughing their field.

Besides Budhanilkantha temple, there are other two sets of exactly similar, but smaller statues of 'sleeping Vishnu' in the Valley. One set is in the Balaju garden and the other is hidden in the old garden of Hanuman Dhoka Palace of Kathmandu city. A prophetic dream of King Pratap Malla generated the belief that the King of Nepal should never visit Buddhanilkantha temple on threat of death. He then built the similar statue in two places.

Pashupatinath Temple

The temple of Pashupatinath is Nepal's most scared Hindu shrines and one of the subcontinent's greatest Shiva sites, a sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river.

The richly- ornamented pagoda, houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
Chronicles indicate the temlple's existence prior to 400 A.D, but a shrine may have stood here nearly 1000 years before that. Legend says that Shiva once took the form of an antelope and sported unkown in the forest on Bagmati river's east bank. The gods later caught up with him , and grabbing him by the horn, forced him to resume his divine form. The broken horn was worshipped as a linga and overtime was buried and lost. Centuries later an astonished herdsmen found one of his cows showering the earth with milk. Digging deep at the site, he discovered the divine linga of Pashupatinath

The temple complex has been renovated and improved over the centuries. Entrance to the shrine is only restricted to Hindus, however, one can still get the good view of the sacred temple from vantage points across Bagmati river. Across the river, one can also visit the temple of Guhyeshwori and a classic 6th century ekmukhi "one-faced" linga of Shiva.

Gokarna

Situated about ten-kilometer northeast of Kathmandu, this lovely Royal Game Sanctuary is also well known as Gokarna Safari Park. Many wild animals like spotted dear can be viewed in the sanctuary from an elephant bank. On the northern side of Gokarna is a pagoda of Gokarneshwor Mahadev.

Sankhu

It is a typical Newari town with many fine old buildings and temples. Beyond the village, up a long flight of stone stairs, is Bajra Jogini, a historical temple with a beautiful view of the local area.

Sundarijal

It is a famous for its scenic beauty. There are magnificent waterfalls, cataracts and rock formations. It is an ideal place for picnic requiring a short walk after the motorable road.

Chobhar

Situated nine-kilometer southwest of Kathmandu, this place is famous for its gorge. All the water of the valley drain through it. There is a small but picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of a hill. From this top one can have a panoramic view of snow capped mountain peaks.

Changu Narayan Temple

It lies on a ridge over looking the Valley, about twelve-kilometer to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. The scared complex is a World Heritage Site. It has one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture that is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings.

Akash Bhairav Temple

This is a three-storey temple situated in the main Market Avenue called Indra Chowk. The image of Akash Bhairav is displayed outside for a week during Indra Jatra, the festival of Indra (the God of Indra). The festival of Indra falls on monsoon season of Nepal.

Kumari Ghar (Temple of Kumari)

The temple or the residence of Living Goddess, Kumari, is situated in the vicinity of Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The building has beautifully carved wooden balconies and window screens. The Kumari- the living Goddess acknowledges the greetings from her balcony window. Photography is prohibited.

Kirtipur

It is a small town, situated on a ridge 6-km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient township is a natural fortress and has a proud and courageous history. The Chilamchu stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav are major sights here. The city offers quaint streets lined with artistic houses and temple squares. The people are known for their skill in building and weaving.

Kasthamandap

King Laxmi Narsingha Malla built this temple in the sixteenth century. It is said to be constructed from the wood of single tree. It is located near the temple of Kumari. Indeed the city of Kathmandu derives its name from this temple.

Behind Kasthamandap, there is a small but a very important temple of Ashok Vinayak, also known as Kathmandu Ganesh or Maru Ganesh.

Jaishi Dewal

Five minutes from Kasthmandap the Shiva Temple of Jaishi Dewal is famous for its erotic carvings. It is still one of the main tourist routes of the chariot festivals of Indra Jatra, Gai Jatra and other festivals.

Dakshinkali

The temple of Dakshinkali is situated about two kilometers south of Shekha Narayan. Dakshinkali is regarded as one of the most important Hindu Goddesses. Pilgrims visit this temple to offer their prayer and animal sacrifices to the goddess. Besides, this place has been developed as a popular picnic spot.


Eatouts In Kathmandu

Scores of restaurants and cafes line the lanes of Kathmandu's tourist quarters, and more spring up after each monsoon. Tibetan, Chinese and Indian food have long been taken for granted in Kathmandu, European specialities predominate these days, American-style pies and cakes, though overrated, are ever-popular and even Japanese, Thai and Mexican dishes are available.

Nepali and Newari

The Nepali and Newari places listed below are geared for tourists and tend to be on the expensive side, but worth it.

Bhanchha Ghar, Kamaladi, east of the Clocktower. Nepali nouvelle cuisine, featuring such delicacies as wild boar, wild mushroom curry and buckwheat chapatis -truly wonderful. Expensive.

Las Kus, in the Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel North. Does a set meal that provides a good introduction to Newari cuisine. Moderate.

Naachgbar, in the Hotel Yak & Yeti off Durbar Marg . Top-flight Nepali, Indian and Western cooking; set dinner in a palatial setting with nightly culture shows in season. Expensive.

Nepalese Kitchen, Chhetrapati. A serviceable budget version of the others listed here, demonstrating that there's more to Nepali cuisine than daal bhaat. Outdoor seating, a fire-place and live music some evenings. Inexpensive to moderate.

Thamel House, Thamel Northeast. A clone of Bhanchha Ghar, offering marginally cheaper vegetarian and non-vegetariant menus. Expensive.


Tibetan and Chinese

Tibetan restaurants offer some of the cheapest tourist food in Kathmandu, cheaper still are the many momo kitchens throughout the old city, notably around Mahabaudha.

Da Hua, Bhagwan Bahal. Good aII-round Chinese. Inexpensive to moderate.

Mountain City, in the Hotel Malla on Lekhnath Marg Delicious Chinese food; Szechuan a speciality. Moderate.

Nanglo, Ganga Path (east of Durbar Square). Reliable Chinese food in a well-appointed setting. Inexpensive to moderate.

New Mandarin, Freak Street. Cramped but cosy, and good for both Chinese and Tibetan dishes. Cheap.

Omei, Jyatha Thamel. Convincing Beijing, Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine on white linen. Moderate.

Indian

Perhaps the best measure of the Indian population in Kathmandu is the number of Indian restaurants they're popping up everywhere. The more expensive ones serve food every bit as good as you'll find in India, and even the cheapies (mostly around New Road) do some fine pure vegetarian dishes.

Gbar-e-Kebab, Durbar Marg. Superlative north Indian food, ghazal, strange nightclub interior. Expensive.

Moti MahaI, Durbar Marg. Tandoori food rivalling that of Ghar-e-Kebab, though the decor isn't as swanky. Moderate.

New Kebab Corner, Jyatha, in the Hotel Gautam just off Kantipath. Expats swear by this place. Moderate.

Shere Punjab, off New Road. Basic in-and-out Punjabi canteen. Cheap.

Tripti, off New Road. lively little pure vegetarian place serving south Indian fare. Cheap.

European

G's Terrace, Thamel North. High-cholesterol Bavarian specialities. Moderate.

la Cimbali, Kwa Bahal, Thamel. A small cafe with a nice atmosphere and a good range of Italian fare. Inexpensive.

la Dolce Vita, Thamel. Kathmandu's most upscale Italian restaurant. Inexpensive to moderate.

Micky Pizza Hut, Thamel Northwest. Small dining room, good atmosphere and really rather good thin-crust pizza. Inexpensive.

Simply Shutters, Thamel South. Classy bistro with a menu du jour, featuring French and other Continental specialities. Good place for a romantic meal. Expensive.

Japanese and Thai

Fuji, Kantipath, Good food, beautiful decor. Expensive.

Him Thai, Lazimpath. The food won't astound anyone who's just flown in from Bangkok, but it's tasty and reasonably authentic. Moderate.

Koto, Durbar Marg. Probably the best value for money on the Japanese front. Moderate.

Kushi Fuji, Durbar Marg. More authentic, but more expensive.

Vegetarian

There are only a few all-vegetarian tourist restaurants worthy of recommendation, but every restaurant serves at least a few meatless dishes; even Tibetan places will usually do vegetable momo.

Nirmala, Thamel Northwest. Tasty meals from a short but varied menu. Inexpensive.

Paradise, Freak Street Italian, Mexican. Indian and cheesy dishes, Cheap.

Skala, Chhetrapati ThameL Nice garden seating, reasonably creative savoury pies, roulades, soups and salads. Inexpensive.

Nightlife

It's evening, and you are just back from a sight-seeing tour or a delightful shopping binge. So what do you do? Go back to your hotel room? No, Kathmandu is not going to let you off that easily. There are more fun-filled adventures waiting for you, and we'll tell you where to find them. Relax, the night is young yet.


Casinos

Over the years, Kathmandu has seen many changes; in people as well as in trends. However, one trend that has remained true over the years is that of South Asians traveling to Kathmandu to play in the Casinos of Nepal.

Gambling has always been a part of South Asian culture. When you look at ancient paintings and text, you see kings and their women playing dice. When you look at holy scriptures, you read of gods and sages gambling.

Kathmandu offers visitors an array of exciting, action-packed casinos where you can enjoy 24 hours of fun and games. There are four casinos in Kathmandu, all located in the premises of the city's top hotels, which offer your favorite games: poker, baccarat, roulette, pontoon, blackjack, as well as other card games and slot machines. All the games are played in chips and they can be purchased with US dollars or Indian rupees.

The four Casinos of Nepal are:

Highlights of Casino Anna

Location within the 5 Star Hotel de l'Annpurna.
700 Trained Service Staff.
Ground Floor facilities for beginners and those with a limited bankroll.
Largest number of jackpot winners of any casino in the valley.
Second Floor facilities for serious gambling with larger wagers and tournament players welcomed.
Casino Royale located across the street.

Since opening in 1992, Casino Anna has become, perhaps, the most frequented of all casinos in Nepal.


Highlights of Casino Everest

Location within the 5 Star Hotel Everest.
Playing takes plays in one of Kathmandu's biggest banquet halls.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.
High rollers may receive room comps and other spiffs .
Regularly held entertainment programs.

With a location ideal for quick airport access, Casino Everest is in the quiet area of Baneswor.


Highlights of Casino Nepal

Location on the premises of the 5 Star Hotel Soaltee Holiday Inn Crown Plaza .
New renovations to make it the largest gambling center in the valley.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet .
Regularly held entertainment programs .
A newly established back-bar and game room for serious gamblers .

The oldest casino in Nepal, Casino Nepal is also the most popular casino in the Valley.


Highlights of Casino Royale

Location within the 5 Star Hotel Yak and Yeti A location in Kathmandu's most popular tourist center, Durbar Marg, puts you in the heart of the action.
Travel agencies, airlines, hotels, banks, shops and all things you will need are located next door.
Gambling in an Old-World atmosphere.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.
Regularly held entertainment programs.
A Kids Corner with entertainment games.
Casino Anna located across the street.

Located in a building that is part of a 125-year-old Rana Palace, Casino Royale is the pride of the Rana kings who built many beautiful palaces and recreation areas in Nepal.


Cultural Programs

Cultural programs offer a fascinating glimpse of Nepal's diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. There are several places in Kathmandu where folk dances and musical performances are held every evening. Nepalese folk dances are an expression of joy. They celebrate the changing of the seasons or youthful romances. Evening time in rural Nepal is often filled with the sound of village song festivals and spontaneous gatherings.

If you want to enjoy Nepalese folk dances but don't feel like going on a mountain trek, you can go to one of the cultural programs in Kathmandu for a lively evening of cultural enlightenment. Performances are given nightly by the Everest Cultural Society at the Hotel.

De L' Annapurna, Durbar Marg and the New Himalchuli Cultural Group.


HOTELS IN KATHMANDU


Blue Star Hotel Rate from: US$ 50
Traditional culture and modern comforts meet at the Bluestar to make your visit another experience, just like the Valley of Kathmandu.


De l' Annapurna Rate from: US$ 91
Situated on an expanse of 5.53 acres at Durbar Marg OR King's Way, the hotel is in the vicinity of embassies, consulates, key government office, and airline office in close proximity to the city's financial district. Enjoy modern comforts and warm personalised hospitality in all 157 elegant and restful rooms....


Dwarika's Hotel Rate from: US$ 110++
The magnificence of Dwarika's is its buildings of intricate carved wood and terracotta work that must have taken 10 million hours of the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original.


Everest Hotel Rate from: US$ 50
The Everest Hotel is located to offer commanding views of 180 degrees of high Himalayas. The Everest Hotel encompasses an entire world within its walls from luxurious rooms to romantic dining facilities ...


Grand Hotel Kathmandu Rate from: US$ 39
Experience the magnificent views of the entire Katmandu Valley and Himalayas while enjoying four-star ambience and services of Grand hotel. Behind it's impeccably designed interiors lie precise, Heart taking services well as its high standards of comfort, style and an uncompromising dedication to quality.


Hotel Blue Ocean Budget Rate from: US$ 20
We know that during your stay at Hotel Blue Ocean you will be delighted with the extra care and hospitality. After we pick you up at the airport, you will be greeted warmly at the hotel. You can relax in our comfortable room and enjoy the quietness.


Hotel Himalaya Kathmandu Rate from: US$ 67
Ideally located, in close proximity of business and tourist interests, Hotel Him-alaya with 100 comfortable modern rooms including 3 spacious deluxe suites and 3 business suites offers you efficient service coupled with warm hospitality.


Hotel Malla Kathmandu Rate from: US$ 95
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport.


Hotel Manang Rate from: US$ 35
Hotel Manang takes its name from the legendary lost kingdom of Manang. It lies on the famous trekking route north of Pokhara known as Annapurna circuit. The easiest access into Manang is through the village of Chame which is situated at an altitude of over 10,000 ft.


Hotel Mountain Budget Rate from: US$ 35
The most conveniently located place to stay in the heart of Kathmandu. Within walking distance of shopping complexes, banks, business establishments and centers of tourist interest. The Hotel offers 56 spacious and tastefully decorated rooms with TV and modern communication system...


Hotel Sherpa Rate from: US$ 45
The Sherpa became known in early times as simply 'People from the East' 'Shar' meaning East and 'Pa' meaning people. For centuries their monasteries have been centers of Buddhist ritual and learning. Today, the Sherpas of Nepal are modern day legends as the world's premier mountain guides...


Hotel Tibet Rate from: US$ 40
Welcome to Hotel Tibet. The hotel have rooms are equipped with attached bath....By the end of your visit, you will be glad to have made the right choice to have stayed at this hotel where the staff are always smiling and ready to help you in every possible way.


Hotel Thamel Kathmandu Budget Rate from: US$ 29
Hotel Thamel has 47 well appointed standard and deluxe rooms. All are spacious and have modern amenities like air conditioning, attached baths with 24 hr hot/cold water, wall to wall carpeting...


Hotel Tradition Budget Rate from: US$ 30
Located in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu's main tourist center, everything is within easy walking distance with taxi facilities available should you venture out further.


Hotel Utse Kathmandu Budget Rate from: US$ 28
Utse started 28 years ago as one of the first restaurants in Thamel and contributed to develop Thamel into a major touristic area, now hotel Thamel with 52 well-appointed rooms with all modern amenities aspiring off from it's old restaurant.


Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Rate from: US$ 105
The hotel is four kilometres from Tribhuvan International Airport and very close to the business district and shopping areas. The Boudhanath Stupa is within ten minutes walking distance from the hotel.


Kantipur Temple House Rate from: US$ 54
Kantipur Temple House is situated at the very center of cultural environment of Thamel Tole, which is the heart of Kathmandu.


Nepa International Hotel Budget Rate from: US$ 26
Hotel Nepa International offers you a convenient base from where to explore this cultural splendor. We bring you within walking distance of all the major sights. The Royal Palace, the pulsating tourist district of...


Shangrila Hotel Rate from: US$ 50
Deep in the heart of the diplomatic district, a mere 7 kilometer drive from the airport rests the tranquil 95 room SHANGRI-LA. Superbly appointed accommodation set in distinctly the most beautifully serene, landscaped gardens, replete with traditional icons.


Shanker Hotel Kathmandu Rate from: US$ 52
Hotel Shanker is a palace; a palace built at the turn of the century by a Rana Maharaja with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964.


Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel Rate from: US$ 105
Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu is considered a legendary landmark within the Kathmandu cityscape and is also the premier hotel of the Kingdom. Nestled in the Himalayas lies Nepal, known as the Kingdom 'where mortals mingle with deities'. Kathmandu, its timeless capital, is a melting pot of Himalayan culture.


Vaishali Hotel Rate from: US$ 40
Vaishali one of the grandeur colossal hotels of Kathmandu, snuggled in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Vaishali an emblem of purity & elegance, where one can get all sort of modern luxurious as well as Nepali tradition & culture.


Yak and Yeti Hotel Rate from: US$ 152
Hotel Yak and Yeti, is a premier five-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel.
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