City Name: Kathmandu
Where is it located?: Kathmandu is in central Nepal on the Vishnumati river.
Why do people go there?: No longer the fabled Shangri-La or hidden oasis, Kathmandu has everything a modern city has problems with: pollution, touts, poverty. If you give it a few days, you will find the beauty underneath.
How do travelers get there?: Most traveler arrive in Kathmandu at the international airport.
City Code: 1
Population: 1.1 million
Neighborhoods: Freak Street
Attractions: Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka
Accommodations: Kathmandu Hostels
Tourist Office: Nepal Tourist_Office
Health Issues: Altitude sickness, hepatitis, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Given the many mountainous regions of Nepal, it’s very important to check with weather conditions first. Broadly speaking, October through November and and late January through April are the best periods for trekking and exploring the mountain regions.
Common Phrases: Hello= Namaste; What is your name?=Tapa’ee’ko naam k’ ho?; My name is = Mero naam ___ ho; Happy New Year= Na’ya barsh’a ko’o shubkamana; Thank You= handyabad; Welcome= Swagat chha; Yes= Ho; No=Ho’eena
City Specific Events: Maha Shivaratri: March, Holi: March, Chaitra Dasain, April, Haribodhini Ekadashi: November, Tihar: November, Dasain: October
How to get around?: Kathmandu is an easy walk. Otherwise rickshaws or taxis might be a good choice.
Good to know: Nepal (and even the city of Kathmandu) is in a civil war. Check before going.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Kathmandu is the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Kathmandu travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.