Kathmandu Travel Facts

The Basics

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.

Currency: Rupee

City Code: 1

Population: 1.1 million

Languages: Nepali

Travel Information

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.

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