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by Danielle (subscribe)
I am a primary school teacher that is very passionate about the arts and creativity. I enjoy writing about different events to show how people can make the most out of their life.
Published October 21st 2012

Kathmandu is the capital and largest metropolitan city within Nepal. It is a great place for tourists who want to experience the busy life of the Nepalese community.

Furthermore it is also a perfect place for trying new types of food and get lost in the cultures of this hidden world. As well as having a Nepalese feast, this very populated city is great for shopping and a good place to get your traditional gifts to take home for loved ones. However be aware of pick pockets and beggars in Kathmandu. What you must understand is that the Nepalese culture is very different to that of the British and you must respect that their morals and ideals are very different from ours.

Accommodation is very cheap here in Kathmandu and the locals can be very accommodating; so it would be very easy to find somewhere to stay for a range of different prices to suite all budgets.

Kathmandu is a very religious place and is home to one of the largest Buddhist communities in the world. If you fancy experiencing new cultures and finding out about a different religion to your own, Kathmandu is a great place to go.

Additionally in the heart of the Kathmandu valley is an ancient square called 'Kathmandu durbar square' which is crowded with palaces & temples, including the current incarnation of the Kasthamandap or "Wooden house" that gives the city its name.

Other places to visit in Kathmandu would be:
Swayambhu- which is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. This site is full of monkeys that roam freely around mingling with all the locals within the area. You can feed them if you wish, but be careful, they do bite! The swayambhu is one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, and one of the most popular places for tourists to visit.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum –this museum was once a royal palace that was turned into a museum. It is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about the Nepalese culture.

Thamel Chowk - lots of restaurants and shops for tourists to visit.

Freak Street - Historic home of western hippies seeking enlightenment, but now just a few restaurants and hotels.

Pashupatinath - An important Hindu temple to Shiva in the form of Lord of Animals.

•Garden of Dreams - Relax in this beautiful and peaceful walled garden close to Thamal & the former Royal Palace. This is a great place to go if you fancy getting away from the noisy streets of Kathmandu.

There are over a dozen temples to visit in Kathmandu. As well as them being a great educational visit, they are a great place to visit to get a better view of the city and to overlook the bustle below. If you feel you would like to improve your knowledge of the Buddhist religion and understand the traditional way of life in Nepal, there are many different courses you could attend, including yoga, meditation, massage, visiting the local library; or why not try a traditional Nepalese festival to really get a feel to this energetic environment.

What ever your reason for visiting Kathmandu, there are plenty of things to do that would suite all.
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