As the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is home to many of the country’s most fascinating cultural and historical landmarks. Many flock to Kathmandu to see its ancient temples, monasteries and monuments up close such as Swayambhu Temple overlooking the city or the famous Kasthamandap wooden house situated in the bustling Durbar Square. Kathmandu offers a lot of modern amenities for visitors including quirky bookstores, restaurants and shops, many of which are situated around Thamel Chowk neighborhood or Freak Street. Adventurous visitors won’t be disappointed with the opportunities in Kathmandu such as hiking and trekking around Kathmandu valley in the shadow of the Himalayas. Culture in Kathmandu is well and truly alive in the modern day and the city offers a busy calendar of festivals and events such as the Hindu Festival of Lights in October or the 15-day long Dashain festival.
When to Visit Kathmandu
The weather in Kathmandu is warm for most of the year, although temperatures can sometimes drop over the winter period. The region experiences a rainy season falling between June and September, so many choose to visit the city either side of this period. Both Spring and Autumn are favored by travelers, with Autumn is a particularly busy period as this is when most of the main festivals in Kathmandu are held. Cheap flights to Kathmandu can be found throughout the year, especially if you book early to find the best rates.
Flights to Kathmandu
Tribhuvan International Airport is the main airport in Kathmandu just outside of the city and offers flights to destinations across Asia. Travelers flying from the UAE are able to travel from Dubai with flydubai and Nepal Airlines or from Abu Dhabi International Airport with Etihad Airways and Himalaya Airlines. Additionally, Air Arabia operates flights from Sharjah Airport to Kathmandu. Getting from the airport around Kathmandu is possible by taxi, although many hotels offer shuttle services of their own. You can also rent a car in Kathmandu.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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Kathmandu Travel Information
Nationals from most countries including the UAE will be required to get a tourist visa upon arriving in Nepal for a period of either 15, 30 or 90 days. At the airport there are automated booths travelers can use as part of the visa process to help speed things along. In Nepal the currency used is the Nepalese rupee. Prices in Kathmandu are far cheaper than Dubai for almost everything, so you can easily have an incredible time without having to worry about your budget running out early.
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