Visit Kathmandu in 1 day! (Must see)

Are you going on trekking to the Himalayas, the mount Everest or another place in Nepal, but you have a day in Kathmandu before your trip?  I have for you the full guide to visit Kathmandu in one day and you don’t lose the opportunity to see the greatness of this city.

In order to make this tour you just need your sportive shoe, lots of water and you backpack, I personally walk around all Kathmandu and I didn’t need a car or anything like that, plus is better because the traffic in the streets of Kathmandu is terrible! So let’s start.

kathmandu walk

  1. Monkey Temple (Swayambhu)

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Tibetan name for the site means ‘Sublime Trees’, for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. Swayambhu occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha.

The Swayambhu complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. The stupa has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, the number one (in Devanagari script) is painted in the fashion of a nose. There are also shops, restaurants and hostels. The site has two access points: a long stairway with 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the south west entrance.


2. Hanuman Dhoka

Is a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings and also of the Shah dynasty in the Durbar Square of central Kathmandu, Nepal. It is spread over five acres. The Hanuman Dhoka Palace (Hanuman Dhoka Darbar in Nepali) gets its name from the stone image of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, that sits near the main entryway. ‘Dhoka’ means door or gate in Nepali.

3. Old Freak Street

Is a small street located at the south of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Presently known as Old Freak Street, this ancient street was named as Freak Street referring to the hippie trail of the 1960s and 1970s.

4.Durbar Square:

In front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace.

5.Durbar Marg

Is a street in  Kathmandu. It is considered as the heart of Kathmandu city. As it leads to the former Royal Palace of Narayanhiti, Durbar Marg is also known as King’s way among foreigners. It is a famous tourist area after Thamel. Durbar Marg is a posh area of Kathmandu with luxury hotels, restaurants serving international cuisines, pricey boutiques, travel agencies and airline offices.


Is a historic artificial pond located in the heart of Kathmandu. The square-shaped tank dates from the 17th century, and was built on the eastern side of the then city limits. It lies just outside a former city gate. The pond is one of Kathmandu’s most famous landmarks, and is known for its religious and aesthetic significance. Its dimensions are 180m by 140m.

7. Garden of dreams

Is a neo-classical garden in Kaiser Mahal Kathmandu, Nepal, built in 1920. Designed by Kishore Narshingh, it consists of 6,895 square metres (74,220 sq ft) of gardens with three pavilions, an amphitheater, ponds, pergolas, and urns. From the mid-1960s, upon the death of its patron, Kaiser Sumsher Rana, it lay in neglect but was recently restored with the help of the Austrian government.

The entrance to this garden is NRS 200, and is a really nice place to read, click some pictures or just take a coffee.


Is a commercial neighbourhood in Kathmandu. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades, starting from the hippie days when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Even though Thamel has been referred to as a “ghetto” by some, many low-budget travellers consider it a hot-spot for tourism.

As you can see is a tour of maybe 3 to 4 hours depending on how much time you spent in each one, you can leave early in the morning and explorer and later in the noon you could make some shopping and enjoy nightlife in Thamel. This is the tour I made on my trip so is already tested 😀

I hope my experience help you, and please leave a comment down below so I can know that this blog was actually useful for you.

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