5 Best Walking Tours in Kathmandu

One of my favorite activities in Kathmandu is to just aimlessly walk around. I catch a bus, go to Pashupathnath and walk around its market, or go to one of its three squares and just watch the world go by. The weather in Kathmandu is always so nice that one would never get exhausted of walking around Freak Street, or Patan Durbar Square.

On strolling in Kathmandu, you will get to captivate the alluring vistas of nature, seek blessings from the holy place of devotion, and learn more about the ancient age from the exhibition and museums halls.

To make your strolling trip more special, here I’ve created the list of the five best Kathmandu walking tours. Here you go…

1.Pashupatinath Temple

Hinduism is the most extensively worshipped religion in Nepal. The country has welcomed this religion and admires it with various sacred sites of interest, including Pashupatinath Temple.

The holy place is regarded as one of the most prominent temples globally and one of the most toured visitor places in Kathmandu. The temple has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list for decades.

The widespread Hindu temple has an amazing collection of images, ashrams, temples, inscriptions, and pictures.

Highlights: India possesses 12 Jyotirlinga, and the one in Nepal is the head above this body. The place has 275 holy Shiva abodes as well.

The Temple structure is pretty attractive as it is made in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. The wooden beams are shaped to perfection. However, the overall foundation is similar to cubic structures.

The sacrosanctum here is that of Mukhalinga stone or a linga with a face.

Location: Kathmandu.

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Price: USD 4-10.

2.Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is among the three incredible Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley that is also considered a UNESCO world heritage place. This site is a wonder of the Newar Architecture.

You can walk through several temples in the area that form a perfect connection for the devotees. Being a hub for Hinduism and Buddhism, this site draws millions of devotees throughout the world.

One of the most sought-after attractions of this area is the old royal palace where the Malla Kings used to live.

Honestly, I feel great strolling here in Kathmandu. I walk around Patan Durbar, and the site’s vibe is truly amazing, offering me a reason to stroll over and over again.

Also, I’m a bit surprised at visiting Patan. In the evening, I saw a group of people chilling near the temples after ending their hectic workday. It reminded me of our Indian culture, where young and older adults sit near the tea shops and share one another’s happiness.

Location: Lalitpur 44600, Nepal

Distance from Kathmandu: 6.2 Km


A paradise for travelers visiting Kathmandu, Thamel is a famous destination. The place has various hotels, restaurants, and shops designed to provide a discerning range of customers.

The commercial area is an easy walk from middle Kathmandu, and there are several activities that you can enjoy at this site. All its attractions make it a spot to tour in Kathmandu.

Highlights: The streets are pretty charming at Thamel. But be careful of sellers who might desire to rip you off unless the place is great for purchasing anything from Glass Pipes and Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Just remember to bargain a little as the rates can get down to 2/3rd of the demanded values.

Here, you can also savor shopping for beautiful outdoor outfits, books, Kukri swords, and incense sticks. There are around a hundred various eateries in this market. So, enjoy whatever cuisine you crave to try.

Location: Thamel, Kathmandu.

Timings: From morning till night.

Price: Entry is free

4.Swayambhunath Stupa

Located on the apex of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, this traveler’s place in Kathmandu is an old architectural wonder that is one of the city’s pleasant attractions.

A broad variety of trees encloses the entire complex. It includes the main stupa, temples, museum, monastery, many shrines, and a well-stocked library.

The temples are designed with the eyebrows and eyes of Lord Buddha, with the number 1 in local script designated as the lord’s nose, which is a vision to behold in itself.

Location- Swayambhu, Kathmandu

Timings: Open 24 hours throughout the Year

Price: Rs 200 for foreign citizens to visit the Swayambhu Stupa


The city is the highest of the three Newar kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Till the second half of the 15th century, it worked as Nepal’s capital.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town is identified from its vibrant culture and well-maintained palace courtyards and temples. It is also home to Nepal’s traditional art, craftwork, and architecture.

From ancient times, this city worked on the trade route between India and Tibet.

Here you can book a Kathmandu travel guide, who will show you a few of the significant attractions in Bhaktapur like Bhairav Nath Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Changu Narayan, Dattatreya Temple, and Kailashnath Mahadev Statue.

Highlights: The town is also renowned for its Ju Ju dhau, a specific Nepalese specialty, considered to have a unique taste that you cannot find anywhere else in Nepal. Traditional mask dances focused on the lives of various deities are performed here.

Location: Bhaktapur District, Nepal.


How to Reach Kathmandu


By Air

Nepal has only a single international airport named Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Air India, Jet Airways, and Indigo are the flights open to enter Kathmandu from Indian towns.

By Rail

You can catch the train from Jainagar in India to Janakpur, Nepal. From there, you can arrive in Kathmandu.

By Road

Touring through India-Nepal Bus is the most excellent way to visit Kathmandu from India. You can avail your seat on Gorakhpur-Nepal or Patna-Nepal bus, which takes you directly to Kathmandu.

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