5 Things To Do in Nepal

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Nepal is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Asia, and it is easy to see why. Breathtaking Himalayan range, stunning heritage sites, growing vibrant cities like Patan, Thamel and Durbarmarg, and multicultural population makes your trip here rich in heritage and nature.

If you’re in Kathmandu and not sure what to do or where to start, we have compiled a list of things to eat, shop or visit when you’re in the city. Here is a list of five things to do while in the city:

1. Go to the Farmer’s Market at Le Sherpa

farmers market in kathmandu
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The Farmers Market is quite a treat and the perfect place to relax in the sunny garden! The farmers market community itself is so refreshing to observe. Different communities of people come together and set up stalls to sell the finest and freshest produce from across the country. The market offers organic vegetables and fruits, a variety of locally produced cheese, artisanal bread and pastries, organic honey, and artisanal delicacies for your mouth.

From the spicy and phenomenal da-pao (big steamed bun) to the mind blowing artistry cheesecakes to the brilliant baras (Newari pizza) they have it all! This market is perfect to indulge in the finer delicacies and produce of life!

2. Visit Panauti City

panauti village

Filled with lush greenery and fresh hair, Panauti will offer you an entirely different experience of Nepal after merely an hour drive from Kathmandu. Panauti is an oasis of azure sky from where you can enjoy stunning sunrise and sunset views.

The city dates back to the 13th century and is regarded as one of the important religious sites. As you walk around the place, you will realize that you are in one of the most ancient Newari towns in the country and get to see all venerable monuments come close. The Newari community in this town have kept their lifestyle and traditions very much alive.

namo buddha, panauti

One of the most sacred pilgrimage sites to visit in Panauti is Namo Buddha. The monastery is around an hour away from the center of Panauti city. The top view enables you to see the gorgeous view of nature and the landscape glistens like a crystal.

Staying in Panauti will slow down time and the phenomenal lush scenery makes you forget the hustle and bustle of a stressful world. If you are longing to find a place to relax, then Panauti should be your choice.

3. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in shivapuri trail
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Surrounded by tall mountains and hills, Nepal is well known for its thrilling and adventurous activities that are enjoyable alongside the natural beauty of the country. If you’re into adventure sports and want to escape a busy life, mountain biking is a rejuvenating yet action packed getaway!

While the city might be a bit too crowded, there are many exciting and adventurous trails for mountain biking on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. If you’re not experienced, it’s always a good idea to hire a guide, as many of the trails are old walkways and can’t be found on the maps.

One of the popular biking trails is in the Shivapuri National Park. The trip will take you on a monumental journey of nature with stunning temple views as well. The trails are connected through remote countryside and villages with a fair share of descents and climbs and sure enough to challenge your strength and stamina!

You can rent cycles from anywhere in the city, but if you want proper mountain bikes, Thamel and Jhamsikhel, is one of the best places to rent a good quality mountain bike.

4. Wander Around Ason Bazaar

ason bazaar, new road, kathmandu

Kathmandu has six different cities in the heart of the capital: Bhotahiti, Balkumari, Teuda, Nhai: kata and Makhan Galli. All these streets meet at a large and super crowded square or chowk known as Ason Bazaar.

It is one of the oldest commercial centers of the valley, and is a cultural stronghold of the Newar community – the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley.

Undoubtedly one of the busiest bazaars in the city, it is surrounded by small shops on all possible sides and everything imaginable. Besides the numerous shops showcasing a wide variety of goods, farm produce to spices to utensils and fabrics, you will also find an ancient pagoda-style temple in the corner of the street. It is said that the temple is dedicated to Annapurna Ajima (Goddess of Abundance). People who come to the bazaar ensure that they pay their respects to the temple before leaving the bazaar.

It is one of the historical locations in the city and also known for celebration of major festivals and processions in the city. It is definitely a hot spot for tourists due to its cultural ambiance, architectural sights and abundance of tasty treats and food on every corner!

5. Go to Ratnakar Mahavihar

ratnakar mahavihar, temples in nepal, patan

Located in Gabahal, Patan, the mahavihar is a three-storied temple with a lovely pagoda-style architecture and a spacious courtyard filled with stunning monuments like mandalas, deity and guardian animal figures, bells, vajras etc.

However, this mahavihar is extra special as it is the home of Kumari, also known as the goddess of virginity, is the country’s Living Goddess. It is important to note that many towns and cities in the valley have their own living goddesses. Most visitors come to pay homage to the Kumari who lives on the first floor of the temple.

The Kumari sits on a high pedestal chair, her hair neatly coiled up in a bun, kohl-lined eyes, and dressed in red and gold brocade. This will give you an unforgettable experience, being up close to a living goddess. She will put tika on your forehead and bestow her blessings. Could well be the highlight of your visit to Nepal!

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