While you are looking for things to do in Kathmandu Valley and you are not sure of where to start, then take a stroll in the vibrant streets of Thamel. You will come across various types of restaurants shops and numerous sign boards which will surely give you an idea about your next activity. Visit the nearby Garden of Dreams and bask in sun and read your favorite book or go wild buying the beautiful pashmina shawls. Thamel offers variety of activities for your varied tastes. Look around and you will find an excess of all things imaginable; souvenirs shops, knockoffs, groceries, fancy restaurants, cheap tattoo parlors, trekking and tour companies etc. You can find hidden treasures of all sorts as you discover some nice shops and best restaurants while you explore the hidden alleys of Thamel.
Swayambhnath is built on the site on one of the oldest religious structures in Nepal initially dating from 5 AD. It’s a Buddhist stupa which is now home to hundreds of baboons hence its nickname. This temple is also known as “Monkey Temple”. Swyambhunath is a great place from which to watch the sunset and Kathmandu Valley. It is within walking distance of Thamel or 50 rupees by pedal rickshaw (though you will have to climb the hill yourself).
There is some pretty cool stuff to be found in Kathmandu, varying from big shopping malls offering the latest high-end fashion, to original products in local shops or cheaper tourist souvenirs in street stalls. The shopping special of Kathmandu are the beautiful Pashmina, Thanka’s, God and Goddess sculpture, Handicrafts, cashmere shawls, Nepal’s Tea & Coffee, Nepali Herbs Medicines and many more. The Pashmina and cashmere shawls are made of the Himalayan Lambs and are very soft. For traditional shopping you can check in to Aasan market which is very famous for tradition shops. Aasan is also recognize as the oldest streets of Kathmandu Valley.
4. Walk through the old lanes:
Walk through the old lanes includes the palce of Thamel, Asan Bazaar and Indra Chowk Bazaar and admire the impressive architecture of the old mansions. These markets make up oneof the busiest marketplaces in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the royal palace, known as the Hanuman Dhoka. And another one is New Road, which is Kathmandu’s largest market where you will find locals and visitors both enjoying some recreational shopping.
5. Relish an authentic Nepali cuisine:
Nepalese cuisine comprises a variety of cuisines based upon ethnicity, soil and climate relating to Nepal’s culture diversity and geography. Nepalese food possesses the most delicious and unique style of taste. The varieties of ingredients it has are not common and used in all types of food. Nepalese food is not only rich in its taste but reflects the wide variety of culture and traditions. Some of the nepali cuisine are listed below which you must try during your visit to Nepal:
6.Enjoy Rickshaw Ride:
Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms and colorful atmosphere of Kathmandu during this 2 to 3 hour guided rickshaw ride. Begin your trip in the tourist district of Thamel as your guide pedals past the area’s busy market place and bustling squares, heading towards Durbar Square. Then hop off your rickshaw to wander on foot, observing the gorgeous early-evening light as it silhouettes the city’s temples and the nocturnal glow of Kathmandu’s lively nightlife begins to stir. Your rickshaw ride also includes the entrance fee at Durbar Square.
7. Try your luck at Casino’s:
The casinos are perfect places to unwind during a visit to Nepal whether you’ve flown in from overseas for a few days or are in Kathmandu for a few hours. Kathmandu offers visitors an array of exciting, action-packed casinos where you can enjoy 24 hours of fun and games. There are seven casinos in Kathmandu, all located in the premises of the city’s top hotels, which offer your favorite games: poker, baccarat, roulette, pontoon, blackjack, as well as other card games and slot machines. All the games are played in chips and they can be purchased with US dollars or Indian rupees. Excitement and gaming goes on 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the casinos of Nepal with international games like Blackjack, Baccarat, Pontoon, Roulette, Flush, Beat the Dealer and Slot machines, providing the best night life in the region. So, when you visit Nepal do try your luck.
8. Visit Boudhanath Stupa:
There is nowhere quite like Boudhanath. Asia’s largest stupa pulses with life as thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. Tibetan monks in maroon robes wander the prayer flag–decked streets while pilgrims spin prayer wheels and stock up on yak butter and tsampa (roasted barley flour). So step ahead to Boudhanath Stupa during your visit.
9. Night life:
After a full day exploring the sites of Kathmandu, the evenings are a time to enjoy the sounds and dances.. Kathmandu houses several clubs, bars and discotheques that come to life at night. The nightclubs, bars, pubs, casinos and discos are the ideal places to relax and rejuvenate oneself. Enjoy live entertainment at the local pub and bars or unwind at a quaint wine bar. Thamel is the main Entertainment district of Kathmandu. There are several bars and pubs scattered around Thamel in Kathmandu, all close to each other. Each one has its own style so have a look in each one to choose which appeals to you. According to Nepalese law, bars and pub are open till 11pm but many bars in Thamel manageto stay open until midnight or later.