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Where to stay in Kathmandu

Where to stay in Kathmandu – The city of temples

Once an isolated place, Kathmandu–as well as Nepal, has opened its doors to tourists, sometime in the late 1950s. Kathmandu has been aptly named the city of temples – there are a plethora of both big and small temples dedicated to various deities in the Hindu religion, as well as Buddhism. 

Kathmandu has an impressive number of World Heritage Sites – seven, to be exact, which are the following: Patan Durbar Square, Changu Narayan, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath.

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Kathmandu

Each neighborhood has a great variety of options for accommodation, tourist sights and attractions, shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs, monuments, temples, and other things. These are our top 5 picks for the best neighborhoods in Kathmandu:

  1. Chabahil 
  2. Maru 
  3. Lazimpat 
  4. Thamel 
  5. Gyaneshwor 


Neighborhoods in Kathmandu
Chabahil Chabahil can be considered one of the more spiritual neighborhoods in Kathmandu, largely thanks to two big temples, a number of smaller ones, as well as a number of monasteries.
Maru Maru can be seen as the melting pot of the long and rich history, culture, and tradition of Kathmandu, as well as Nepal overall. This is the place where you can experience the culture and history of Kathmandu to the fullest.
Lazimpat Lazimpat is a delightful residential area, just 20 minutes away from downtown Kathmandu. In this area, you can find a large number of schools, organizations, shops, restaurants, embassies, etc. Due to the residential vibe of this area, Lazimpat is our pick for a neighborhood to stay in for a longer period of time.
Thamel Thamel is the most commercial out of all the areas in Kathmandu. Here you can find streets and alleys lined with street vendors and shops selling a variety of things. This area is also the hotspot when it comes to Kathmandu nightlife. The liveliest and most energetic neighborhood, great for party lovers.
Gyaneshwor Gyaneshwor is one of the more central neighborhoods with a mix of multiple cultures. This area is also home to some really beautiful sights, such as the Garden of Dreams, Pashupatinath Temple, Bhandarkhal Jungle, among many others. A wonderful area to visit for tourists who are on a budget.

Transportation in Kathmandu

There are several options when it comes to getting around Kathmandu, namely by rickshaw, by bus, and by taxi.

In order to get the full local experience, we recommend renting a rickshaw because it’s one of the best ways to explore the city and soak up its charms.

Taxis are another option, you can recognize them by their black registration plates, and a taxi sign on top of the vehicle. 

Buses in Kathmandu are known as Sajha Yatayat, they are green buses that run along a designated route.

If you want to learn more about the public transportation system in Kathmandu make sure to check out the official tourism website.

Where to stay in Kathmandu for the first time – Chabahil

Walk around this ancient neighborhood and observe the stunning and admiration-worthy landmarks, sights, monuments, and temples. As previously mentioned, this neighborhood has a very spiritual vibe and feel to it.

Things to see and do in Chabahil

Here are some suggestions for places to visit while in Chabahil:

  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Mrigasthali
  • Pashupatinath Temple

Boudhanath Stupa

A stupa is an important structure in Buddhism used for the preservation of important relics and remains of Buddhist monks and nuns. Stupas are closely related to Buddha and his teaching, and besides being used as a burial spot and preservation of religious objects, it also serves for meditation. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most recognizable structures in Kathmandu, and those who are visiting for the first time should definitely come here.

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During your exploration of Chabahil make sure to pay a visit to Mrigasthali, which is a peaceful and relaxing park surrounded by a lot of greenery. Beware of the monkeys wandering about the place. You can also see the Pashupatinath Temple from this park.

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Pashupatinath Temple

A sacred Hindu temple, and one of the World Heritage Sites – along with Boudhanath Stupa. A remarkable and beautiful structure in the heart of Kathmandu.

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Where to stay in Chabahil

Here are some suggestions for places to rent:

Affordable: a modern studio apartment that comes equipped with everything you need.

Mid-range: a spacious condo with an outdoor area and modern amenities.

Luxury: an extravagant and lavish villa that combines modern amenities with traditional designs and decorations.

For other options in this area check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Kathmandu – culture and tradition edition – Maru

Immerse yourself into the culture by exploring and visiting the culturally significant landmarks, structures, temples, as well as the local market and street vendors who sell interesting stuff.

Things to see and do in Maru

These are our suggestions for places to visit in Maru:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Ashok Binayak Temple
  • The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum

Kathmandu Durbar Square

One of the most popular and most visited attractions in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in front of the old royal palace. The square stands as a testament of time and the long and rich history of Kathmandu and Nepal.

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Ashok Binayak Temple

Located on the eastern side of Kathmandu Durbar Square, this temple serves as a place of worship for the god of luck.

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The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum

A museum dedicated to the various dynasties that ruled over Nepal throughout history, as well as preserving the long history of this country.

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Where to stay in Maru

These are some of our ideas for places to rent while in Maru:

Affordable: a spacious apartment with quirky and interesting decorations.

Mid-range: a contemporary apartment with a rustic feel.

Luxury: a large apartment with an excellent view of Kathmandu.

For other options check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Kathmandu long term – Lazimpat

Lazimpat has become quite popular with expats due to it being an upscale residential area, with a great selection of shops, bars, restaurants. There are also schools, large organizations, companies, and embassies.

Things to see and do in Lazimpat

Here are some suggestions for things to do or places to visit:

  • National Museum of Nepal
  • Nepali Chulo Authentic Restaurant and Banquet
  • Mela Restaurant & Bar

National Museum of Nepal

A museum that has three buildings, each one preserving important artifacts and relics from the tradition, culture, and history of Nepal.

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Nepali Chulo Authentic Restaurant and Banquet

Have a go at the national cuisine of Nepal. Treat yourself to some delicious local delicacies.

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Mela Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy at a night out with the locals at this charming bar and restaurant. This restaurant and bar also have a very vibrant design.

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Where to stay in Lazimpat

Here are some suggestions for accommodation options in Lazimpat:

Affordable: a cute and cozy apartment, with a bright, minimalistic design, in a great location.

Mid-range: a spacious villa close to public transport, attractions, shops, in an excellent location.

Luxury: a stunning 5 bedroom villa, with beautiful interior design, close to all the tourist sights and attractions, but still offers privacy, as well as peace and quiet.

If you want to see the other options available in this area check out Airbnb.