The 280-room property looks out over 37 acres of landscaped gardens, a shimmering outdoor pool and mountains in the distance.
For many first time visitors, a walk around Durbar Square in Kathmandu feels like stepping back in time. The plaza is a legacy of architectural wonders enveloped by pagodas, 14th century palaces, discreet courtyards, and statues dedicated to Hindu deities. Here you can sit on temple steps and watch life tick by as it has done for centuries. Traders haul overladen carts with fruit and vegetables, saffron-robed monks perform prayers, Hindu sadhus on pilgrimage rest on terraced platforms. You won't be surprised to learn that Durbar is the spiritual heart of Kathmandu. If it weren't for the motorbike couriers and honking rickshaws jostling past the tourists, it could still be the early 18th century.
In contrast, the modern Nepali capital is a thriving, pulsating metropolis with high-rise apartment blocks, hotels, malls, bars, restaurants, and Seattle-style coffee shops catering to hikers and adventurers drawn to the mighty Himalayas. The snow-crested ridges of the mountain chain are an omnipresent, constantly beckoning you from beyond the city skyline as a reminder that, if you want it, there's an abundance of fresh air out there. You just need to go and chase it.
What to doView all
Introduce yourself to a living god
When faced with the prospect of facing a real life deity, would you bow low humbly, or be tempted to try and grab a quick selfie? ...Cultural
Make a pilgrimage to BoudhanathCultural
Revisit the original backpacker trailAdventure
Visit little KathmanduFamily
Book yourself on a trek into the HimalayasAdventure
Where to stayView all
Set inside the renovated 100-year-old Lal Durbar palace, this 270-room hotel was built by the great reformist Prime Minister of Nepal, Bir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana.
A short walk from the tourist hub Thamel, the rooftop swimming pool is loved by all guests who have stayed at the Radisson.
Where to eatView all
Cocooned within the stellar Dwarika's Hotel, Krishnarpan specialises in Newari treats – steamed momos (dumplings), dhal (flash fried lentils), and puri (unleavened Nepali bread).
A rustic set-up, the dependable salads, sandwiches, and calzones keeps this café buzzing at both lunch and dinner.
One of the liveliest spots in town, come here for their sizzling steakhouse specials and stay on for the good music and beer.