One of the oldest cities in the world, Kathmandu is a tourism hub of Nepal. The history dates back between 167 BC and 1 AD according to great scholars. Throughout the ancient times, different rulers of different dynasties like Kirat, Licchavi, Malla and Shah have ruled the valley. Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu are the greatest cities of the ancient Kathmandu valley where trade, culture, art and architecture flourished in different phases. Still there are many historical monuments, which represent Nepalese culture as well as the harmony between two great religions Hinduism and Buddhism.
Anyone planning their next trip to Nepal, Kathmandu valley will be an awesome way to get in touch with the unique history of the country that defines, civilization of different eras with the blend of modern touch.
Kathmandu valley offers variety of sightseeing destinations. The harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism can be witnessed during the visit to the world heritage sights. Sightseeing in Kathmandu is a perfect way of getting in touch with the rich Nepalese history. The Valley is also the home of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar square, Patan Durbar square, Pashupatinath, Swyambunath, Boudhanath and Changunarayan.
When it comes to shopping, Kathmandu is a great place for buying authentic Nepalese goods. Handicrafts, Thanka Paintings, Fabrics like Pashmina, Cashmere, Wool, Silk and handmade garments are some of most sold items in Nepalese market. Streets of Kathmandu are filled with items that might interest all kinds of tourists. Local spices are very famous amongst food loving people whereas Handicraft, exotic Nepalese weapons, hemp products and traditional musical instruments are famous amongst travelers. Branded goods as well as Nepalese items are sold side by side, so it is quite easy to find the desired goods in different localities of the valley.
Travellers who have been to Nepal describe the culture as a very colorful one. Since the beginning of the civilization, “Religion, Culture and Festivals” have been a part of Nepalese life. Plus ethnic diversity adds a different flavor to the colorful life in the country. With multiple ethnical tribes the level of cultural diversity in the valley caters a great photographic experience for both professional and amateur photographers.
The language of food is universal. And when it comes to Nepalese food, it is the prime highlight of our culture. Types of Nepalese food depends on, which place or city you are in. If you are in Kathmandu, spicy Newari cuisines will awaken your taste bud in a hot and sweet way. The Newari clan who dominate the population of the valley not only celebrate colorful festivals and culture; they also are wonderful cooks and food fanatics who love to cook delicious cuisines and of course share them with every one around.
We find it very important that our travelling contributes to the preservation of Nepal’s fragile and beautiful nature. We encourage Kipling Travels and Explore Himalaya to start working with different tea-houses / lodges and hotels on sustainability initiatives- like waste recycling, solar heating etc.
We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.