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Old 10-18-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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I am headed to Kathmandu in March after leaving India. Any recommendations for places to stay and things to do? I will only be in Kathmandu for 4 days. Planning on taking the flight over Mount Everest.
4 days, hmmm.
You will probably want to stay in Thamel, plenty of lodging options.
Spend some time in Durbar square, and the Monkey Temple (Swayambhanath) was up the hill (you can walk to it from Thamel).
Also Pashupatinath to see them burn the dead at the Ghats. There is also a HUGE stupa nearby that should not be missed.
In the valley but a seperate town (walkable from Thamel however) - you can go to Patan, which has it's own Durbar Square.
Also do not miss Bhaktapur, actually I would spend a night there if possible. Amazing town and one of my "secret" places.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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4 days, hmmm.
You will probably want to stay in Thamel, plenty of lodging options.
Spend some time in Durbar square, and the Monkey Temple (Swayambhanath) was up the hill (you can walk to it from Thamel).
Also Pashupatinath to see them burn the dead at the Ghats. There is also a HUGE stupa nearby that should not be missed.
In the valley but a seperate town (walkable from Thamel however) - you can go to Patan, which has it's own Durbar Square.
Also do not miss Bhaktapur, actually I would spend a night there if possible. Amazing town and one of my "secret" places.
Thank you soo much! I found a hotel in Thamel and I am going to book it this weekend. I do not know if my friend will want to see the burning of the dead. I have heard about it but I have to think she wouldn't want to see that. Everything else sounds doable!
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Thank you soo much! I found a hotel in Thamel and I am going to book it this weekend. I do not know if my friend will want to see the burning of the dead. I have heard about it but I have to think she wouldn't want to see that. Everything else sounds doable!
You don't have to watch them burn the dead on the ghats at Pashupatinath. Primarily, this is just a huge temple complex with hundreds of monkeys scampering around, the ghats are only at the river.

Also, try to get up to the foothills and you can get some good views of Everest and the Himalayas. There is a protected park area, maybe 5 miles outside of town and 3,000 feet up, with a temple on the top and some signs that explains the peaks that you are seeing. I walked there from Thamel but there is a road to the top as well. Taxi's are extremely cheap.
I assume you are familiar with this part of the world - be prepared for India-level filth and 3rd world conditions, dealing with touts, don't drink the water, etc. (oops I see you are going there from India, so yeah should not be any cultural shock).
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