How to spend 24 hours in Kathmandu?

To a person who has lived in Kathmandu for more than 24 years, and surprisingly still runs into a new temple, or an alley which has existed for centuries, 24 hours is too less. However, one can still take away more than a bargain if the time is efficiently utilised — they can take a casual sneak into the fascinating valley of Kathmandu, and most probably will be an experience of a lifetime.

To those who do not know Kathmandu — it can be a mystical place, where the gods rest, no matter the religion. It is vibrant, yet a laidback city, time stops when you visit certain places, whereas rushes as you see the locals getting by with their lives. Different cultures have ruled over the land, and left a piece of their history behind, and accordingly various religions their temples. And perhaps the most stark feature of Kathmandu and its inherent beauty is the harmony in which the diverse elements co-exist.

Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath & Ganesh Himal

In Kathmandu, within a day, you can lose yourself in the timelessness of the city, and at the end of the day rediscover yourself.

The best place to start the day would be from Bhaktapur Durbar square, I say this, because the mornings in Bhaktapur are to die for. Locals slowly wake up to the hectic day ahead of them, and the light that penetrates through the narrow alleys, or amidst the Malla era buildings are an experience that shall haunt you for ages to come. The area around Bhaktapur Durbar Square is still untainted with modernity, and the locals remain unpertubed of their daily chores with the tourists. The historical sites within the square are a manifest of art and beauty themselves and are bound to evoke a myriad of emotions. After the sunrise, and after a cup of tea from the local tea vendors as we watch the morning light brighten the ancient square, we can head back the to the city — before the traffic hour hits.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Boudhanath

After a fruitful morning in Bhaktapur, we head to Bouddha. Explore the magnificent Buddhist shrine, and the surrounding areas. We can enjoy a nice breakfast, or brunch from one of the rooftop and watch the stupa in its entire glory and grandeur.

Basantapur Durbar Square

Outside, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu would have begun, but as you sit here, the only sounds will be the chants offered by the monks in the surrounding area. Take in the serene atmosphere before we head the city centre — Basantapur Durbar Square. Basantapur Durbar Square will be the major highlight of the day. Here, we will take the UNESCO Heritage trail all the way up to Swayambhu atop a hill, and observe the culture of Kathmandu valley along the way.

Swayambhu

Kathmandu city sightseeing can be done throughout the year as they are easily accessible.

If you are willing to take a casual sneak into the fascinating valley of Kathmandu pitch us — Crusade Himalaya

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