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Kathmandu is the main hub of tourism, hence tourist class hotels are located in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Tourist class hotel includes of budget, standard and deluxe categories of accommodation facilities that range from with different price range. Hotels in Kathmandu, near by kathmandu, airport hotels, hotels in thamel, eco resort and lodges, tourist class hotels in Kathmandu are an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient culture. Please visit following tourist class hotel accommodation.

Tourist Class Hotels in Kathmandu are


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Astoria Hotel Nepal

Astoria Hotel Kathmandu, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, NepalAstoria Hotel a Belgian - Nepalese joint ventured, a truly international hotel ideally located for both Business & leisure, in the most quiet and pollution free area of Lazimpat. We are only 15 minutes drive from the international airport, close to the royal palace and the embassies, and within walking distance of Thamel.Astoria Hotel" offers 20 tastefully decorated rooms featuring air conditioned, mini bar, cable television, IDD telephone ... more

Hotel Holy Himalaya

Hotel Holy Himalaya, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalNepal the peaceful Country of Mount Everest and one of the world's heritage kingdoms, where the mountains, flowers and rivers have their own unique beauty.Hotel Holy Himalaya is an island of peace and tranquility in the bustling district of Thamel, right in the center of the capital of Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, which is just fifteen minutes drive from Tribhuvan International Airport. Hotel Holy Himalaya offers you 34 spacious Air-conditioned ... more

Nirvana Garden Hotel

Nirvana Garden Hotel, Thamel, kathmandu, NepalNepal is like no other place in the world. The birth place of Lord Buddha and the land of Mt.Everest, the highest peak on earth, this enchanting Himalayan Kingdom is an exciting land of temples, tigers, and towering himalayas. A land of diverse topography, ethnicity, cultures, colourful festival; an abode of gods and godesses where a thousand myths and legends still abound. Nirvana Garden-Hotel is located in a tranquil oasis right in the ... more

Hotel Moonlight

Hotel Moonlight, hamel, Kathmandu, NepalAbout Hotel Moonlight and Nepal, Nepal is a land of adventure that beckons trekkers, white water rafters, explorers, and travelers who seek natural beauty and a rich culture that has remained unchanged since centuries. This is the home of the rare one horned rhino, the majestic tiger and other fascinating wildlife as well as a marvelous variety of birds. Nepal is a land of adventure that beckons trekkers, white water rafters, explorers, and ... more

Hotel Tradition

Hotel Tradition, Thamel, kathmandu, NepalThe Newars, the indigenous inhabitants Valley, were renowned for their craftsmanship. It is they who built the numerous pagoda temples and shrines, stone sculptures, metalwork and lavish carvings that you see everywhere. Their workmanship was of such high perfection that the Kathmandu Valley today boasts of seven World Heritage Sites. The architecture of the Newar towns and villages is very appealing. Their red-brick houses have intricately ... more

Hotel Nature, Thamel

Hotel Nature, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalThe mystery of Nepal is to say floating like a mist just above the valley. It can be felt in the air ,the sprinkling festive hues, warmth of the people and the lofty majestic mountains. Of course an essence of Nepal . Ever present at the end of the slightest alley that reminds Nepal a loyally paradise of gallant shade the 'Nature. To visit Hotel Nature means to stay wine 'n dine and enjoy with Nature as your Companion. Hotel Natural situated in the ... more

Tibet Holiday Inn

Tibet Holiday Inn, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalWe welcome you to Tibet Holiday Inn, our budget range accommodation located conveniently near the gateway to Thamel, the heart of Kathmandu. Our rooms with private baths are available for booking at very reasonable rates and designed on Tibetan theme. We promise you a home-like atmosphere so that you enjoy your stay with us. We do not only sell low priced rooms, we also offer you a chance to experience traditional Tibetan and ... more

Bhaktapur Guest House

Bhaktapur Guest House, Sallaghari, Bhatkpur, NepalWelcome to Bhaktapur Guest House Bhaktapur Guest house is the pioneer establishment in Bhaktapur. It is the nearest resort hotel at only 12 km from Kathmandu. A 20 minute drive from Kathmandu bring you into an oasis: Bhaktapur Guest house offers you peace and relaxing atmosphere. It's unique location on the top of the hill, away from the noise and traffic of the city. Its high hill location offers over looking Kathmandu valley and ... more

Amar's Hotel

Amar's Hotel, Kathmandu, NepalAmar's Hotel has been offering best quality services in the field of hospitality trade in Nepal since it's establishment in 1993. You will feel homely atmosphere since the Hotel has been run under the family along with the smiling, respective, helpful and sincere staff members. Our Hotel is recognized by the HMG Department of Tourism and associated with (HAN) Hotel Association of Nepal. Hospitality and smile of the Nepalese are well known through ... more

Fuji Guest House

Fuji Guest House, Kathmandu, NepalThe medieval city called Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, and also known as "The city of Temples and arts". Fuji Guest House is Located in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu, where many other guesthouses, shops, travel bureaus, banks are developing. It's very convenient area especially for travellers, suitable for travel planning or making reservations for airline, bus, train, or making arrangement for trekking or river rafting. Fuji Guest House is ... more

Hotel Clarion, Patan

Hotel Clarion, PatanHotel Clarion is nestled in historic city of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or "City of beauty". Patan is the cradle of "arts and architecture" in the valley. Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban street scapes in the world. Besides being close to this living cultural heritage, the Clarion is situated amidst the modern business district of Patan. Local amenities include a bank, departmental stores, post office, photolab, book ... more

Khumbila Hotel

Khumbila Hotel, Battisputali, Gaushala, Kathmandu, NepalKhumbila Hotel is located just 2 km away from the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in the heart of capital city-Kathmandu at Gaushala, near the Holiest Pashupatinath Temple. It is one of the grandeur colossal Hotel of Kathmandu with the easy access to most of the important places of the country like Boudhanath stupa, Swoyambhunath, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, Patan etc., snuggled in the Hilly Region of Nepal. We offer 39 ... more

Hotel Tashi Dhargey

Hotel Tashi Dhargey (P) Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalNamaste! Welcome to world's highest mountains country - Nepal. Nepal surprisingly contains the greatest altitudinal variation on this planet. Roughly rectangular in shape, the kingdom of Nepal is situated between China in the north and India in the south. It s the land where Lord Buddha was born over 2,500 years ago. Nestled in the shadow of the Himalayas, home to the highest mountains on earth enjoying a rich diversity of flora, fauna and a ... more

Hotel Lai Lai, Thamel

Hotel Lai Lai, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalIt is our pride to introduce our Tourist standard Hotel Lai Lai situated in the heart of Kathmandu City between the supermarket and Thamel (Chhetrapati) just within walking distance to Durbar Square, shopping arcades, discos & casinos and fifteen minutes drive from the airport and with the view of ancient and famous Buddhist Stupa, Swyambhunath (monkey temple) just beside you twenty minutes walk from your Hotel. Hotel Lai Lai ... more

Hotel Maharaja Palace

Hotel Maharaja Palace Hotel Maharaja Palace is Star Category Hotel Situated in Heart of City Kathmandu, Our hotel is just infront of Pashupatinath Temple. We are one of the best hotel to serve Indian than others. Due to our quality services and strength of workers we are second in none. We are always trying to provide quality services to our guets. Around 40 thousands of new visitors in a year stay in our hotel, And we are very confident to make our guest happy. There ... more

Hotel Karma, Thamel

Hotel Karma, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalHotel Karma, located in a quiet and peaceful enclave at Thamel Kathmandu`s present day tourist hubhas endeavoured to keep alive that age old Nepalese tradition of extendering warmth and hospitality to this guests. While you are in Kathmandu, Hotel Karma is your natural choice.The warm, friendly and professional service, well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms with all modern amenities, and its ideal location within easy reach and ... more

Hotel Yanki, Thamel

Hotel Yanki, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalNamaste! & Welcome to a land you will never forget, a land of snow-capped mountains and quiet river valleys, of ancient preserved cities and towering pagoda temples, of friendly people and fascinating folk ways. Nepal offers unique pleasures for everyone-tourists, trekkers, poets and those in search of a personal Shangrila. Nepal is a land for all seasons-year around there are a myriad places to go and sites to see. Year around there are ... more

Kathmandu Prince Hotel

Kathmandu Prince Hotel, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalNepal, a country encowed with natural beauty and a rich culture, has been explore by many of its own and others from foreign lands too. Some have endeavored to find peace here and others struggled to achieve the glory of standing on the highest point on earth. Though famous for being the birthplace of Buddha and the land of the mighty Everest, Nepal has much more to offer both in nature and in culture. There are many ways to find out ... more

Hotel Ama Dablam

Hotel Ama Dablam, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.Hotel Amadablam , the name taken from Mount. Abadablam, one of the highest peak in the world. "Your Home Away From Home" , is committed to serve you best and to live up to its hard-won reputation. Conveniently, located in the midst of the city's prime tourist district in close vicinity of Kathmandu's main business centers and monumental zones, the hotel is well-known for it's friendly staffs and the impeccable services. Please do come ... more

Acme Guest House

Acme Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalIs tucked way close by. The rooms are quite large, & there is an open lawn area, which is something of a rarity in crowded Thamel. Recommended by the Lonley Planet. At a time when hotels seem to grow rather similar in character, ACME guesthouse strikes a distinctive note. Acmes amenities, comforts, and unique personalized, friendly service make it something special, something truly tailored for the individual traveller. Though ... more

Hotel Blue Horizon

Hotel Blue Horizon, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalClose to the heart of the popular Thamel area, but secluded enough to escape the noise, the Blue Horizon Hotel is the perfect place to unwind and take a break from the maddening crowds. The Blue Horizon is conveniently located near Thamel's famed shopping center, two major banks, an international library, a taxi stand, and the tourist bus depot--the starting point for many Nepal adventures. Our rooftop garden and dining area offer ... more

Hotel Swoniga

Hotel Swoniga, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalThe Newari language even has its own term for the Kathmandu Valley. "Swoniga" is that the Newars call the valley of three cities. This exclusive world highlights the glory. So what place could be better to experience the glory of the Valley than Hotel Swoniga. Where you will discover to your delight treasures beyond expected, hospitality and tradition of the three ancient cities, combined with modern-day comfort - even more rewarding for their ... more

Hotel Kathmandu View

Hotel Kathmandu View (P) Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalHotel Kathmandu View (P) Ltd. is the tourist ultimate living experience in downtown Kathmandu. We are conveniently located in the northern part of Thamel, the tourist district. We are also within easy walking distance to local markets, Durbar square and Major supermarket, the hotel has a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. We provide our guests, with a comfortable and clean environment along with the highest ... more

KTM Peace Guesthouse

Kathmandu Peace Guest House, Kathmandu, NepalKathmandu Peace Guest House is located in a quiet area; just 5 minutes walk from Thamel Tourist junction. On the fringe of the Thamel, Enjoy your restful days in a tranquil ambiance of Kathmandu Peace Guest House. We assure you for the clean, safe, totally free of pollution and traffic noise accommodation. We provide accommodation at highly competitive rates. The bush green garden around the guest house is another attraction of it ... more

Hotel Diplomat

Hotel Diplomat, Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalHotel Diplomat is situated at Jyatha just at the point from where Thamel begins. This hotel is far from the crazy crowd of the other side of Thamel. Hotel Diplomat has very friendly staff, 28 clean, comfortable rooms & a relaxing atmosphere to turn your stay into a nostalgic moment of your life. Our rooms are well furnished with a single or a double bed, multi-channel color TV and telephone. All rooms have an attached bathroom with hot and ... more

Potala Guest House

Potala Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalNestled in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hot-spot, The Potala Guest House captures what Nepal stands for-it's heartfelt hospitality, warmth and rich culture. Over a period of almost two decades, we have played host to countless guests from all over the world while ensuring that they do not miss out on the genuine "Nepal" experience. We offer to our guests a rare blend of traditional Tibetan-Nepali hospitality and modern ... more

Hotel Horizon, Thamel

Hotel Horizon, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalHotel Horizon, trucked away in a quiet and peaceful enclave on the north western fringes of Thamel - Kathmandu's popular tourist district - is proud to have kept up that age-old Nepalese tradition of extending warmth and hospitality to its guests for over 15 years. While you are in Kathmandu, the Hotel Horizon is a home away from home. Warm and friendly service, well appointed and comfortable guest rooms, excellent wining and dining ... more

Shiva Guest House

Shiva Guest House, Bhaktpur, NepalShiva Guest House - pleasant located in the heart of the Durbar Square - is your address in Bhaktapur. Standing next to the Yaksheshwor Temple - the city oldest edifice dating back to 1472 AD, the guesthouse is where you can do here what many of our esteemed guests including scholars, students and even a film crew of Bertulocci from Hollywood have done in the past. We are always beside you to help materialize your cherished dreams in ... more

Hotel Norling, Thamel

Hotel Norling, Thamel, Kathmandu, NepalHotel Norling prides itself on our warm friendly hospitality. We assure that no matter where you are from you will feel at home in our peaceful rooms. Our staff is efficient and well trained to provide whatever service or assistance you may need, 24 hours a day. Hotel Norling is elegantly decorated in the traditional Tibetan style. Each of our rooms comes with telephone and fan as well as private bathrooms with hot and cold water at all ... more

Kathmandu Tourism Information

Kathmandu & Tourist Information, Kathmandu, NepalKathmandu is the capital and largest metropolitan city of Nepal. The city is the urban core of the Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas, which also contains two sister cities namely Patan or Lalitpur, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to its southeast (an ancient city of fine arts and crafts) and Bhaktapur, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) to its east (city of devotees). It is also acronymed as 'KTM' and named 'tri-city'. Kathmandu valley is only slightly smaller than Singapore in terms of area.

Kasthamandap (literally "Wood-Covered Shelter") is a three storied temple situated in Maru tole of Kathmandu. It is one of the largest and most noted pagodas of Nepal. The pagoda enshrines a statue of Gorakhnath.

This temple is built in pagoda style design. It was built in the early sixteenth century by King Laxmi Narsingha Malla. The whole temple is built from just wood of a single tree, and covered with the shrine. The name of capital city is named after this temple. Once a year a huge ceremony is performed in the temple. On that day people gather around the temple, and they stay up all night. The people share the legendaries stories about the temple, and enjoy themselves with different varieties of foods. This temple is one of the major tourist attractions too. Everyone is allowed to visit inside the temple, but people are not allowed to take photographs inside the temple. The temple is open after mid day until midnight. The unique feature of Kasthamandap has made it the most noted pagoda of Nepal.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal surrounded by four major mountains, namely: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. It is inhabited by 671,846 (2001) people. The Kathmandu valley with its three districts including Kathmandu District accounts for a population density of only 97 per km2 whereas Kathmandu metropolitan city has a density of 13,225 per km2. It is by far the largest urban agglomerate in Nepal, accounting for 20% of the urban population in an area of 5,067 hectares (12,520 acres) (50.67 square kilometres (19.56 sq mi)).

Kathmandu is not only the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal but also the headquarters of the Central Region (Madhyamanchal) among the five development regions constituted by the 14 administrative zones of Nepal located at the central part of the country. The Central region has three zones namely, Bagmati, Narayani and Janakpur. Kathmandu is located in the Bagmati Zone.

Kathmandu, as the gateway to Nepal Tourism, is the nerve centre of the country’s economy. With the most advanced infrastructure among urban areas in Nepal, Kathmandu's economy is tourism centric accounting for 3.8% of the GDP in 1995-96 (had declined since then due to political unrest but has picked up again).

The city’s rich history is nearly 2000 years old, as inferred from an inscription in the valley. Its religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism. People of other religious beliefs also live in Kathmandu giving it a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language of the city, though many speak the Nepal Bhasa Newari as it is the center of the Newar (meaning: citizens of Nepal) people and culture. English is understood by all of the educated population of the city. The literacy rate is 98% in the city.

Kathmandu is now the premier cultural and economic hub of Nepal and is considered to have the most advanced infrastructure among urban areas in Nepal. From the point of view of tourism, economy and cultural heritage, the sister cities of Patan(lalitpur) and Bhaktapur are integral to Kathmandu. Even the cultural heritage recognition under the World Heritage list of the UNESCO has recognized all the monuments in the three urban agglomerates as one unit under the title “Kathmandu Valley-UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tourism
Tourism, considered as another important industry in Nepal, opened up as the country's political equation changed in 1950 and thus isloation with the rest of the world ended. In the following year, establishing air services and the opening of the Tribhuvan Highway between Kathmandu and Raxaul at the border with India in 1956 were started. Separate organizations to promote this activity was created in the form of the Tourism Development Board, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department in Kathmandu. Further, Nepal became a member of several international tourists associations. Establishing diplomatic relations with other nations further accentuated this activity. The hotel industry, travel agencies, training of tourist guides and targeted publicity campaigns are the chief reasons attributed for the remarkable growth of this industry in Nepal and in Kathmandu, in particular.

Since then tourism has opened up in the country manifold and as a result it is sometimes said to be the 'third religion' of Nepal, as the country's most important industry that plays a large role in the economic activity of Kathmandu. This activity is central to Kathmandu, the gateway to Nepal. It is a major source of income for most of the people of the city with some several hundred thousands of visitors annually. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit various religious places located in Kathmandu and the surrounding district such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Baudhanath, Budhanilkantha etc. From a mere 6179 tourists in 1961-62, the number jumped to 491,504, but with political instability in the country in recent years, it dropped to 275,468 in 2002-03, but since then has shown a rising trend with the country turning into a Democratic Republic. In economic terms, the foreign exchange earning showed a remarkable trend registering 3.8 % of the GDP in 1995-96 but started declining. All this tourism is attributed to the natural grandeur of the Himalayas and rich cultural heritage of the country.

The neighborhood of Thamel is Kathmandu's primary 'traveler's ghetto,' packed with guest houses, restaurants, shops and bookstores catering to tourists from abroad. Freak Street, also known as Jochhen Tole, is Kathmandu's original traveler's haunt made popular by the hippies of the 1970s and remains a popular alternative to Thamel.

Accommodation
Nepal has every category of accommodation facilities that range from international standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. To ensure quality service, it is advisable to use the facilities and services of government registered hotels, lodges, travel agencies, licensed tour guides only and engage an authorized trekking guide or porter only through a registered travel and trekking agency.

In the last few decades, Kathmandu has seen the mushrooming of world class hotels. During spring and fall, the better hotels work at near full capacity and are booked well in advance. There are, however, plenty of less glamorous but decent hotels to suit everyone's fancies and finances. Most hotels offer a choice: bed and breakfast; bed, breakfast and one other meal; or room and full board. Rates listed however, are for room only, unless otherwise indicated. Toilets and showers in this case are generally communal and heating is extra. These small hostelries are located in the older parts of Kathmandu and in the Thamel district. With the boom of tourism in Nepal since the early 1970s, even Nepalis living in remote parts of the country have improved the standard of local tourist facilities. Hence accommodation and meals for tourists are more easily available than ever before. There is an excellent range of places to stay, from comfortable backpacker hostels and lodges to more expensive international style hotels in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, Lalitpur & Bhaktpur Hotels, Guest House & Resort Name & Address
Kathmandu, Lalitpur & Bhaktpur Hotels, Guest House & Resort Name & Address
The Everest Hotel Ltd, Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Yak & Yeti Ltd, Duirbarmarg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Annapurna Pvt. Ltd, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Soaltee, Tahachal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Sherpa, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Narayani, Pulchowk, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Blue Star, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Malla, Lekhanath Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Shankar, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Himalaya Pvt. Ltd., Kupondol, Lalitpur, Nepal
Shangri-La Hotel Pvt. Ltd, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Yellow Pagoda, Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Bajra Guest House, Bijyashwori, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Karnali P. Ltd, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Goutam P. Ltd, Kantipath, Jyath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Manaslu P. Ltd, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mt. Makalu P. Ltd, Dharma Path, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Ambassador P. Ltd, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Summit Hotel P. Ltd, Kupondol, Lalitpur, Nepal
Hotel Panorama, Khichapokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
Green Beach Village Hotel, Kupondol, Lalitpur, Nepal
Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Orchid P. Ltd, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Blue Diamond, Jyatha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel M.M. International, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Stupa, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Thamel, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Marcopolo Business Hotel, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Aloha Inn, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
Hotel Tayoma, Chetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Mandap, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Rara, Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Tridevi, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Nook, Kathmandu, Nepal
Trans Himalayan G. House, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Kohinoor, Jyatha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel K. T, Indrachowk, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Garuda, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Shree Tibet P. Ltd, Themel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Shambala Guest House P.Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Star P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Asia, Themel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Buddha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Welcome Guest House, Baneswar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Thorang Peak Guest House, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Mt. Kailash Pvt.Ltd, Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Marsyandi Mandala, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Ganesh Himal, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel New Ganesh, Bhotebahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pancha Pandab Guest House, New Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Himalayan View P.Ltd, Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Central Hotel Ltd, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Rosy, Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Shakti, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Camp, Maruhiti, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Oasis P. Ltd, Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal
Hotel Valley View, Teku, Kathmandu, Nepal
Capital Guest House P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Ktm. Reflection P.Ltd, New Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Kantipur P. Ltd, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Krishna Co. House P.Ltd, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Comfort Inn P. Ltd, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Cross Country Nepal Hotel, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Cottage Arora, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Karki Guest House P.Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Cosy Pvt. Ltd, New Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Conti, Indrachowk, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kopila Resort P. Ltd, Balambu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kido House P. Ltd, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Karma P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Classic P. Ltd, New Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Clarion P. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
Kailash Guest House, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Ajima Guest House, Gongbu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Oso Que P. Ltd, Jyatha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Iceland P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Aakas. Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Amar's Hotel P. Ltd, Tahachal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Akuj Hotel P. Ltd, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Osin P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Aquamarine P.Ltd, New Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Anusma Guest House, Maitidevi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Oriental P. Ltd, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Khumbila, Gausala, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Khumjung, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Khongsar G.House P. Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Gauri Shankar P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel New Gajur, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Garden Hotel P. Ltd, Naya Bazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Gang Jung, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Galaxy Inn, Bagbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Gurkha P. Ltd, Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Trishul P. Ltd, Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Disang Guest House P.Ltd, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dammaru Guest House, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Thahili Guest House, Thahiti, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tripuresware Guest House, Tripureswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Janak Pvt. Ltd, Tripureswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Jagat P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Jaya P. Ltd, Lalitpur, Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Jaya Ma Intl' P.Ltd, Bag Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Nirvana Garden P.Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Norbulinka P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Newa Guest House P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Norbulin G.House Pvt. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
North Field Cafe P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Namaste P. Ltd, Lainchour, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Nepalease Home P.L, Gongabu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Norling P. Ltd, Jyatha Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Nuptse P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel New Ananda P. Ltd, Lagan Tol, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Pasupati P. Ltd, Gousala, Kathmandu, Nepal
Puspanjali G.House P.Ltd, Gousala, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pension Basana G.House Ltd, Dilli Bazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel President P. Ltd, New Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pilgrimes Hotel P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Peaceful P. Ltd, Jyatha Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Potala Guest House P.Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Potala Tourist Home P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Pisang P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.S. Lodge, Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Park, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Palace, Taku, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Pikaso P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Peace Valley Hotel P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Plaza Int'l P.Ltd, Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Paramount P. Ltd, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Piramid P. Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Pisang Peak, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Park Villege Hotel, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel New Plaza P. Ltd, Putalisadak, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibet Holiday in P. Ltd, Keshar Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tushita Rest House P.Ltd, Kanti Path, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tibet Guest House P.Ltd, Chhetrapti, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel New Tukuche Peak P, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Tower P. Ltd, Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Tashi Dhele P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel Tashi Thargey P.Ltd, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel T.S Greeting Palace, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
New Tibet Rest House P.Lt, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Culture
Kathmandu district is a part of Kathmandu valley which is the melting pot of various cultural groups, ethnicities, races, languages and religions. This vibrant culture is illustrated in the culture of the natives of the district, known as Newars, which is a multiethnic, multiracial, multireligious group bound by a Sanskritized Sino-Tibetan language of Kirat origins known as Nepal Bhasa. All the ancient settlements of the district have specific jatras or street festivals arranged according to specific dates of Nepal Sambat calendar. The main festivals celebrated in this district are-

  • Yanya Punhi, literally meaning Kathmandu's full moon, a week long festival during the Yenla (the month of Kathmandu) of Nepal Sambat, a festival started by
  • Gunakamadev, the founder of Kathmandu city to commemorate the establishment of city.
  • Goon la, a month in which musical bands and ordinary people make pilgrimage to Swayambhunath temple
  • Mohani or Dashain, the main festival of Nepal, celebrated by visiting the various Shaktipeeths around the city
  • Shivaratri
  • Buddha Jayanti
  • Sa Paru, a comic festival to commemorate the dead relatives, celebrated during the full moon of Goon la.
  • Chatha, the birthday of Lord Ganesha of Hindu pantheon
  • Holi
  • Pahan Chare, a festival of Animist origin celebrated by procession of matriarchs of Kathmandu
  • Shree Panchami, in the past children used to formally start education on this day. Presently, deities of wisdom, Saraswati and Manjushree (the mythological founder of the valley) are worshipped on this day
  • Swanti or Tihar, a five day festival, the third day of which is called Laxmi Puja, when the families do their annual financial calculation and the next day marks the
  • New Year according to Nepalese calendar, Nepal Sambat.

Along with these festivals, with the influx of population from other parts of Nepal, India, Tibet and South Asia, other festivals such as Teej, Chhath, Sakela, Lhosar, Janai Purnima, Deuda etc are also celebrated.

Demographics
Kathmandu’s urban cosmopolitan character has made it the most populous city in Nepal, recording a population of 671,846 residents living in 235,387 households in the metropolitan city according to the 2001 census. It is a trend displayed since historical times created by its unique Newari people who continue to be one of the dominant groups in the city. The city has, over the years, absorbed people of various ethnicity resulting in an agreeable range of different traditions and cultural practices. In a decade, the population has increased from 427,045 in 1991 to 671,805 in 2001 and is projected to touch a figure of 915,071 in 2011 and 1319,597 by 2021. To keep up this population growth, KMC controlled area of 5,076.6 hectares (12,545 acres) has expanded to 8214 ha in 2001. With this new area, the density of population which was 85 in 1991 is still 85 in 2001 (due to increase in area) and is likely to be 111 in 2011 and 161 in 2021.

Ethnic groups
The largest ethnic groups are Newars, Brahmins and Kshetris. Tamangs originating from surrounding hill districts can be seen quite clearly in Kathmandu. More recently, other hill ethnic groups and Caste groups from Terai have shown their presence as well. The major languages are Nepali and Nepal Bhasa. The major religions are Hinduism and Buddhism. The city has also a significant and growing Muslim population. The linguistic profile of Kathmandu underwent drastic changes during the Shah dynasty rule on account of their very strong bias towards the Brahminic culture. Sanskrit language, therefore, got a boost and people were encouraged to learn this language even by attending Sanskrit learning centres in India. Sanskrit schools were specially set up in Kathmandu and in the terai region to inculcate traditional Hindu culture and practices.

Architecture and cityscape
The ancient and refined traditional culture in Kathmandu, for that matter in the whole of Nepal, is an uninterrupted and exceptional meeting of the Hindu and Buddhist ethos practiced by its highly religious people. It has also embraced in its fold the cultural diversity provided by the other religions such as Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The ancient trade route between India and Tibet that passed through Kathmandu enabled fusion of artistic and architectural traditions of other cultures to be amalgamated with local architectural and artistic culture. Kathmandu has also been described variously as "Land of Gods" and as "land of the largest congregations of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built". The City Core has most of the remarkable cultural wealth that evolved during the reign of the Malla (Nepal) kings between 15th and 18th centuries. The city was filled with sculptures, pagodas, stupas and palace buildings of exceptional beauty. There are also 106 monastic courtyards (known as baha or bahi) known for their art and piety. The level of skill of the local artisans are the exquisite wood carving, stone carving, metal casting, weaving, pottery and other crafts. The finest wood carvings are seen on the ornate windows of old buildings and on the roof struts of temples. Carving skills of the local artisans are seen at every street corner in the form of images of gods and goddesses and sunken water spouts.

Architectural heritage of Kathmandu city is integral to that of the Kathmandu valley since all monuments have evolved over centuries of craftsmanship influenced by Hindu and Buddhist religious practices. The architectural treasure of the Kathmandu valley has been categorized under the well known seven groups of heritage monuments and buildings. In 2006, UNESCO declared these seven groups of monuments as World Heritage property under the title “World Heritage Site (WHS)”. The seven monuments zones cover an area of 188.95 hectares (466.9 acres), with the buffer zone extending to 239.34 hectares (591.4 acres). The Seven Monument Zones (Mzs) inscribed originally in 1979 with a minor modification in inscribed year as 2006, are: Five monuments in Kathmandu - Durbar square of Hanuman Dhaka, Hindu temples of Pashupatinath and Changunarayan, the Buddha stupas of Swayambu and Boudhanath; and two monuments outside Kathmandu city limits, in the satellite towns of Patan and Bhktapur - Durbar square at Patan, Durbar square at Bhaktapur. Brief details of the five Kathmandu city monuments (template shows all seven for sake of completeness) are elaborated here.

Durbar square
The literal meaning of Durbar Square is a place of palaces. There are three preserved Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley and one unpreserved in Kirtipur. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur), built over centuries, the earliest being the Licchavi dynasty. There were further additions and refurbishments during the reign of Mallas (9th century) and then the Ranas. The complex has 50 temples and is distributed in two quadrangles of the Durbar Square. The outer quadrangle has the Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar and Shiva-Parvati Temple while the inner quadrangle has the Hanuman dhoka and the main palace.

Kasthamandap
Kasthamandap is a three storied temple enshrining the deity of Goraknath - a form of the god Shiva. It was built in the 16th century in Pagoda style. It is said to be one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. The name of Kathmandu is a derivative of the Kashtamandap. It was built under the reign of King Laxmi Narsingha Malla and an interesting legend is stated to its wooden construction. The story narrated is about Gorakhnath, a disciple of Machindranath (Nepal Bhasa: Janamaadya) Gorakhnath, who was spotted by a tantrik in human form, during the chariot procession of his guru Machhindranath (Nepal Bhasa: Janamaadya). The tantrik held him under a spell and sought his help seeking materials to build a temple in Kathmandu. Once the boon was bestowed, a huge tree started growing at the location where the present temple exists. With the wood of this single tree, the tantrik built the Kastamantap temple. Once a year a huge ceremony is performed in the temple. On that day people gather around the temple, and they stay up all night. This temple is one of the major tourist attractions too. There are no restrictions on entry to the temple. However, photography is prohibited inside the temple. The temple is open after midday until midnight.

Hanuman Dhoka
Hanuman Dhoka is a complex of structures with the Royal Palace of the Malla kings and also of the Shah dynasty. It is spread over five acres. The eastern wing with ten courtyards is the oldest part dated to the mid-16th century. It was expanded by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century with many temples. Sundari Chowk and Mohan Chowk in the north part of the palace are both closed. In 1768, in the southeast part of the palace, four lookout towers were added by Prithvi Narayan Shah. The royal family lived in this palace till 1886, where after they shifted to Narayanhiti Palace. The stone inscription outside is in fifteen languages and legend states that if all the 15 are read milk would spring from the middle of stone tablet.

Kumari Ghar
Kumari Ghar is a palace in the center of the Kathmandu city, next to the Durbar square where a Royal Kumari selected from several Kumaris from several places resides. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshipping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in South Asian countries. In Nepal the selection process for her is very rigorous. Kumari is believed to be the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name for Durga) until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury are also causes for her to revert to common status. The current Royal Kumari, Matina Shakya, aged four, was installed in October 2008 by the Maoist government that replaced the monarchy.

Pashupatinath Temple
The Pashupatinath Temple is the largest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva (Pashupati) in the world and regarded as the most sacred. Located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu and was established in the 5th century, and served as the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized. However, a significant part of the temple was destroyed by Mughal invaders in the 14th century and little or nothing remains of the original 5th century temple exterior. The temple as it stands today was built in the nineteenth century, although the image of the bull and the black four headed image of Pashupati are at least 300 years old. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Shivaratri or the night of Lord Shiva is the most important festival, attracting thousands of devotees and sadhus. Believers in Pashupatinath (mainly Hindus) are allowed to enter the temple premises but non-Hindu visitors are allowed to view the temple from the across the bank of Bagmati river. The priests who perform the services at this temple have been Brahmins from South India since the time of Malla king Yaksha Malla. This tradition is believed to have been started at the request of Adi Shankaracharya who sought to unify the different states of Bharatam (Unified India) by encouraging cultural exchange. This procedure is also followed in other temples around India, which were sanctified by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple is built in the pagoda style of architecture, with cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (tundal) and two level roofs made of copper and gilded in gold. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets and the western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, again covered in gold. The deity is of black stone, about 6 feet in height and the same in circumference.

Boudhanath
The Boudhanath, (also written Bouddhanath, Bodhnath, Baudhanath or the Khasa Chaitya), is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal along with Swayambhunath, and it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area. It is known as Khasti by Newars and as Bauddha or Bodh-nath by modern speakers of Nepali. Located about 11 km (7 mi) from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Boudhanath became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The Gopalarajava?savali documents that the Boudhanath was founded by the Nepalese Licchavi king Sivadeva (c. 590-604 CE); though other Nepalese chronicles date it to the reign of King Manadeva (464-505 CE). Tibetan sources claim a mound on the site was excavated in the late 15th or early 16th century and the bones of king A?shuvarma 605–621 were discovered there while other Nepali sources claim it was constructed by a prince to seek forgiveness for unwittingly killing his own father . However, the Emperor of the Tibetan Empire, Trisong Detsän (r. 755 to 797) is also traditionally associated with the construction of the Boudhanath Stupa, after Songsten Gampo was converted to Buddhism by his wives the Nepali princess Bhrikuti Devi and Princess Wen Cheng of China in the seventh century and passes it on to Detsän. However, given that Kathmandu was invaded by the Mughals in the fourteenth century who would have destroyed the monument, the current stupa is believed to date to sometime after this. The base of the stupa has 108 small depictions of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha and is surrounded with a brick wall with 147 niches, each with four or five prayer wheels engraved with the mantra, om mani padme hum. At the northern entrance where visitors must pass is a shrine dedicated to the goddess of smallpox, Ajima. The stupa attracts many Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims annually who perform full body prostrations in the inner lower enclosure, circumambulate the stupa with prayer wheels and chant and pray. Thousands of prayer flags are hoisted up from the top of the stupa downwards and dot the parameters of the complex. The influx of large populations of Tibetan refugees from China has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath.

Swayambhunath
Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west, is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Numerous kings, Hindu followers, are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu, who is responsible for the construction of the eastern stairway in the 17th century. According to the Gopalarajava?savali Swayambhunath was founded by the great-grandfather of King Manadeva (464-505 CE), King V?sadeva, about the beginning of the 5th century CE. This seems to be confirmed by a damaged stone inscription found at the site, which indicates that King Manadeva ordered work done in 640 CE. However, Emperor Ashoka is said to have visited the site in the third century BCE and built a temple on the hill, which was later destroyed. Legend has it that the Buddha himself visited Swayambhunath and gave teachings there two hundred years earlier. The stupa consists of a dome at the base. Above the dome, there is a cubical structure present with eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions with the word "unity" in the main Nepali dialect between them. There are pentagonal Toran present above each of the four sides with statues engraved in them. Behind and above the torana there are thirteen tiers. Above all the tiers, there is a small space above which the Gajur is present.

Changu Narayan
Changu Narayan is an ancient Hindu temple located near the village of Changunarayan in the Kathmandu Valley on top of a hill at the eastern end of the valley. Its location is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the north of Bhakathapur and 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Kathmandu. The temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples of the valley, and is believed to have been constructed first in the 4th century. Changu Narayan is the name of Vishnu, and the temple is dedicated to him. A stone slab discovered in the vicinity of the temple dates to the 5th century, and is the oldest such stone inscription discovered in Nepal. It was rebuilt after the old temple was devastated. Many stone sculptures here date to the Licchavi period. Changu Narayan Temple is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The temple is a double-roofed structure where the idol of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayana is deified. The exquisitely built temple has intricate roof struts showing multi-armed Tantric deities. A kneeling image of Garuda (dated to the 5th century), the vahana or vehicle of Vishnu with a snake around its neck, faces the temple. The gilded door depicts stone lions guarding the temple. Gilded windows also flank the door. A conch and a disc, symbols of Vishnu, are carved on the two pillars at the entrance. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.

Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara)
Dharahara, also known as the Bhimsen Tower is a nine story (50.2 metres (165 ft)) tall tower in the center of Kathmandu. It was originally built in 1832 by the Prime Minister of the time, Bhimsen Thapa, under the command of Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari. It survived an earthquake just two years after construction in 1834, but on January 15, 1934, another earthquake destroyed the tower and it was then rebuilt by the prime minister of the time, Juddha Shumsher, who renovated Dharahara to its previous form. The tower has a spiral staircase inside containing 113 steps or none because there is an elevator. The 8th floor holds a circular balcony for observers that provides a panoramic view of the whole Kathmandu valley. The tower has a 5.2 metres (17 ft)) bronze mast on the roof. The tower has been open for the general public since 2005 for a small fee.

Narayanhity Royal Palace
Narayanhiti, in Narayanhiti Palace, is made up of two words ‘narayan’ and ‘hiti’. 'Naryan' is a form of Hindu god "Lord Vishnu” whose temple is located opposite to the palace and ‘hiti’ means “water spout” which is also located to the east of main entrance in the precincts of the palace, and which has a legend associated with it. The entire enclosure surrounded by a compound wall, located in the north-central part of Kathmandu, is called the Narayanhiti palace. It was a new palace, in front of the old palace of 1915 vintage, built in 1970 in the form of a contemporary Pagoda. It was built on the occasion of the marriage of King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah, the then heir apparent to the throne. The southern gate of the palace is located at the crossing of Prithvipath and Darbar Marg roads. The palace area covers (30 hectares (74 acres)) and is fully secured with gate controlled walls on all sides. The palace, as previously discused in Kathmandu's history, was the scene of a gruesome tragedy, termed “Nepal’s greatest tragedy”, on June 1, 2001 at the hall in the palace where the Crown Prince Dipendra in an inebriated state supposedly gunned down his immediate family consisting of his father King Birendra, his mother Queen Aishvarya, his brother and sister, and also five of his relatives, later killing himself.

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