"AMALGALMATE OF NEPAL" Kathmandu by mtncorg

Kathmandu Travel Guide: 909 reviews and 2,267 photos

Kathmandu is fascinating in its extremes; its glorious religous istes and royal palaces; its sounds; its smells; its colors. Kathmandu is one of three cities occupying the Kathmandu Valley (and many more smaller villages). The Valley is only 30 km in circumference. The City is a burgeoning mushroom - not unlike a small-scale version of Mexico City, with whom it shares many characteristics. 5 % of Nepal's poulation and 34% of its urban population is to be found here - and that is increasing everyday. Infrastructure is present, but only barely. The local population is Newari - a language quite different from Nepali; an Indo-European language brought in from farther west. Many in the Valley don't speak Nepali. Many in the Valley are from somewhere else - whether it be in Nepal, Tibet or India. The City is an amazing introduction to Nepal. From here, you can see that Nepal is far from a homogenous culture but a true mixing of cultures, religions, histories and languages. The City gained its wealth from being on a main trade route between Tibet and India. From the 1200's to 1778, the Newari Malla family ruled here, either from Bhaktapur or their own separate Kathmandu City-State. The City fell to Gorkhas led by the present royal Shah family in 1778, who made Kathmandu their capital. It remains the capital and number one city for the Country. Quite a sight to see the Ring Road closed at 5PM for a couple hours while the King is out for a drive.

Another factor to watch for in a visit to Kathmandu is with the number of different cultures and religions present, that does make for a lot of holidays!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Incredible architecture, cultural, historical and religious monmuments
  • Cons:Incredible traffic, pollution and and overwhelmed infrastructure
  • In a nutshell:Nepal Starts Here!
  • Last visit to Kathmandu: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2005
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    what a wonderful CV of travels youve done - Nepal too! well the royal family shot themselves out since you were here didnt they?.. but hope I will still get here myself - better hurry up and get fit again so I can!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    Fascinating! Thanks for a fine page, Mark!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2006 at 10:02 AM

    A place on my travel list - thx for sharing

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2005 at 9:21 AM

    A great virtual tour of this city. I am sure you wanna go back to do some hiking again!

  • Aug 13, 2005 at 2:59 AM

    I am sincerely fascinated with your take on this city. I will enjoy reading this page over & over again.

  • silvia_chang's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    I am planing to go to Nepal next year. I think it's a paradise for backpacker. Thank you for your information about the wonderland.

  • ant1606's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 6:25 AM

    Mark, this high a place is something I'd like to see one day. Guess the eye of the Stupa is one among the few that can't walk into your clinic :) ciao - Ant

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 2:00 PM

    26 years ago I spent 10 days here and really enjoyed it, though I could not afford to stay in the Hyatt (which probably did not exist then); it was a great experience and your page brings back great memories ....

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 1:50 PM

    Interestng, even fascunating, although very touristy place... First class pictures and writings.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2005 at 7:09 AM

    Fascinating page on a place I hope to visit someday. Surprised to find the Hyatt tip here. :)

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