Kathmandu has many popular tourist places to see, but these offbeat trails mentioned below are definitely a fun trip to be added to your list of Kathmandu sightseeing.
Kathmandu: A great city
Kathmandu is a city for all types of travelers whether that person is a nature seeker, adventure, wildlife, or culture. From its temples to mountains and streets to the locals, Kathmandu is an amazing city to explore not only for what it is but also for the amazing places to see. This capital city of Nepal is a gateway to this Himalayan country that flaunts for its mighty Mount Everest. The city is crowded and chaotic yet charming. With these beautiful places to watch, Kathmandu offers everything to give a taste and feel of this Hindu country.
Best time to visit Kathmandu:
On the onset of monsoon, Kathmandu looks amazing which lasts till August. During the month of September to November, the weather is bright and sunny which is an ideal time to explore the city. Also, during this season this Hindu country gets colorful into the festive vibe with many festivities being held during these months.
How to reach Kathmandu:
By Air: The nearest airport is the Tribhuvan International Airport which is located approximately six kilometers away from the main city of Kathmandu.
By Road: You can hire a car or taxi from Siliguri to the Nepal border of Kakarbhitta and then you can get buses to reach Kathmandu which takes approximately 12 hours but there might be an extension in time if any misshapenness take place.
By Rail: There is no rail line to reach Kathmandu. However, there is a train originating from Jainagar, India to Janakpur. From Jainagar it is a 6 hours’ drive from Kathmandu.
Lesser known or offbeat places in Kathmandu:
The capital city of Kathmandu is a known and the most popular city in Nepal with many known places to visit. But there are some offbeat places which are till date away from the eyes of the visitors and the locals.
Here are some of the hidden or secret places in Kathmandu, supposed to be offbeat places that are still unexplored:
1. Bhotechaur Tea Garden:
A one hour drive from Kathmandu this beautiful tea garden is located at Bhotechaur. It will give you a beautiful view of the green slopes, blue skies, and open fields.
- Kundeshwori Temple
- Everest Tea Garden
2. Balthali Village:
Balthali town is situated 40 kilometers south of Kathmandu. It is a socially and normally rich town which is a bit little untouched to Nepal that every traveler longs to discover. The most interesting thing about this little town that it is warm during the winter and cool in the late spring.
- Namo Buddha Temple
- Bethanchowk Narayanthan
3. Chandragiri Range:
This is the most wonderful range for a day climb in the Kathmandu valley. This climb takes around seven hours. Amidst this climbing period, you will get to see the beautiful snow-covered landscape running over the Kathmandu valley. It is also an additional spot for birdwatchers and natural scenic beauty.
- Bhaleshwara Mahadev Temple
4. Khokana Village:
This ordinary Newari town has its own particular history which has held its own culture and custom. It is a living exhibition which is situated at a distance of 8 kilometers south of Kathmandu. It is located in the Lalitpur area making this place an unquestionable requirement of the visit. In August the Khokana celebration is held to feature the exceptional parts of the town.
- Rudrayani Temple
- De Pukhu and other ponds
- Jitapur Mandap
- Sikhli Temple
5. Phullahari Monastery:
This monastery is situated at the Kapan slopes. It is the main seat of the fourth king, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. It is a grand and a serene place to wonder and appreciate nature and have the amazingly beautiful view from the religious community.
- Relics of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche
Get ready for the magical land of Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a mind-boggling city with beautiful places to amaze you. With the monuments and temples, it is a major tourist destination and one of the major factors responsible for its popularity. However, if you are still waiting to plan a trip to these offbeat places then pack your bags and go for it.