Kathmandu City is the gateway to Nepal Tourism and is the premiere cultural hub of the nation. While the three cities, together, are integral to the Valley in terms of economy, tourism, and cultural heritage.
Did you know? The name "Kathmandu" came from a former wooden building in Durbar Square called Kasthamandap. Which in Sanskrit translates to ‘Kastha’: "wood" and ‘Mandap’: "covered shelter."
Kathmandu City is the capital and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in South Asia as well as the largest in Nepal. Its rich history is nearly 2,000 years old as indicated by ancient inscriptions, which has made for striking World Heritage Sites to explore. Religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism, but people of other religious beliefs also live in Kathmandu giving it a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language of the city but English is understood by all of the educated population of the city.
It’s helpful to learn some phrases, and so much fun to interact with the locals who are always impressed by your will to learn and enthusiastic to teach you more with loving hearts. So Click Here for a brief phrase list to get you started!
Patan (also known as 'Lalitpur': literally, the City of Artisans)
Must Try: Breakfasts in Patan are a unique & satiating affair. Hidden behind a maze of alleys and inner lanes leading to surprisingly spacious courtyards, traditional Newari eateries will amaze you with sweet & salty offerings to kick-start your day!
Bhaktapur (also known as 'Bhadgaon': literally, the City of Devotees)
Must Try: Bhaktapur is the home of 'Juju Dhau'. Literally: "King of Yogurt" - this ancient Fro-Yo of Nepal is made of fresh buffalo milk (bhaisi) that gives it a much richer texture & taste. Traditionally served in clay pots, this is one dessert we promise you'll never forget!
|Tourist Police (Bhrikuti Mandap)||4226359/4226403|
|Nepal Tourism Board||4256909/4256229|
|Department of Immigration||4223509/4222453|
|Ambulance, Bishal Bazaar||4244121|
|Ambulance, Nepal Chamber||4230213/4222890|
|Ambulance, Red Cross||4228094|
|Ambulance, Bhagawan Mahavir Jain Niketan||4418619/4422280|
|Patan Hospital (Lagankhel)||4522278|
|B & B Hospital (Gwarko)||4351930/4533206|
|Teku Hospital (Teku)||4253396|
|AWON Kalimati Clinic (Kalimati)||4271873|
|CIWEC Clinic (Durbar Marg)||4228531|
|Homeopathic Clinic (Kalimati)||4277431|
|Kunfen Tibetan Medical Center (Chhetrapati)||4251920|
|Himalayan International Clinic (Chhetrapati)||4263170|
|Nepal lnternational Clinic (Lal Durbar)||4434642/4435357|
|Himalayan Rescue Association (Tridevi Marg)||4262746|
|Synergy International Clinic (Thamel)||4225038|
|Homeopathic Treatment Centre||4522092|
|Himalayan Rescue Dog Squad, Pokhara||61-520374|
|Himalayan Rescue Association, Kathmandu||4262746|
|Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)||4472256/4472257|