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Kathmandu is the largest city and the capital of Nepal. If you have ever heard the 1975 song Katmandu by Bob Seger, it really is about Kathmandu, but they spelled it differently. In the song, Seger refers to the mountains of Kathmandu, which is probably referring to the Himalayan Mountains. The valley of Kathmandu is in the foothills of the Himalayas and is the cultural, economic, and tourism center of the area.
Durbar Square is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the city focused around the old palace and temples where thousands of people gather daily. In addition to the palaces and other historical centers, the Living Goddess residence is also nearby. Within a few minutes of the center, visitors can enjoy clubs, eateries, shopping, dancing, and yoga or meditation.
For those who want a more natural space to play, there are dozens of parks in the area. Ranibari Community Forest and Park is known for the many birds that call the park home. There are more than 65 bird species spotted in the forest daily, including Alexandrine parakeets and scarlet minivets as well as vibrant red-billed magpies. Be sure to bring the camera.
Whether you are spending the day in Kathmandu or even if you live in town, you don’t want to drag your luggage around with you. We have had the same issues when we travel, so we know how it is. We've partnered with local businesses like hotels and dry cleaners to keep your bags for as long as you need. Our Bounce locations are vetted and insured for up to $5,000 per booking so you can leave your things without worry.
Top Things to Do in Kathmandu
If you are looking for something educational to enjoy while in town, visit one of the many museums or other cultural centers in the area. For some fun in the sun, choose one of the local or national parks where you can take a hike, meditate, or stroll along the Bagmati River. For some local cuisine, you can either get some street food or dine at one of the fantastic eateries. And shopping can be found on every corner. Enjoy your visit but leave your bags with one of our Bounce affiliates first.
It is nice to learn more about other cultures when you visit, and there are some things you should not miss. When you visit Kathmandu, you’ll find several interesting places and people to visit. Even if you are a local, it is nice to get out and see these memorials. With revolving exhibits, there is always something new to see. Whether you are a visitor from far away or a local coming from work, drop your bags at one of our Bounce locations to explore hands-free.
Tribhuvan Museum: Overlooking Durbar Square, this palace museum was built in the 19th century by the Ranas. It was the home of King Tribhuvan with exhibits celebrating his life, like his aquarium, walking sticks, and boxing gloves. You’ll also see his coin collection, weapons, statues, and several thrones. You can even see a recreation of his bedroom and study.
Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Built by King Mahendra in 1963, the palace stands on North Gate Road, where the former royal palace once was. Inside the palace, you can find all kinds of jewels, stuffed rhino and tiger heads, and the majestic throne. Lining the halls, you can find more taxidermy and portraits of earlier Shahs and their families. The centerpiece is the chandelier in the throne room, which is 48 feet and hanging from the 60-foot Pagoda ceiling.
Patan Museum: This fantastic museum has over 1,100 artifacts and temporary exhibits that rotate from other locations. Many of the sculptures are part of Buddhist and Hindu displays with deities from the Kathmandu Valley and the Patan workshops. The museum also showcases items from the Western Himalayas, Tibet, and India with historical and spiritual commentaries accompanying them.
From negotiating with locals on the street to browsing one of the huge shopping malls in the area, you have many choices in Kathmandu. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in Kathmandu.
Mall Shopping: The Civil Trade Center Mall is the largest mall in the city, with 175 retail shops and restaurants as well as a cinema. You can find it on Kanti Path across from the People’s Path and Dharahara Tower. The Sherpa Mall on Durbar Marg is also quite large and full of bright colors and food kiosks. Lablim Mall is a 200,000-square-foot destination, with 70 name brands including Sony, Converse, and United Colors of Benetton.
Street Shopping: Basantapur Square in Durbar Square has a variety of vendors and small shops to choose from. Whether you are looking for souvenirs or food, you can find this and more at the Asan Bazaar on Thamel and Durbar Marg. Looking for a great deal on clothing or local handicrafts? On the corner of Durbar and New Road, and all along the streets around Indra Chowk, you’ll find local silks, Monk’s robes, hippie gauzes, and much more.
Boutique Shopping: If you are looking for a unique gift for that special someone, there are quite a few boutiques and other small shops with amazing jewelry, handbags, and other fashionable items. Hemaz Boutique on Thirbam Sadak is a great place to find designer clothing and accessories. Ethnic Craft Boutique and Amar Prem Gems on JP Marg are both perfect for some bling. For a designer bag at excellent prices, try Bindhyabasini Bag Shop on Jyatha Marg or Purple Haze Handicraft and Bag Shop on Thamal Marg.
When you are in a foreign city, it is customary to at least try some of the local cuisine. Luckily, the delicacies in Kathmandu are worth the effort. Sample delicious soups, kebabs, pancakes, and seafood. Be sure to try some of everything before leaving.
Local Cuisine: For delicious Choila, which is spiced water buffalo meat, try the Himali Kitchen on Paryatan Marg. To try some Tibetan comfort food, Thukpa, the locals choose Yangling Tibetan Restaurant on Kaldhara Marg. And Momos, which are meat or vegetable-filled balls of dough, are a Tibetan treat that everyone loves. Head to Shandaar Momo on Basantpur in Durbar Square to try some.
American Food: If you just really need a burger or sandwich, Kathmandu also has plenty of American eateries. The Flat Iron Grill in the Ambassador Hotel on Lazimpat Road is the best place for a sandwich of any kind. Big Daddy Burgers and Steaks on Tridevi Marg has fantastic steaks and burgers. And Burger Shack on Jawalakhel Chowk is a fast-food burger joint with plenty of variety.
Fine Dining: For those who want the full treatment in a posh establishment, the fine dining restaurants are also easy to find in Kathmandu. Toran Restaurant in Dwarika’s Hotel on Pashupatinath has Nepali and Asian cuisine. Italian, American, and even a bit of Mexican can be enjoyed here, too. The Chimney at Hotel Yak and Yeti on Lal Durbar is fancy on the inside and outside. With Russian, European, and French food along with local cuisine, you will have plenty to choose from.
How much does luggage storage cost in Kathmandu?
The price for luggage storage in Kathmandu is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Is it safe to store your bags in Kathmandu?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Kathmandu.
Are there storage lockers in Kathmandu?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Kathmandu. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Kathmandu where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
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