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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 1002 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2012-01-09 13:34:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-01-09 13:34:38 [post_content] => THE capital of the Himalayan country of Nepal, Kathmandu has a long and storied history replete with adventures and misadventures of all sorts. Nepal has had a fascinating albeit turbulent time for the past few years replete with tales of palace intrigue, former outlaws taking over the reins of governance, Constitution framing and a focus on a renewed sense of growth and development. With Kathmandu and its nearby cities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur being declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, the city looks to make its mark on the tourism calendar. Both ancient and modern, the city offers a perfect blend of paradoxes. What’s the best way to get around? Taxis, rickshaws and buses all ply their trade on Kathmandu’s roads with varying degrees of comfort and ease of travel. Since tourists are fairly easy to gauge, learning names of landmarks and expected routes and fares goes a long way in diminishing hassle. Fares tend to steeply rise wherever and whenever footfall decreases and/or at night. Where to stay? Nirvana Garden Hotel offers decent amenities, free airport pick-up and a good location. As an added bonus, there’s a nice garden area, free WiFi and very friendly staff at hand. P.O. Box 5728, Thamel, Chhetrapati, Kathmandu. Hotel Utse is a rather lovely place- based on a Tibetan theme, its restaurant, staff and location are both highly rated. Also, great momos! Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu. Located a little bit outside Kathmandu, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu offers typical five star luxury in a palatial setting which draws upon traditional Newari architecture and overlooks the nearby Bodhnath stupa. PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu. Find accommodation in Kathmandu to suit your budget at Agoda.com What’s for dinner? Ubiquitous momo joints for both locals and tourists are a boon for both taste and wallets. Light, delicious and inexpensive to boot, there’s many a love song to be penned to this seemingly humble dish. Nepali Chulo is a restaurant serving traditional Nepali cuisine with music and performances alongside. Touristy? Perhaps. But since when has that interfered with enjoying a good meal? Thamel, Kathmandu. +97714220475 Wunjala Moskva as the name might suggest, tries its hand at combining Russian and Nepali cuisine and deserves props and a visit just for that attempt! Luckily, the food here is also pretty good and the place is highly rated by foodies in Kathmandu. Naxal Petrol Pump, Kathmandu. Tel: +97714415236 I need a drink... House of Music, as the name suggests is good for live music from Kathmandu bands and a drink alongside. Thamel, Kathmandu. 9841904105 The Rum Doodle Restaurant and Bar is one where one can follow in the drinking (and footsteps, if you’re so inclined) of a number of mountaineering greats and stare at walls covered with signatures and advice from other trekking and Everest enthusiasts. Point to be noted- if you’ve scaled the Everest, you get a life-time pass for free food here! P.O. Box: 989 Thamel, Kathmandu. Tel: +9771 4248692/ 4248915 Things to do and see Durbar Square: A UNESCO world heritage site, the square has been in place for at least one millennium and houses, among other structures, the Kashtmandap which gives the city its name. Swayambhu is a large Buddhist stupa located a half an hour walk away from the city centre. Marrying the tranquility of a stupa with a fantastic vantage point over the rest of the city, the place is a wonderful slice of peace in the midst of a bustling city. Shop ‘til you drop Shop for cashmere and silver at the city’s many small artisan workshops and markets for both the experience and for the products themselves- do check to make sure of the quality and provenance of your purchase, though! Anything I should take with me? Since citizens of many countries are granted visas on arrival, make sure you carry a passport sized photograph (check the Nepal government website for updates and dimensions) with you to the airport. All other caveats which apply to foreign travellers in developing countries are applicable here as well. What should I avoid? Dark alleys and carrying more money or documents than you strictly need- the hand can be faster than the eye, especially in crowds! [post_title] => A night in... Kathmandu, Nepal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => a-night-in-kathmandu-nepal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-15 14:22:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-15 14:22:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=1002 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

A night in… Kathmandu, Nepal

A night in… Kathmandu, Nepal
January 9, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THE capital of the Himalayan country of Nepal, Kathmandu has a long and storied history replete with adventures and misadventures of all sorts. Nepal has had a fascinating albeit turbulent time for the past few years replete with tales of palace intrigue, former outlaws taking over the reins of governance, Constitution framing and a focus…>

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