Swayambhu (????????) - A large stupa, highly revered in Nepal, and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country.
It offers great views over the city, and no lack of monkeys. It's a 20-30 minute walk from Thamel, or take a taxi or rickshaw.
Pay Rs 100 to enter at the front steps or slip in free on the ramp on the south side. As with the Boudha Stupa, there's no shortage of Buddhist and Tibetan-inspired trinkets for sale. There are also drinks for sale at the top, and at least one small restaurant selling momos.
For those that have their own transport or have difficulty climbing stairs there is a parking lot at the back entrance that significantly reduces the amount of stairs that need to be climbed to gain access to the main compound.
Baudha Stupa in Baudha (?????). One of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. It is a must see in Kathmandu.
King's Palace - Giant fruit bats hanging from the tall trees and 20 foot-tall bamboo around the otherwise modern (and well secured) palace are a sight-- especially around sunset when they depart en masse.
Thamel Chowk - lots of restaurants and shops.
Freak Street - Historic home of western hippies seeking enlightenment, but now just a few restaurants and hotels.
Nasal Chowk Statues, temples and the Rana museum.
Pashupatinath - An important temple to Shiva in the form of Lord of Animals. See monkeys, cremation, sadhus and a holy cave. Morning is a great time to go.
Garden of Dreams - Relax in this beautiful and peaceful walled garden close to the King's Palace. Entry Rs 200.
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