The sole international airport in Nepal is the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, located 6km from the city centre, in the Kathmandu valley. Operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the airport has one domestic and one international terminal, and one concrete surface runway with direction of 02/20 and length of 3,050 metres or 10,007 feet.
What to see & do
Kathmandu is the capital as well as the largest city of Nepal. It is also the only city in Nepal with Mahanagar (Metropolitan City) administrative status. Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur, and other smaller communities make up Kathmandu valley, the core of the country’s largest urban agglomeration. The city is the gateway to tourism in Nepal; as the country’s most important industry, tourism, is even sometimes called the “third religion” of Nepal.
Kathmandu is visited by tourists most especially for the natural magnificence of the Himalayas, as well as the rich cultural legacy of Nepal. Pilgrims of Hindu and Buddhist faiths from all over the world also make it a must to visit Kathmandu’s religious sites including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Budhanilkantha. Travellers of all interests will never run of out of things to do and see in Kathmandu. The neighbourhoods of Thamel and Jhamel (Jhamsikhel), considered as the city’s “traveller’s ghetto,” are abundant with guest houses, restaurants serving different types of cuisines, and shops that specially cater to tourists. Another popular neighbourhood among visitors to Kathmandu is Jhochhen Tol, or Freak Street, made popular by the hippies of the 1960s and ‘70s. A fine example of a traditional neighbourhood where tourists can experience old Nepal is Asan, a bazaar and ceremonial square on the old trade route to Tibet. For those staying in the city for days, Kathmandu is also home to several five-star hotels, some even have casinos.
The staple dish in Kathmandu is the dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentil soup served with vegetable curries, achar, and Chutney. Another unique Nepali food tourists must try is the momo, a Nepali version of Tibetan dumpling. Momo is one of the most popular fast foods in Kathmandu and are sold on the streets. Make the most of your stay in Kathmandu by attending one of its festivals. As the capital city, most of the national festivals in Nepal are held in Kathmandu. Most festivals here are religious and cultural festivals observed by the Hindu and Buddhist communities.
How to get around within Kathmandu
Except for the major roads such as Tri Devi and Ring Road, as well as address numbers, Kathmandu lacks of street names so it is important for travellers to pick up a free Kathmandu valley map upon their landing on the airport. In most cases, directions are given relative to the nearest landmark or intersection.
As a compact city, it is possible to get around Kathmandu by foot. Public transportation available in Kathmandu comes in the form of rickshaws, taxis, and buses. Rickshaws go around Thamel, while taxis can be hailed anywhere in the city. The taxis have meters, although some drivers refuse to use the meter. In this case, simply say “no meter, no pay,” and hail another taxi. It is also common to negotiate fares, but this should be done before getting in the taxi or rickshaw. For longer trips within the valley, there are the blue buses and green buses that drive along Ring Road.
How to get there
Tribhuvan International Airport serves around 30 international airlines that connect Kathmandu and Nepal to key destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The airport is a hub for Agni Air, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Sita Air, Tara Air, and Yeti Airlines.
From other locations in Nepal, Kathmandu is connected by the Tribhuvan Highway to the south, Prithvi Highway to the west, Araniko Highway to the north, and BP Highway to the east.
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