The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu and was called Kantipur in the olden days. Kathmandu lies on the banks of the Bagmati River. Kathmandu is a very old and ancient city. Kathmandu valley comprises of three districts, namely; Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The Newar people mostly inhabit Kathmandu and its surrounding districts, but you can find people of all castes and creed. There are foreigners too who live and work here in their embassies and developmental projects. We can find a very cosmopolitan population inhabiting in the capital city. The Tamang and some sprinkling of Brahman, Chhettri and some Sherpa inhabit the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley.
The people of Kathmandu are generally businessmen and have a variety of businesses ranging from departmental stores to small groceries. Some well to do people own big hotels and factories. As in any other city, the economic activities the people do in the valley are of all kinds. There are a number of farmers too, tilling the land within the city limits.
The city of Kathmandu truly is a city of contrasts. Kathmandu is home to a number of mud-huts and temples built some hundreds of years ago and it also has the most modern houses alongside the temples. Kathmandu has a number of illiterate people who have difficulty writing their names and it has educated men like doctors, engineers and educationists. It has computer nerds and also has people who have never seen a computer. Kathmandu has cycle-rickshaws and the latest Japanese cars and even modern hospitals along with witch doctors. We can see planes flying and people pushing handcarts. Kathmandu has its share of saints and crooked politicians.
The valley was ruled by a number of dynasties in the past. The Shah dynasty lords over the valley and the country of Nepal. It was during the rule of these dynasties that the temples and ponds were built. The most famous of these are Rani pokhari and Nag pokhari among the ponds and Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath among the temples. The spots of travelers’ interests are not confined to Kathmandu alone. There are numerous places that travelers can visit in the other two districts. The ‘Nyatpole Temple’ and the ‘Pachpanna Jhyele Durbar’ or the Palace of Malla King Bhupatindra Malla are lovely to the eyes of the beholder. There are other places of attraction too in Patan like the ‘Boudha Bihar’, ‘Sundhara’, ‘Krishna Temple’ and ‘Kumbeshwore temple’ in Patan and the Cricket Stadium and the Tribhuwan University in Lalitpur. These are Places of attraction, which draws thousands of tourists every year.
Each of the three districts have a unique feature that is found nowhere in the world.
Lists of UNESCO World heritage sites within Kathmandu Valley.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Hotels in Kahtmandu:
There are so many hotels in Kathmandu some of them are listed below:
Five Star Hotels (*****)
The Everest Hotel, New Baneshwor
Hotel Yak And Yeti Kathmandu, Durbarmarg
Annapurna Hotel Kathmandu (Hotel de l’ Annapurna), Durbarmarg
Hyatt Regency, Boudha
Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat
Hotel Soaltee Kathmandu (Soaltee Crowne Plaza), Tahachal
Hotel Shangrila, Lazimpat
The Malla Hotel, Thamel
Le Meridien Kathmandu, Gokarna
Four Star Hotels (****)
Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole, Lalitpur
Hotel Royal Singi Kathmandu
Durbar Hotel, Durbar Marg
Grand Hotel Kathmandu, Red Cross Road, Tahachal
Hotel Vajra Kathmandu
Hotel Sherpa, Durbar Marg
Hotel Shanker Kathmandu, Lazimpat
Hotel Vaishali, Thamel
The Bluestar Hotel, Thapathali
Hotel Woodlands Dynasty Plaza, Durbar Marg
Three Star Hotels (***)
Hotel Center Point
Hotel Harati Katmandu
Marco Polo Business Hotel
Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel
Samsara Resort, Thamel