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Living in Kathmandu, Nepal:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kathmandu, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 47 people living in Kathmandu what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Kathmandu is an awesome city. Lived there for a couple of years as an expat and absolutely loved my time in this quiet Himalayan kingdom. Kathmandu is way toned-down from Delhi; the vibe is ‘chill’. Extremely peaceful, extremely friendly, and extremely delicious. Great third-wave coffee scene, so many fun markets, and Labim mall is a great place to go to the cinema. A wonderful, enjoyable city.

If you’re moving to Kathmandu, ear plugs and headphones are advisable at night due to barking dogs and cherished motorbikes. You can find most necessities of life much cheaper than in the west. The views and people are stunning.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is widely populated with people from all around Nepal. People come here for better job opportunities. There are many tourism attractions as well like Pashupatinath temple, boudha, Bhaktapur durbar square, Patan durbar square, etc. If anyone is considering moving here, they should make arrangements for their accommodation beforehand.

Samriddhis, says: 2020

My city is filled with various cultures and languages. Here, people of different castes live together in a society. It also consists of heritage sites which were popular in ancient period. It is also known for it’s beautiful landscapes. There are no train in my city. There was one but due to some reason, it doesn’t work.

It is the capital city of the country. It is also known as city of temple. The weather of Kathmandu is pretty cool. It is the largest city in the country. The only one International Airport lies here. The city is a bit polluted. People are very friendly. Driving in Kathmandu is a bit difficult as the roads are narrower .

Ashish, says: 2020

If you are planning to move to Kathmandu, you should be aware of the different cultures and traditions that prevail here. It’s just you won’t be surprised while seeing different fest happening on the streets and localities. Also, most of the time you will be traveling using public vehicles. So, make sure you have some idea about the route and station.

Steffanie, says: 2020

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal with a population of around one million. The city is polluted and overpopulated, although it has many beautiful places to visit. Also, it has more facilities than any other places in the country. It is fairly a safe place. Most of the country’s population are in this city.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. For someone moving here, the person should be well adapted to the cold weather. It also isn’t the cleanest city when it comes to pollution. It’s a small city and therefore, the modes of public transportation are buses and minivans.

Kathmandu used to be a city of temples for tourists and a city of dreams for the rural Nepalese. Now, it is more of a concrete jungle undergoing rapid urbanization and population growth. For the people moving here, one should be prepared to seep into the bustle of the city, survive the dusty roads, traffic jam and scarce water.

Steffanie, says: 2020

Someone moving here, Kathmandu, should know where he/she is moving to. One must consider various things like transportation routes, eateries, popular tourist spots, and more to take full advantage of my beautiful city. Primarily, one must know the daily public vehicle routes to save money as there will be higher charge on other means of transport. Kathmandu is known for numerous Nepali food including Dhedo, Sisno, Gundruk, Momo, and Chow Mein. One can find and savor these food items every nook and corner of the city. There are also beautiful tourist spots in the city. Thamel is one of them which lies in the Western part of Kathmandu. One can buy, eat, and troll around this place for delicacies, beautiful spots and garments. These are few things know before moving here.

my city is like a maze so I recommend one to carry a map either physical or digital so that you will not face various problems. People here also cannot speak English so I would also recommend bringing a guide with you. one must have exchanged their home currency to my nation’s currency.

Kushal, says: 2020

Our city is very popular with culture and tradition. It is also popular for various types of food. my city is known as the city of temples because you can find temples in every corner of my city. My city is a beautiful place full of peace.

Ashish, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a multicultural city that has been for many years the center of Nepal history, art, culture and has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. try Newari and thakali foods it has sophisticated and diverse cuisine. The Chandragiri hills in Kathmandu offer a panoramic view of Himalayan ranges and Mount Everest on a clear day.

Ashish, says: 2020

it is the capital of the country. It also contain many historical places. The living cost is quite cheaper than other areas even its the city. They should struggle to live here as it’s not easy to move and live in the city.

Nepal’s capital is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. At the heart of the old city’s maze like alleys is Durbar Square, which becomes frenetic during Indra Jatra, a religious festival featuring masked dances. Many of the city’s historic sites were damaged or destroyed by a 2015 earthquake. Durbar Square’s palace, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap, a wooden Hindu temple, are being rebuilt.

Nabina, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a very good place. Rent is affordable. Street food is usually healthy and delicious. There is a little bit of pollution but there are also a lot of trees. You can visit many places like Swayambhunath Stupa. Thamel, Kathmandu’s main nightlife zone, is a very good tourist destination.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal which is surrounded by Himalayan Mountains. Newari people are the original residence of this city. But as it is the main city and all kinds of work and facilities are available here so almost 70 percent people have migrated from other cities and villages in search of work.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. It is the most beautiful place to explore holidays and discover the best time and places. The culture heritage of the Kathmandu valley is illustrated by seven groups of mountain and buildings. The valley is rich in culture and ancient traditions.

Yogesh, says: 2020

It’s a traditional city where ancient architectural structures are found. This city is renowned for cultural heritage and wood crafts. There are around seven cultural heritage sites certified by UNESCO. Almost 60 ethnicity groups lives in this city. It is culturally very rich and people here are religious. Majority of Hindus live in this city.

Simran, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a city of temples. Of recent, it is more of a concrete jungle though. Blessed with a moderate climate, there still are temples and areas of cultural importance that are worth the visit. UNESCO listed listed cultural heritage sites such as Swayambhunath temple and Pashupati temple, both major sites of cultural importance lie in Kathmandu itself.

Kathmandu has the moderate type of climate throughout the year. Summers here, are usually raining but in winter the temperature usually ranges from -2 to 12 degree celsius. The city is not very expensive in comparison to most parts of the world whereas for the normal person with average salary might be little difficult to live here on rent.

Sandhya, says: 2020

there is no way live here without earning money. You baby earn on your own and work your assoff to earn a daily living. You must be independent and hard-working to live in my city. Momo’s are so popular here and is the national snacks for all.

Nashib, says: 2020

Someone moving to Kathmandu should know it is a polluted and busy city. One should be very conscious about their health and time schedules. Anybody travelling around should cover their face and should leave their homes at least half an hour early to avoid being late because of traffic.

Kushal, says: 2020

The good hotels here at Kathmandu. And you should not forget to visit Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Lalitpur Durbar Square. If you have enough time, you can have a great tie visiting Pokhara, 204 Km apart from Kathmandu. You can really cherish the beauty of Rara Lake, Fewa Lake, Devi’s Fall, Begnas Lake and more.

The streets in my city are quite crowded so be careful of pickpockets and minor accidents if you are using vehicles. People here are welcoming and would do anything to make you comfortable. When you meet someone, they’d love if you greeted them namaste joining your palms and slightly bowing your head.

Considering the fact that, it is the capital of Nepal; the place can get a little crowded. one should be prepared for loud noises, pollution and traffic rush. Other than that, the city of Kathmandu provides various tourist destinations and is a home to one of the most friendly and helpful people.

Sandhya, says: 2020

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal where most of the tourist prefer to travel. The only international airport in the country is located to the Kathmandu. There are many heritages sites in this city which must be visited. Comparatively, It has more services and facilities people than other cities.

Kushal, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a beautiful place, surrounded by four mountain ranges. It’s very serene and the weather is absolutely amazing! It gets pretty chilly in winter so someone moving to Kathmandu should know the minimum temperature ranges from one to two degree Celsius. Whereas, during summer the temperature rises up to 32 degree Celsius. The environment is good! People in Kathmandu are very friendly and welcoming. Kathmandu will be a home away from home!

Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture, and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy.

The city is very nice and the people are very friendly so to speak of. The level of pollution is, however, quite high, so cover your face. This will protect you from the dust and smoke. There are lots of hotels and restaurants. We also have many heritage sites where you can visit.

Krishna, says: 2020

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu contains some of the UNESCO world heritage sites so it is a popular tourist destination. There are many places to visit in my city so It’s quite hard to be bored in the valley. You have endless things to do there for fun. You don’t need to pre-plan everything and take a trip to outskirts of the city. Sometimes just a walk to nearby palace is enough to make your day.

Kripalu, says: 2020

Get a good guide fluent in Nepali and the language spoken by you. You also need to be specific about the clothes you wear as more exposed clothes are against the tradition. you have to be ready for food with spices and lots of oil in the streets of Kathmandu.

Sandesh, says: 2020

this city is so beautiful. All the roads and the green forests are so eye catching that they will not ever want to leave this city again. All the neighbours are very friendly and they supports, they cares and they’re there on the hard times.

Rajendra, says: 2020

Kathmandu is the capital of our country. Our city has many temples and monasteries, e.g., Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath stupa etc. You can see many small temples every corner of the city. Nature and Peaceful places are everywhere.

Sudeep, says: 2020

The weather is really nice here. It is the city of temples. We have lots of places to have fun here. So many shopping areas are available. People are very friendly and helpful. You are always surrounded by positive vibes here. You can see lots of tourists here because we have so many mountain peaks here. (Mount Everest).

Dipesh, says: 2020

Kathmandu is historically rich with various old and precious monuments. People here are friendly and generous. Here main problem is of water. Similarly, It is polluted and unwanted traffic on roads may create hastle and hindrances in regular duties. But, In spite of this we can enjoy the valley with greenery and himalaya views 360° around the eyes.

Roshani, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a beautiful city with moderate climatic condition but the weather keeps changing so make sure that you always carry an umbrella and a thin jacket. In addition to this, you would also want to carry a mask and a pair of goggles so that you’ll have your lungs and eyes protected from the dust.

Yashoda, says: 2020

If moving to Kathmandu, know it is a wonderful place. There are lots of places. Kathmandu is full of diverse people living together. People of different cultures, ethnicity, religion live together in this city. Kathmandu is known as the city which never sleeps.

Kathmandu is a city full of religious and cultural places. The city is also the only city of my country that is fairly developed. The population is almost 3-4 million which means it is very densely populated. I almost forgot to mention that it is the capital of Nepal.

Nashib, says: 2020

winter is surprising as it can be felt once someone settles there. The people are the early bird also goes bed early. The city as its in developing phase there might be some pollution but once its finished its great place. There are temples that carries historical values and has a great chance for tourism industry.

Aishwarya, says: 2020

Kathmandu is a bit chaotic but at the same time a very fun place. You can have all the things you require. It is known as one of the most expensive cities but honestly it would all depend on you. We have cheapest accommodation, foods, etc at the same time one of the most expensive.

Kathmandu is a beautiful place where there are many culture and rituals. You will have a lot fun in the city. But it has highly dense population than other cities. There are many temples in the city. People in this city is very helpful to each other. I would highly recommend to live here cause it have more facilities than other cities in Nepal.

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal comprise numerous cultural and heritage sites, reflects the ancient culture and history of Nepal. It is one of the major tourist destinations in the globe with numerous attractions including Pashupatinath Temple (Hindu Holy Temple), Boudha Stupa, Shambhu Nath Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Square and numerous temples.

Mystiq, says: 2020

There are electricity cuts sometimes and public transportation is crowded. You might not always get high-quality foods. It would be a good idea to know basic Nepali. However, it is a beautiful place. The mountains, hills, waterfalls, and rivers make every adjustment a worthwhile.

Kabita, says: 2020

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal with beautiful historic places. It is one of the most visited place. Visitors from all of the world loves this city. You can find lots of cool places like hotel, restaurants. There are many high-end places for people who can pay a budget friendly places too.

Anjana, says: 2020

Lease an apartment or house without water scarcity problem. Cook at home, restaurants are for weekends. Temperature is quite cool. Pack up warm clothes if you are from a warm temperature area. Religious and friendly people around, but, that doesn’t mean you can trust everyone. Public transportation is difficult. Owning bicycle is a must. Carpool apps like tootle is famous for traveling around the valley.

Yashoda, says: 2020

Know about Mount Everest and the Pashupatinath temple. Likewise, this city is the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu is mostly famous for the rituals and traditions of people in it. They provide warm hospitality to outsiders. Kathmandu is also known for its climate. It has the best climate in Nepal.

Ashish, says: 2020

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