Kathmandu is beautiful and beguiling, brimming with temples, stupas, and green hills. Every nook and cranny of Kathmandu unfolds the grandeur of medieval temples. And while the prayer flags dominate the sky, the street of Kathmandu might surprise you with chaotic ambiance.
Whether you visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu or the outskirts of Kathmandu, there is photography opportunity at every bend. From the vivid streets to green hills, Kathmandu has all the recipes to allure photographers.
Top 10 most Instagrammable places in Kathmandu.
UNESCO world heritage site, Pashupatinath Temple, the sacred Hindu temple in the world, is one of the most Instagrammable places in Kathmandu and welcomes thousands of devotees and travelers every day. Stretching on the bank of Bagmati river, Pashupatinath temple houses exquisite pagoda style temple and bustling market selling everything from incense to pilgrim paraphernalia and religious trinkets. Whether you take pictures of the main temple, river, or the sadhus, you will love everything about Pashupatinath temple.
Swayambhunath Stupa, a self-existing stupa since the 5th century, is the must-visit place in Kathmandu. Overlooking the Kathmandu valley, Swayambhunath stupa with the whitewashed dome, fluttering prayer flags, and abounding monkeys have distinct aura amidst the chaotic Kathmandu. This UNESCO world heritage site in Kathmandu is considered a vantage spot to revel in the bird-eye views of Kathmandu valley.
Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal, boasts Tibetan Buddhist culture and spirituality in varied forms- Kora, hum and soothing music of mantras, prostration, fluttering of prayer flags, spinning of prayer wheels and burning of incense. Visit Boudhanath Stupa and feel the blissful aura. For photography, get along with a cup of tea or dumpling at one of the rooftop cafes and restaurants in the immediate area of the stupa.
Patan Durbar Square
The historic town in Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square, is definitely a beautiful place for your Instagram grid. The artistic heritage, exquisite carvings, and elegant architectural treasures of Patan Durbar Square is what lures the travelers. Besides, the museum and bustling market in its close proximity appeals for a refreshing walk.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Explore the cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur Durbar Square to discover beautiful red-brick houses, medieval temples, colorful market, 55 window palace, Nyatapola Temple, and pottery workshop at Dattatreya Square. Confused where to get the best shot for your Instagram?- stand before the Nyatapola Temple, and you will be amazed to see your image. And not to mention, click some pictures of Newari people doing pottery.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Stroll around Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Basantapur Durbar Square, and marvel at the old royal palace, shrines, and high temples. Wander through the busy alleyways and don’t miss the street stalls selling beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs. Oh yes! Don’ forget to click the picture of Kal Bhairab statue.
Thamel is the most happening place in Kathmandu. Also called The Backpacker’s Paradise, Thamel is the place where you can find anything (from currency exchanging booth to trekking gears) for your adventure to the Himalayas. Check the hashtag #thamel, and you will get some photography ideas in the Thamel area.
Kathmandu’s busiest market square, Asan is crammed with shops selling everything from tea to yak tails, condiments to chicken, cup to cakes, clothes to chocolates, and everything imaginable. A swarm of pedestrians, two-wheelers, rickshaw, and sometimes even four-wheeler congest the streets of Asan. Visit Asan and surprise yourself with some classic photographs of busy alleyways, traditional markets, and temples and shrines.
An hour from the busy streets of Kathmandu boasts beautiful places, and Taudaha is no exception. Taudaha Lake is a haven for bird-watching, and trust me, sunrise view from Taudaha is breath-taking. The serene ambiance of Taudaha lake and stunning views is not just an opportunity for photography but also an escape from Kathmandu’s mayhem.
If you want to revel in the panoramic views of the Himalayas, Nagarkot is the best place to be near Kathmandu. A few miles away from Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the vantage point for stunning views of mountains, including the mighty Everest. Not to mention, hundreds of tourists flock to Nagarkot to enjoy the sunrise view over the Himalayas.
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