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Kathmandu is an ancient city with a lot to offer to its tourists. It offers a diverse range of experiences including history, culture, adventure and business. Every tourist that comes to Nepal for any purpose passes through Kathmandu. Although the city may seem noisy and populated, there is a lot going on around. Due to the large number of tourists arriving here, finding cheap flights to Kathmandu can be tricky.

Climate:

The climate of Kathmandu has two zones, one is a warm temperate zone ranging between the height of 1200-2200 meters. Then there is the cool climate zone which ranges between 2100-3200 meters. The normal temperature in summer is around 84°F and during winter it goes as lows as 52°F. During trekking seasons, in autumn and spring, the weather is pleasant and clear, so the number of people arriving in the country is very high, so reserving cheap flights to Kathmandu during these times can be problematic. It would be best to book your flight months in advance.

Sightseeing:

Being a popular tourist attraction, the biggest industry of the country is tourism and Nepal has emphasized the matter very much. After you have enjoyed a cheap flight to Kathmandu, here are some attractions you may be interested in visiting:

Swayambunath Temple is a Buddhist temple located at the top of a hill, with ancient structures and carvings everywhere, it is definitely worth a visit. The Swayambunath Temple is a must visit attraction of Kathmandu. While visiting the temple, you can’t help but notice the troops of monkeys jumping around. Considered to be one of the most important Ganesh shrines, Ashok Binayak is very popular among tourists. The little gold shrine is located at the top of Maru Tole. Visitors come here to serve the tika dispenser, then ring the bells at the back. The Maju Deval is a triple roofed temple on a nine-stage platform. It is a well-known center of the city. While going up the steps, you will come across fruit and vegetables vendors and souvenir shops. Bhaktapur is a small town located 10 kilometers from the capital. The biggest attraction here is the Nyatapola Temple. The five-storey temple was built in the early 18th century during the rule of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Interested in a scenic route of the Himalayas? The tour will take you close to Mount Everest and give a close up aerial view of the highest point in the world. The tour starts from Kathmandu and lasts for an hour or so. It is offered by two airlines and every customer gets the experience from a window seat.

The Narayanhiti Palace Museum is unlike any other typical museum; it has a somewhat interesting but dark history. After closing down the palace in 2007, it was reopened as a museum after two years. The highlights of the museum are banquet halls, royal rooms and an impressive throne. Then there are halls with stuffed animals` heads and portraits on the walls. Considered to be the tourist heart of Kathmandu, this is where the kings were once crowned. It is a very popular tourist attraction due to the extraordinary number of temples around the square, where some temples are as old as 800 years. Other attractions around the area may also interest you. Another town with ancient history, Patan is located south of Kathmandu. It has more temples than Bhaktapur or Kathmandu. The most popular temples are the Golden Temple, Kumbeshwar Temple and the Red Machhendranath Temple. Known for its big mandala, the Boudhanath Stupa has one of the largest stupas in Nepal. It is located on the route to Kathmandu from Tibet. Merchants from Tibet used to rest and stay here.

Hotels:

Tourism being the biggest industry of the country, there is no shortage of good comfortable accommodations in Nepal. It really depends on where you plan to stay at any given time. Just like booking cheap flights to Kathmandu, there is enough information online with reviews and feedback that would allow you to find the most suitable place to stay. Here are some hotels that you might be interested in:

The Dalai-La Boutique Hotel has received praise for its brilliant services and experience. Customers have given very positive feedback. Dalai-La Boutique offers all the facilities and amenities of a hotel of this category with a very Nepali feel to it. Rated 2nd in Kathmandu`s best hotel list by reviewers, the Hotel Friends Home offers great services and keeps a good pace with its competitors. You`ll pretty much find all the facilities required for your stay. Ranked in one of the top 3 hotels of Kathmandu, Hotel Mi Casa will not disappoint you. The reviews have highlighted the friendly staff and that is a big upside. Moreover, you`ll find all the facilities and amenities required for a comfortable stay.

Overall, Nepal`s capital, Kathmandu, is a major tourist attraction and no wonder the airport is so busy all the time, so book cheap flights to Kathmandu in advance and add another adventure to your list.

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Which Airlines Operate Flights To Kathmandu from UK?

  • British Airways
  • Jet Airways
  • Air India
  • Nepal Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Oman Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Air France

How long is the flight to Kathmandu from UK?

  • Flight from London Heathrow to Kathmandu is about 12 to 18 hours long, depending on the airline used and they usually come with a stopover.
  • Flight from Manchester to Kathmandu usually takes 15 to 19 hours. The flight comes with a stopover.
  • Flights from Birmingham to Kathmandu are sometimes 14 to 18 hours long and come with a stopover. This too depends on the airline the traveller uses.
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Kathmandu can be a bit longer. They take 14 to 19 hours long and come with a stopover.

What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Kathmandu?

The low season in Nepal is in the monsoons, between the end of June and early September. Coming to the country within these months can give you slightly cheaper rates than the usual. During this time the rains are intense but the local community relies heavily on them for growing food and vegetables. The rain is sacred in Kathmandu and is celebrated by the people. Along with the cheaper airfares, you might also get better rates on accommodation. Coming to the city in early January, when the nights are the chilliest but the fares are the cheapest can also loosen that tight budget.

Is there an international airport in Kathmandu?

The international airport serving the city of Kathmandu is the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). The airport is only 6 kilometres away from the city centre. A second airport named Nijgadh International has its construction well underway and is destined to complete in December 2018 to serve the city. Tribhuvan Airport has served 5.3 million passengers in 2017.

What are the entry requirements to Kathmandu for British travellers?

A British Citizen is required to have a visa to travel to Nepal. It is advisable to apply for the visa at the Nepalese embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens, but you can also get a visa upon arrival at the airport. Please note that upon filling the visa application at the airport you would be asked for a passport sized photograph, so take some along to evade the hassle. The single entry visa is available for 15, 30 and 90 days for USD$ 25, 40 and 100. If you are taking your family along, children under 10 years of age do require a visa but their visa fee is exempted. The single entry visa can be extended and converted into a multiple entry visa at the Nepali Immigration Department if you plan to visit India, Tibet or Bhutan as well.

What is the best time to visit Kathmandu?

There are two separate time slots in the year great for a visit to Kathmandu. The first time slot is from April to early June. This is the time in which Kathmandu is in spring season. Wildflowers line the foothills and the temperature is pleasant this time of the year. The second period perfect for a visit to Kathmandu is in the autumn, that is, from September to November. By September the monsoon rains have long departed but the cold of the winter has yet to freeze the city. These goldilocks time slots will give you access to all that Kathmandu has to offer.

What are the major landmarks in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu became a refuge for the Buddhist monks emigrating from Tibet in the mid 20th century. The city has since then, became an amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist cultures and temples and shrine dot the city.

  • Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu. It is one of the largest stupas in the world and said to contain the remains of the third reincarnation of Buddha, Kassapa Buddha. The site also has a heavenly spring that sprouts near the temples inner gate. The mound was damaged in the earthquake in 2015 but since then, has been renovated back to its previous state. Lines of yellow praying flags fly from the top mast on the stupa to the surrounding buildings.
  • The Pashupatinath Temple stands in the eastern part of the city, on the banks of the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is the national deity of Nepal and is one of the avatars of Lord Shiva. Many legends and beliefs surround the temple complex and everyone is welcome for a visit. Many festivals take place during the year at the temple, but the most famous one is the Maha Shiva festival which brings worshippers from all over the world to Kathmandu. The temple is one of the twelve major temples in Shiv-Hinduism.
  • Many who seek Buddhahood come to the temple of Swayambhunath west of Kathmandu city. The temple rests on a hilltop and a long staircase of ancient steps lead to the temple. A separate road has also been paved that spirals around the hill to reach the temple. At the summit, there is a gilded stupa with the half-closed eyes painted on it, looking compassionately in all four directions. The temple has been constructed to represent the teachings of Buddhism. Even though the site has been sacred to the Buddhists, Hindus have also cherished the site since ancient times.
Which festivals are celebrated in Kathmandu?

The Nepali year starts in March, with the coming of spring. Holi is celebrated with jubilations and powdered pigments are flung into the air with joy. In September the crowning of the new Kumari takes place. The Kumari is a little girl, not two or three years old, selected after a rigorous process and believed to processes the spirit of a deity. The child is worshiped until the deity leaves the body of the child if she gets a serious injury or falls ill. The Indra Jatra is the festival that celebrates the Hindu deity Indra which in many ways has similarities with Zeus and Jupiter. The Devali festival is celebrated, with lights and fire flares to please the goddess of fortune –Lakshmi.

How to get around in Kathmandu?

If you want to indulge into the real Kathmandu experience, how about taking a ride on the bullock-cart or the ponies that still races on the city’s roads. Alternatively, you can take the bus. There are hundreds of buses and rickshaws that take you from one tourist attraction to the next. The government has recently introduced eco-friendly rickshaws that make less noise and air pollution. These battery-powered vehicles have an added advantage; they can move through the tightest of streets or the most crammed intersections and get you where you want quickly. Public and private taxis are also available readily.

Which five-star hotels and accommodation are available for stay in Kathmandu?

There are many five star hotels in Kathmandu city that overlooking the bowl-shaped Kathmandu valley or are at the very centre of the city, surrounded by the temples and the monasteries.

  • Dwarika's Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee
  • Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Hotel Yak & Yeti
  • Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu

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