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Kathmandu is the capital and largest metropolitan city of Nepal. The city is the urban core of the Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas, which also contains two sister cities namely Patan or Lalitpur, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to its southeast and Bhaktapur, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) to its east. It is also acronymed as 'KTM'.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal surrounded by four major mountains, namely: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. It is inhabited by 671,846 (2001) people. The Kathmandu valley with its three districts including Kathmandu District accounts for a population density of only 97 per square kilometres whereas Kathmandu metropolitan city has a density of 13,225 per square kilometres. It is by far the largest urban agglomerate in Nepal, accounting for 20% of the urban population in an area of 5,067 hectares (12,520 acres) (50.67 square kilometres (19.56 sq mi)).

The city’s rich history is nearly 2000 years old, as inferred from an inscription in the valley. Its religious affiliations are dominantly Hindu followed by Buddhism. People of other religious beliefs also live in Kathmandu giving it a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language of the city, though many speak the Nepal Bhasa Newari as it is the center of the Newar people and culture. English is understood by all of the educated population of the city. The literacy rate is 98% in the city.
http://www.kathmandu.gov.np


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Map of Kathmandu Valley

http://www.nepaltravelandtour.com


Some generic cityscape shots of the Kathmandu Valley:



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Pashupatinath Temple: The holiest Hindu temple in Nepal



Patan:



Kathmandu (the dome shaped structure is a Buddhist stupa called Swayambhunath):



http://www.explorehimalaya.com

Bhaktapur:



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Religious sites around Kathmandu

The whole of the Kathmandu Valley is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here are pictures of some specific temples and religious sites in the valley.

Changu Narayan Temple

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Bouddhanath Stupa: An important Buddhist shrine

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http://www.airpano.com


Kaal Bhairav Temple

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Akaash Bhairav Temple

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The statue of Akaash Bhairav



Swayambhunath Temple aka the Monkey Temple

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www.tripideas.org
 

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Some more pictures

Dharahara, Kathmandu



Civil Mall, Kathmandu



Tinkune, Kathmandu



Kathmandu from Swayambhunath



Bhaktapur alley



Bhaktapur



Entrance to a temple, Bhaktapur



Bhaktapur Durbar Square


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Some more pics

Here are some more pictures from around Kathmandu. Feel free to contribute! :banana:



Sea of people, Ason, Kathmandu


Ason


Kathmandu at night




Kantipath


Panauti- One of the outlying towns in the Kathmandu Valley


Source: http://www.facebook.com/ILiveInKathmanduCity

Freak Street- Used to be a prime destination for hippies in the 70's


Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freak-Street-Kathmandu


Garden of Dreams, Thamel, Kathmandu


Former royal palace...now a museum


Sherpa Mall, Durbarmarg


Source:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathmandu-Thamel/
 

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Thamel, Kathmandu

Thamel is a small area in the heart of Kathmandu. It consists of small alleyways full of restaurants that serve cuisines from almost all parts of the world. What makes it more exciting is the sea of people along with the dogs and cows. It is the tourist mecca in Kathmandu, with numerous souvenir shops offering the best of Nepalese handicrafts. This it the place to go for some music and beer as well as trekking gear.


http://positiveworldtravel.smugmug.com


http://cityscapes.livejournal.com


www.onestep4ward.com


www.holeinthedonut.com


http://meltingplots.com


www.hellotravel.com


www.nepalmountainnews.com

Thamel is very colorful; it has something to offer everyone.

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Kathmandu Nepal by Macro Eye, on Flickr


Nepal - The City of Kathmandu by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr


kathmandu valley by aannda, on Flickr

Bagbazaar, Kathmandu

Untitled by third finger mind, on Flickr

Battisputali, Kathmandu

Rooftops of Kathmandu by rustyproof, on Flickr

View from Grand Hotel, Soaltee Mode, Kathmandu

Kathmandu City by Dragonsaur Long, on Flickr


Kathmandu City by Dragonsaur Long, on Flickr

Kathmandu- The city without skyscrapers

Kathmandu Valley from the Swayambhunath Temple hill by Byrd on a Wire, on Flickr

Brick houses everywhere

Kathmandu by ralky, on Flickr

Alleyway in Kathmandu

Daily Life in Kathmandu City by The Shy Photographer (Timido), on Flickr

Inner city area

Daily Life in Kathmandu City by The Shy Photographer (Timido), on Flickr

Traffic at Shahid Gate, Kathmandu

A main one way traffic route - Kathmandu, Nepal by Byrd on a Wire, on Flickr

Ason

kathmandu city by neethu.chackochan, on Flickr

Aerial shot of Kathmandu

Kathmandu from the sky by Youth Googly, on Flickr

Mountains seen from Shakhamul, Kathmandu

Gift for Kathmandu by Basu Dahal, on Flickr


Kathmandu in Monsoon by D J Clark, on Flickr

Kantipath

Kathmandu in Monsoon by D J Clark, on Flickr


Blue Hour : Kathmandu by Dylan Toh, on Flickr


New Road, Kathmandu- One of the busiest shopping areas in Kathmandu

New Road in Kathmandu by shinyai, on Flickr


New Road, Kathmandu by mobilevirgin, on Flickr


New road, Kathmandu by pauldaviesuk, on Flickr


Kathmandu, Nepal by Dan Dispain, on Flickr


Kathmandu by Stephen D Harper, on Flickr


Street Sale by WanderWorks, on Flickr
 

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Pashupatinath Temple- One of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal

Nepal - Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr



Kathmandu's Pashupatinath Temple
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr


Alleyway of Kathmandu
[/url] Kathmandu by jangu rai, on Flickr[/IMG]


[/url] Atop Nagarjun overlooking Kathmandu by hshuldman, on Flickr[/IMG]


Kathmandu traffic
[/url] KTM 4 by henryhill125, on Flickr[/IMG]


New Road
[/url] Apartments Line the Street by DJ Greer, on Flickr[/IMG]


Panorama of the Kathmandu Valley
[/url] A mile above Kathmandu by hshuldman, on Flickr[/IMG]


Kathmandu Traffic- Trust me, it is not pretty
[/url] A Bike Surrounded by Cars by DJ Greer, on Flickr[/IMG]


Rani Pokhari (Pond of the Queen): A pond built by the orders of King Pratap Malla dedicated to his wife who had just lost a young son. During a special celebration, those who do not have parents or whose parents are deceased come here to worship at the temple.
[/url] Rani Pokahari- 2
by ashishkoirala, on Flickr[/IMG]


Kathmandu Durbar Square
[/url] Blending....
by ashishkoirala, on Flickr[/IMG]
 

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Kathmandu during dusk

Nepal sunrise: Moon setting over Kathmandu at dawn
by bugswong, on Flickr


Ghantaghar (clock tower) on the left, Rani Pokhari (Queen's pond) on the right

clock'n'Wires
by yowlanku, on Flickr



Tundikhel (the open space used for parades) and the Kathmandu cityscape

Nepal - Kathmandu - View of Kathmandu
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr


Entrance to Singha Durbar (literal translation: Lion Palace): Nepal's parliament building

Parliament of Nepal
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr




Singha Durbar Entrance - Kathmandu Nepal
by temp13rec., on Flickr



Narayanhiti Royal Palace (now a museum)

Narayanhiti Palace Museum
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr


Nagarjuna Hill overlooking the cityscape

Nagarjun Hill by Sauravrt, on Flickr
 

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Thamel- the tourist district of Kathmandu

20060411-I-1-halftop-signs-street-thamel-kathmandu
by exposedplanet, on Flickr



Smog over Kathmandu
by rpb1001, on Flickr



stupa in Kathmandu
by Carpe Feline, on Flickr



Busy traffic in Kathmandu
by Dragonsaur Long, on Flickr


Kathmandu skyline from Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, Kathmandu
by twenty_questions, on Flickr



Kathmandu view from the Swayambu Stupa - Nepal
by temp13rec., on Flickr


New Road, Kathmandu- Chaotic traffic is part of everyday life in Kathmandu

Kathmandu conjestion
by Justin LaRosa, on Flickr
 

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Ason, Kathmandu- One of the old markets for spices, brassware, and herbs.

Kathmandu streets
by PyPhotograph, on Flickr

Another alleyway near Thamel

Kathmandu Street
by goozey, on Flickr


Kathmandu cityscape

♥ Kathmandu ♥ by Net_Ski, on Flickr



Kathmandu, Nepal
by varlamov, on Flickr



Kathmandu
by clee130, on Flickr



Untitled
by /\/\, on Flickr


Kathmandu at night

Full Moon Night at Kathmandu
by prabal-tamrakar, on Flickr


Thamel at night

Thamel, Kathmandu at night
by Crystal, Mario, the Bean & the Pea, on Flickr


Kathmandu pic taken from the outskirts

Kathmandu at night
by sanuluvnanu, on Flickr
 
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