First Time in Kathmandu! How to Prepare & What To Expect in Your First Time Visit

  1. Food and drink in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu has everything under the sun to eat and drink. For backpackers preparing for a walk or returning from a walk, the large number of options is refreshing. If you travel with a backpack to Kathmandu, stay away from many middle and upper class restaurants in Thamel.

Eating in Kathmandu can be as cheap or as expensive as you do. If you want a delicious Italian pasta feast with salad and wine, you must be prepared to pay. If you keep it simple and stick to Nepalese or Indian food, you can eat very well for very little money.

Keep in mind that bars are plentiful, entertaining and a good place to meet with other backpackers.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

Kathmandu has countless small restaurants on the wall. When locals eat out, they go to these places. There is no menu and, often, the only thing they serve is the homemade version of Daal Bhat (rice, lentils, curries and, sometimes, salad).

Most people in Kathmandu eat Daal Bhat at least once (sometimes twice) a day when they were in Kathmandu. It is cheap, abundant and healthy … and there are free spare parts. It is practically the best dream gift for backpackers when you finish eating rice and lentils day after day.

If you fancy a hamburger, Thai food or any other ethnic cuisine, you can find them in Thamel or in the elegant area of ​​Patan. Here is a brief list of some of the best restaurants in Kathmandu (which will not fully exploit the bank).

* Fire and ice: expensive but very good. After a long walk, consent to a pizza, you deserve it.


* Saigon Pho: the best (and possibly only ??) Vietnamese restaurant in Kathmandu. You guessed it, they make an amazing pho.

*Ghangri Sui Mai: Momos. Momos And Momos. They are the best meatballs in history.

* Ork2K: Delicious oriental food in Thamel. good prices

* Singma: Delicious Malaysian-inspired pasta dishes at very low prices. Come hungry

* Garden kitchen: this place is always full of monks, so it must be good. Epic traditional Tibetan cuisine.

* Himalayan Java Coffee: a real cafeteria with decent food … and especially excellent coffee.

For Drink

The best bar in Kathmandu

* Sams Bar: At this time, Sams Bar is a Thamel institution. Sams is not a super eye-catching bar with loud music blaring from the open doors. If you do not know about it, you probably will not find it easy. For a relaxing spot to enjoy a beer with some friends, Sam’s Bar is the place to be.

Rum Doodle: Another local bar with a long history of interesting customers. Most people who have climbed Everest over the years come to Rum Doodle to leave a note – hundreds of which rise to the ceiling and the walls.


* Purple Haze Rock Bar: This place offers steady music (usually rock and the like). It’s usually quite crowded indoors, but that’s part of the Purple Haze experience.

* Everest Irish Pub: Every major city in the world has at least one Irish Bar.

* Phat Kath: Phat Kath is both a restaurant and a bar. It is an excellent home serving delicious food and cold beer.

*Reggae Bar Thamel: Another cool place with rooftop seating, live music and shisha. Good food and strong drinks. Always full with many backpackers.

  1. Nightlife in Kathmandu

For a conservative country like Nepal, Kathmandu has a vibrant nightlife. The Thamel is the epicenter of the backpackers nightlife, whether good or bad. Throughout the Thamel there are bars for backpackers, pubs, tourist bars with cheese, music venues, cheap snacks and special drinks.

Every night of the week you can find a bar that serves drinks until dawn. I would say that most of Kathmandu’s nightlife is drinking in bars or hostels. Not many people (not even locals) will drink openly in the street.

For a more elegant night, luxury bars in Patan are the best option. However, expect to pay the higher dollar. Something always happens in Thamel. The contingent of backpackers who travel constantly in Kathmandu is always looking for some drinks (or more).

Meeting people is very easy in Kathmandu, since the vast majority of travelers focus on the Thamel. Sometimes, the Thamel feels like a backpackers’ pen when the yard is full of hashish, hippie pants, beer, pashmina scarves and counterfeit Gore-Tex products.

If you don’t want to celebrate or just want a good night’s rest, avoid hostels directly above or next to one or two bars. Always wear earplugs to sleep. When the sun sets, the party is in Kathmandu …

15.Books to read on Kathmandu

If you are one of the bookworms, it is a good idea to read books while relaxing in a hotel or restaurant. Here we recommend some good books that we hope will make your day.

  • House of Snow: an anthology of the best writings on Nepal: House of Snow is the largest, most complete and elegant collection of printed writings on Nepal. It contains more than fifty sections of fiction and nonfiction, inspired by the impressive landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country.
  • Kathmandu: Kathmandu was closed to the outside world until 1951 and was caught in a medieval leap in time. It is, as Bell argues, a jewel of the art world, a carnival of sexual licenses, a hotbed of the communist revolution, a failed democracy paradigm. A case study on failed western intervention and an environmental disaster.
  • While the gods slept: while the gods slept, a journey through love and rebellion in Nepal tells the captivating story of a woman transformed in an intimate and unexpected way. In the context of the growing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin’s story takes us deep into the lives of local women who take their rightful place in society, and make their voices heard.
  • Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu: everything you need to know before diving into the legendary Kathmandu district.
  • The living goddess: In a small medieval palace in Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous living goddess of Nepal lives: a three-year-old girl selected from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to guard the earth and her people protect. This book discovers the history and complexity of modern Nepalese society and provides a context for it.
  • Lonely Planet Nepal: lots of useful information about backpackers in Nepal and Kathmandu.
  1. Volunteering in Kathmandu

Traveling in the long term is fantastic. Returning is great too. For backpackers who want to travel long term and cheap in Kathmandu. In exchange for a few hours of work per day, your room and meals are covered.

Backpackers can spend a lot of time volunteering in a fantastic place without spending money. The significant experiences of life and travel are rooted in leaving your comfort zone and in the world of a particular project.

  1. Earn money online while traveling to Kathmandu with your backpack

Do you travel to Kathmandu or Nepal in the long term? Would you like to make money if you don’t explore the city? Online English lessons are a great way to get a steady income from anywhere in the world with a good Internet connection.

Depending on your qualifications (or your motivation to acquire qualifications, such as a TEFL certificate), you can teach English from your laptop, save money for your next adventure and positively impact the world by improving someone else’s language skills! Unlock your travels and participate in this nomadic digital game by teaching English online …

  1. Responsible backpacker in Kathmandu.

  • Reduce your plastic footprint:

The best thing you can do for our planet is to make sure NOT to exacerbate the plastic problem worldwide. Do not buy disposable water bottles, the plastic ends up in a landfill or at sea. Instead, pack a sturdy travel water bottle.

Watch A Plastic Ocean on Netflix: it will change the way you see the problem of plastic in the world. You have to understand what we face. Do not carry disposable plastic bags, you are a backpacker: carry your backpack when you go to the store or run errands.

Keep in mind that many animal products are not grown ethically in the countries where you travel and are not of the best quality. I’m carnivorous, but when I’m on the road, I only eat chicken. Massive breeding of cows, etc. It makes the jungle cut, which is obviously a big problem.

  • Respect art and diligence.

When you enter Kathmandu, you have a great opportunity to participate in debauchery and it is very important to have fun, relax and sometimes become a little wild, as you will soon discover.

When you buy a local boat or a piece of local equipment, it is not operating at such low prices that the price is unfair to the person who has spent countless hours doing so. Pay people what they are worth and contribute as much as possible to the local economy.

  • Use as little plastic as possible.

I know it can be difficult, but do your best to use as few plastic bottles of water as you can. Fill the ones you buy! Use a steripen. Fill in your hostel! There are many ways to reduce plastic! The backpack trip to Kathmandu or another region of Nepal often highlights some of the world’s major socio-economic inequalities.

Never assume that you are healthy and financially fit to travel. Show some gratitude to the world around you and help to have a positive impact on it. Above all, you have the best moment of your life and spread love!

Author: – Sudipbabu Dhakal

Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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