Things To Do
Explore the best things to do in Kirtipur. Discover nature and outdoor activities, local attractions, cultural experiences, Newari food and festivals to include in your Kathmandu sightseeing.
Climb the steep stairs to Uma Maheshwor, Kirtipur’s highest temple. Take in the 17th century pagoda along with stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley.
Lohan Dega or Stone Temple in Kirtipur is an unassuming but beautiful example of a shikhar style temple, tucked away in the backstreets of the hilltop town.
Experience authentic Newari culture and architecture while walking through the laneways of Kirtipur or taking part in one of the many traditional festivals.
The Jal Binayak Temple in Chobhar is on the banks of the Bagmati River in southern Kirtipur and has a sense of faded glory.
Perched on hills overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, Kirtipur has a couple of gumba or monasteries/nunneries that are worth a visit.
Discover one of Kathmandu’s best-kept secrets. Chilancho Stupa is a Buddhist temple in the backstreets of Kirtipur and one of the oldest in the area.
Bagh Bhairab Temple is one of the most famous attractions in Kirtipur. The temple has views of Kathmandu, plenty of charm and Gurkha weapons on display.
The Kirtipur Thai Vihar temple was built in traditional Thai Buddhist style and is the only temple of its kind in the Kathmandu Valley.
Get off-the-beaten-path in Kirtipur and visit Aadinath Temple. The unique temple is covered in copper vessels by couples wishing for a happy life together.
For the best Newari food in Kathmandu, head to Kirtipur. Try chhoila, chhaang, yomari or one of the other delicacies in our Top 10 Newari Foods.
Plan your visit to Kirtipur around one of the best local festivals or jatra. Experience Nepalese culture through the local celebrations, music and dancing.
Take part in a 10-day spiritual retreat or other courses at the Dhamma Kirtipur Vipassana Centre and learn the art of meditation.
For a unique Kathmandu day trip, watch the Bagmati River pour through the cliffs of Chobhar Gorge or explore one of the caves in nearby Manjushree Park.
Enjoy some green space in Kathmandu with a visit to Manjushree Park in Kirtipur. Wander through the gardens situated next to Chobhar Gorge.
Cross the Kirtipur suspension bridge to neighbouring Chandragiri for views of Kathmandu and to peer down into the narrow gorge below.
Taudaha Lake in southern Kirtipur is Kathmandu Valley’s only natural lake. Do a spot of bird-watching or go for a romantic stroll around the lake.
Check out the best views of Kathmandu from one of the viewpoints around Kirtipur. From its elevated position, take in the Kathmandu Valley and Himalayas beyond.
Head up Champa Devi Hill on a day hike near Kathmandu. Take in the views from the third highest mountain in the Kathmandu Valley.
Immerse yourself in an authentic Nepalese festival in Kathmandu. Kirtipur Indrayani Jatra in November-December is an experience you won’t forget.
Join Kirtipur’s Gai Jatra festival, Nepal’s version of Day of the Dead, commemorating people who have died in the last year with fun and colourful rituals.
Experience Bagh Bhairab Jatra, a unique festival that’s celebrated in Kirtipur. Join hundreds of locals for the festivities in August.