Kirtipur is a town in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, located 5km southwest of Kathmandu situated on a rocky hill between 1,300-1,500m in elevation. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Valley and was an ancient capital of Nepal.
- Bus - leave from the Ratna Park bus station in Kathmandu. The trip will take about 30 minutes and should cost less than NPR50.
- Taxi - cost should be negotiable between NPR500-1,000.
- Mountain Bike - a trip of about 1h, turning off the Ring Road at Balkhu, following the paved road (Dakchhinkali Road)south towards Chobar, turning west onto the Kirtipur Ring Road.
- Walk - Kirtipur is just west of the Bagmati river from Patan and could be reached on foot in about 2h.
Once you have made your way to the town, everything else can be reached on foot.
- Uma Maheshwar Temple (west of the main square just past the Ganesh shrine). A Hindu Temple, originally built in 1673; lost the original fourth roof in the 1934 earthquake.
- Town Square. A Narayan Temple is at the centre with lions and griffons
- Bagh Bhairab Temple (just north of the main square). Hindu temple; large collection of spears and shields dating from a massive defeat by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1768.
Kirtipur has little commerce directed at tourists, but visitors will enjoy walking through the local markets. Most market activity takes place at the foot of the Kirtipur hill with the temples and other cultural sites on the top of the hill.
Eat & Drink
- SASA Newari Restaurant, Ring Road, Kirtipur, ☎ +977 1 433 6770. 10:00am - 9:30pm. Cash only; Wi-Fi available
- Kirtipur View Point Restaurant (Across the street from the Ganesh Temple). Offers Newari and International dishes Dishes from NPR100.
- Newa Lahana (south west of the village square). Nepali food
Although Kirtipur is close to Kathmandu, it's far enough away to have cleaner air and so might make a nice location for a night's stay.
- Kirtipur Hillside Hotel, ☎ +977 1 433 4010, e-mail: email@example.com. large rooms, some with views toward the mountains; restaurant. Rooms with bathroom starting at US$20; without bathroom starting at US$15.
Wi-Fi will be available at most hotels and lodges as well as restaurants and cafes.
Cellphone coverage is good within the valley.
Explore some of the many villages in the Kathmandu Valley.
Visit Kathmandu, perhaps as a day trip from the relative quiet of Kirtipur. The capital city has three World Heritage sites within it's boundaries and two more in neighbouring cities.