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.

Get in

Get around

Once you have made your way to the town, everything else can be reached on foot.



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


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.


Wi-Fi will be available at most hotels and lodges as well as restaurants and cafes.

Cellphone coverage is good within the valley.

Go next

Kirtipur is just across the Bagmati river from Patan and it's Durbar Square, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu 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.

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