Best Places to Photograph in Kathmandu Valleyh

14 Best Places to Photograph Around the Kathmandu Valley

If you plan to visit Kathmandu or you are already living in the valley. You should know it is an awesome place for photography. As the city is filled with subjects, you may feel lost. Hopefully, the article gives you basic guidelines to begin your creative process.

We can obviously divide Kathmandu into two separate places together. At one end we can argue it’s one of the busiest cities with every modern light you can ever see. You will find some beautiful landmarks and architectural delights that will take you back a millennium.

Likewise, the valley is surrounding by some beautiful hills and mountains, Its surroundings also promise you a similar experience.

Kathmandu is definitely a modern city but it still has a traditional and cultural twist. And this is one of the reasons why many photographers love it so much. 

Known in the world community as the city of temples. The place offers you two differing landmarks, one inspired by Tibetan culture and the other with an eastern Hindu. Though you can find every corner on Kathmandu a click-worthy site. Here is the list of the top fourteen places qualifying as world-class photo-worthy places in Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square(Hanuman Dhoka)

Situated in the heart of the valley. It was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site (Culture). The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty, and the magnificent Taleju Temple.

Kumari Ghar – the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak( called the Kathmandu Ganesh). A temple without a faithful and Kal Bhairav, (God of Wrath,) these temples, monuments will never disappoint your camera lens.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

Known as the palace of the Kings of Patan, the durbar square is an enchanting varied mixture of palaces, buildings, artistic architecture, courtyards, and graceful pagoda temples.

The magnificent Krishna temple has with its 21 glided spires. The stone water spout, Ashoka Pillar are the major attractions in this area. The stone water spout, Ashoka Pillar are the major attractions in this area. This area is full of pigeons; you can take stunning photos with the flying pigeons in the foreground around the durbar square. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Historic buildings of Durbar Square in the city of Kathmandu in Nepal. (Before the 2015 earthquake)

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the most refined palace in Kathmandu valley. The palace itself is a cultural delight, facing the south entrance. Bhaktapur palace offers one of the greatest architectural attractions to its spectators. Taleju temple at Bhaktapur is the only Taleju temple open for the general public.

The Palace of 55 carved Windows and the palace’s entrance the golden gate has masterpiece metalwork. It adds splendor to the palace’s beauty. The palace reflects the glory days of the Malla dynasty. When art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the valley.

In front of the palace accommodates innumerable temples and architectural showpieces. The Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla is mounted on a giant stone pillar. The stone temple of Batsala Devi is full of intricate carvings and is a beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture.

There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple. Which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. Simply, the palace is an architectural delight. It also holds special cultural importance in the hearts of locals living in Bhaktapur.


Golden Vajra at Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Another best place to photograph in Kathmandu valley is Swayambhunath. It is one of the holiest Chaityas in Nepal. Photogenic areas are ancient Buddhist gumba, golden statue of Lord Buddha, and spectacular views of the Kathmandu valley. The monkeys and surrounding hills will be the best for capturing the photos with a different variety.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

The unique and one of the holiest places in Kathmandu valley is the Pashupatinath temple. Although It is forbidden to take a photograph inside the temple and is a restricted area for photography. But you can obviously take photos outside the main temple.

The surrounding temples, shiva lingam, various kinds of bird species, monkeys, devotees who came for daily Sandhya Aarati, and in the various festive seasons will attract every photographer. So, this temple is the best place to photograph around the Kathmandu Valley.

Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

Situated in the heart of the Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath stupa has many more to photograph. It is the largest stupa in South Asia and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. And is one of the imposing landmarks in Kathmandu with hints of Tibetan culture. Views of the city from rooftop bars, and restaurants are just perfect for portrait photography.


Situated on a ridge overlooking Bhaktapur, about 12 km to the east of Kathmandu. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, it is one of the oldest specimens of pagoda architecture in the valley. The temple dating from the Licchavi period is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings.


The largest Vishnu stone statue Budhanilkantha lies at the foothills of the Shivapuri hills. The large granite figure of Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of serpents. It is known as Nagas seems to float in a pond. The major attractions in these areas are Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, the place of origin of the Bishnumati River. And the Buddhist monastery is straight up to the Budhanilkantha temple.


As the tourist district of Kathmandu, Thamel bustles with activity late into the night. It is completely different from the rest of the cities.

With endless shopping opportunities lined with roadside shops of Nepali handicraft items, will attract all photography enthusiasts. Thamel caters entirely to tourists with its scores of hotels, rooftop restaurants, and streets that any photographer can get here.

The Garden of Dreams

At the entrance of Thamel, the Garden of Dreams within the Keisar Mahal complex now renovating its former glory. Major attractions in this 24 – acres garden include neo-classical pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture, a Chinese moon gate, and European-inspired features. Such as pergolas, balustrades, urns, and birdhouses. This is why this place is the best place to photograph around the Kathmandu valley.


Kirtipur is lying on a ridge 8 km southwest of Kathmandu valley. The ancient Near township with its brick-paved streets, lined with typical brick houses, and tiled roofs, and temple squares has a natural fortress. The Chilancho stupa and the Bagh Bhairava are the major attractions for all photographers around the Kathmandu valley.


Pharping Hydropower Water Reservior

Lying 18 km south of Kathmandu on the valley rim, Pharping is perched on a hilltop with a Buddhist monastery. Pharping’s main attraction is an elaborate 17th-century temple that houses a gilded image of Goddess Bajra Jogini.

Other fascinating sights here include a cave and a hand-imprint of the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava on the rock face over its entrance.


Lies in the south of the Kathmandu valley, rich in natural diversity, the Dakshinkali is dedicated to the Hindu goddess ‘KALI’.

The shrine is especially crowded on Tuesday and Saturday when animal sacrifices are offered to the deity.

On the way lies the Chobhar gorge. Where Manjushree has cut an incision here to drain out the lake which once covered the Kathmandu valley. There is a small picturesque temple of Adinath on the top of a hill. From where one can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain.

Street Photography

Street of the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu valley has many streets for incredible street photography. Go anywhere in the city, in the narrow ally, or follow the main thoroughfares.

Know the subject and narration you are looking for. And you will get it, no matter where you go, you will never disappoint. Well, as one of the best tourist attractions Kathmandu’s actual beauty can take you by a surprise.

Copying Kathmandu’s majesty in a single article can be difficult as its variety will be a complete package for people’s interest in clicking. Though the places included in the article seems limited, the possibilities are limitless here!

So, if you are already in Kathmandu or are willing to visit the place with some exceptional shots in mind, visit those places to take stunning shots. As well as do check to upload your content. And get to a broader audience of those who are willing to buy your content.

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