Tundikhel Self-Guided Tour in Kathmandu, Kathmandu (Self Guided)

Tundikhel is one of the hidden treasures of Kathmandu. On this huge green field colorful festivals are held frequently. If you are not fond of festivals, you may explore important landmarks that are situated nearby - Bhimsen Stambha, complimented by the Sundhara fountains, Sahid gate, Bhadrakali Temple, etc. Take this self-guided tour to discover the prominent attractions of Tundikhel in Kathmandu.
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Tundikhel Self-Guided Tour in Kathmandu Map

Guide Name: Tundikhel Self-Guided Tour in Kathmandu
Guide Location: Nepal » Kathmandu (See other walking tours in Kathmandu)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: helenp
Bhimsen Tower

1) Bhimsen Tower

Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, is a nine story (50.2m) tall tower at the center of Kathmandu. It was built in 1832 A.D. by the Prime Minister of the time, Bhimsen Thapa. Dharahara is actually the second such tower made by Bhimsen Thapa. The original Bhimsen Tower was built in 1824 and was 11 stories high, 2 stories taller than Dharahara. Dharahara was built for queen Lalit Tripura Sundari, who was the niece of Bhimsen Thapa. She wanted a tower of her own next to Bhimshen's Dharahara. The tower has a spiral staircase containing 113 steps. The 8th floor holds a circular balcony for observers that provides a panoramic view of the whole Kathmandu valley. The tower has a 5.2m bronze mast on the roof. The tower has been open for the general public since 2005 for a small fee.

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Shahid Gate

2) Shahid Gate

Shahid Gate, or Martyr's Gate, is situated in the southern part of Tundikhel, near the Bhadrakali temple. It is dedicated to the four martyrs - Dharma Bhakta, Ganga Lal, Dasharath Chand and Sukra Raj Shastry - who opposed the Rana regime. On top of the gate sits the figure of King Tribhuwan, because he struggled to return to the democratic system. Nepal became a Democratic Republic on May 28, 2008, through a Maoist revolution.
Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple

3) Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple

Shree Lumadhi Bhadrakali Temple is situated near the Shahid Gate, at the eastern corner of Tundikhel. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali, a Supreme Deity whose name in Sanskrit means "blessed, auspicious, beautiful, prosperous". In the past, during the Ghore Jatra festival, the Royal Kumari was worshiped in this shrine. It is believed that Bhadrakali had three eyes and four to eighteen hands in which she carried a number of weapons. This temple is considered to be one of the most renowned "Shakti" temples of Kathmandu.
Srijana Contemporary Art Gallery

4) Srijana Contemporary Art Gallery

Srijana Contemporary Art Gallery displays works by contemporary artists, often organizes exhibitions and even offers classes in art. The gallery is located in the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall, across the street from the Rashtriya Sabha Griha, in Tundikhel.
Open Market

5) Open Market

Kathmandu is the best place to shop in Nepal. In Tundikhel, for example, is located one of the biggest open-air markets in the city, where a large variety of goods can be bought. Fresh vegetables and fruit are sold here. This is also the right place to come if you are looking for a traditional Nepalese souvenir or handicraft.

6) Tundikhel

Tundikhel is a huge green area, located on the eastern side of the old city of Kathmandu. This field hosts a large variety of events ranging from sporting matches to exhibitions, from army parades to yoga sessions. One of the most interesting events happening here is Ghore Jatra festival – a Nepali horse racing competition. According to a legend, the festival started long time ago when the evil Tundi demon, who inhabited the area, died. In joy, the citizens of Kathmandu rode their horses over the demon’s corpse.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kathmandu for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kathmandu has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kathmandu, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.