geographical name \ˌkat-ˌman-ˈdü, ˌkät-ˌmän-\

Definition of KATHMANDU

city of Nepal pop 671,846

Variants of KATHMANDU

Kath·man·du or Kat·man·du \ˌkat-ˌman-ˈdü, ˌkät-ˌmän-\


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2001: 671,846), capital of Nepal. Situated near the confluence of the Baghmati and Vishnumati rivers at an elevation of 4,344 ft (1,324 m), it was founded in 723. Its name refers to a temple (kath, “wood”; mandir, “temple”) said to have been built from the wood of a single tree in 1596. The seat of the ruling Shah family of the Gurkha people since 1768, it is Nepal's most important business and commercial centre and the site of Tribhuvan University.

Variants of KATHMANDU

Kathmandu or Katmandu


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