Kathmandu is the capital and oldest city of Nepal, situated in the Kathmandu Valley surrounded by mountains. With an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters, it has a population of 671,846 (2001) and is part of the larger Kathmandu metropolitan city with a high population density. It serves as the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the headquarters of the Central Region. Kathmandu is a major economic and tourism hub, contributing 3.8% to the GDP in 1995-96.

The city has a rich history of nearly 2000 years, with a diverse religious and cultural landscape. Predominantly Hindu, it also has a significant Buddhist presence and a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the common language, and English is widely understood among the educated population. Kathmandu, along with sister cities Patan and Bhaktapur, forms the premier cultural and economic center of Nepal with advanced infrastructure. The literacy rate in the city is 98%.

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Government offices are open from 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday through Thursday in summer and from 10 AM to 4 PM in winter. On Fridays Government offices open from 10 AM to 3 PM.