Kathmandu is almost 4000 years old. At an elevation of 1400 meters above sea level, it is the bustling Capital City of Nepal. Surrounded by the Himalayas, green hills and traditional rural villages. The capital is a fascinating blend of ancient and modern living. Your love for Kathmandu will start from the moment you get off the plane and get soaked up by the friendly people, relaxed lifestyle and impressive temples and traditional architecture.
Kathmandu is a cultural and spiritual melting pot, brimming with well-preserved ancient religious sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. But to really ascertain the spirit of Kathmandu, you have to take a walk through the backstreets, where timeless culture is preserved, carved in temples overflowing with blossoms, courtyards full of drying spices and small art and craft shops. For outdoor enthusiast, hiking and cycling are best in the valley fringe.
Despite rampant development and earthquakes, the Kathmandu valley’s underlying traditions have proved remarkably resilient. The towns of Bhaktapur and Patan, as well as its surrounding areas, have preserved a distinctly medieval atmosphere with its wood- and brick-built houses, tightly clustered together around alleyways and temple plazas. The lives of Kathmandu’s residents still bound up with the paddy fields outside the city walls.
Regardless of what brings you to Kathmandu, you will not be disappointed. Kathmandu valley has enough to keep you busy for a week, to leave a lasting memory, enticing you to return.
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