1 Kathmandu Durbar Square

An old royal palace, a living goddess, temples, statues, vegetable sellers and curio hawkers come together in this touristy yet vibrant hub.

2 The Bagmati ghats

Little-visited relics and cremation platforms dot these neglected riverside embankments.

3 Swayambhu

This eye-catching hilltop temple complex is a profound microcosm of Nepali culture.

4 The Patan Museum

A fascinating selection of woodcravings, stone sculptures, bronzes and other exhibits can be found at this excellent museum, located in Patan’s refined Durbar Square.

5 Kathmandu dining

The city’s restaurants serve a bewildering array of cuisines, from fine French dining to Tibetan street food – try the romantic Kaiser Café for a special experience.

6 Meditation and yoga courses

Kathmandu’s spiritual supermarket caters to dabblers and serious seekers alike. For excellent classes, try the Pranamaya Yoga Centre in Patan.

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