An old royal palace, a living goddess, temples, statues, vegetable sellers and curio hawkers come together in this touristy yet vibrant hub.
Little-visited relics and cremation platforms dot these neglected riverside embankments.
This eye-catching hilltop temple complex is a profound microcosm of Nepali culture.
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.