1 Pashupatinath

The most sacred of Nepal’s Hindu temple complexes is veiled by the smoke of funeral pyres.

2 Boudha

At dawn and dusk, Buddhist monks, nuns and pilgrims flock to the vast white dome of the stupa.

3 Bajra Yogini

As befits a tantric goddess demanding blood sacrifices, Bajra Yogini’s forest-enfolded shrine is palpably sinister.

4 Shivapuri

Hike or bike through rich forest to the second highest (but most accessible) of the valley’s summits, at 2732m.

5 Newa Lahana, Kirtipur

The best traditional Newari food in Nepal is found in a community restaurant in one of the most atmospheric Newari towns.

6 Bishanku Narayan

This peaceful Hindu shrine is modestly hidden in one of the valley’s most delightfully rustic folds.

7 Bhaktapur

The most immaculately preserved of the valley’s ancient cities is no museum: Newari life continues here as it has for centuries.

8 Changu Narayan

Exquisitely carved ancient sculptures and a rural, ridgetop setting make this the finest of the valley’s temples.

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