Destination: Kathmandu, Nepal; Travel Wire Asia


Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

ONCE thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, Nepal’s largest city and capital Kathmandu is now a hub for independent travellers as well as a growing vacation destination catering for visitors of all budgets.

Due to the urban growth of recent decades, Kathmandu is now part of one continuous urban area, encompassing Kathmandu, Patan, (which has been enveloped by the growing Kathmandu outskirts) and the medieval city of Bhaktapur.

As the nation’s historical centre, Kathmandu throws together a blend of the country’s varied population and boasts a distinctive, age-old religious influence visible in the daily life of its inhabitants. Sacred cows wander the streets of the Old City, stepping between steaming piles of rubbish and hooting taxis, and narrow alleyways overflow with shops and stalls selling spices, vegetables and handicrafts.

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