Think of the world’s great cities and Kathmandu is not an obvious contender. But search through the chaos of the ever-growing city and there’s one trait in which the Nepali capital is streets ahead of the likes of Paris, New York and Tokyo.
Kathmandu has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Seven internationally recognised cultural treasures dot the city and its satellite towns, making it a place that’s more than just a gateway to the trekking trails of the Himalayas.
Befitting a city that’s a melange of religions, Kathmandu’s two most striking World Heritage sites represent different faiths: Hinduism and Buddhism.
Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal and the oldest-known temple to Shiva in the country, though most visitors don’t come just to see a temple.